Salon Series

2017 Events for WoM Members

Writing with WoM-Tuesday Night Special

Tuesday, July 11
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera

Please join us in the cafe for writing (5:30-7:30pm) and a social hour (7:30-8:30pm)
Feel free to come early and stay late – the cafe is open all day!

And here’s what we’ve done so far…

Writing with WoM

Friday, January 20, 10 am
Bittersweet Café in Rockridge
5427 College Ave, Oakland

Ready, Set, GOAL!

Join us in the East Bay for BAD ASS (Bittersweet Accountability Discussion And Support Sessions) where we discuss our writing projects and set our goals for next month.

Fifth Annual Mount Madonna Writing Retreat

January 27-29, 2017

There is no charge for the writing portion of this retreat, only for the accommodations. The retreat itself is unstructured although in years past, some of us have written silently side-by-side. Mount Madonna is beautiful and there is also a wellness massage practice and yoga classes. (It’s a full on yoga commune with Hanuman Temple and the whole 9 yards.) Choose from cozy cabins or hotel-like rooms, shared bath or private. All meals are included. Stay one night! Stay both nights! Stay a whole week and make the rest of us jealous! Book your own accommodations at mountmadonna.org.

Mamas on the Mic with Michelle Gonzales–Plan B: Now What Do We Do?

Sunday, February 12, 4 pm – 7 pm
Kaleidoscope Coffee
109 Park Pl, Richmond CA

Yeah, so. We had plans. Big plans. And then THAT happened. Don’t miss Mamas on the Mic with special guest Michelle Gonzales, author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of Xicana in a Female Punk Rock Band and emcee’d by Sweta Chawla.

We’ll write from 4 to 5:30. Reading begins at 6pm.
Beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, munchies AND copies of Mama Write and The Spitball Rule available for purchase

Lineup includes Write on Mamas
Sweta Chawla
Thais Derich
Steven Friedman
Lorrie Goldin
Colleen Gonzalez
Tarja Parsinnen
Nina Vincent

Writing with WoM

Friday, February 17
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Goal-setting & accountability
The Chocolate Dragon in Rockridge
5427 College Ave, Oakland

Ready, Set, GOAL!

Join us in the East Bay for BAD ASS (Bittersweet Accountability Discussion And Support Sessions) where we discuss our writing projects and set our goals for next month.

Standing out From the Slush Pile

Sunday, March 12
1:30 – 3:00 pm, Members Free Write
3:30 – 4:30 pm (open to the public)
Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library

Ever wonder what really happens after you hit “submit?” Panelists Doris Ober from West Marin Review; Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, co-founder of the literary organization Women Who Submit; and Naomi Williams, reader for the highly competitive organizations Hedgebrook and Sustainable Arts (as well as a Hedgebrook alumna and Sustainable Arts grant recipient), will give the inside scoop on the business of judging submissions. Learn about common pitfalls and get tips on how to make your essay or writing sample shine in front of the judges. Moderated by Janine Kovac. Sales of the West Marin Review and Naomi Williams’ highly acclaimed debut novel Landfalls made possible by Copperfields.

Writing with WoM

Friday, March 17
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Goal-setting & accountability
The Chocolate Dragon in Rockridge
5427 College Ave, Oakland

Ready, Set, GOAL!

Join us in the East Bay for BAD ASS (Bittersweet Accountability Discussion And Support Sessions) where we discuss our writing projects and set our goals for next month.

GIRLS AND SEX Peggy Orenstein
in Conversation with Mary Allison Tierney

Sunday, March 19th
1:30 – 3:00 pm Members Write
3:30 – 4:30 (Open to the Public)
Creekside Room, Valley Library

What does your daughter need to know about coming of age in this brave new world of feminism, misogyny and pink hats? What do you need to know about what she knows already? Join us for an intimate author talk with New York Times’ bestselling author Peggy Orenstein of Girls and Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter in conversation with Mary Allison Tierney. Girls and Sex covers the gamut from double standards to date rape, Title IX, and how we can empower our daughters to feel good about their bodies and S-E-X.
Book sales provided by Copperfields.

Truth, Wit, and Grit Series

Sunday, April 9
4 pm – 5:30 pm, Writing
6 pm – 7 pm, Reading
Kaleidoscope Coffee
109 Park Pl, Richmond CA

Yeah, so. We had plans. Big plans. And then THAT happened. “Nevertheless She Persisted,” our theme for the night. We’ll write from 4 to 5:30. Reading begins at 6, emcee’d by Sheri Hoffmann. Beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, munchies available for purchase.

Lineup includes Write on Mamas:

Colleen Gonzalez
Claire Hennessy
Marianne Lonsdale
Gloria Saltzman
Sheri Hoffmann

Writing with WoM

Friday, April 21
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Goal-setting & accountability
The Chocolate Dragon in Rockridge
5427 College Ave, Oakland

Ready, Set, GOAL!

Join us in the East Bay for BAD ASS (Bittersweet Accountability Discussion And Support Sessions) where we discuss our writing projects and set our goals for next month.

Writing with WoM

Friday, May 19
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Goal-setting & accountability
The Chocolate Dragon in Rockridge
5427 College Ave, Oakland

Ready, Set, GOAL!

Join us in the East Bay for BAD ASS (Bittersweet Accountability Discussion And Support Sessions) where we discuss our writing projects and set our goals for next month.

All-Day Writing Retreat in Hillsborough

Sunday, May 21
(Our usual meeting date—the second Sunday of the month—falls on Mother’s Day, so our meeting is a week later.)

Member Harriet Heydemann has graciously offered her home in Hillsborough (five minutes from SFO) for a one-day writing retreat, where we’ll have plenty of space for private writing and also for small discussions. Feel free to come as early as 10 a.m. and stay for as long as you like. At 5 p.m. we’ll break from writing to socialize and toast our progress.

This day is open to all members at no cost.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to join in the fun:

• Email Harriet at harrietheydemann@gmail.com to RSVP, obtain her address and ask any questions you may have

• Bring food and/or beverage to share

• Bring a suit and towel. Yep, there’s a pool!

• Write like the wind

Writing with WoM

Friday, June 16
10 am – 11 am Writing
11 am – 12 pm Goal-setting & accountability
The Chocolate Dragon in Rockridge
5427 College Ave, Oakland

Ready, Set, GOAL!

Join us in the East Bay for BAD ASS (Bittersweet Accountability Discussion And Support Sessions) where we discuss our writing projects and set our goals for next month.

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