Redwood Writers Meetings are held at the
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Phone: (707) 545-8530

Arrive at 2 p.m. to register and mingle before the general meeting runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

We ask for a small fee of $5 from members and $10 from non-members to cover costs.
Arrive at 2 p.m. to register and network.

Author Support Group Meeting, 1-2 pm, Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room

Deborah Taylor French, Jeanne Jusaitis, Facilitators

Do you have a burning question about publishing? Want to know how to handle that plot twist? Wonder about other authors' writing processes? Or perhaps you'd just like some time to get to know a few other writers. Bring your questions and expertise both to the Author Support Group meeting from 1-2 p.m., prior to the main meeting in its same room at the Flamingo Hotel.

Author Support embodies the heart of Redwood Writers Club, "writers helping writers"—in an intimate setting.  Click here for flier.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
2 – 4:30 p.m.

Humor as a Writing Hook: A panel discussion on craft

Deborah Taylor-French

What's so funny?

Lots of things, as it turns out. We will explore various tools writers use in creating humor-hyperbole, irony, self-deprecation, quirky characters, and entertaining plot twists.

The panel discussion will explore a wide range of topics dealing with humor, such as:

  • What is humor?
  • How does it help us in the quality of our life?
  • What part does it play in different genres: plays, poetry, prose?
  • What can we learn about how other cultures treat humor?
  • What does it mean to lack a sense of humor?

Examples from literary works will be given to answer and discuss the above points.


Daniel Coshnear works at a group home and teaches through UC Berkeley Extension. He is author of two story collections: Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine 2001), Willa Cather Award winner, and Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kelly's Cove Press 2012). In 2015, he won the Novella Award from Fiction Fix (now Flock) for Homesick Redux. His newest story collection: Separation Anxiety will be published in 2021 by Unsolicited Press.

Deborah Walton is a Redwood Writers Board member, editor of the monthly newsletter, and the PR director. And she says she's retired. If that's not funny, then consider she bought two houses on the internet, sight unseen, and lives in both—not at the same time.

Jean Wong, author of Sleeping with the Gods and Hurtling Jade, and Other Tales of Personal Folly, is an award-winning poet, fiction, and memoir writer. Her work has been produced by the Petaluma Reader's Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, Off the Page, and Lucky Penny Productions.


Deborah Taylor French will moderate the panel. She is author of Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries and writes a blog under her book series title. She has been published in a number of Redwood Writers anthologies.



  • March 8, 2020

    Writing Character
    Connie Hale

  • April 19, 2020

    Children's Book Authors Panel
    Natasha Yim
    Innosanto Nagara
    Mae Respicio
    Mitali Perkins

  • May 17, 2020

    Craft & World Building
    (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

    Chris Fox

  • Location & Price

    The monthly Redwood Writers meeting is held the second Sunday of each month in the Empire Room at the Flamingo Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Prices are $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

    For more information, CLICK HERE to visit the Meetings page.

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