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Member meetings are a time of learning and networking for aspiring and established writers. They feature a speaker and are held the first Thursday of the month. Attendees are invited to join in 30 minutes early for social time. Meetings last one hour. Visitors are always welcome and may attend two consecutive Thursday meetings without paying dues. 
Our meetings and seminars are appropriate for all levels of writers, beginning to advanced.

All THURSDAY MEETINGS WILL BE ONLINE. *** Effective January 1, 2022 the Thursday meetings will be online (remote) only due to increased COVID cases.
TUESDAY Seminars are also held online only.

Tuesday Special Seminars – Visitors are welcome to attend the seminars to be held one Tuesday per month after paying a $15 fee per session. The Tuesday meetings do not apply to the ‘visit twice before joining’ rule.

Special Seminar

Visitor Fee. You will receive a link to the Seminar after payment is verified.

$15.00

Visitors who wish to attend a Thursday meeting online may do so using FREE, easy-to-use video conferencing from Zoom which works on any mobile or desk/laptop device. If you are a visitor (or member who has lost the instructions sent to members) send a message to Zoom Administrator for the link.

San Gabriel Writers League Thursday Meeting, February 3, 2022 7:00-8:00pm

Guest Speaker RICHARD Z. SANTOS

“How Entering Writing Contests Can Help Your Career (Even if You Don’t Win)”

ATTENTION:***THIS MEETING AND FUTURE MEETINGS ON THURSDAY WILL BE ONLINE ONLY VIA THE ZOOM REMOTE APP.**** IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE CONTACT THE ZOOM ADMINISTRATOR

Class Overview

If navigated properly, writing contests can be one of the most successful paths to publication–especially for authors with few published pieces. This conversation will review the benefits of entering writing contests, the drawbacks (they’re not free!), and explain how to avoid the most common pitfalls. The presenter has not only entered many contests, but he’s judged them for local and national organizations including The National Endowment for the Arts, Kirkus Reviews, The International Thriller Writers Association, Kallisto Gaia Press, and more. 

Richard Z. Santos is the author of the novel Trust Me, which was named one of the ten best debuts of 2020 by Crime Reads and was a Staff Pick at Malvern Books. He is the Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave, an organization that provides creative writing workshops to students in under-resourced areas. He is a former Board Member of The National Book Critics Circle and former judge of The Kirkus Prize, The Acacia Prize, NEA Fellowships, and more. Recent work can be found in Texas Monthly, Awst Press, Kirkus Reviews, CrimeReads, Salt Hill, and many more. In a previous career, he worked for some of the nation’s top political campaigns, consulting firms, and labor unions.

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*****FEBRUARY SPECIAL SEMINAR ***** TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2022, 7:00-8:00pm

SPEAKER MULTI-PUBLISHED AUTHOR LENA DOOLEY

“LAYERING PIZZAZZ” How to enrich your novel and move it into a deep point of view, pulling your reader more completely into the story.

**This special seminar will also be held ONLINE ONLY USING ZOOM.**IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE CONTACT THE ZOOM ADMINISTRATOR

LENA NELSON DOOLEY A multi-published, award-winning author has sold more than 950,000 copies of her 50+ books. Her books have appeared on the CBA, Publisher’s Weekly, and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as being Amazon bestsellers. She also has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. Lena is on the Board of Directors for Higher Ground Films and is one of the screenwriters for their upcoming film Abducted to Kill. She has been featured in articles in Christian Retailing, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine.

 In addition to writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writer’s groups, and regional and national conferences. She has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. The blog reaches over 65,000 readers.

 Lena is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Christian Authors’ Network. She and her husband live in the Dallas area of Texas.