SWM Guest Speaker for Saturday, June 3, 2017
Pramila Dugel
Pramila Dugel
"Why I Write"
Pramila Dugel is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, and was educated in Darjeeling, India. She obtained her Cambridge University Overseas Certificate after twelve years of schooling. Pramila graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Padma Kanya College in Kathmandu, Nepal.
     She taught at the National Child Research Center in Washington, D.C. for six months and started the first Kindergarten private school in Kathmandu, converting it to the International Elementary School, which closed after thirty-five years. She was principal and owner of the school. Her sisters took over the school when she joined her husband, an United Nations diplomat.      Pramila was on UN assignment to Vienna, Austria for six years, UN assignment to New York for seventeen years and UN assignment to Beijing, China for three years.
     As an elementary teacher, she taught at the United Nations School for six years in Manhattan, moved to Hackley (private) School in Tarrytown in Westchester and taught for eight years, and taught at the International School in Beijing for three years.
     Her husband retired and relocated to Los Angeles, where she was principal of a private school, Oakwood Academy, in Long Beach for nine years. She then resigned to attend creative writing classes at UCLA. Pramila completed a correspondence writing course of eighteen months with the Institute of Children's Literature.
     She is the author of "Family Secrets," "Two In One," "Shadows Of Wealth" and the "Nepali Cookbook." She held cooking classes for a group of twenty women for six months.
     Pramila has written several education materials, and given teachers' workshops. Macmillan has published some of her lesson plans for their class books. Last September, Palos Verdes Library recognized her as a local author allowing her to participate in their book fair, where she sponsored a demonstration of the art of Nepali cooking. Eighty people attended the cooking demonstration.
     In February of 2017, the Redondo Beach Library sponsored all of her books for a book signing. There were fifty people attending. All of the libraries have her books on their shelves. Pramila has done some book signings in reading groups as well as being invited to The Surfwriters and the Southwest Manuscripters group to be their guest speaker.
     She has two sons, both of which are eye doctors, and two daughters-in-law who are also doctors. Pramila has three granddaughters who are high achievers and one of them at the age of ten wrote a children's book, "Sky's The Limit."
     You can find her books on Amazon, except for the cookbook, search for "Alexis Dugel."

She says, "Passionate about being an author from third grade, I kept this dream alive although, it took me so long to get there. I write with confidence as I feel enlightened. I wish for my readers to be enlightened too, to share my ideas and to experience a different prospect of how family dynamics change in various situations, yet they survive. Without an agent, I self-promote. I have a good editor who herself is an author. So far, I have done very well."

This meeting of the SOUTHWEST MANUSCRIPTERS, a Writers Club, ongoing since 1949, will be open to the public on: Saturday, June 3rd, 2-4:00pm, in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates

Contact Carol at: (310) 676-7494 or carol.ann.sperling@gmail.com for further information.
Don't forget! Article Contest Entries are due by the June 3rd Meeting! - See Below...

Barbra Simpson, Contest Chair

SWM Contest Rules
Edith Battles Nonfiction Article Contest
Deadline: June 3rd, 2017 SWM meeting.
Contest Chair: Barbra Simpson
(310) 376-8234

1. Contest is limited to SWM members only.
2. Four dollars non-refundable fee for each entry. Cash or check OK. One check can cover multiple entries. Make check payable to Southwest Manuscripters and bring to the meeting or send to the SWM Contest, 872 - Fifth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
3. Maximum three entries per person. In keeping with the purpose of the SWM to encourage writers, especially new writers, only previously unpublished material is allowed. That means not seen in any medium (book, newsletter, magazine, newspaper, internet) with circulation of more than 200 readers. Rule of Thumb: If a judge may already have seen your entry, it is ineligible.
4. Print four (4) copies of your entries, one per each judge. Article entries must be double-spaced... but single-sided, with an easy-to-read typeface, and legible. If the entry can't be read, it can't be judged. [Note: Times-Roman or Courier 12 is standard.]
5. Note word count on page one (max 2,000). Do NOT put personal info on the pages.
6. Entrant's name may not appear anywhere on the entry. Put NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and TITLE of entry as you would like to see them on award on a 3x5 card. You may also indicate intended market (e.g., children's magazine, sci-fi magazine).
7. Although the contest has four judges, no judge is obliged to provide a written critique.
8. Awards will be presented at the SWM meeting in the month following the contest deadline. Winners of more than one top award will receive one certification for the highest scoring entry and honorable mention for any others. In case of a tie for a top award, each individual entrant will receive the same award.
9. Members who wish their entries to be published in The Write Stuff, may forward their entries, winning or not, after the contest, to Southwest Manuscripters, TWS Editor:
10. Entries that do not comply with the above rules will be rejected and the entry fee will be forfeit.
Give entries, checks and cards to the Contest Chair or mail them to: SWM Contest, 872 - Fifth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or bring to the June 3rd, 2017 SWM Meeting (or before). Do NOT mail entries to the Editor or to the SWM P.O. Box.

Basically what the above is saying:
A) Submit 4 (four) copies of your work, without any personal info on the sheets, just the title.
B) At the same time, include a card or paper with title and your personal info.
C) Send them to or give to Barbra at the above address or at the next meeting along with your check or cash.
D) Pick up your award at the following meeting.


SWM Meeting Times & Dates for 2017
June 3rd, 2-4:00pm
July 8th, 2-4:00pm
August TBD - Picnic
September 9th, 2-4pm
October 7th, 2-4:00pm
November 4th, 2-4:00pm
December, Holiday Party