2022 Meetings

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Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
How to Evoke Emotion in Every Scene
Jordan Rosenfeld

From fast-paced thrillers to contemplative literary novels and everything in between, readers need to connect to your characters to create a page-turning story. Emotion is the thread that binds readers to your characters’ experiences. This session will help you use sensory cues, powerful imagery, character demonstration, and other tools to evoke the emotion that hooks readers and creates deep, compelling characters.

Jordan Rosenfeld is author of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing, most recently How to Write a Page-Turner, the bestselling Make a Scene, Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes and Write Free. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in hundreds of publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Washington Post, and many more. She is also a freelance manuscript editor, writing coach, and teaches online classes. Visit JordanRosenfeld.net

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022
Jeane Slone

Author Launch 2021-22

Celebrate the success of Bay Area authors at the annual Redwood Writers Author Launch event. Listen to excerpts from new books published by our members, and meet local authors online on Zoom.

Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022
Improve Your Storytelling with Playwriting Techniques
Diana Pho

Hugo Award-winning editor and playwright Diana M. Pho presents craft techniques that combine the stage and the page! She'll talk about how theater and playwriting have impacted her editorial skills and can apply to your manuscript. The presentation will cover plotting, pacing, character development, and more tips!

Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award-winning fiction editor. She has more than 10 years of experience in traditional publishing, including Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Diana currently works as Story Producer at the podcast studio and entertainment company Realm. Additionally, she has a double Bachelor’s degree in English and Russian Literature from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Performance Studies from New York University.

Books she has edited have won the Thriller Award (A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack, for Best Young Adult), the Ditmar Award (Thoraiya Dyer’s Crossroads of Canopy, for Best Novel), the ALA’s Alex Award (P. Djeli Clark's The Black God's Drums), the Nebula Award (P. Djeli Clark's Ring Shout), and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year Selection (Marie Miranda Cruz's Everlasting Nora, for Middle Grade). Diana herself is a two-time finalist for the Ignyte Award and the Locus Award for her editorial work, and a Hugo Award recipient for Best Editor, Long-Form, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of speculative fiction.


Saturday, April 16, 2022
Poetry, Music, and the Language of the Spirit
Diane Frank

Diane Frank will read from her new book, While Listening to the Enigma Variations: New and Selected Poems. A Poetics Talk will follow with ideas about poetry as the language of the soul, virtuoso editing techniques, and how to write poems inspired by music. She will share the poems that are most important to her and ideas about poetry to help and inspire those who attend.

Diane Frank is the author of eight books of poems, three novels, and a photo memoir of her 400-mile trek in the Nepal Himalayas. Listening to the Enigma Variations: New and Selected Poems was published in 2021 by Glass Lyre Press. She is also editor of two bestselling anthologies: Fog and Light: San Francisco through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here and Pandemic Puzzle Poems. Diane lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she dances, plays cello in the Golden Gate Symphony, and creates her life as an art form. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.


Saturday, May 21, 2022
Your Power Presence for Writers: Uncommon Ways to Inspire Your Audience and Amplify Your Impact
Vicki Dello Joio

Have you ever given a presentation that just didn’t quite land? Vicki Dello Joio believes that it’s the energy you bring that matters most—It can put people off or draw them to you. (Many people think of energy as healing arts, but there is also energy in the stories you tell—both what you say and how you say it.

During your time with Vicki you will:

  • Explore impactful ways to touch your audience while staying You.
  • Learn techniques to keep your material fresh and clear brain fog (even if you have stage fright)
  • Get your glow on from the inside out

Vicki Dello Joio is an inspirational speaker, show-stopping theater performer, and life-changing workshop leader whose brand of brilliance inspires visionary speakers and writers to step into the spotlight, speak out and make the impact they know they were born to make.

Drawing on decades of experience as both a theater performer/director as well as her life-long study of Qi (energy) arts, Vicki’s distinctive integrative methods have fired up heart-centered messengers with passion, presence, and power every time they appear on live or virtual stages.

A Hall of Fame-recognized teacher of the Chinese Art of Qigong, Vicki is the author of The Way of Joy, a “Spiritual Fitness” program that has inspired people from coast to coast and internationally with embodied reminders that Joy is your birthright—a fuel, not a goal—and your secret key to life satisfaction and abiding success.

Since 1987, her unique and effective methods have touched and transformed hundreds of speakers to stand and deliver with joy, confidence, and ease.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
The Heart of the Story: Using Developmental Coaching to Find and Finesse Your Story
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

In the forest/trees metaphor, we writers sometimes focus on the leaves. Having a fresh pair of eyes can help us to the bigger picture of our story as a whole.

In this presentation we'll cover:

  • What is "developmental" story coaching (from pros and peers) and what isn't it?
  • When and how to use story coaching to your best advantage.
  • The Goldilocks of story editing: Not too little, not too much...just right.
  • How to use story coaching to find YOUR voice, not to have someone else write or rewrite your story.

For Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, storytelling in all of its forms is nearly a religion. As a therapist for more than 30 years, as a genre-jumping author, as a speaking coach, and in her role as a writing coach, she strives to tell and help others tell their lived and imagined stories with clarity, candor, and heart. Betsy has helped dozens of clients transform their books from first-draft to submission-ready, helping them find their own voices and the essence of the stories they want to tell. She is the host and producer of The Morning Glory Project, an interview podcast featuring the stories of survivors, thrivers, innovators, and trailblazers. She is the author of Fire and Water, Filling Her Shoes, and From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Perfect Enough…My Road to Writing and Funding My Book
Judy Dang

Learn how to use the power of community to secure financial backing, raving fans, and loyal amplifiers for your book...even before you've submitted your manuscript.

Judy Dang is a time management coach, speaker, and first-time author. Perfect Enough, Judy's book for Asian-American women on how to let go of perfectionism will be published in September by New Degree Press.

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Saturday, August 20, 2022
Freud, Not Frankenstein: Creating Lifelike Characters with a Little Help from Psychology
Kerry Schafer

Nobody wants to read books full of flat, lifeless, or inconsistent characters—and writing them isn’t much fun either. In this presentation, we’ll dive into how to bring your characters to life naturally and organically, rather than artificially stitching them together and trying to force them to do what you want. We’ll talk about defining moments, personality typing, and personal experience as tools to build characters from the inside out.

Kerry Schafer (who also writes as Kerry Anne King) was the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year in 2020. She is a best-selling hybrid author with twelve novels in print. She is also a retired RN, a licensed mental health counselor, and a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. In addition to writing, Kerry provides writer coaching, online classes, and virtual assistant services through her Author Genie business. She is active in the podcasting community and is the host of Taming the TBR. When not absorbed in creative pursuits, you’ll find her hanging out with her real-life Viking on their little piece of heaven just outside Colville, Washington.


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Saturday, September 17, 2022
You've Written a Book, What's Next?: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, & Ways to Translate "No" to "Yes"
Deborah Halverson

Deborah Halverson shows beginners as well as advanced writers—published and pre-published—how to perfect their submission package and strategy. This presentation includes a master handout, sample query letters, and a quick-reference sheet for translating editorial feedback.

Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies and Writing New Adult Fiction, as well as numerous teen novels, books in a series for struggling readers, and a picture book. Formerly an editor at Harcourt Children's Books and now a freelance editor specializing in picture books and Young Adult/Middle-Grade fiction and nonfiction, Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for twenty-five years. She is also the founder of the popular writers’ advice site DearEditor.com and serves on the advisory board for the UC San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program.


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Saturday, October 15, 2022
Razzle-Dazzle Me!
Rebecca Rosenberg

Razzle-dazzle the media with a strong author platform, the right message, the right media, and strong call to action, and, a show to remember you by.

  • Supercharge your author platform to get publicity for your books.
  • Energize your publicity message with calls to action.
  • Create the right buzz to fit the moment.
  • Reach out to the right media at the right time.
  • Lights! Camera! Action! When the curtain goes up, give them a show to remember!

Rebecca Rosenberg is a lavender farmer, champagne geek, and award-winning author of four books.

She fell in love with méthode champenoise in Sonoma, California, where she lives on a lavender farm with her family. Her latest books are Lavender Fields of America, (August 2022) and Champagne Widows (March 2022). When Rebecca discovered the real-life widows who made champagne a worldwide phenomenon, she knew she'd dedicate years to telling the stories of these remarkable women, Veuve Clicquot, Madame Pommery (March 2023), and Lily Bollinger (March 2024). She is a champagne historian and tour guide for Breathless Wines.

Her other award-winning novels include The Secret Life of Mrs. London and Gold Digger, the Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.

Find more information at https://www.rebecca-rosenberg.com/media.
Follow the Champagne Widows blog at Rebecca's Blog on Facebook at rebeccarosenbergnovels.

Saturday, November 19, 2022
At the Heart of Screenplay: Character / Conflict
Toney Merritt

A comprehensive overview of the development practices of turning ideas into screenplays/scripts for film and/or video productions. The screenplay is a comprehensive set of instructions written in a specific format that addresses all of the crafts related to producing a movie; casting, cinematography, costume and set and sound design, direction and editing to list a few. Along with story development, a screenplay has two goals: Economy and Clarity. Economy in writing as few words as possible avoiding overly descriptive language. Clarity, so that everyone working on the film knows exactly what is required from their craft.

Toney Merritt, (MFA 1979) has been an Interdisciplinary Artist and Independent filmmaker for over 50 years, having completed over 30 personal films and videos; experimental, narrative and documentary. His films have screened a various venues such as the Paris Cinematheque, The London Coop, Pacific Film Archives, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Ann Arbor and Mill Valley Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archives, New York and the Oakland and DeYoung Museums, and recently, with a one-person retrospective at Lightbox Cinema in Philadelphia in 2021. Toney was the Program Director for the Mendocino Film Festival for 2 years, 2014 and 2015. He taught Film Production and Digital Editing at City College San Francisco, and Screenwriting for the San Francisco State University’s Digital Video Intensive Program. He was invited to present as a writer/director at the 2007, what was known as, Squaw Valley Community of Writer’s Conference, and invited back in 2008 to serve as a screenwriting mentor to 4 aspiring screenwriters. He has also served as a panelist for various festivals such as the SF International Film Festival and as a panelist for Independent Television Service, (ITVS) and the Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations, and most recently, the National Endowment of the Arts. www.toneymerritt.com

Saturday, December 17, 2022
Member Appreciation Event

Join us as we celebrate our members and volunteers for their achievements and contributions to Redwood Writers