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April 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - April 7 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Margaret Dilloway with a launch event to present her brilliant story of estranged sisters reunited, Sisters of Heart and Snow. She teaches creative writing classes at San Diego Writers Ink and to high school students at her alma mater. You can learn more about her by visiting her “American Housewife” blog at This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Margaret Dilloway is the award-winning author of How to Be an American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits.

Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Married to a wonderful man and is a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn't returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Haruki, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel's domineering father, Killian becomes enraged.

In a rare moment of lucidity, Haruki asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister's help in the search. The book – which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan – reveals truths about Drew and Rachel's relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 8 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Judy Reeves to present her book, Wild Women Wild Voices. Judy Reeves, the author of A Writer’s Book of Days, has edited anthologies including the Brown Bag Anthology. She is a member of Second Story Writers and cofounder of the nonprofit The Writing Center. This event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Unlike other books exploring the concept of the wild woman, Wild Women, Wild Voices goes on to offer practical ways to reclaim and use the wildness and one’s own “wild” voice. It offers assignments such as daily journaling or writing with prompts and topics related to the subject of the book; suggested activities to further experience the “wild women within” and give her freedom; and quizzes, references, and inspiring quotations to reinforce the ideas and concepts.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 9 (Thursday, 7:00 pm)Warwick’s, Words A!ive, and U-T Talks are pleased to present An Evening with Diane Keaton, Oscar winning actress to discuss and sign her latest book, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty. At the Sherwood Auditorium Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego: La Jolla, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla. This is a ticketed event $17.28 - One admission & one copy of the book. Check-in and doors open at 6:15.

Diane Keaton is the New York Times bestselling author of Then Again, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Janet Maslin of The New York Times, People, and Vogue. She has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something's Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles. In this book, she shares the wisdom she's accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 10 (Friday, 5:30 pm)Dr. Paul Raffer presents his book, Skin.

Bay Books, 1029 Orange Ave., Coronado.

April 11 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)R.F. Hemphill presents his new book, Dust Tea, Dingoes and Dragons.

Barnes & Noble, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

April 11 (Saturday, 4:00 pm)Romancing San Diego featuring Georgie Lee, A Debt Paid in Marriage; Terry Irene Blain, Kentucky Green; Kathy Aarons, Death is Like a Box of Chocolates; S.J. Harper, Reckoning; Teresa Carpenter, Her Boss by Arrangement; Lisa Kessler, Blood Moon; Sherrie Miranda, Secrets and Lies in El Salvador; and Sarka-Jonae Miller, Between Boyfriends.

Barnes & Noble, 5500 Grossmont center Drive, La Mesa.

April 11 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Earl Javorskya presents his book Down Solo.

Barns & Noble, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside.

April 13 (Monday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is excited to host a double presentation from two incredible. Jan Moran will present her newest romance novel Scent of Triumph. Anita Hughes will present her compulsively readable French Coast. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Scent of Triumph: When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries. Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for her the remains of her family, relying on the strength and support of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a young captain. Finally, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. She vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles.

There, through determination and talent, she rises high from meager jobs in her quest for success as a perfumer and fashion designer to Hollywood elite. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities,Scent of Triumph is one woman’s story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

French Coast: Serena has the job she's always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a former senator, on his upcoming mayoral campaign.

Everything feels unbelievably perfect...until the hotel loses her reservation hours before her big interview. Serena fears that she'll have to go home without her story, but then she meets Zoe, a quirky young woman staying in the suite below Yvette's who invites Serena to stay with her. Serena is grateful for her mysterious roommate's generosity, but it seems that there's more to her story than meets the eye. To make matters worse, soon after arriving in Cannes, Serena learns a shocking secret about her parents' marriage, and it isn't long before she begins to question her own relationship. With her deadline looming and pressure mounting, Serena will have to use her investigative journalism skills, new friendships, and a little luck to get her life and love back on track. Fast paced and impeccably written, French Coast will draw readers in to the intoxicating world of the Cote D'Azur. Hughes' beautiful prose and sense imagery bring the food, fashion, and feel of the ocean to life in this audacious new novel.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 14 (Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm)Writers Read at Fallbrook Library presents a National Poetry Month reading, featuring Shy But Flyy, Kari Hawkey and Conney D. Williams. 124 S. Mission, Fallbrook, CA. For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at or 760-522-1064, or visit

April 15 (Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:45 pm) — San Diego New Alchemy Poetry Series hosted by Seretta Martin & Fred Longworth on the third Wednesday of the Month.

April is "Poetry Month" and there will be an "Open Mic" for anyone who wishes to share their own poetry or the works of other poets.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855;

April 15 (Wednesday, 12:00 noon)Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Culture and Cuisine of the Middle East Lunch Edventure, featuring 2014 San Diego Book Award winner Layla Fiske at Aladdin Mediterranean Cafe, 3900 Vermont St., San Diego 92103. The event is ticketed and is open to all SDSU Osher members. Membership is available to everyone over the age of 50.

About the Event: Isolated, tradition-bound villages such as those high above the Jordan River have been particularly vulnerable in history to invaders. How many families have been affected by such acts of aggression, but were never able to tell their stories? Join author Layla Fiske over an authentic Middle Eastern lunch as she shares one particularly story that has not been lost.

About the Author: In an isolated tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, Fiske introduces fifteen year old Nisrina Huniah as she is about to be married to a man she has never met. Although she quickly falls in love with him, her joy is short-lived when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey. Inspired by her own grandmother’s story, Layla brings to life a story of hope and redemption set against the backdrop of life in early twentieth century Middle East.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at

April 18 (Saturday, 3:00 pm)Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library to present its 2015 Carlsbad Reads Library Adventure featuring New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Ackerman, who will discuss and sign her new book, The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. This is a free event and is open to the public.

About the Book and Author: Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which includes the bestselling The Zookeeper’s Wife, a former One Book One San Diego selection, and A Natural History of the Senses. Her memoir One Hundred Words for Love was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has hosted the PBS series, Mystery of the Senses, and has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her.

In her newest book, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, Ackerman helps readers to cultivate a planetary sense of thinking, with an equal attention to matters of human psychology, ecology, and geology. Once again, she shows herself as a master of humanizing the scientific and offering hope.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at


Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals, Contests and Authors Exhibits

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According to, National Poetry Month “is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.”

The Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996.

San Diego Writers, Ink will celebrate the month by offering poetry read and critique groups, workshops, and readings. Many of our members and instructors have won awards for their poetry, most notably Steve Kowit, whose honors include the National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Ouroboros Book Award, the 2006 Tampa Review Poetry Prize, and most recently the San Diego Theodore Geisel Award. His collection of poems, The Dumbbell Nebula, was a San Francisco Chronicle’s Notable Book of the Year.

Plan on attending these events at the InkSpot located at NTC Liberty Station during Poetry Month.

The List Poem Beginning with Artist Manifesto, Sunday April 12 with Emily Vizzo at the Ink Spot.

Native American Poetry, Sunday April 12 with Jim Moreno at the Ink Spot.

Read & Critique, Saturday, April 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. with Seretta Martin at the Ink Spot.

Poetic Brew, Tuesday, April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rebecca’s Coffeehouse in South Park.

Open Mic Poetry Reading, April 26 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. at Inspirations Gallery.

(Not) Dead (Yet) Poets’ Society, every Wednesday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Anna DiMartino and Ron Salisbury at the Ink Spot.

For a complete list of all the classes & Events for Writers Ink go to:

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 April 12 (Sunday, 3:00 pm)Annual SPJ Movie Day. It's almost time for our annual journalism movie get-together. We'll be watching a San Diego favorite: Anchorman. Where: Waypoint Public, 3794 30th St, San Diego.

April 13 (Monday)Deadline to enter SPJ's New and Improved Contest. The 2015 SPJ San Diego-Area Journalism Competition and our SPJ Scholarship Competition is now accepting entries for work performed in calendar year 2014! Get your submissions in soon.

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 April 14 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) Supporters of the San Diego creative writing community are encouraged to come out to the Annual Anthology Release Party presented by San Diego Writers. Authors who were blind chosen for their superior work from hundreds of submissions will be reading from their winning entries.

An Upcoming Event You'll Want To Attend. Listen to a handful of authors read their chosen work from hundreds of submissions at the Year in Ink Volume 8 Release Party. There will be readings from the latest anthology and refreshments. The event will take place at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. There is a $5 suggested donation or bring a bottle of wine. It is sure to be an exciting evening! (Doors Open 6:30 pm).

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April 16 (Thursday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm) —SDWI instructor Jim Moreno will offer a one day poetry workshop in April (National Poetry Month) entitled The Medicine Wheel: Finding Direction & Inspiration with Native American Poetry.

Workshop participants will write original poetry from Moreno’s knowledge of the Medicine Wheel and the Dreamcatcher as well as from prompts derived from themes of Native American poems. Authors such as Joy Harjo, N. Scott Momaday, Mary Tallmountain, Paula Gunn Allen, Louise Erdrich, Moreno’s verse, and others will enliven and enlighten workshop participants in Medicine Wheel themes.

In addition program participants will be guided in making Dreamcatchers by Moreno and then write a final poem about catching your dreams from the guiding symbols of the Medicine Wheel and the Dreamcatcher. Jim has also included writing style quotes from Indian authors and listed additional readings for workshop poets.

Jim Moreno is on the Program Committee and the Patrice Lumumba Committee of San Diego Writers, Ink. He was adopted by the Barareno Chumash tribe in 1995 by the Moreno family. He is the author of Dancing in Dissent: Poetry For Activism (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007) and two CD’s of music and poetry. His poetry manuscript, Songs From Grandfather, about his experiences in the sweat lodge ceremony and Native American reservations, will be published this year. Jim is not a medicine man and claims no special powers other than a powerful love of poetry. Members of San Diego Writers, Ink $60 Nonmembers $72

At the Ink Spot, NTC Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego. Go to and click on Classes & Workshops.

 April 17 (Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm) — SD Association of Black Journalists Scholarship Shindig. The San Diego Association of Black Journalists is excited that Los Angeles Times Multimedia Journalist Ann Simmons will be the group's keynote speaker at this year's scholarship reception.

The scholarship reception - which includes some local delicious food - at National University Spectrum Center campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave, San Diego CA 92123. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

You can purchase tickets and get more details at

April 17-18Society of Professional Journalists SD Regional Conference in San Francisco.

Society of Professional Journalists NorCal is hosting this year's Region 11 conference and they've got lots of great sessions scheduled on everything from lady journo leaders and data security to innovative approaches to investigative reporting.

Register for the conference today to get the early-bird discount: For more information, visit our the conference website at

 April 18 (Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)Creating Unforgettable Characters with Marni Freedman.

Introducing a new, creatively organic, step-by-step approach to character that draws on the wisdom of many great dramatists and thinkers. By the end of the workshop you will walk away with:

 - A 9 Element Character Template that You Can Use to Create Every Character You Ever Write!

 - An Understanding of The 5 Step Secret to Creating a Solid Character Arc

 - The Secrets to Unlocking the Power of Archetypes (Including How to Turn Archetypes on Their Heads for Wild Originality)

 - Tools to Create (not just one but) a Full Cast of Real, 3 Dimensional Characters

 - How and when to use a foil, a mentor, an antagonist and a confidante.

 - An Understanding of where most writers Fail When Crafting Their Characters

 - Uncovering your character’s wound to create depth and complexity.

 - Tools to Assess When Your Character is Complete –>The Walmart Test

Marni Freedman is a produced, published and award winning writer. After graduating as an award winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for Fox Searchlight, Disney, and other film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney. She has published articles in several magazines and online sites, worked as a ghost writer for a “how to” book series and is currently in demand as a book editor and script doctor.

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PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.

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