IMPORTANT DATES See more details below

Sunday, January 12
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
A uthor Support Group 1:00-2:00
Writers Focus Group 1:00-2:00
Writing About Family: The Craft of Memoir - with Dorothy Rice
2:00-4:30  Flamingo Hotel

Saturday, January 18 at 10:00-1:00
WRITERS CIRCLE (see details below and on the website)

Sunday, January 19
Submissions open for the Redwood Writers 2020 Anthology
See below and the website for all the details.

Sunday, February 9
2:00-4:30 Flamingo Hotel
A panel on Humor as a Writing Hook
SUNDAY, January 12

Writing About Family:
The Craft of Memoir
with Dorothy Rice
Writing about family is a powerful source of inspiration for many authors, whether to enrich fiction, as a foundation for memoir or biography, or to preserve fading personal histories for future generations.

Memoirist Dorothy Rice will share her experiences writing about family and friends, including techniques and tools for navigating issues of confidentiality and trust, differing views on past events and the ramifications of exposing sensitive topics and history. She will talk about the drifting lines between fiction and nonfiction and the question of creative license and subjectivity in memoir, particularly when recreating distant events. She will also provide information on the various forms personal writing can take, identifying and pursuing markets for creative nonfiction, from flash to longer form, and her go-to tips for turning life experiences into page-turning true stories.

Dorothy Rice is the author of two published memoirs,  Gray Is The New Black  (Otis Books, June 2019) and  The Reluctant Artist  (Shanti Arts, 2015). Her personal essays and fiction have been published in dozens of journals and magazines, including The Rumpus, Brain , Child Magazine , The Saturday Evening Post , Hippocampus and Brevity . An essay about her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s was awarded second place in the 2018 Kalanithi Awards (honoring Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air ) and one of her flash fictions was nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net.

After raising five children and retiring from a career managing statewide environmental protection programs, Rice earned an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, Palm Desert, at 60. She is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists Method creative writing workshop facilitator and, in addition to writing and mentoring other aspiring writers, she conducts youth writing workshops with literary nonprofit 916 Ink. You can find Dorothy at, and on twitter at @dorothyrowena.

All are welcome. Just $5 for members; $10 for non-members.
If you bring and introduce a guest interested in joining Redwood Writers,
you can both attend FOR FREE! This month only .


Saturday, January 18
Location: TBA

You are invited to attend the next Writers Circle.
Come read your prose or poetry with other RW members. Members only.

Date: Jan 18 - Saturday
Time: 10am to 1pm
Place: Linda L Reid's home (Penngrove)
RSVP: reply to Linda Loveland Reid . Details and directions will be sent..
Limited to 20 attendees, so don't delay in signing up.

Our mission is to offer members a supportive environment in which to read their work among the warmth and support of fellow writers. 
Reading time limit is 5 minutes. Select a pithy sample.
Evaluation: Following each reading, attendees will fill out a brief evaluation form. This is not a critique group and no discussion will take place. 

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

Sonoma County
Writers Conference

Finley Center, Santa Rosa
Photos from 2018 Conference
Sunset Sunrise

A new relationship. A divorce. Your first day on the job. The day you retired. A newborn baby. The 92-year-old matriarch of the family. The first step on a three-month journey. The day you reached your destination.
What do these things have in common? They could be possible stories in the Redwood Writers 2020 Anthology ! This year’s theme is “Sunset Sunrise,” and will be a collection of fiction or memoir pieces that tell of either an ending or a beginning. I’m excited to be this year’s editor of the anthology, especially since 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 people 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.
Submission dates for this year’s anthology will be January 19 through March 13. The anthology workshop will be held in February, date and location still TBD. I encourage you to start writing now. If you need a little inspiration, you can find a promo video about the theme at . Happy writing! Crissi Langwell, Redwood Writers 2020 Anthology Editor
Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2020 Poetry Anthology with theme "And Yet".

There will be 62 poets and 210 wonderful poems in the next book. Plan for our grand June Launch Party, date to be announced.
Thanks to editors Fran Claggett and Les Bernstein and to all the talented poets! And congratulations to Linda L Reid for having her painting "Party Girl" selected for the front cover. Watch for more details here!
Skye Blaine, Poetry Editor

by Les Bernstein

the psychic said
he had made contact with my mother
she was wearing glasses
large ones
I was sure
she could lose those
in the afterlife
what about her hearing aids
where was she getting batteries
and her diabetic testing supplies
what about dialysis
were there kidney support centers
did she have to watch her salt intake
what about her compression socks
and her thyroid medication
and the tiny little anti depressant pill
she took
so she wouldn't mind dying
organ by organ
so much

Color Yourself
by Linda Loveland Reid
Swirls going to where? Into and out of mind
A circle of imagination
On the wind
Needs float toward freedom
Color dancing itself to the end
To the Zen of cerulean consciousness
Into the deepest depths of maroon, until, with an aching sign
We touch the sensuousness of yellow
Grasping at desire crushed into a million hues
All joys, despair, fear—we relish our limitless spirit
Like a painting we create ourselves
Breathe shades onto the canvas of time
Hesitate, wonder, doubt…and then
Explode into the rainbow we call self
Please submit poems to: .
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.
Sunday, February 9

Humor as a Writing Hook
A panel on writing craft.

Please join us. Details on our website.
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 . This is a free member service of Redwood Writers. 
EDITOR: Deborah Walton

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