Beginning in June, Redwood Writers meetings move to the FINLEY COMMUNITY CENTER in Santa Rosa on THIRD SATURDAYS from 1 – 2:30 p.m.*

2060 W. College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Arrive at 12:30 p.m. to register and mingle before the general meeting runs from 1 – 2:30 p.m.*

We ask for a small fee of $5 from members and $10 from non-members to cover costs.

Author Support Group Meeting, Santa Rosa Finley Community Center*

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.

*During the Covid-19 pandemic, Redwood Writers general meetings and other gatherings will be held online using Zoom.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. on Zoom* for our monthly meeting!

Due to the global pandemic, the June meeting will be held ONLINE.

How to Hook (and Keep) Readers
Heather Chavez

Creating a propulsive story isn’t just about knowing when to amp up the urgency; it’s also about knowing when to slow it down. Hook readers with that first page, then keep them reading by mastering pacing, including action, dialogue, scene length, and word choice.

Heather will discuss how she incorporated these elements into her own thriller, No Bad Deed, and share what it was like working with an editor at a Big 5 publisher for the first time.

Heather Chavez is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley’s English literature program and has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and contributor to mystery and television blogs. Currently, she’s employed in public affairs for a major health care organization. She lives with her family in Santa Rosa and is at work on her second novel.


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If you already downloaded Zoom, before you join the next Redwood Writers meeting online, you are required to download their encryption security update. Go to for more information.




  • July 18, 2020

    Amanda McTigue
    Less is More, and More is More 

  • August 15, 2020

    Alia Volz
    Memoir: The Art of Questioning Everything

  • September 19, 2020

    Lise Quintana
    Submit to Indie Lit


    Beginning in June, Redwood Writers meetings move to the FINLEY COMMUNITY CENTER in Santa Rosa on THIRD SATURDAYS from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (Currently due to the pandemic, the meetings are conducted on Zoom.) Prices are $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

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


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