2013 Meetings

Sunday, December 8, 2:30–5:00 pm, Flamingo Hotel

Lisa Brackmann, “How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense”

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Lisa Brackmann

Join New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann (Rock Paper Tiger) for a discussion on how techniques for writing crime fiction can be applied to to nearly any genre. Learn how suspense and mystery can help drive narrative, turning a plod into a page-turner.

Lisa Brackmann has worked as an executive at a major motion picture studio, an issues researcher in a presidential campaign, and was the singer/songwriter/bassist in an LA rock band. Yes, she will do karaoke, and she’s looking to buy a bass ukulele. Her debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, set on the fringes of the Chinese art world, made several “Best of 2010” lists, including Amazon’s Top 100 Novels and Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers, and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, Getaway, won the Los Angeles Book Festival Grand Prize and was nominated for the T. Jefferson Parker SCIBA award. In her latest book, Hour of the Rat, character Ellie McEnroe makes a return in a sequel to Rock Paper Tiger. Visit her website: http://www.lisabrackmann.com/      

Sunday, November 10, 2013, 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo

“Reclaim Your Time: How to Effectively Manage Your Author Platform in 30 Minutes a Day”

Are you terrified of venturing into social media, fearing that it will take hours of your time each day? Are you spending more hours glued to your computer liking Facebook posts and retweeting your Tweets when you could – and should – be writing?

The number one fear that writers have about using social media is that it will monopolize their time each day, leaving them with little time left to write, walk the dog, go to the gym, garden, cook, or whatever their interests might be. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Frances Caballo is a social media trainer, strategist, and author with 23 years of communications experience. She is the Social Media Editor for the Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. She is the author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers.  Visit her website: http://www.act-comms.com/

Sunday, October 13th, 2:30–5:00 pm, Flamingo Hotel

Vicki DeArmon “Bookstore Events: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

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Vicki DeArmon

Come hear Vicki DeArmon, Director of Marketing and Events at Copperfield’s Books, discuss how to schedule, prepare and perform at a bookstore event so that it is a positive experience for you and the audience. She will give examples of past events that were both successful and unsuccessful.

Vicki DeArmon is the Marketing & Events Director at Copperfield’s Books, booking and overseeing hundreds of events for all seven stores. She got her start nearly 30 years ago in the book business at age 26, when she founded Foghorn Press, an outdoor and recreation book publisher in San Francisco. Since then she has produced a huge assortment of events – from an author bungee jumping with media to celebrate the publication of California Thrill Sports to the San Francisco Book Festival which drew 35,000 people, from the 25th Anniversary of Earth Day in the Presidio to the world renowned World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Petaluma Fair. This year she authored World’s Ugliest Dogs: The Official World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Book

Sunday, September 8, 2013, 2:30 – 5:00 pm 
Flamingo Hotel Courtyard Rooms 1 & 2, at rear of hotel

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart                 

“Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir”

An author presentation in collaboration with Copperfield’s Books.

Memoir is a deeply personal undertaking—an art that inevitably enlightens and provokes. As a five-time memoirist and teacher of creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart sees memoir writing every day—and wants to help aspiring writers everywhere fashion lasting and meaningful truths.

Citing nearly 100 well-known memoirs and the work of her own students, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir (Gotham Books, August 6, 2013, Paperback Original, eBook) offers timely insight into the process of writing and creating a memoir, as well as the consequences of telling the truth. In a literary culture in which more memoirs than ever are being written and more life story classes taught, Handling the Truth is an important guide to the “big questions” confronting writers: What is the language of the truth, and does truth matter? Do half-truths count? What rights do memoirists have? Can you teach compassion?  What is beauty in memoir and is there room for it in a hurried world? Why do so many writers get memoir wrong and what does it take to get it right?  Finally, can writing memoir well shape how we remember and who we are? http://beth-kephart.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Peter Bowerman

Peter Bowerman

Peter Bowerman

“Love to Write But Hate to Starve?”

Keep Your Wallet & Passion for Writing ‘Well Fed’ with Lucrative Commercial Freelancing

Freelancers who make above-average livings often know something other writers don’t: That adding “commercial” writing to their mix offers the opportunity to make $60 to $125-plus an hour, giving them the time and space to pursue their “bliss” writing. In today’s downsized business world, companies of all sizes pay freelancers handsomely to handle many writing tasks.

Bowerman chronicled his self-publishing success in the award-winning 2007 release, The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living and its 2013 updated edition (www.wellfedsp.com). In 2010, he launched a service offering book titling and back-cover copywriting through www.titletailor.com

Sunday, July 14th, 2:00-5:00 pm

Authors’ Launch Celebration

Listen to snippets from a host of good books, pick up some great new reads, and join all of us in celebrating our writers’ publication successes! Seventeen members of Redwood Writers proudly bring forward their new literary efforts.

Author Launch Flyer 2013-page 1For a fantastic, enticing flyer, click Here.

Featured writers and their works include: Bert Botta, Fast Lane to Faith: A Jet Jockey’s Search for Significance; Robbi Sommers Bryant, Dream; Joelle Burnette, Cancer Time Bomb: How the BRCA Gene Stole My Tits and Eggs; Arlette Dawdy, Huachuca Woman; Martha Adelle Dunlop, I Was There…When; Pamela Fender, Beside Myself: Recovery from My Family, Betrayal and Estrangement; Laura McHale Holland, The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song; Sue Hultberg, Brain Injury Advocates; Jeanne Jusaitis, Lilah Dill and the Magic Kit; Jo Lauer, Best Laid Plans: A Cozy Mystery; Joan Martin, Little Bear Learns to Fly; Arlene Miller (as JoJo Baker), Trashy Novel: Four College Girls on a Path; Mary Ames Mitchell, The Search for My Abandoned Grandmother: A History of Family Blessings; Harry Reid, The Concert: The Diary of Frederigo Alfieri; Linda Loveland Reid, Something in Stone; Helena Sedwick, Coyote Winds; and Nina Tepedino, If You Lived in Sam’s Neck.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm 
Buzzy Martin and Robbi Sommers Bryant

“Do All Roads Lead To Rome?”

Which publishing road should you take? Is there a definite answer to that question, or does it vary for each person and situation? Two veteran writers meet to tell tales of the positives and negatives of traditional and independent publishing: charismatic musician Buzzy Martin, author of Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man, and Redwood Writers spirited president Robbi Sommers Bryant, whose newest book, Dream, won second place in the Los Angeles Book Festival, Best in Genre. Michelle Wing serves as moderator.


Buzzy Martin

Buzzy Martin has shared his message with Colleges and universities such as Yale, Rotary Clubs, schools at all levels, juvenile detention centers, legal, professional and judicial groups. www.buzzymartin.com

Robbi Sommers Bryant

Robbi Sommers Bryant

Robbi Sommers Bryant is the author of one novella, four novels, five books of short stories and a book of poetry. Robbi has had articles published in magazines such as Redbook and Reader’s Digest. Besides her writing, she is also web editor for the Redwood Writers website, a professional editor specializing in Tempo Editing, and a creativity coach.



Sunday, May 19th, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm

Jana McBurney-Lin

Jana McBurney-Lin

Jana McBurney-Lin

“Five Things That Are Killing Your Story”

In her decades of writing and editing fiction, Jana McBurney-Lin discovered there are five basic elements necessary to bring life into any story. Let her help you breathe life into yours.

McBurney-Lin is the author of two acclaimed novels. My Half of the Sky (KOMENAR Publishing, 2006) received numerous awards, including Booksense Pick of the Month, Forbes Book Club Pick, and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year (Honorable Mention). Her recently released novel, Blossoms and Bayonets (Redwood Publishing, 2012) is “suspenseful and deeply affecting,” according to best-selling novelist Caroline Leavitt.  Visit her blog.

Sunday, April 14th, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm
Jordan Rosenfeld

“Power In Numbers:” How Writers’ Collectives Help Indie Authors Rise to Success

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan Rosenfeld

One of the biggest mistakes indie authors make is to try and go it alone. Without the infrastructure of traditional publishing, authors often miss important steps and hurry to get their manuscript to market. Rosenfeld is co-founder of of indie-visible: literary justice for all, a writers’ collective of 16 independent authors who publish together, acting as a small press while still remaining independent.

She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the author of the novel, Forged in Grace (indie-visible ink), and the writing guides, Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books) and Write Free! Attracting the Creative Life with Rebecca Lawton (BeijaFlor Books).  Visit her websiteClick here for flyer.


Sunday, March 10th, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm
Judy Baker

“The Fortune Is in Your Follow-Up”

Judy Baker

Judy Baker

Judy Baker, brand evangelist and Certified Action Plan Marketing Coach, will teach you how to  consistently attract qualified clients with sustainable marketing systems that grow your business.Is your networking failing to produce the results you desire? Is your desk buried in business cards you meant to put into your database, but didn’t? Are there thank you notes that you meant to write and mail out sitting blank? Were you intending to make a call, send out information, or set an appointment? Are your social media profiles stale, confusing or missing in action? Feeling guilty, overwhelmed, confused, or anxious? Baker will show you how to turn those business cards into contacts, connections and clients. One of her websites.

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Sunday, February 10th, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm
Andy Ross

“A Peek Into The Publishing Industry From an Inside Source”

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Andy Ross, former owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, is now a literary agent. Come hear him speak about his perspective on the publishing industry from having sold books to customers to now selling manuscripts to editors. He will also touch on the basics of how to research agents and send query letters. Ross is currently open to new clients. More information about what genres he represents can be found at www.andyrossagency.com.

Ross was the owner of the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley for 30 years. He opened his literary agency in January 2008. The agency represents books in a wide range of subjects including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion,  children’s books, young adult, middle grade, literary and commercial  fiction, and cooking.

 Sunday, January 13th, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm

 Paul Gullixson 

“How the E-Revolution is Changing the Newspaper Industry”

Paul Gullixson

Paul Gullixson

Paul Gullixson, Editorial Director of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, will speak about the “digital shift” occurring in the newspaper publishingindustry and how these changes impact not only the journalists on staff but are also opening up new opportunities for freelance writers and their readers — online and in print. He also will be offering his top 10 tips on how to get a newspaper editor to publish your freelance submission. Visit his website: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/personalia/pgullixson

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