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2018 Events for WoM Members

Writing with WoM

Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Writing
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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.

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Seventh Annual Mount Madonna Writing Retreat

January 18 to 20, 2019

There is no charge for the writing portion of this retreat, only for accommodations. The retreat is unstructured, although in years past, some of us have written silently side-by-side. Mount Madonna, located in the Santa Cruz mountains, is beautiful and features a wellness massage practice and yoga classes. (It’s a yoga commune with a Hanuman Temple, cafe, book and gift store.) 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.

And here’s what we’ve done so far…

Writing with WoMs

Friday, January 19, 10 a.m.
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. Look for WoM member Naomi Stein who will be there to greet attendees!

San Francisco Chronicle Columnist and Author Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson

In Conversation With Marianne Lonsdale

Sunday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Members Free Write
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson In Conversation with Marianne Lonsdale (open to the public)
This event is a collaborative partnership between the Mill Valley Public Library and Write on Mamas

Kevin is a weekly columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. His memoir, A Song For Lost Angels, tells the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice. He is currently working on the sequel, The Dance of Found Angels.

Kevin lives with his husband Brian, their two sons and their three rescue dogs in mysterious San Francisco. When not writing, he serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

Kevin will be in conversation with Marianne Lonsdale who has also interviewed Janis Cooke Newman.

Sixth Annual Mount Madonna Writing Retreat

January 26 to 28, 2018

There is no charge for the writing portion of this retreat, only for accommodations. The retreat is unstructured, although in years past, some of us have written silently side-by-side. Mount Madonna, located in the Santa Cruz mountains, is beautiful and features a wellness massage practice and yoga classes. (It’s a yoga commune with a Hanuman Temple, cafe, book and gift store.) 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.

Your Mama Had Sex: Writing about Love, Sex & Relationships

Joey Garcia
Author, Award-winning Book, When Your Heart Breaks It’s Opening to Love
Founder of The Belize Writer’s Conference

Sunday, February 11
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mill Valley Library, Creekside Room
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Members Free Write
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Discussion (open to the public)

Publications seek good writing about love and sex because readers can’t get enough of it. So from confessionals to research-driven essays, there are plenty of ways to spin personal experiences into profit. Learn how to write realistic and emotionally-driven love and sex scenes. We will also discuss how to manage the fear of revealing personal details about yourself or your friends, how to capitalize on relationship trends, how to find markets for your writing, and more. Joey Garcia will also share information on her new Belize Writer’s Conference, a juried conference at an eco-retreat, offering inspiration to move your writing forward.

And in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we’ll have Chocolates and Champagne!! Come have a special afternoon date with all of your WoM friends! Joey’s books will be sold at the meeting.

It’s Never Too Late to Publish Your Book!
Advice from a Septuagenarian Author

Dr. Nisha Zenoff, Ph.D, LMFT and Author, The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies? In Conversation with Laurel Hilton

Sunday, March 11
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mill Valley Library, Creekside Room
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Members Free Write
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Discussion (open to the public)

After the sudden death of her seventeen-year-old son in a hiking accident, grief counselor and Bay Area resident Dr. Nisha Zenoff questioned whether life could be worth living again. She vowed that if she lived through the loss, she would learn as much as possible about how other bereaved parents found their way. Thirty-seven years later, The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies? is Zenoff’s answer. Drawing on the collective wisdom of the families she has counseled, stories from parents and family members she interviewed for her book, and her own experience, Nisha provides support and guidance for parents experiencing the death of a child so that they can learn to embrace life again.

The Unspeakable Loss is Nisha’s first book at age seventy-seven! It was published in 2017 by one of the world’s largest publishers, Perseus Books and was a Best Book Awards of 2017 finalist at the American Book Fest. Come to this engaging workshop to learn more about writing from events that happened decades ago; how to face your greatest fears while telling your story; and how to get an agent, editor and publisher on the later side of life!

Writing with WoM

Friday, April 20, 10 a.m.
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 Retreat in the Redwoods

Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Writing 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Conversation with Kaitlin 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Spend a day writing among the majestic redwoods that surround member Veronica Derrick’s custom-built wood and glass home. Prepare to be inspired by Kaitlin Solimine, author of Empire Of Glass, who will share insights about her writing process and road to publishing. Please RSVP to Veronica by April 25 at vpderrick@gmail.com. Her Mill Valley address and salad pot-luck specifics will be emailed after you RSVP.

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, May 18, 10 a.m.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Writing
Cornerstone Sonoma
23570 Arnold Dr,
Sonoma off Highway 121

Join North Bay WoMs in wine country at Sunset Magazine’s Cornerstone Sonoma where we’ll write and possibly critique if there is interest. We’ll meet at Park 121 Cafe & Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and of course, wine!

Writing with WoM

Friday, May 18, 10 a.m.
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.

Write on Mamas Speaker Series: “The Agent’s Chair”
Danielle Svetcov

Monday, June 4th (Note: new date!)
Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library
5:30 – 7:30 PM – Writing & Workshopping
7:30 – 8:30 PM – Presentation with Danielle Svetcov
(open to the public)

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be an agent, reading hundreds of queries each day hoping to find the next gem of a book you want to represent? Come join the Write on Mamas as we welcome literary agent, Danielle Svetcov who will read and discuss ‘real, live’ query letters from her agency’s published (some famous) authors, in order to give a taste of what it’s like to sit in the agent’s chair, all so you’re better equipped to pitch and break through with your book!

Danielle Svetcov has been an agent for Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency since 2002. Danielle previously wrote for the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Writing with WoM

Friday, June 15, 10 a.m.
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.

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, June 22, 10 a.m.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Discussion/critique
Coffee Catz
6761 Sebastopol Ave, 
Sebastopol, CA 95471

Join North Bay WoMs in beautiful Sebastopol at Coffee Catz where we’ll write, discuss our writing projects and possibly critique if there is interest. And, of course, we need to give ourselves a bad-ass name too!

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, July 27, 10 a.m.
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Writing
12 a.m. – 1 p.m. Discussion/critique
Coffee Catz, Sebastopol
6761 Sebastopol Ave, 

Join North Bay WoMs in beautiful Sebastopol at Coffee Catz where we’ll write, discuss our writing projects and possibly critique if there is interest. And, of course, we need to give ourselves a bad-ass name too!

Hillsborough Summer Writing Retreat

Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Member Harriet Heydemann has graciously offered to host a one-day writing retreat in her lovely Hillsborough home (five minutes from SFO). There’ll be plenty of space for private writing and small discussions. And there’s a pool! Feel free to come as early as 10 a.m. and stay until 5 p.m. The event is open to all WoM members at no cost.

Here’s how 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.
~ Write like the wind.

Writing with WoMs

Friday, August 17, 10 a.m.
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. Look for WoM member Naomi Stein who will be there to greet attendees!

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, August 24, 10 a.m.
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Writing
12 a.m. – 1 p.m. Discussion/critique
Aqus Cafe, Petaluma
189 H St, Corner of 2nd and H Street

Join North Bay WoMs in the quaint town of Petaluma at Argus Cafe where we’ll write, discuss our writing projects and possibly critique if there is interest.

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Writing
12:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m. Discussion/Critique
Toast Novato
5800 Nave Drive

Join North Bay WoMs at Toast in Novato, just off 101, where we’ll write, discuss our writing projects and critique if there is interest.

Award-winning Author Betsy Fasbinder!

Sunday, September 30th, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1:30-3:00 p.m. – Free write and work-shopping
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Speaker Betsy Fasbinder
Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room

Author Betsy Fasbinder is the recipient of The Jack London Award for Fiction, two East of Eden Awards for short memoir, and the Floyd Salas Award for fiction. Betsy is also a writing coach and her most recent book is From Page to Stage – Inspiration, Tools and Simple Public Speaking Tips for Writers. Betsy will join the Write on Mamas to offer the why, what, and how of public speaking, along with interactive exercises and resources to support writers at all stages.

Betsy also hosts a quarterly pop up live reading series in Novato called Words off Paper. Come learn more about this series too. Maybe you will be a future reader at Words off Paper!

Writing with WoM

Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Writing
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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.

WoM @ Lit Crawl 2018, Phase 3
She’s Got This: Women as Heroes of Their Own Stories

Saturday, October 20th
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Carousel Consignment
2391 Mission St. San Francisco

Five of our fearless WoM will take the stage to share their own stories drawn from our upcoming anthology. Come out and support Sweta Chawla, Christina Julian, Dorothy O’Donnell, Jessica O’Dwyer and Mindy Uhrlaub and celebrate all writers during the Crawl! More information will be shared as we get closer to the date.

Emcee: Laurel Hilton

Come early and visit WoM at the first annual Lit Crawl Book Fair, noon to 4 p.m. at The Chapel. Click here for details.

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, October 26, 10 a.m.
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Writing
12 a.m. – 1 p.m. Discussion/critique
Coffee Catz, Sebastopol
6761 Sebastopol Ave, 

Join North Bay WoMs in beautiful Sebastopol at Coffee Catz where we’ll write, discuss our writing projects and possibly critique if there is interest. And, of course, we need to give ourselves a bad-ass name too!

North Bay Meet Up

Friday, November 9, 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Writing
12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Discussion/Critique
Toast Novato
5800 Nave Drive

Join North Bay WoMs at Toast in Novato, just off 101, where we’ll write, discuss our writing projects and critique if there is interest.

Write on Mamas Salon – Open Mic Mamas!

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Creekside Room, Valley Public Library
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Free write and workshopping
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Open Mic Readings

Polish up your best prose and join us for a fun evening of open mic readings. We’ll take as many WoM who are interested in reading and then five readers from the public. Don’t miss your chance to step up to the mic! And don’t forget November is NaNoWriMo month. A great time to get your writing in!

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