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

Sunday, May 5
KRCB Auction Night with Redwood Writers Volunteers
We will be dressed as characters from our books
7:00-11:00 PM on Channel 22 KRCB

Friday, May 10
Deadline for Hot Summer Nights application.
Details below and on our website .

Sunday, May 19
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
Author Support Group - Deborah Taylor-French 1:00-1:45  Flamingo Hotel
Writers Focus Group - Natasha Yim 1:00-1:30 Flamingo Hotel
MONTHLY MEETING
Character Through Action/Character As Action with Amanda McTigue
2:00-4:30  Flamingo Hotel

Sunday, May 19
Flash Fiction Contest Launch
Details below and on our website.

Saturday, May 25
Writers Circle
10:00-1:00
Location TBA Details: Click here.
Friday, May 31
Deadline for Author Launch application.
Details below and on our website .

Saturday, June 1
Poetry Anthology Launch Party
2:00-5:00 PM Members only
Details below and on our website.

Wednesday, June 5
6:00 PM Webinar with Jim Horan
When Does the Business of Being a Professional Author Get Easy?
Details below and on our website .

Tuesdays in July
Hot Summer Nights at Copperfield's in Montgomery Village
Details below and on our website .
MONTHLY MEETING
Character THROUGH Action/ Character AS Action
What Actors and Directors Can Teach Writers

with Amanda McTigue

This is a craft talk. We will supplement received literary wisdom with some of the approaches actors and directors take to the development of character. After all, characters--with character--are why we read.
Sunday, May 19*
NOTE ONE WEEK LATER THAN USUAL
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room

All are welcome. Just $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Or become a member that day and get $5 off your membership!
PLEASE JOIN US!
EVENTS
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 10
Participate in the 7th Annual
Hot Summer Nights
at Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village,
Santa Rosa on four consecutive Tuesdays in July: 9, 16, 23, and 30.
CLICK HERE for application and details.
HURRY -- many slots already booked.
FLASH FICTION CONTEST
OPEN May 19 through midnight June 23
Short, savory, punchy, sweet—you decide!

We want your stories for the Redwood Writers 2019 flash fiction/memoir contest. Here’s an opportunity to explore a form that forces you to make every word count.

In 750 words or fewer, plumb your favorite topics or dive into something new. Keyboard tales into your laptop while sipping coffee at a cafe, write via smartphone while standing in line at the post office, scribble on scrap paper while simmering soup in the kitchen. Then polish your stories, pick the best, and send ‘em in.

Limit: one story per writer. Submission period: May 19 through midnight June 23, 2019.
Flash fiction/memoir contest judges are acclaimed author of short fiction Stefanie Freele, master of poetry and prose Carly Perkins, and skilled author and popular writing instructor Skye Blaine.
Contest chair Laura McHale Holland ( lauramh@mac.com) has prompts up her sleeve for folks who enjoy using them, as well as fun ways to help you edit and generate stories. These will be unveiled at the kickoff May 19, 2019 Redwood Writers monthly meeting at the Flamingo.
Redwood Writers Circle

Saturday, May 25
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: TBA

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.

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
REDWOOD WRITERS WEBINAR
No need to leave the comfort of your writing desk for this exciting workshop.
When Does the Business of Being
a Professional Author Get Easy?

Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 6:00 PM

Getting a fiction or non-fiction book written and published is no small feat. The question is, how do you turn a book, a single book, into a successful, profitable, sustainable business with multiple streams of income... that also happens to be fun?

In this 45-minute intensive, fact-filled webinar, Jim Horan, author of The One Page Business Plan book series, will share the story of how his first book, led to the development of a global cottage industry around a very simple concept…one-page business plans. The key to Jim’s success is a whole series of simple marketing and business development events that you can use to turn your book into a much bigger success. 

You must register in advance on our website . Members: $20; non-members $25. Log in details will be sent after your registration.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Ayin Weaver
Profiled by Rebecca Smith
Ayin Weaver’s two novels, Bleed Through and Souls of Viridian ( Novelweaver Press, 2013 & 2019 ), are her first foray into the world of fiction. “I never envisioned myself as a writer—I had always been an artist, a painter and sculptor. It was a so-called accident—and a series of events that led me to become an author.”

After twenty years of making a living as an artist, a medical illustrator, a graphic artist for the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves , and later at UCSF medical illustration department, she decided to finish a degree in art and health. Being a parent of a soon-to-be school-age child, she decided to teach public school. In Brooklyn, there were few art or health education positions, so she was offered a choice of math or English. She took the job as a Language Arts teacher in an immigrant community. “I threw myself into it—teaching art and reading stories to my eighth graders, for whom English was a second language. I was determined to bring a new interactive way of teaching to my students. There were no computers and few books. I wrote a new curriculum, for which I received a small grant. That was the beginning. I wrote plays about history for assemblies and had my students write stories themselves. So writing became my second love.”

Years later, she stopped formal teaching and devoted her time to being an artist again. “I sculpted and taught sculpting as a healing art form—like a form of art therapy.” At one of her workshops a woman advised her to contact the International Women’s Writing Guild, to attend their artistic summer conference in upstate New York. Soon, she was invited to teach there. “In 2003, as a result of the influence of the life-long writing friends I met there, I wrote my first non-fiction book, Artist As Healer, Stories of Transformation and Healing.” The book is currently out of print; however, she is working on a second edition.
     
In 2010, Ayin moved to Sonoma County to write. Having begun Bleed Through a few years earlier, she began rewriting it in 2011, finally publishing it under her own Novelweaver Press in 2013.  Souls of Viridian is her new work published in January 2019. She has been interviewed on KOWS radio and done readings through Redwood Writers, Dine With Authors, and at Many Rivers bookstore. Her two visionary novels are written with a mass audience in mind. “My intent is to make complex ideas palatable to the average reader. I was unsure I could simplify quantum physics. However, the format I use lends itself to weaving diverse and charismatic characters together in a way that subliminally complements the underlying theories and seems to capture my readers’ imagination--so they say.”
Her readers have given her work great reviews. Currently, she has begun to work collaboratively on creating a screenplay of Bleed Through.
 
Ayin’s books are available on Amazon.com and at local bookstores and cafes.
   
HOMEGROWN POETRY
Skye Blaine, Poetry Editor
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, June 9
2–4:30 p.m.
FLAMINGO HOTEL
Before submitting to an Agent: 50 Things to Check
with Elizabeth Kratch, Agent with Cameron

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