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.
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 a Promise Winner 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 – TBD!
Join us for a mystery guest! Or maybe a mystery panel! Or maybe we’ll just hang out and write! We don’t know yet! But we do know whatever will happen will happen on July 14th between 3pm and 6pm.
NEW DATES! August 15 – 18th – Write On, Mamas Writing Retreat
It’s like sleep-away camp for writing moms. We’ll be at Mount Madonna south of San Jose. There’s no cost for the retreat–only cost for accommodations which should be made directly with the lovely folks at Mount Madonna. Accommodations include all meals and free morning yoga. AND there’s a Wellness Center offering massages and facials. AND there’s a hot tub. AND it’s a beautiful and inspiring place to write.
Come for one day or all four. Leave your families behind or bring them along. We’re flexible that way. But reserve your spot soon while Mount Madonna still has availability!
August 11th – Brooke Warner
Co-founder of She Writes Press, writing coach at Warner Coaching, and author of What’s Your Book, Brooke 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.
Stay tuned…we’ve got events planned for each month.
Write On, Mamas!
Here’s What We’ve Done So Far in 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.
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!
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