Salon Series

2018 Events for WoM Members

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 Her Mill Valley address and salad pot-luck specifics will be emailed after you RSVP.

Truth, Wit and Grit Reading Series

Friday, May 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Depot, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

Silence (whatever that means to you), is the theme of our first reading series of 2018. Your piece can be creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry or flash fiction, but no more than 800 words please. If you are interested in reading, email your submission to by April 13th. We’d love to share pieces by our out-of-town members, too, so please submit and we’ll choose one or two pieces to be read by another WoM on your behalf!

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
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.

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

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!

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