June 10, 2023


PRESENTER: Richard Farrell

In the Beginning

Join us for a craft workshop about the start of your novel from its first sentence, first paragraph, and first pages. Gain insights into ways to make these firsts stronger and more engaging, and ultimately increase readers' enthusiasm and interest in your stories.

Come spend a beautiful Saturday morning with us. We are looking forward to seeing YOU!


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Meetings will be held in the morning in Room E5 at the Marina Village Conference Center. Click to view enlarged map in a new tab. Unchanged: Meetings will be held in the morning in Room E5 at the Marina Village Conference Center. Click to view enlarged map in a new tab.

Map of Marina Village Conference Center Rooms. E5 is marked with a red star, in building 1960, near the center front near the parking lot.

Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA

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If paying by June 9th:

$25Member Registration
$30Guest Registration

If paying after June 9th:

$30Member or Guest Registration

If paying at the door:

$30Member or Guest Registration* No checks, please.
* All attendees must be over age 18.

The SoCalRW Perseverance Fund was established to help fellow members in need of short-term financial support. Members in need of assistance may apply for funds to use toward SoCalRW monthly meetings, but please note, requests must be made at least 25 days before funds are needed, but not more than 120 days in advance. We value each and every member of our SoCalRW community.

Reserve a spot at the June 10th Meeting:

Please contact the SoCalRW Meeting Coordinator (hospitality <at> SoCalRW <dot> com) if you have questions. Otherwise, simply pay by PayPal by filling out and submitting the registration form below once it opens on the First of the month.

Discount Deadline:

Online reservations and payments must be received by the deadline before the meeting, that is:

May 9th for the full discount and May 9th for the partial discount

*Failure to register by the due date will result in being charged the “at the door” rate.

Richard Farrell

Richard Farrell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His debut novel, The Falling Woman, was published by Algonquin Books. The Falling Woman was selected by the American Bookseller’s Association as an Indie’s Introduce pick, one of the top debut novels of 2020, and was an Indie Next Pick. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews, and book reviews, has appeared or is forthcoming in The Forge, Potomac Review, Hunger Mountain, New Plains Review, upstreet, Descant, Contrary, Newfound, Numéro Cinq, and elsewhere. For seven years, he was the nonfiction editor at upstreet magazine. He teaches creative writing at Grossmont College in San Diego, at San Diego Writers, Ink., and at River Pretty Writers Retreat. Currently, he is working on his next novel, a story about a police shooting in a small Massachusetts town.

Meeting Agenda:

9:30 Doors Open/Check-in/Welcome Chat
10:00 Business Meeting
10:30 Program
1:45 Meeting Wrap-Up
2:00 Meeting Adjourned
After Meeting Concludes SMART Goals Challenge Members Meeting