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    • 24 Apr 2024
    • Zoom

    Join our Author Marketing Support Group via Zoom on Wednesday, April 24 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. PT.

    We'll discuss strategies and tactics to help you promote your book and meet your goals. If you just published a book or are publishing one soon, we'd love to hear that, too. The meeting will be led by Penny Paugh, who has 20-plus years of marketing experience, and Nico Waters, who has self-published and promoted eight books.

    Thanks for registering and we are looking forward to seeing you!

    • 18 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library


    Being the writer I want to be can mean anything from winning a Pulitzer to exploring my own ideas and writing what excites me. In four games that allow us to play with our serious goals  (listed below), we’ll each discover what we want most—and our crucial strengths and talents.

    • Primal Me
    • My Comfort Zone
    • Fulfillment for Me
    • What's My Style? 

    Harmon Writing Games are non-competitive solo games like Solitaire and Wordle that we win simply by playing. But we do share our answers when we want to. Game sheets will be handed out. Please bring a clipboard, notebook, or wide knees to write against in case there aren’t enough tables for us.


    Margaret Harmon loves exploring how life really works—then writing fiction about it. She’s the author-illustrator of The Man Who Learned to Walk in Shoes That Pinch: Contemporary Fables by Margaret Harmon, A Field Guide to North American Birders: A Parody, The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own: 21st-Century Fables, and Mr. Helpless Gets Organized. Her fables are taught in college literature and oral interpretation classes and air on National Public Radio. Fun fact: her fables are currently being told in English to Ukrainian high-tech workers who practice their English by hearing and discussing stories.

    Important NOTE

    This is an in-person event. The Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library address is 9005 Aero Dr, San Diego, CA 92123.

    Registration for this event closes on Sunday, May 12, to allow preparation ahead of the meeting. Don’t delay.

Past events

15 Apr 2024 Tamara Merrill: How-to Tips for 2024 Anthology Submission Success
25 Mar 2024 Penn Wallace - First Page Critique
28 Feb 2024 Author Marketing Support Group
26 Feb 2024 Matt Coyle - Openings: The Importance of Chapter One
21 Feb 2024 Committee: SD Writers Festival
7 Feb 2024 Workshop: Verb Your Way to More Lively Writing
31 Jan 2024 Author Marketing Support Group Meeting
22 Jan 2024 The Long and Winding Road from Moments to Memoir
20 Jan 2024 Character Therapy--And You're the Shrink!
18 Dec 2023 December Holiday Celebration
27 Nov 2023 How to Get Your Short Story Published
21 Nov 2023 Board of Directors
23 Oct 2023 Create Your Own Simple, Stylish Website
14 Oct 2023 Workshop: Writing Nonfiction
25 Sep 2023 A Private Investigator's Perspective
28 Aug 2023 Writing Memoirs Even if You Are an Ordinary Person
19 Aug 2023 Workshop: Recipe for a Perfect Romance
24 Jul 2023 Literary Games with Margaret Harmon
8 Jul 2023 Workshop - Art of the Pitch with Jonathan Maberry
6 Jul 2023 Writing the Hero's or Heroine's Journey
26 Jun 2023 12 Step Program to Publishing
24 Jun 2023 Northpark Book Fair at Verbatim Books
17 Jun 2023 Workshop: How to break free from self-doubt and flourish
14 Jun 2023 San Diego Travel Writers Event: Wandering Words
13 Jun 2023 KC Grifant reading at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree
12 Jun 2023 San Diego Public Library Local Author Event with Tamara Merrill
3 Jun 2023 Once Upon a Book Fair
27 May 2023 Adjunct to In-person meeting
27 May 2023 Membership Get-together and Anthology Celebration
22 May 2023 Deepening Your Relationship to Poetry
21 May 2023 KC Grifant at Warwick's in La Jolla
20 May 2023 KC Grifant Book Signing and Inteview
15 May 2023 Workshop: So the Book is Done. Now What? A Candid Conversation
24 Apr 2023 Marketing: A Necessary Part of the Writing Plan
20 Apr 2023 Workshop: How to Write Successful Mystery Sequels
27 Mar 2023 Market Your Book
6 Mar 2023 Workshop: How to Turn Rejections into Opportunities
27 Feb 2023 Authors, Speak Confidently About Your Book!
22 Feb 2023 Workshop: The Basics of Persuasive Writing
30 Jan 2023 Workshop: How To Write Close Point of View
23 Jan 2023 Perpetual Metamorphosis: Transforming Trauma into (Healing) Poetry
19 Dec 2022 December Holiday Celebration
28 Nov 2022 The Challenges of English Grammar
24 Oct 2022 Let’s Make a Scene! Showing vs. Telling
8 Oct 2022 Workshop: Standing at the Intersection of Poetry and Prose: Writing Micro
26 Sep 2022 Marketing Your Book Before It’s Published
10 Sep 2022 Workshop: Protecting Your Artistic Rights
22 Aug 2022 Get Your Story Unstuck with the Secrets of the Story Types
25 Jul 2022 Cover, Cover - What Should My Cover Do?
23 Jul 2022 Workshop: Psychology Tips to Boost Creativity and Productivity
27 Jun 2022 Writers Read: Excerpts from the Power of Ten
20 Jun 2022 Workshop: What Your Characters Want and Why
23 May 2022 Screenwriting's two most important principles--a shock-proof, guaranteed strategy for screenwriting success.
25 Apr 2022 First Page Slam
28 Mar 2022 Strategies for Writing About Trauma and Coping with the Fallout
28 Feb 2022 Writing Demystified
24 Jan 2022 The History, Purpose, and Future of the Guild Anthology
20 Dec 2021 Holiday Party 2021
22 Nov 2021 Constructing Concrete Characters
25 Oct 2021 Anthology Book Launch
27 Sep 2021 Who’s On Your Team?
23 Aug 2021 Open Mic Night
26 Jul 2021 Are You a Plotter or a Pantster? Patrick Ross
17 Jul 2021 Book Launch Workshop
28 Jun 2021 Add Sizzle to Your Non-Romantic Work, by Theresa Halvorsen
24 May 2021 Penn Wallace - First Page Slam
21 May 2021 For the Love of Writing - Coffee & Writing #2
15 May 2021 Workshop on Creating Book Covers w/ Karl Keating
26 Apr 2021 Jared Kuritz - Websites, Social Media & More: Online Presence, Components & Functionalities for Effective Book Marketing
23 Apr 2021 For the Love of Writing - Coffee & Writing
22 Mar 2021 General Meeting March 22 - Authors Read from Anthology
22 Feb 2021 Successful Authors Have These Things in Common, Guest Speaker Amy Collins
13 Feb 2021 Point of View Workshop
25 Jan 2021 Monthly Meeting - Lisa Kastner of Running Wild Publishing
21 Dec 2020 Virtual Holiday Party & Open Mic Night
14 Dec 2020 Marketing Committee Meeting (members only)

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