Greetings from Redwood Writers!

March 2023


Mark your calendars for this month's upcoming events! Click the links for more details about each event, or visit

Wednesday, March 1

Poetry Contest Deadline

Tuesday, March 14

6-7:30 p.m.

RWC Board Meeting

Saturday, March 18

"10-Minute Play" Contest starts

Deadline April 15

Saturday, March 18

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Carla King

How to Make More Money by Selling Your Books, Products, Courses, and Events from Your Own Website

Saturday, March 25

10 a.m.

RW Circle

Saturday, April 8

2-4 p.m.

Poetry Workshop With Rebecca Foust

Sign ups open!

Everything you need to know about our club's offerings and events can be found at our website:


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.


By Margaret Rooney

hush of violet visible

behind darkened branches 

leaves turn to lace

rabbit’s sideways 

shadow bounces blue 

over light-tipped grass

this is the quietest moment of the day 

full of long loose brightness 

and the sudden stillness of birds

fountain spills soft sounds 

fills its round stone bowl 

sends silver sheets of water 

over its curled edge 

into a bigger roundness 

where dragonflies linger

canted light brings 

into focus slim grass stems

rough texture of tree bark

soft pleats of morning 

glories folded around 

their yellow centers

last rays trace contours 

of curved bean pods

sharpen lines of rooftops

west-facing windows

flare quick copper color 

shine like new-born suns

too-soon extinguished 

in the widening darkness

Margaret Rooney belongs to three remarkable poetry groups full of wise, accomplished women who have encouraged and inspired her poetic inclinations. Her poems appear in multiple anthologies. She won first prize in the April 2022 Redwood Writers Poetry Contest. She has had two poems nominated for the 2020 Pushcart prize. Her chapbook A Wild Rain is due to be published in 2023.


Deep Trouble, by Catharine Bramkamp

Catharine Bramkamp releases Deep Trouble, second The second book in the Dangerous Senior Moments Series.  

Vic Gardner is an independent 60-something heroine who can’t keep out of trouble. Her nephew in California disappears, and her sister-in-law insists it’s Vic’s job to find him. Her upstairs neighbor’s tub overflows, again. Her ex stops over with another marriage proposal and a mysterious warning. And her manicurist found a clue to an 18th-century female artist that could be the discovery of the decade. Can she find her nephew without a trip to California? Who else is looking for this artist and her work? Why does she have to be married at all? And which is worse, trespassing or being buried alive? Vic is in deep trouble.

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If you have news to share about your writing, an award, an appearance, or other writing-related news, send a 100-word or less announcement to Photos encouraged. Deadline for consideration in next month’s newsletter is the 15th of this month.

Seeking Non-Fiction Critique Group

I’m looking for a critique group - 2 or more people - of non-fiction writers. My book is self-help. It's a book of self-care practices, which I have developed over many years. These are the things that have helped me get through life and I want to share them. Originally these chapters began as blog posts and I decided to turn them into a book. Currently the book is about 35k words, but, of course that changes as I repeatedly re-write the chapters. I want to meet in person. Please contact Molly Kurland at (707) 480-0172 or

Writing as a Path to Healing

Marlene Cullen offers workshops on Zoom, using the freewrite method for capturing stories.

March 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m, ‘Telling Our Stories.”


Hosted by Providence Hospice Sonoma County

Hospice Zoom Link

March 9 and March 23, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.. Hosted by Recovery Writing of Idaho 



Marie Judson keeps an ongoing list of RW members interested in joining or creating a writing group. If you would like to find a critique group, or add more members to an existing group, send your genre(s) and contact information to You'll receive an email with the subject line, "Writers seeking writing groups." You can then either reply to all or select specific writers to contact. This has been an ongoing free service for Redwood Writers members for nine years.


By John J. Lesjack

Bedtime Story 

Jeffrey Whitmore, Pacific Grove, CA

"Careful, honey, it’s loaded,” he said, reentering the bedroom.

Her back rested against the headboard. “This for your wife?”

“No. Too chancy. I’m hiring a professional.”

“How about me?”

He smirked. “Cute. But who’d be dumb enough to hire a lady hit man?”

She wet her lips, sighting along the barrel.

“Your wife."



First published in a San Luis Obispo newspaper short story writing contest—55 words or lessin 1990, Jeffrey’s story won no prize. The editor published all entries and said they were all winners. Then, “Bedtime Story” began a life of its own and was printed and reprinted in magazinesCosmopolitan, Glamour, Playboy, and more. It was read on NPR during a tango performance by a Canadian dance troupe, appeared in other films and hard cover short story book collections, over and over.

Twenty-six years later, in 1996, Columbia University Press published the story in a hardcover paperback and sent Jeffrey his first payment for Bedtime Storya check for $100!  

“Bedtime Story” can be found online as a cartoon and other versions of the written word, but what can we learn from Jeffrey’s experience about lack of a payment for our work? 

“Bedtime Story” was most recently published, with Jeffrey’s permission, in Life in Pacific Grove, Book 2, January 2019 and Redwood Writers Club Newsletter, March 2023. 



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Redwood Writers would not be a possibility without our many wonderful leaders and chairpeople who generously volunteer their time and efforts. We appreciate you!

Board of Directors


Judy Baker, President

Crissi Langwell, Vice President

Jeane Slone, Vice President

Malena Eljumaily, Treasurer

Crissi Langwell, Secretary (interim)

Shawn Langwell, Immediate Past President

Tommie Whitener, Vault Master, Policies & Procedures

Roger Lubeck, Membership Chair

Les Bernstein, Member at Large

Adele Layton, Member at Large


Chairs and Editors


Les Bernstein, Poetry Anthology Chair

Skye Blaine, Newsletter Poetry Editor

Fran Claggett-Holland, Poetry Anthology Editor

Robin Gabbert, Writers Salon

Mara Lynn Johnstone, 2023 Prose Anthology Editor

Marie Judson, Critique Groups       

Jeanne Jusaitis, Author Support

Deborah Taylor-French, Author Support

Crissi Langwell, Website Editor, Newsletter Editor, Social Media

Shawn Langwell, Communications & Public Relations Director

Linda L. Reid, Writers Circle, Poetry Anthology Liaison

Jeane Slone, Author Launch, Fair Coordinator

Board meetings are held 6-7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted, and are open to any member in good standing. If you would like to attend a board meeting, contact: to receive an invitation.

EDITOR: Crissi Langwell
Our mailing address is:
The Redwood Writer
P.O. Box 4687
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
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