It’s well-known that I love my Rancho Mirage Library and all of its myriad programs. The library has kept me plenty busy through the high season, what with its vast book-lending collection, lively lectures, magnificent music, perfect poetry readings, marvelous movies, and grand book discussion groups. But just because the high season is winding down, don’t discount all the amazing things that are yet to come. There is still a full calendar at the library that continues throughout the summer—and that involves everyone from tots to seniors.
On that calendar is one of my favorite annual events, which is presented at the library by the “original” Palm Springs Writers Guild. Founded in 1977 by a group of Palm Springs Valley residents with an interest in writing, the group is now a registered non-profit that boasts more than 200 members—of which I am one! Although my writing is generally limited to short musings and the occasional magazine article or poem, members of myriad writing experiences include TV and film screenwriters, published poets, and fabulous fiction writers. Monthly meetings, Writing Workshops, Critique Groups, Mentoring Groups, Manuscript Reviews, and our Annual Writing Expo (January 2014), all keep us busy.
But one of the most important functions of the group is to encourage members to write by holding monthly writing contests, as well as the upcoming yearly contest. On Saturday, May 4, 2013, we will be presenting the Fifth Annual “Days of New Works,” from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Library. Talented screenwriter and Rancho Mirage resident Michael Craft will be emceeing the event, which offers prizes of $200 – $500. Winners will be announced live (just like the Oscars!), and it’s a fun and fabulous way to celebrate our plentiful local literary talent. Truth be told, I have an entry, so I’ll be there on pins and needles waiting to see if I won. Won’t you join me?!