Salon Series

2014 Salon Series Events for Members

WoM Holiday Party!

Sunday, December 4, 2014

As is our tradition, we held our Holiday Party at our Salon Series on December 14th. We, of course, had time for writing at the beginning, but then enjoyed food, drink and chat. We went around the group, giving everyone a chance to reflect on their writing (or lack thereof!) in 2014 and their hopes and dreams for 2015. It’s amazing how empowering it was to say your goals out loud, receive support and encouragement, learn what everyone else is up to and get to know the rest of our group.

We also summarized what Write on Mamas completed throughout the year, how book sales were going for Mamas Write and our goals for the upcoming year.

We welcomed everyone to this fun and friendly event to round off another very successful year.

Kim and Kirsten from LTYM

Sunday, November 9, 2014

We were thrilled to welcome Kim Thompson Steel and Kirsten Patel as our November speakers. Kim and Kirsten, the hard-working team behind the San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother, shared their experience, inspiration and wisdom. Kim, a photographer and former animator, blogs at Mosey Along; and Kirsten avidly blogs at The Norwindians.

Lit Crawl 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We were extremely honored and excited to participate in Lit Crawl for the third year in a row. We performed in one of the coveted Phase 3 slots from 8:30-9:30 pm and read at Ritual Coffee, 1026 Valencia Street. For those of you who are new to Lit Crawl it is the final event of San Francisco’s literary festival, Litquake. It takes place in the Mission area of San Francisco, spread out over 3 hours, with readings of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and more in bookstores, bars, art galleries, restaurants, stores, cafes, a bowling alley and even a police station!

Holly Payne

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Holly Payne was amazing. She brought her beautiful daughter (who was the epitome of a well-brought up young lady, playing quietly with Lagos, eating fruit and then even tidying up afterwards) and talked for an hour about her journey from writer to author to publisher. She was funny, interesting, supportive, encouraging and very inspiring.

Holly is an award-winning, internationally published author, writing coach and founder of Skywriter Books. A Discover Great New Writers author, she has written four novels. Her latest work of historical fiction, DAMASCENA: The Tale of Roses and Rumi, unravels the mystery of a legendary girl, whom Rumi recognizes as his final muse.

Nancy Davis Kho

Sunday, August 10, 2014

After fifteen years working in international product marketing, Nancy made the switch to writing just as she was barreling into her forties, and has never looked back.

A writer whose first work was written in third grade, a play about a field mouse named Gina, Nancy began publishing her essays in 2005 and leveraged that experience into a thriving freelance journalism and editorial career.

She holds a B.S in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is an alum of every Bay Area writer’s program possible, studying at The Grotto, Writing Salon, Book Passage, Media Bistro, and Adair Lara’s workshops.

She is extraordinarily proud to be represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Media and you can find her writing on her award-winning blog – Midlife Mixtape: For the years between being hip and breaking one.

Open Mic

Sunday, June 8, 2014

We had a small turnout, probably due to the extreme heat on Sunday, but it was a really great meeting. We wrote, we chatted, we each spent some time talking about what we were currently working on, and then we read. Some of us asked for feedback, some didn’t. It was a wonderful afternoon and great to hear what everyone was up to. The pieces read were also very different and interesting.

Book Reading: Copperfield’s Book

Sunday, June 8, 2014

We were thrilled to read essays from Mamas Write at Copperfield’s Books in Sebastopol. Five of our members read their essays, moderated by Claire Hennessy, who shared more about who we are and how the book came about in the first place. It was a small turnout compared to our last events but still fun and there was a cosy atmosphere to the store.

Listen To Your Mother: Twin Cities

Saturday, May 8, 2014

Riverview Theater, Minneapolis
The Twin Cities Listen to your Mother event was another sold out fabulous event, according to our members’ Facebook posts and pictures. WoM members Leslie Langerstrom and Prinna Boudreau enjoyed themselves and were well-received.

Listen to your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. To date, LTYM has raised over $25,000 for local causes. If you live in the Minneapolis area, learn more about Listen to your Mother.


Book Reading: Scribd San Francisco

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We were delighted and honored to be invited by Scribd to perform as part of their monthly author series at their headquarters in San Francisco. Nancy Davis Kho was a superb moderator and led a short panel discussion after introducing each of our six speakers. There was a good turnout and Scribd were offering 3 months free subscription (see members only site for promo code) and a free copy of our book to everyone that signed up on the night. We had a blast and Nancy was professional and hysterical

Cary and Norma Tennis

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What a full day this was, starting with our monthly Salon Series at 3pm for writing and workshopping, followed at 5pm by Cary and Norma Tennis.

Cary copy-edited Mamas Write and Norma made our book beautiful with her talented design work. We are forever indebted to both of them as we would not have such a professional book if it were not for their hard work and attention to detail.

Cary Tennis, the gentle voice behind’s Since You Asked, was our very first WoM speaker in February 2012! In addition to his advice column, Cary runs a number of different writing workshops, ranging from online classes to weekend getaways. For more information check out

Book Reading: Book Passage

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We were honored to read from Mamas Write at the famous Bay Area independent book store, Book Passage, in Corte Madera, where many Write on Mamas have launched their own books. Hagafen Cellars generously provided their superb wine once again and we had a table laden with delicious food. It was our biggest book launch with approximately 80 people attending who thoroughly enjoyed all five readers. Afterwards, as Book Passage sold out of books and we had to replenish their stock, there was a long line of generous souls who wanted their freshly purchased books signed by the members. An incredibly fun evening and we all felt like rock stars!

Listen To Your Mother: San Francisco 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

We were excited and proud to watch three of our members perform at Listen to your Mother in San Francisco. It was a full house at the Brava Theater when Jessica O’Dwyer, Angelisa Russo and Steven Friedman brought a lump to the throat and tears to the eyes of most of the audience. A fabulous evening.

Listen to your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. To date, LTYM has raised over $25,000 for local causes, learn more about Listen to Your Mother.

Mamas Write Book Launch: Diesel, A Bookstore 

Saturday, April 24, 2014

Our first book launch was held at Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland. Situated nearby Bittersweet Cafe where our editorial team camped out for months knocking this book into shape, we felt it was an appropriate place to kick off our book tour. Fittingly, our editorial team of Janine, Joanne and Mary started off our book tour, along with Lorrie and Marianne. They did a wonderful job and there was standing room only, with some people even resorting to sitting on the floor. Diesel quickly sold out of books in the rush to purchase our book afterwards and Janine had to scurry to the car for more!

Our second book launch was in the beautiful town of Napa at Napa Bookmine. A different selection of authors read from Mamas Write, and the audience was well taken care of with nibbles and delicious wine generously donated by Hagafen Cellars.

Michelle Richmond

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Michelle Richmond is the author of the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, the novels Dream of the Blue Room and No One You Know, and the New York Times and international bestseller The Year of Fog.

Her new novel, Golden State, will be published by Bantam in February, 2014. She also has a new story collection, Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, which was published in 2014.

Michelle was wonderful and not only read an excerpt, but gave those in attendance some tips and helpful hints (see members only page).

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. He served as Marin County’s very first Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of Beamish Boy: A Memoir, Spring 2012,  Letters to Early Street, Spring 2007 from La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press, and Walking Tooth & Cloud, January 2007 from French Connection Press in Paris.

Come Audition For Lit Crawl

Sunday, February 9, 2014

We hosted our third annual Lit Crawl auditions at the February meeting!

Members brought various finished and unfinished pieces to read on the theme of “Family Secrets” (everyone has at least one!) If you would like to participated in Lit Crawl 2014 please let us know asap. You can write about something you never told your parents or haven’t told your kids, or a secret you found out about your parents or a sibling.

Christine Bronstein

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Christine Bronstein, founder of A Band of Women (formerly A Band of Wives), a private social community for women joined us for our January meeting. ABOW provides a safe place for women to ask for and find the support they need, and to promote their business and talents. She is also CEO of Nothing But The Truth, the publishing arm of ABOW, and mother to three children.

She chatted about why she first started ABOW and how she has managed to grow the organization from a small group of supportive women to a large international social media networking group of over 7,000 members. It was an amazing opportunity to hear first-hand from this truly inspirational woman.

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