November Meeting

The Vietnam War . . . a turbulent time in history

We all have memories of that period.

But what was it like as a Vietnamese growing up in that war torn country?

Come learn this as well as hear a love story set in that time.

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C.L. “Jim” Hoang,

who was born and raised in South Vietnam during the war will share his experiences and his book

Once Upon a Mulberry Field

From the jungles of Vietnam through the minefields of the heart, Once upon a Mulberry Field follows one man’s journey to self-discovery, fraught with disillusionment and despair but ultimately redeemed by the power of love.

at

Desert Falls Country Club

November 18, 2014

11:30-1:30
buffet lunch followed by the program

         Mr. Hoang’s book has received numerous awards and positive reviews.

• Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book                      Awards(2014)
•  Gold Medal Winner (Historical Literature Fiction), 2014 Global Ebook Awards
• Grand Prize Winner (Fiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest
• Finalist (Historical Fiction), 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards
• 5-Star Ratings from Amazon Hall-of-Fame Top Reviewers

. . . . a poignant, heartrending story of American and South Vietnamese friendship, respect and love, at the height of the Vietnam War. Through a unique insider’s view, this intriguing novel gives the reader a close-up look at personal aspects of the war. C.L. Hoang has masterfully captured that turbulent chapter in the US and South Vietnam history.

Mr. Hoang came to the United States during the 1970‘s He is a graduate of Berkeley and an electronic engineer who holds eleven patents. You may read his blogs at mulberryfieldsforever.com

Make reservations for the luncheon by November 13 to  donnaturrentine@reagan.com

October Meeting

What does it take to translate a book into a movie?

How can you bring to life what an author has visualized in their book?

Meet
screenwriter, author and reporter

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Heidi Simmons

BA in Journalism; MA in Creative Writing and Fine Arts

on

Tuesday, October 21

11:30 -1:30
lunch buffet & program

Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

 

Heidi will:
• discuss current book and movie adaptions such as Gone Girl and Shades of Grey

• detail the similarities and differences in story telling between a book and a movie
• tell the important elements needed to create a satisfying narrative in both
She also has stories to tell of her experience working with actors, writers and directors in the movie industry.

A Southern California native and resident of the Coachella Valley for twenty years, Heidi is currently the writer for the book review column for the Coachella Valley Weekly Arts and Entertainment newspaper, and is married to the writer of the newspaper’s movie review column. She says she spends a lot of her time reading and going to movies, as well as hiking, playing the cello and writing.

 RSVP by October 17 to kbjo67@yahoo.com

May meeting

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RECLINE/DESIGN: ART AND THE AESTHETICS OF REPOSE

Join Pen Women as we tour

 Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert

May 20
at
10:30

followed by

Lunch
at

Cuistot’s restaurant

$27 all inclusive

Secure your reservation by May 16 with a check sent to: Marge Dodge 79-305 Toronja La Quinta 92253

You must select your entree and send your choice with your check. 

Menu

Field Green Salad with House Dressing

Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Chicken Breast Stuffed with Imported Cheeses, Served over Steamed Spinach and Natural Juices 

OR

Filet of Beef Medallions with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Raspberry Feuilleté Vanilla Custard in a Light Shell, Laid on a Bed of Warm Caramel.

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April Meeting

High above the valley floor are a myriad of trails that snake over our mountains.
Where do they lead? What can we discover if we traverse these dusty paths? 

Here’s your chance to meet the man who knows all the answers!
A man who has hiked all these trails and written about them to share with others.

Phillip Ferranti
 Author of the best selling book 140 Great Hikes in and around Palm Springs.

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 guest speaker

at the 

Palm Springs Pen Women  Luncheon

April 15, 2014

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Palm Desert 

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Phillip has also written a book about Colorado State Parks and a national best seller Hiking! The Ultimate Natural Prescription for Health and Wellness and is the founder, in 1992, of The Coachella Valley Hiking Club

Please make reservations to Kathy at kbjo67@yahoo.com by Friday, April 14.

March Meeting

Novelist

Playwright

Screenwriter

Director

Short story writer

Grammarian

 

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Michael Johnson Craft

has worn all of these writing hats
and will share with us his insights of the “craft”

 

 

March 18, 2014

at the

Pen Women Meeting and Luncheon

11:30-1:30

Desert Willow Golf Club

Palm Desert

 

For lunch reservations email Kathy at kbjo67@yahoo.com
by Friday, March 14

February Meeting

From the earliest moments of her California childhood Livvi Gray has been haunted by a recurring nightmare . . .

So begins the story from the novel

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The Book of Someday

by

 

Dianne-Dixon 

Dianne Dixon
diannedixon.com
television writer, screenwriter, and author  

 

We will welcome Dianne as featured speaker at our

Pen Women Meeting and Lunch

February 18, 2014

11:30-1:30

Desert Willow Golf Club

Palm Desert

Dianne’s first book, The Language of Secrets, which received excellent reviews, has been decribed as “a lovely and compelling first novel which explores the ramifications of loss, the aftermath of tragedy, and the sometimes terrible cost a child can pay for a parent’s guilt.” 

Dianne has taught creative writing at Pitzer College, Claremont, and screenwriting at the Dodge College of Film and Media at Chapman University in Orange California.

Please email your reservation(s) to Kathy at kbjo67.com by Friday, February 14th.

January Meeting

Long before many of us came to live in our beautiful desert, others came to claim a plot of land with the hope to build a life here.  All that is left to mark their stay are the small shacks that dot the arid landscape north of the freeway, known as jackrabbit homesteads

Come hear

Kim Stringfellow
Associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University kimstringfellow.com

 

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tell the story behind these homesteads

 

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January 21, 2014

 

11:30-1:30

 

Desert Willow Golf resort

Kim is an innovative  artist, writer and photographer who does extensive research of a region and creates a documentary using writing, digital media, photography, audio, video, and mapping.  Other areas she has  documented include the Salton Sea and the Owens Valley. Greetings from the Salton Sea is a book that chronicles the sea’s decline, and There It Is–Take It, is a self-guided audio tour through the Owens Valley that examines the controversial Los Angeles aqueduct system.

For lunch reservations email Kathy at kbjo67@yahoo.com by Friday, January 17

December Meeting

Come hear the story of Trevor

The Boy on the Lake

from author

Susan Rosser

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 UCLA graduate and author of two international best sellers Just Desserts and A Matter of Betrayal

December 17, 2013

11:30-1:30

at

Desert Willow Golf resort

Palm Desert

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“The Boy on the Lake is a true story of a young boy’s battle with cancer and his journey to becoming a champion for the protection of communities from environmental contamination leading to disease clusters.” Rosser played an active part in tracing the cause of Trevor’s cancer and with Trevor and his mother, Charlie, help found Trevor’s Trek Foundation.  www.trevorstrek.org.

For reservations contact Kathy Bjork at kbjo67@yahoo.com by Friday December 13.  Lunch: $26 members  $28 guests

 

 

 

November Meeting

LEARN HOW TO UNDERSTAND BEHAVIOR
and CREATE great CHARACTERS

with

Seymour Englander
 www.thebehaviorfactor.com.

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novelist, screen writer, and Certified Behavioral Skills Analyst.

November 19, 2013
11:30-1:30
Desert Willow Golf Resort
38-995 Desert Willow Dr.
Palm Desert

 

BEHAVIOR is ‘how people act’ in their environment.
It’s observable and is the crucial factor in CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

Understanding BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS AND MOTIVATORS helps create CHARACTERS that feel real, are exciting, distinctive and resonate with us all.

If we can ‘plot’ our own behavior and recognize what motivates us, then learning to recognize other behavioral styles and motivators,
enabling us to write great characters, is easy.  

Seymour has written and sold feature films to Miramax and New Line, as well as to independent producers and has written for episodic television. 

My Mother Died Before I Could Murder Her , a novel, was published by BookMark Libris in 2011.  He is a member of the Writers Guild of America – WGA (w)

For reservations contact Kathy Bjork at kbjo67@yahoo.com