APRIL 2018
Board Buzz
Board of Directors

Roger Lubeck,  President
Sandy Baker,  Immediate Past President
Robbi Sommers Bryant,  Vice President
Marilyn Lanier,  Vice President
Elaine Rock,  Vice President
Malena Eljumaily,  Treasurer
Adele Layton,  Secretary

Judy M. Baker , Membership Chair
Joelle Burnette , Website Editor
Pamela Heck,  Conference Volunteers
Linda L. Reid , Speaker Chair
Jeane Slone,  Author Launch

Chairs, Directors, & Editors
Elspeth Benton , Registration Team  
Les Bernstein , Anthology Poetry Editor
Robbi Sommers Bryant,  Anthology Editor
Skye Blaine , Newsletter Poetry Editor
Fran Claggett , Anthology Poetry Editor
Pam Fender , Hot Summer Nights   
Sher Gamard , Salon
Marie Judson , Critique Groups        
Jeanne Jusaitis , Author Support
Susan Littlefield , Historican
Margarite Olmos,  PR Internal         
Linda L. Reid , Writers Circle
Deborah Taylor-French , Author Support   
Deborah Walton,  PR Director/ Newsletter Editor
Natasha Yim , Contest Chair

Redwood Writers Meetings
are held the second Sunday of the month at the
2777 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa

2:30-4:30 pm


Arrive at 2 p.m. to register and network before the general meeting, which runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
We ask for a small fee of $5 from members and $10 from non-members to cover costs.
Redwood Writers 10 th Biennial Conference
By Elaine Rock
Board Vice President &
Conference Co-Chair

This year, Redwood Writers will celebrate a milestone—the 10 th  anniversary of our biennial  Pen to Published  conference. The conference committee has been planning this event since May of 2017. We carefully considered and incorporated as much of the feedback from previous conferences as we could. We believe we’ve come up with a unique and inspiring program with many “firsts” for this year’s conference!

Our day begins with the morning keynote speaker,  Brooke Warner , publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching, Inc., and author of “Green-light Your Book.” The afternoon keynote speaker,  Ellen Sandler , TV writer and producer, will talk about her experiences as a writer and producer of half-hour network television (including “Everybody Loves Raymond”).

New to our conference are four interactive workshops: Flash Fiction, Nonfiction/Fiction, Social Media and Memoir. Attendees can also learn from experts on poetry, picture book craft, story arcs for professional writers with an emphasis on screenwriting, and the neuroscience of how readers process, understand and remember narrative material. Additional tracks include topics on publishing and marketing.

Throughout the day we will offer another “first”— 20-minute coaching sessions with writing mentors and creativity coaches, as well as self-publishing, editing and marketing experts. There is a small additional fee of $20/session.

Also a “first” is our lunchtime entertainment Healdsburg’s Raven Players “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1—Lovers, Liars and Clowns." And we have an excellent photographer taking professional headshots in the afternoon for $50/shot. What a deal!

So, if you haven’t signed up for the conference yet, you still have time.  Registration ends on April 18 th Go to the redwoodwriters.org website  and find the links to the  Pen to Published  Conference for further details. We look forward to seeing you there!

Redwood Writers president Roger Lubeck has selected Jeanne Jusaitis, Nancy Baum, and Sandy Baker (chair) as the  Nominating Committee for the 2018-19 Board officers . Positions to be filled include president, three vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer. The committee will announce the slate of officers at the May meeting.  Nominations will be open until June 1.  Any member wishing to run for any of these elective offices,  please contact Sandy Baker at  sandybaker131@gmail.com .  The election will be held at the general meeting on June 10.
Special Event

Our 10th biennial Writers Conference is April 21 in Santa Rosa. A full day of ideas and resources for starting or advancing your writing career. Great speakers, workshops and opportunities.

If you haven't registered yet, you have only a few more days! Registration closes April 18!  Just click here to go to our online registration form.

NOTE: If you're not a member, joining at the same time you register saves you even more!
APRIL 21, 2018
8 AM to 5 PM
Monthly Meeting for May
Developing Your Story for Stage or Screen: Formats, Hints & Secrets
Felice Picano

Sunday, May 20 
2–4:30 p.m.
(Note date change due to Mother's Day)

Writing for performance arts (TV, cinema, theater) requires a more formal approach. In order to have your work read and noticed by professionals in these fields, you must follow the clear-cut requirements for exactly how to present your work.

Felice offers a sensible, intelligent, and proven way to prep your script in the three formats to most successfully reach producers, actors, and directors. He will present examples and take-away handouts. This is a condensed version of Felice's 5-week Writers Workshop in Los Angeles. Don’t miss it!
Writers Salon
Sunday, April 15
1 – 4 p.m.
Santa Rosa
Join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring!
Bring your stories and poems to share.
Readings are up to five minutes.
All members are welcome!

The Redwood Salon offers a relaxed, supportive atmosphere to practice for your book signings, hear other writers read from their work, connect with your creative community of writing friends and enjoy a potluck buffet. It’s fun and free!

May Writers' Circle
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: TBA

Redwood Writers Circle will meet in private homes every other month (on opposite months from the Redwood Salon).

How to sign up:
Members who would like to attend should send an RSVP email to Linda Reid at  rwcircle@redwoodwriters.org . Upon confirmation, you will receive directions to the location.
The Circle's mission is to offer members a constructive and enjoyable environment in which to read their works, among the warmth and support of fellow writers, and to include brief evaluations and short talks on craft and other writing-related subjects.
2018 Author Launch
Get ready, get set ...  launch your latest book at our annual Redwood Writers author launch!

If you are a Redwood Writer member who would like to have a book featured during this event, please click here to go to the application  for full details and to see if you qualify.

Sunday, July 8, 2018
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Conference Center, Empire Room
Listen to excerpts from new books published by our members since last July,
meet local authors and pick up signed copies of their books.
Join us for this FREE EVENT as we celebrate our club's many talented writers.
Welcome New Members  (and new editors)
PR Director and
Newsletter Editor

I have been a writer most of my life. My first theatrical work debuted on the stage of Park School in Mill Valley. I was in fifth grade. From there I moved on to our high school literary magazine with a 14-year-old’s idea of a romantic short story titled “Last Summer’s Sand.”
Okay, not much cred for a writer’s resume I admit. That’s why I joined Redwood Writers . I have just retired from several careers: copywriter, public television PR director, marketing and advertising agency owner, corporate communications director, and farmer. Yes, most recently I owned and managed a 50-acre farm and ranch in Petaluma.
In 2017 my husband and I bought a 1900 stone farmhouse in Tuscany. It’s in a little hilltop village and we are the only Americans there. No, we don’t speak Italian. And no, we’re not rich, just adventurous.
Redwood Writers promises to open many doors to help me add to my writer’s resume. So far, I’ve learned that if you meet with a literary agent, you really should have something to pitch, not just babble on about your first job (however interesting it was).
I also learned that if you come to your first Redwood Writers meeting, keep your head down and practice invisibility. Otherwise, you may wind up with more jobs than you had before you retired!

Newsletter Poetry Editor

Hello poets,
The poetry column is undergoing rebirth and, with our president’s encouragement, I’ve assumed the helm. The temporary name is “Homegrown Poetry.” Please make other suggestions.

Although I have not taken on the mantle of calling myself a poet, I write poetry and have contributions in two of our anthologies. I’ve been a member of Redwood Writers for six years.

Whether you are a new poet or have published chapbooks, we look forward to considering your offerings. 

All the best, and in service,
March New Member Orientation
Welcome all!
The following new members attended the March orientation. See below for the next one!

Marylee Macdonald
Lynn Levy
Second Row Left to right
Jennifer Freese
Stephanie Moore
Janet Unde
Darlene Robson
Valerie Kockelman
Sally Singingtree
Lisa Manterfield
Liz Larew


Wednesday, May 16
5-7 PM

The meetings are intended to help orient new members, but any member who has questions about our club's services is welcome to attend.

How to sign up
New members will receive an invitation via email for an upcoming meeting. When you RSVP the host’s address will be emailed to you.
We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about these meetings, please send an email to:

Not a member yet?  Click here.
Writers News from Around the Bay
If you have news of interest to our members, please submit copy and a photo if you wish by the 15th of the month prior to  editor@redwoodwriters.org Editor reserves the right to accept and/or edit. Thank you.
Our mailing address is The Redwood Writer, P.O. Box 4687, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Redwood Writers  is a branch of the  California Writers Club
Redwood Writers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Redwood Writers Meetings       
General membership meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month (moves one week ahead if a holiday) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, located at 
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  Registration starts at 2 p.m.
EDITOR: Deborah Walton  pr@redwoodwriters.org

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