2012 Meetings

December 9, 2012

“The Art of Novel Writing”

Join Anne Jordan as she speaks about tips and techniques to improve your writing. Anne is a professional screenwriter who teaches aspiring novelists and screenwriters at many of Northern California’s colleges and universities. She’s written two novels, one How-To book, and dozens of screenplays. Several of her students have gone on to successfully sell and produce theirwork. Anne lives in Santa Rosa and is currently working on a variety of television and film projects. Visit her website: http://popcornentertainmentgroup.com/home.

November 11, 2012

Bonnie Lee

Bonnie Lee

“It’s All About the Benjamins: Taxes 101 for Writers”

Join Bonnie Lee as she brings comedy to the topic of taxes for writers. Taxes can be boring, yes…especially for artistic types who prefer to deal with word play rather than dollar signs. Do you want to keep more money in your pocket? Lee will teach you legitimate ways to do so. You will be informed and delighted by this entertaining presentation. Visit her website:  http://taxpertise.com

October 14, 2012 Author Launch Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the moment every writer dreams of–the moment when the book finally has become a reality! Eleven of our members proudly bring forward their literary efforts. We invite you to revel in their successes, and be inspired to keep working on your own masterpieces! The afternoon will be emceed by Jeane Slone. For a flyer with all the authors and their books, Author Launch Flyer Oct 2012!

September 9, 2012

Janis Flores, “36 Years, 35 Books, 5 Agents and 1 Burst Bubble”

Janis Flores

Janis Flores was first published in 1976 with a Gothic suspense novel by Doubleday and Company. She became a member of Redwood Writers and first spoke to the club in 1976, as a first-time author. Now, thirty-six years later, she is one of the longest standing members in our branch and is celebrating the publication of her thirty-fifth book, Sweeter than Wine, by Musa Publishing. Her writing has included the following fiction genres: historical, family sagas, category romance, and women’s contemporary mainstream. For a flyer, click Janis Flores. Visit her website: http://www.janisflores.com/

August 12, 2012

Nina Amir, “Why Every Writer Needs a Pitch and How to Write One”

Nina Amir

Nina Amir

Writers need to be able to discuss their work in verbal shorthand with agents, bookstores, reviewers, readers, and the media, as well as with friends and family. Learn how to summarize work into a pithy statement that can be used for query letters, book jacket covers, webpage summations, personal interactions, and much more.

Nina Amir, an Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates writers and non-writers alike to create publishable and published products and careers as authors as well as to achieve their goals, manifest their dreams, and fulfill their purpose. Visit her website: http://www.ninaamir.com. For more information and a flyer, Click here!

July 8, 2012: Author Launch Celebration

This year’s author launch celebration was a tribute to the diverse talent of our members. Ten of our members proudly brought forward their literary efforts. We invite you to revel in their successes and be inspired to keep working on your own masterpieces. For a list of all authors and their books, click here!

June 10, 2012

Veronica Rossi, “Creating High Concept Fiction”

Veronica Rossi

Rossi defined high concept fiction, and discussed why it should matter to you. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, has sold in more than twenty foreign markets and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Visit her website: http://www.veronicarossi.com/


May 20, 2012

Valerie Frankel,  “The Heroine’s Journey for Writers”

Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, the first book to examine the heroine’s epic quest in women’s mythology the world over. Her books on pop culture, called Harry Potter: Still Recruiting and Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey will be coming in 2012. She taught English at San Jose State University for several years and was the youngest person ever to receive an MFA in their Creative Writing program. She’s a frequent speaker on myth, fantasy, pop culture, and the heroine’s journey, with many fans of all ages. Come explore her latest research at www.vefrankel.com

April 15, 2012

Yanina Gotsulsky, “The Writer and the Publisher – Role Reversal in the 21st Century”

Gotsulsky is an editor, translator, and author of two novels, The Speed of Life and the forthcoming Ergo Sum. Her work has appeared in national and international publications. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Numina Press, publishing novels by Tamim Ansary, Joe Quirk, Kemble Scott, Ransom Stephens, and James Warner. She will bring her perspective as a writer and as a publisher in discussing how the publishing industry is being revolutionized by ebooks and the new technologies of print-on-demand and how one can plot a new game plan to become a successful author. For a leaflet with detail, click Yanina Gotsulsky  Visit her website: http://www.yaninagotsulsky.com/

March 11, 2012

Peter Beren, Agent

Peter Beren

Formerly Publisher of Sierra Club Books, V.P. for Publishing at Palace Press International and Publisher of VIA Books, a division of the California State Automobile Association, Peter Beren is a Literary Agent specializing in nonfiction with an emphasis on illustrated (art and photography) books. A member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), he is the author or co-author of six books including The Writers Legal Companion and California the Beautiful. His best-known clients include photographer Art Wolfe (Dogs Make Us Human, forthcoming from Bloomsbury). Brian and Wendy Froud (Trolls, forthcoming from Abrams) and Laurence Boldt (Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Penguin). Visit his website:  http://www.peterberen.com

February 12, 2012

Tanya Egan Gibson, “Building A Vibrant Fictional World”

Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is the author of the novel How To Buy a Love of Reading, which was published by Dutton in May 2009, has been translated into Italian and Spanish, and had its paperback release by Plume in July 2010. Her short fiction has been published in Carve magazine, where it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; her short fiction for young adults has been published in Cicada.

Gibson is Vice President/Program Chair of the Marin Branch of California Writers Club, a member of Women’s National Book Association, and an alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She belongs to The Tuesday Night Writers, a collective of Bay Area writers who produce the reading series “Pints & Prose.” She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from University of Washington. Visit her interactive website, http://www.howtobuyaloveofreading.com, and share a story about how reading changed your life.

January 8, 2012

Teresa Le Yung-Ryan, ” Writing Career Make Over with Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan”


Coach Teresa chose 3 writers from the audience—representing the 3 umbrella genres (fiction, narrative non-fiction, and prescriptive non-fiction a.k.a. how-to books)—and guided them in this interactive session. Everyone  received Coach Teresa’s Writing-Career-Make-Over” template.  She’s the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (a workbook for anyone who has anything to promote—available in print edition and as E-book). As a manuscript consultant, she shows authors how to identify themes and archetypes. Her using her novel Love Made of Heart (to inspire adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families) demonstrates the power of making one’s name synonymous with the themes/subject matters/issues one writes about. http://www.WritingCoachTeresa.com