October 10, 2015

2013 Scribbles & Sips

We meet at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley on the 2nd Sunday of the month. From 3pm – 5pm we either write or offer feedback on written work. From 5pm – 6pm, we listen.

Here are our events and guest speakers for 2013.

January 13th – Blair Campbell

Writer and editor Blair Campbell has covered food, wine, travel, books, film, and technology for publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Wired, Budget Travel, Mother Jones, Marin Magazine, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her wine column, “Wineau,” appeared for four years in the East Bay Express and Monterey County Weekly and was named Best Newspaper Food Column in the Association of Food Journalists’ national awards competition.

Currently serving as president of the board of directors at Mill Valley’s O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Blair is also a founder and curator of the center’s annual Local Women Writers Series, celebrating women writers based in Marin County.


January 27th – Writing Retreat with Cary Tennis

Prepare to be inspired! Cary Tennis, the gentle voice behind Salon.com’s Since You Asked, is back to host our first-ever writing retreat!

From 1pm to 6pm on Sunday, Cary will guide 12 participants through Pat Schneider’s Amherst’s Writers and Artists method. Come jump start your 2013 writing practice by getting in touch with your creative side.

Members: $95

Nonmembers: $125

Contact programs [at] writeonmamas [dot] com to reserve your spot. Hurry! We’ve only got a few places left!


February 10th Open Mic Mamas


It’s our first “Open Mic” night of the season! RSVP and add your name to the list of readers or just drop by to spur us on!

Theme: “Let Go or Be Dragged: The Lost Chapters from the Parenting Books.” This is also your opportunity to put your name in to read at the 2013 Lit Crawl.

March 10th Anika Streitfeld

Our March speaker is Anika Streitfeld, a local independent editor who specializes in fiction and narrative non-fiction. She’s been an in-house editor at Random House, Ballantine Books and MacAdam/Cage and is also part of the faculty of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop.

Send us your questions for Anika!


April 14th Panel on Platform-BuildingSmallLogo

What’s a “platform?” And why do writers need one? Join us (location TBD) in April for a WoM-packed panel with Laurel Hilton (WoM Chief-Mom-Officer), Claire Hennessy (our Web Maven), Jessica O’Dwyer (author of Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir), and Janine Kovac (our events coordinator), moderated by Marianne Lonsdale (our social media guru).

We’ll talk about where to begin, how to begin, what’s worked for us and what hasn’t. Join in the discussion!

NOTE! THIS MONTH ONLY! We’ll be at the Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse


May 5th (NOTE 1ST Sunday) Samantha Schoech


Samantha Schoech is the co-editor (with Lisa Taggart) of the San Francisco Chronicle bestselling anthology The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and Other Hazards of Being Female (Seal Press, 2007) and Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day (Seal Press, 2006).

Samantha is also an awardee of the Sustainable Arts Grant and former blogger for BabyCenter.com.




June 9th – Caroline Grant

Our June speaker is–Caroline Grant, editor-in-chief of Literary Mama and mastermind behind the Sustainable Arts grants. She and Lisa Catherine Harper (former WM speaker) are the editors of a new anthology coming out this year: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage. And in June she’s coming to us!

You know the drill–write/read/think from 3 – 5. Listen/ask/drink from 5 – 6.



July 14th – Pamela Alma Weymouth

PAWheadshot2012Pamela writes a humor blog for the Huffington Post on parenting and divorce.  She has won awards for her fiction and essays from Glimmer Train and Traveler’s Tales. Her writing has appeared in the Marin Independent Journal and several anthologies including Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009 and Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems I & II. She earned her MFA in creative writing at University of San Francisco and she has taught humor writing at Berkeley Extension and The Writing Salon. Her new addiction is performing at story slams from the Mill Valley Library to The SF Jewish Contemporary Museum. She’s at work on a book of essays Surviving Twinland: the first six years.  



August 1st – “Back Story”
O’Hanlon’s August Literary Series

The lovely folks at O’Hanlon have invited the Write On, Mamas to read at the Women’s Literary Series that starts Thursday, August 1st. Join us from 7pm – 9pm in the Gallery to hear readings from Laurel Hilton, Marianne Lonsdale, Dorothy O’Donnell, and Janine Kovac. They’ll read some of their essays and give the back story behind the words. Q&A to follow plus the opportunity to purchase books from our Write On, Mamas authors: Rachel Sarah, Li Miao Lovett, Jessica O’Dwyer and mentor Kate Hopper. Tickets are $10, $8 for Write On Mamas.


August 11th – Christine Carter CC

Dr. Christine Carter is the author of the book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.  She’s a sociologist and happiness expert, but she’s also a writer, a genius platform-builder and an awesome mom. Christine will talk about how publishing has changed since she first published her book in 2010 and how you can integrate writing into your daily life without forgetting to feed the kids.


FULL–August 15 – 18th – Write On, Mamas Writing Retreat


The Write On, Mamas writing retreat is now full. Please email programs [at] writeonmamas [dot] com if you have questions or would like to join for just the day.




Sept 8th — Brooke Warner

Co-founder of She Writes Press, writing coach at Warner Coaching, and author of What’s Your BookBrooke will come back to give us her new insights regarding the constantly changing face of publishing. She’s been an executive editor with Seal Press. She teaches memoir classes. She’s been in the industry for over fifteen years. Brooke. Is. Amazing. And in August, she’s coming to us to share her wisdom focusing the discussion on social media and platform-building. Perfect timing as we’ll be gearing up to promote our new anthology that comes out this fall.


October 13th — Open Mic Mamas

Hey, Mamas! We’re reading at Lit Crawl again. We’ll still write and chat for the first two hours, but this month instead of a speaker, we’ll give you a sneak preview of what you’ll see if you come see us read at the Crawl Oct 19th. Or bring a piece to read (5 minutes or fewer) and practice your oratorial skills for next year!


October 19th — Lit Crawl: Let Go or Be Dragged



We’re reading at Phase One of the Lit Crawl! Come see us kick off the Crawl at La Cumbre 515 Valencia St in San Francisco’s Mission District from 6pm to 7pm. Our readers will be Mary HillLaurel HiltonLorrie GoldinLi Miao Lovett, Beth Touchette, and Pamela Weymouth. Our topic: “Let Go or Be Dragged.” It has “motherhood” written all over it.





November 10th – Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of Mary, a historical memoir about Mary Todd Lincoln and the memoir The Russian Word for Snow. She is the curator for all workshops offered by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. And if that weren’t enough, Janis is also the founder and curator of Lit Camp, a juried writers conference jointly sponsored by the SF Writers’ Grotto and Litquake. Join us at O’Hanlon on November 11th. Janis is going to give us the inside scoop on how to apply to Lit Camp. What is the jury looking for? What kind of story and writing style stands out? The deadline to apply to Lit Camp is January 15th. It’s the perfect time to get started!


December 8th – Annual Holiday Party

Christmas party
Let’s celebrate the holiday season together.  We’ll meet from 3 pm to 6 pm at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts from 3 pm to 6 pm.  Writing and work shopping will be our focus until 4:30 and then the party begins!  The wearing of holiday sweaters is appreciated but not required.