Greetings!
FEBRUARY 2020
FROM THE BOARD
IMPORTANT DATES See more details below

Sunday, February 9
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
MONTHLY MEETING
A panel on Humor as a Writing Hook
2:00-4:30 Flamingo Hotel

Saturday, February 15
9:30-11:30 Flamingo Hotel
Prose Anthology Workshop "Sunset Sunrise"
Registration required

Sunday, February 16
WRITERS SALON (see details below and on the website)

Saturday, February 29
DEADLINE for CWC Literary Review

UPCOMING:
March 8          RW meeting 2:00 - 4:30 Flamingo Hotel - Speaker: Connie Hale on Writing Character
March 13        Submission deadline - 2020 prose anthology, “Sunset Sunrise.”
March 21        Writers Circle - Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location TBD.
March 27        Submission deadline - The long and winding road contest.
MONTHLY MEETING
SUNDAY, February 9
2:00-4:30

HUMOR AS A WRITING HOOK
A panel on craft moderated by Deborah Taylor-French
What’s so funny? 
Lots of things, as it turns out. This month we will explore various tools writers use in creating humor–hyperbole, irony, self-deprecation, quirky characters and entertaining plot twists.

The panel discussion will explore a wide range of topics dealing with humor, such as: What is humor? How does it help us in the quality of our life? What part does it play in different genre: plays, poetry, prose? What can we learn about how other cultures treat humor? What does it mean to lack a sense of humor?

Panelists are Daniel Coshnear, author of two story collections and a soon-to-be-published third, Deborah Walton, Redwood Writers PR director/newsletter editor, and Jean Wong, award-winning author and poet. For more details, click on the flyer.

Come enjoy an afternoon all about humor!

All are welcome. Just $5 for members; $10 for non-members.
EVENTS
REDWOOD WRITERS SALON

Saturday, FEBRUARY 16
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Sebastopol

It is indeed a leap year! So let's get into it.

Join your fellow writers for an inspiring afternoon sharing your writing and seeking inspiration.

To attend, sign up for a reading, and receive directions, please click here .
SAVE THE DATE!
May 2nd, 2020

Sonoma County
Writers Conference

Finley Center, Santa Rosa
Photos from 2018 Conference
PUBLICATIONS
2020 PROSE ANTHOLOGY

WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 9:30-11:30
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: FRIDAY, MARCH 13

We’re inviting Redwood Writers members to submit TWO pieces of writing this year! Usually, we only allow for one submission in the anthology, but because there are two parts to this year’s theme, we are allowing you to send in two stories– but only if one of the submissions tells the story of a beginning, and the other tells the story of an ending.  

For more information, tips, techniques, and fun, come to the anthology workshop on Saturday, February 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $25. Moderated by Linda Loveland Reid, presenters are Linda Loveland Reid on
dialogue, Amanda McTigue on story, Skye Blaine on judging, Roger Lubeck on
submission, and Crissi Langwell on theme. To sign up, click this link . For more information, contact the anthology editor, Crissi Langwell, at 2020anthology@redwoodwriters.org .

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is Friday, March 13 .
CONTESTS
The Long and Winding Road
WRITING CONTEST
Contest Opens: Sunday, February 9
Deadline:  Friday, March 27 at 9:00 PM
Inspired by the Beatles song, this contest seeks your fiction or memoir submission that uses the exact title phrase “the long and winding road” in it.

One submission per entrant. Word count: no more than 1500 words. Details and submission form on our website here .
HOMEGROWN POETRY
Skye Blaine, Poetry Editor

Stones
by Leiah Bowden

From the northern River you drew me,
from the flowing water dropped
from the tear in the clouds.
To the western ocean you will bring me,
to the western sea.

You can keep me all your life
or give me away.
In the drawing forth was our bond.

When you search for the place
your life brought you when we met,
I will sing to you.
I will tell you stories of our becoming
and stories of the planetary journey
from the stars to your pocket.

River II
by Karen Hayes

River
part of my life
not forsaken

Loss of our language
feels like death

A shadow of your smell
whispered on the breeze
quickens my heart

Beneath the moon
too many changes

Your garden was my playground

My tiny will
boils sorrow
at your gate
Please submit poems to:  poetrynewseditor@redwoodwriters.org .
Submission guidelines: single-spaced , Times or Times New Roman, 12 point font, no all caps, please. Poems are reviewed by a team of poets. We will acknowledge receipt of your work, and let you know if your poem is going to be included, or if we are requesting minor edits prior to inclusion.
NEXT MONTH'S MEETING
Sunday, March 8
2:00-4:30

Writing Character
 with Constance (Connie) Hale

Please join us. Details on our website.
NEWS OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERS
Writers Forum
February 20, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Copperfield's Petaluma
Free
Presenter: David Templeton

Topic: Going “Off-Script.” Insights Gained, Rules Broken, and Lessons Learned From A Life Of Play-Watching And Playwriting

Writers Forum meets the third Thursday, February through July.
Want to join a writing group but don't know how to find one?

If you're wanting to form or join a writing group, contact Marie Judson at mariejudson@gmail.com . This is a free member service of Redwood Writers. 
EDITOR: Deborah Walton  pr@redwoodwriters.org

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General membership meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month (moves one week ahead if a holiday) from 2:00 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.
              
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