Greetings!
MARCH 2019
FROM THE BOARD
IMPORTANT DATES See more details below

Sunday, March 10
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
Redwood Writers Author Support 1:00-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
MONTHLY MEETING Emotion Crafting with Nora Profit
2:00-4:30  Flamingo Hotel

Friday, March 15
DEADLINE FOR 2019 REDWOOD WRITERS ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION

Saturday, March 16
Redwood Writers Circle
10:00-1:00

Friday-Sunday, March 22, 23, 24
Sunday, March 31
The six winning plays selected for Redwood Writers 10-Minute Play Contest will be performed as a "reading" by a local theater group at three locations. To purchase tickets https://redwoodwriters.org/play-tickets/. $15 general; $10 student.

Saturday, April 20
Redwood Writers Academy
CROWDFUNDING with John Sheehy
9:30-12:00  Flamingo Hotel
$30 members; $35 non-members

Don't forget!
DEADLINE FOR 2019 ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION IS MARCH 15!
This year's theme is "Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance." The editor challenges members to reflect that theme in their memoir and short story submissions. For complete information and submission guidelines,
MONTHLY MEETING

Sunday, March 10
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room
Emotion Crafting:
What it is and why it should be the focus for every writer.
with Nora Profit

Amateur writers are often unaware that regardless of how well a manuscript is written, if it doesn't impact the reader emotionally, it is all for naught. Description doesn't provide emotional content, neither does it express necessarily what a character is feeling. This lecture delivers the much needed and often neglected information about how emotional impact is achieved. Readers become emotionally involved in a story only when the techniques revealed in this lecture are employed.
EVENTS
WRITERS CIRCLE
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.

Saturday, March 16
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: TBA

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.
WORKSHOPS
CROWDFUNDING with John Sheehy

John Sheehy will share tips and insights from his wildly successful Indiegogo campaign for his new book,  On a River Winding Home: Stories and Visions of the Petaluma River Watershed . The campaign raised 40 percent of their goal, and the book has already sold out of its first printing!

Saturday, April 20
9:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $30 for members; $35 for non-members
For details and to register, click here .

One more Writers Academy workshops in the series:
Sin and Syntax: June 15, 2019
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
REBECCA SMITH
Profiled by Marilyn Skinner Lanier

As an artist, screenwriter, poet, and songwriter, Redwood Writer member Rebecca (Becky) Smith claims to have taken “ the path less traveled to taste life twice .” With so many creative pursuits, Becky’s writerly journey reflects an intriguing and very interesting path indeed.

In her inimitably wry way, Becky explains how writing keeps her out of trouble: “ I can channel my angst into my characters and make them do awful things I’d never do in real life .” How cool is that?!

Becky’s screenwriting, the first of her creative writing ventures, garnered her semifinalist status in the Austin Film Festival, the Boston Film Festival, and the Nevada Film Festival. In addition, her work has emerged in the top 10% of the Nichols Screenwriting competitions. With these competitive awards in her portfolio, it seems only fitting that Becky later decided to try her hand at prose and poetry. She credits the demands of a bout with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and the “ fantastic encouragement ” from Redwood Writers as two important boosts toward an expanded writing career. At this point, Becky favors writing screenplays and fiction.

Becky started her writerly career at an early age, when she read a story in front of her second-grade class. She wryly notes she “ got sent to the front office ” for turning in a blank piece of paper. That was when her classmates (and surely her teacher) realized she was making up a story “ on the fly .” Though she got in trouble for her ability to invent a story in her head that day, it undoubtedly has proven a solid foundation for inventing characters and stories to this day.

In fact, Becky likes to explore unknown characters in her head. She believes this process gives her the opportunity to talk with someone while inventing the characters. She explains, this is like “ taking a journey and not knowing the details until I get there .” It’s like “ peeking into the abyss of the known and pulling out a gem .” I discern her process as somewhat magical in nature!

It’s not surprising, then, that Becky considers her writing style “ more of a pantser than a plotter .” She explains, “ I usually know the beginning and how I want it [ the piece ] to end, but the middle is the fun stuff, where the adventure awaits .”

Becky relies on a wide variety of sources for new writing ideas, including her imagination, her own experiences, newspaper articles, and “ tidbits ” from relatives, friends, or strangers. She acknowledges that she’s “ not opposed to eavesdropping at Starbucks if I hear a juicy conversation.

Becky’s considers Redwood Writers a “ fantastic resource ” and clearly appreciates the “ many friends and amazing people ” she has met through the club. She emphasizes how volunteering has made it easy to connect with new friends and lets her give back to the club. She has served RW in many capacities, including PR Director, Board member, conference volunteer, and had fun helping out at the RW table at the Sonoma County Fair.
In 2018, Becky stepped down from the RW Board in order to pursue a master’s in organizational development at Sonoma State University. She eagerly anticipates completion of her graduate program in May. Hooray for achieving such an important milestone! Becky’s RW colleagues are also excited because Becky has graciously offered to lead the volunteer efforts on behalf of the club starting this summer!

Becky will surely enjoy returning to her many other interests this summer, including painting, camping, and “wandering.” She says her trip to Oregon to see the solar eclipse in 2017 was “ trippy. A cold, eerie chill kinda scared me when it was all dark .” I suspect that experience could be a great source of inspiration for a tale that only Becky, the intrepid author and award-winning screenwriter, can tell!
HOMEGROWN POETRY
Skye Blaine, Editor
Please submit poems to:  poetrynewseditor@redwoodwriters.org .
Submission guidelines: double-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 14
2–4:30 p.m.
FLAMINGO HOTEL
How to Sell More Books and
Increase Your Visibility On Facebook  
with Jula Pereira  

Please join us. Details on our website.
 Redwood Writers is for everyone, whether you're an accomplished
author or poet, or just wondering if writing is right for you.
Writers News from Around the Bay
Writers Forum
March 21, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma
Free and open to the public

Writers Forum presenter Guy Biederman will talk about how to write sinewy prose and stories that charge the moment. We'll explore the art of flash fiction and discuss the principles of the short form.

Guy Biederman  has taught creative writing at College of Marin, San Francisco State, Santa Rosa Junior College, The Sitting Room, and privately at many venues since 1991. Guy is the author of three collections of short work, including the recently published Soundings & Fathoms .
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.
EDITOR: Deborah Walton  pr@redwoodwriters.org

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