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

Sunday, March 8
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
MONTHLY MEETING
Writing Character with Constance Hale
2:00-4:30 Flamingo Hotel

Friday, March 13
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Prose Anthology "Sunset Sunrise"

Saturday, March 21
WRITERS CIRCLE
10:00-1:00 Sign up here for location details

Friday, March 27
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for The Long and Winding Road Contest

Tuesday, March 31
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for CWC Literary Review
MONTHLY MEETING
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
2:00-4:30

WRITING CHARACTER
with Constance Hale
How do you capture the physicality of a person so that a reader would recognize your character in the line at a grocery store? How do you get at the person’s inner life, which takes a different set of skills? What’s the secret of nailing both at once? And how do you treat yourself—author, narrator, first-person voice—as a character?
For more details, click on the flyer.

All are welcome. Just $5 for members; $10 for non-members.
EVENTS
SONOMA COUNTY WRITERS CONFERENCE IS SATURDAY, MAY 2

Here's the news you've been waiting for! Our Redwood Writers biennial writers conference--now officially the SONOMA COUNTY WRITERS CONFERENCE--will be held on Saturday, May 2.

Whether you want to learn more about narrative voice, plot, structure, mastering emotion for fiction, or how to publish and market your work — perhaps even roll up your sleeves and get some hands-on experience with poetry or memoir—this one-day conference offers a little something for every writer. It is our hope that you walk away inspired and encouraged to take your writing to the next level.

Sample topics include:
  • Emotional Mastery for Fiction
  • Memoir: You Have Your Story…Now what?
  • Poetry: Know where you’re going
  • Less is More and More is More
  • Overcoming Writers Block and Fear of Rejection
  • Writing Romance
  • Self-publishing Success
  • And much more.

For more information, volunteer signup, and early bird tickets, click here.
WRITERS CIRCLE

Saturday, March 21
10:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

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.

To attend and receive directions, please click here .
PUBLICATIONS
2020 PROSE ANTHOLOGY

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.  

Double your chances to be published! One Sunset-themed prose or memoir piece and one Sunrise-themed piece! But hurry...the deadline is setting soon! For more information and to submit, click here.
CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB LITERARY REVIEW
The Literary Review. published by the California Writers Club, has extended the 2020 deadline for submissions to Tuesday, March 31.

It's time to submit your best work — fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay, including excepts from previously published writing. Submissions are open to current members of California Writers Club (that includes Redwood Writers) and will be accepted from December 15, 2019 through March 31, 2020. Works will be reviewed and selected for possible publication by a panel of acquisition editors through a blind judging process.

For more details information and to submit, click here.
CONTESTS
The Long and Winding Road
WRITING CONTEST
OPEN NOW!
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

A SONNET FOR EURYDICE
by Jon Johnson

Recall the time we swam beneath the wave. We never thought of air as something we might need, and never lived in time. The sea
was all we breathed, and all that Nature ever gave.

And then we went our sep’rate ways. Oh, woe!
Yes, you to Hades’ secret lair, and I, while playing lyric songs, consumed, did die a thousand deaths, each one another low.

But, when I came, at last, my life so gone, and you fell back along our trek, you sang
out Hermes’ name! Oh, he it was who turned

to look! And, as he fell, we then moved on together to the light. Then strings did hang above the fire…oh, where they nicely burned!


Too young to die
by Shawn Langwell

Too young to die
I’ll never forget the day Dave called
That Wednesday morning when Seth ended it all

Life was too much for him to bear
Gave up too soon
his passing there

Asleep at the wheel
crashed into a tree

Why? Oh Why,
I cried.

Why did he have to
die?

Perhaps he’s better,
Perhaps he’s free.

Time it’s said heals all wounds
Bullshit is what I really think
I’m sad and don’t know what to do.

I cried myself to sleep last night
Prayed for my brother,
To see the light.

Perhaps he’s in a better place,
Above the swaying redwoods
In heaven,
Or,
at least,
I hope,
in a sacred space.
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, April 19
(note a week later because of Easter)
2:00-4:30

CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHORS PANEL
 with
Natasha Yim
Innosanto Nagara
Mae Respicio
Mitali Perkins


Please join us. Details on our website.
NEWS OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERS
RANDOM ACTS OPEN MIC
Second Wednesdays each month
6:30 TO 8:30 PM
Sonoma Community Center
276 E. Napa Street, Gallery 2 nd floor

Attention readers, writers, poets, storytellers, singers, musicians, comedians, & listeners! Everyone is invited to entertain or be entertained. Fee: $5. For information, please contact Meta Strauss.
The Oakmont Village Library, which is not part of any government system, would appreciate the donation of your work so that we can promote local authors. The community is filled with readers—readers of fiction (all genres), non-fiction (biography, memoir, history, and most other NF categories), as well as poetry and plays. We even have shelves for children’s books. We accept both hardback and paperback. To learn more, please contact Jan Rowley.
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

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 ,
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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 
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