Redwood Writers Academy 2015

Redwood Writers Academy 2015

All sessions are FULL!

To place your name on a waiting list,
email: workshops@redwoodwriters.org.
First come, first served.

Series package registration CLOSED! 


Start off 2015 with three Sunday morning workshops focusing on crafting your best work and launching it into the world. We’re bringing in three speakers who are in high demand. Don’t miss this opportunity.

February 8th, March 8th, April 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mornings of Redwood Writers monthly meetings – see descriptions below)
Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa — Alexander Room, just off lobby
Members, $30 per workshop, Nonmembers, $40 per workshop

For your convenience, these outstanding workshops will take place on the same Sundays as the Redwood Writers monthly meetings. Plan to spend the day with us, have lunch at the Flamingo, join us for the Author Support Group at 1:00 pm, and stay for our informative meetings–registration opens at 2:30 pm. 

Cancellation Policy:

If a registrant cancels before the registration deadline, fees will be refunded. If the cancellation is after the deadline, a  50% refund will be made, unless the seat is filled — in which case, a 100% refund will be made.


Stuart Horwitz

Stuart Horwitz

February 8, 2015  – Stuart Horwitz – FULL

The Book Architecture Method

After Josh’s insights on character and plot, Stuart Horwitz will join us for a workshop on The Book Architecture Method.

Are you an outliner who meticulously plans every writing session, or a pantsers who pilots by feel? No matter where you fall in the spectrum, Stuart’s Book Architecture Method has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books through a wonderfully efficient three-draft process. Accomplished and aspiring writers alike will learn the secrets of how to painlessly create a complex narrative by knowing what draft you’re in and knowing what action steps to take between drafts.

Stuart Horwitz is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence and Boston. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. His first book Blueprint Your Bestseller(Penguin/Perigee), was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine. His second book, Book Architecture, is being released in early 2015 – just in time for the Redwood Writers Workshop! www.BookArchitecture.com


Joel Friedlander

Joel Friedlander

March 8 , 2015  – Joel Friedlander – FULL

Pathways to Publication

With Josh’s and Stuart’s tools on mastering plot, character and structure, you’ll soon be looking to launch your work into the world. Joel Friedlander will lead our workshop, Pathways to Publication.

Authors who decide to publish their own books face a dizzying array of choices. In today’s digital publishing environment, it can be difficult to determine which is the best path for you and your book. Come learn the main pathways authors are using today to get their books into print and digital formats. We’ll walk through many of the decisions self-publishers need to make to publish efficiently and avoid the frustration and “analysis paralysis” that stops too many in their tracks. Writers change the world, one reader at a time. But you’ve got to get your book in front of people to make that change, and this workshop will help clear your path to publication.

Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) is an award-winning book designer and blogger. He’s been launching the careers of self-publishers since 1994 from his book design and consulting practice at Marin Bookworks in San Rafael. Joel is the author ofA Self-Publisher’s Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish, and he writes TheBookDesigner, a popular blog on book design, book marketing and the future of the book. Joel also is the founder of The Self-Publishing Roadmap, a training course for authors, and BookDesignTemplates.com, where he provides tools and services for authors who publish their own books. Joel is a past president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. www.thebookdesigner.com


Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

April 12, 2015  – Joshua Mohr – FULL

Plarachterization: Intersection of Plot and Character

After his presentation at our May meeting, we couldn’t wait to invite Josh back. This workshop will provides hands-on practice in Plarachterization: Intersection of Plot and Character.

The best plots spring from characters. The more we program ourselves to think of our protagonists as sovereign beings—the better prepared we are to traverse what Josh calls “plarachterization.”

This workshop will focus on characters’ decision making, the causality between plot points, and how to keep readers excitedly flipping pages. Josh will delve into specific tactics for constructing present action and folding in backstory. Plarachterization is a strategy that will help any aspiring writer!

Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Some Things that Meant the World to Me” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at USF. His latest novel is Fight Songhttp://joshuamohr.net/


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