2018 Meetings

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Sunday, January 14, 2017, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Agents Day & Pitchfest!
Agents Panel / General Meeting: OPEN TO PUBLIC
Pitchfest: MEMBERS ONLY

Chair:
Malena Eljumaily

Start the year off with a bang? How do you find the perfect agent? Meet Kimberly Cameron and four of her top agents for a panel discussion and Q & A, followed by a Pitching session, exclusive for Redwood Writer members.

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AFTER THE PANEL

Following the panel discussion, beginning at 5 p.m., each agent will entertain 5-minute pitches from Redwood Writer members. Pitching takes place in same room.

COST

A $20 fee will be collected at the Pitchfest. 

SIGNUPS

Signups are first-come-first-serve. Sign up early so you don't miss your opportunity to pitch. Scroll down to find out how.

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KIMBERLY CAMERON

Kimberley Cameron has been a literary agent for over 26 years, starting the careers of many debut authors. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. In 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She resides and works from Tiburon, California and France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices. She is interested in writing that makes a reader feel something, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. Some of the genres she particularly enjoys are mystery and crime, thriller, science fiction, women’s fiction, horror, and literary fiction. Nonfiction genres are health, science, biography, memoir and history.

Amy Cloughley
Amy Cloughley

AMY CLOUGHLEY

Amy Cloughley came to Cameron Agency with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. She coaches a Writer’s Digest online course, designed to help authors craft and strengthen their submission materials. She is looking for literary and commercial fiction and has a special interest in mystery/suspense, near historical, and upmarket women’s fiction. She also seeks narrative nonfiction projects. Kimberleycameron.com / Twitter @amycloughley.

Dorian Maffei
Dorian Maffei

DORIAN MAFFEI

Dorian Maffei began at the Kimberley Agency in 2013 as intern, and has become a junior agent looking to build her own client list. While she appreciates most fiction that traverses across multiple genres, she is especially interested in magical realism, fabulism, reimagined fairy tales, speculative fiction, literary science fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, unique voices, and innovative storytelling.

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LISA ABELLERA

Lisa Abellera joined Cameron Agency in 2013 with marketing a writing background. She is seeking literary, women's, and historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, literary horror (no paranormal or demons, angels, vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.), all YA and middle grade fiction genres. She is especially looking for stories by #ownvoices authors and writers from marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds.

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mary-moore

MARY C. MOORE

Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron & Associates since 2012. She loves voice-driven narratives and plots with wild adventures. She is currently seeking adult and young adult fiction in all genres and SFF middle grade. She prefers clients who are online-savvy and have more than one book in the drawer. Find out more at marycmoore.com and kimberleycameron.com.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Hooked on Page One, Committed on Page Twenty
Donna Levin
 

What keeps a reader reading? We often hear about the need for a dramatic opening, but a look at many bestsellers will reveal descriptions of surprisingly ordinary events. There’s no formula to ensuring a novel’s success. But we can examine devices that other authors have used, consciously or unconsciously, so as to add them to our toolbox. On this afternoon, we’ll talk about pacing, the rising stakes, foreshadowing, and yes, the narrative hook, as ways to hold a reader’s attention on the noisiest BART ride.

Donna Levin is the author of three novels, Extraordinary Means (William Morrow) and California Street (Simon and Schuster), and There’s More Than One Way Home (Chickadee Prince Books), as well as two books on the craft of writing, Get That Novel Started and Get That Novel Written. Her papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and her novels are part of the “California Novels” collection in the California State Library.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018
A Self-Guided Guide to the Self
Kevin Fisher-Paulson
 

Kevin Fisher-Paulson talks about a creative life, and the commitment required for that creativity. Writing is a search for meaning, and he gives a series of prompts for the real life that morph into prompts for the visionary life. Kevin discusses structure, genre, and voice but most importantly, how to tell a story.

Kevin Fisher-Paulson studied writing at the University of Notre Dame, with continued coursework at the University of Iowa. His short story, "Virtue Enough for Miss Grrrl," appears in the anthology When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press. His memoir, A Song for Lost Angels, was a finalist in the Ben Franklin Independent Publishing Awards. Kevin writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, two sons, and rescue dogs.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Everything You Learned About Writing is a Lie: Here’s the Truth
Nora Profit
 

Learning how to use words to make a powerful sentence and create a strong emotional engagement will get your writing noticed by the right people. The writing industry has perpetuated a falsehood about writing that condemns 98% of all writers’ work onto the trash heap of failure. What are agents and publishers looking for in your writing? Description, as you have learned it, doesn’t work. You must achieve emotional impact. Nora Profit will help you achieve this necessary goal.

Nora Profit, award-winning journalist, feature writer, columnist, editor, author, and ghostwriter, is also the owner of The Writing Loft, specializing in teaching writers how great writing is actually achieved. Nora is a featured author in Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul and Chicken Soup: Living Your Dreams. Her own books include 10 Glaring Mistakes Amateur Writers Make and How to Avoid Them, and The Ultimate Novel Writing Workbook. Nora graduated with honors from San Jose State University with a bachelor's in journalism.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Developing Your Story for Stage or Screen: Formats, Hints & Secrets
Felice Picano 

Writing for performance arts (TV, cinema, theater) requires a more formal approach. In order to have your work read and noticed by professionals in these fields, you must follow the clear-cut requirements for exactly how to present your work. There are handbooks galore and software (Final Draft, and so on) for screen writing. Hopefuls can spend plenty on expert opinions and boot camps. Here, Felice offers a sensible, intelligent, and proven way to prep your script in the three formats to which producers, actors, and directors will most pay attention. He will present examples and take-away handouts. This is a condensed version of Felice's 5-week Writers Workshop in Los Angeles. Don’t miss it!

Felice Picano has authored over 25 books translated into 17 languages. Several were bestsellers—four plays have been produced. Picano’s first novel was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1975. Since then, he’s been short-listed and/or received awards for poetry, plays, short stories, and novels in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany. He recently received a Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award, and The City of West Hollywood’s Rainbow Award. He has worked in television and film with top directors and producers. Picano’s recent non-fiction, Art & Sex in Greenwich Village, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His memoirs, Nights at Rizzoli and True Stories, have received glowing reviews and awards. An adjunct professor of literature at Antioch University, L.A., Felice, asked by the West Hollywood Public Library, has founded a popular Writing Workshop.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
The Woes and Hows of Memoir
Linda Bello-Ruiz

We all have a story. Not every story needs to be written. How do you know if your story should be written and if it should, how do you write it?

Award-winning author, Linda Bello-Ruiz brings her own story to life in her memoir, From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope. How did a impressionable young woman from the vineyards of Northern California end up in the Red Light District of San Jose, Costa Rica? Learn why she decided to dig deep, be honest and write her story and then, most importantly how she went about doing so.
"I wasn't a writer," Linda shares with her audiences. "I was a woman with a story. And a story untold is forgotten.”

Linda Bello-Ruiz co-founded House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls and sex-trafficked minors in Costa Rica. She was a 23-year-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae. After her return to the States in 1976, she returned to college for a master’s degree in psychology from SSU. Linda worked in the vocational rehabilitation field as a bilingual counselor for 26 years. She wrote her memoir, From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope, and is an inspirational speaker on faith, hope, and service. She is an Ambassador for Courage House, a safe-haven for sex-trafficked girls in Auburn, California, and is an active member of the United for Barra Association in Mexico.

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