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


Sunday, October 13
New Member Orientation 11:00 am–12:15 Flamingo Hotel
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
Author Support Group 1:00-2:00 - See details below

MONTHLY MEETING
A Writers Life - A Writers Roundtable facilitated by Roger Lubeck
2:00-4:30  Flamingo Hotel

Saturday, October 19
9:30-12:00 Flamingo Hotel
I Can Almost Taste It - A Redwood Writers Contest Workshop
facilitated by Harker Brautighan, Roger DeBeers, and Roger Lubeck

Saturday, October 19
Redwood Writers Salon 1:00-4:00
Location TBA in Santa Rosa ( click here to register )

Friday, November 1
NaNoWriMo begins (see below for details)

Sunday, November 10
MONTHLY MEETING
2:00-4:30 Flamingo Hotel
Booby Traps and Blessings of a Writer's Life with Frances Rivetti

Friday, November 15 AT 9:00 p.m.
DEADLINE FOR POETRY ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS
MONTHLY MEETING

SUNDAY, OCT 13
2:00-4:30
 Arrive at 1:30 to register and mix and mingle.

FLAMINGO HOTEL
Santa Rosa

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All are welcome. Just $5 for members; $10 for non-members.

PLEASE JOIN US!
EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE!

Bi-Annual Sonoma County
Writers Conference 
From pen to published 
May 2 nd , 2020

Finley Center, Santa Rosa
Details to follow in months ahead.

Wanna help out?
We'll have plenty of volunteer opportunities.
Everything from speaker concierge and introductions to publicity, set up, registration, coordination and much, much more.

Please send an email to Conference Chair Shawn Langwell or Conference Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Heck .
Let us know and we'll find a spot that's just right for you.  
REDWOOD WRITERS SALON

HARVEST YOUR STORIES!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
1:00-4:00
Location in Santa Rosa TBA


Bring your stories and poems to share
Readings are five minutes

RSVP: Registration, readings, directions, and our convivial potluck lunch

Contact: RW Salon Chair, Sher Gamard   gmard@redshift.com
ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH
ENDEAVOR: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance

The forty-four works of fiction and memoir contained in the 2019 Redwood Writers anthology reflect the volume’s theme and title,  Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance.  Each story provides an uplifting example of how the human spirit can prevail against all that nature, man, and circumstances can throw against it. Sometimes mundane, but often exalted, the difficulties, hardships, and conflicts experienced by the protagonists of the stories serve as inspiration to us all.
Price: $12.00 if purchased at a Redwood Writers meeting ($10.00 for 5 or more copies) and $15.00 from Amazon.com .
CELEBRATING THE ANTHOLOGY AUTHORS

It was a warm afternoon to celebrate the publication of Endeavor , this year's prose anthology--and it wasn't just the temperature. The featured writers warmed the hearts of the audience with readings from their craft and, in turn, received warm praise for their work. Once again we thank Linda Reid who hosted a most heart-warming reception!
CONTESTS
Cooking Up Another Great Contest
I Can Almost Taste It
Redwood Writers Contest
October 13 - November 17, 2019
Harker Brautighan and Roger DeBeers Co-chairs

WORKSHOP
Saturday October 19, 2019
9:30 am -12:00 pm
Flamingo Hotel


Everyone has an interesting, funny, tragic, or dramatic story that involves a food or drink. The question is whether to write the story as a fiction, memoir, or essay? Join Harker Brautighan, Roger DeBeers, and Roger Lubeck for a workshop on writing short stories or essays about food and drink that include a recipe.

Harker Brautighan will discuss personal essay and the difference from other informational nonfiction. Roger DeBeers will discuss writing short fiction stories. Roger Lubeck will review the submission guidelines and the contest template for submitting the required recipe.

For workshop details, rules and more information, click here or go to our website .
HOMEGROWN POETRY
Skye Blaine, Poetry Editor
Wrong Kids
by Jean Wong

          Are they back yet, are they back?
Back, who's back?
           The children...               
Children? What Children?
           The ones at the Border...
Which ones, which border?
           The Mexican border, the children—
           are they back—back to their parents?
Someone said some---not all—but some.
           That's too long...children can't wait
           that long. How can that be?
ID...they didn't have IDs.
           But surely they had bracelets...
           in hospitals you always wear IDs.
They didn't know.
            Who?
The guards—they didn't know.
 When the orders came,
they said children had to go in another room.
No one said anything about IDs.
            Where? Where did they take them?
Away. No one knows. There are places.
The buildings are not marked.
            How could they do this.
           This is not right.
Don't ask me...there's nothing
 that can be done.
           I will write.
           Do you know where to write?
No, no one knows these things.
           I will write. I will write
          the Department of Justice.
Better check online...it's tricky...
I tried to write...
           You did? What happened?
Said it was the wrong address.
 It was Juvenile Hall...
said I got the wrong kids.
My Poetry Muse
by Ellie Portner

she is fickle
she does not meet commitments
nor give assurances
time for her has no boundaries

sometimes
she withdraws
and I am afraid
she will not return

I tempt her back
with whispered promises
I do not keep

I do not trust her
the one who shares my solitude
who comes to me
to fill the empty places
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.
...AND MORE
2020 POETRY ANTHOLOGY
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Redwood Writers

The title for the 2020 Redwood Writers poetry anthology is ...And Yet. This theme is open to any interpretation.

For your inspiration, we are happy to share our selection of art for the cover. We had many truly beautiful selections from which to choose following the “blind” submission process. In the end, we chose a painting called “Party Girl” by Linda Loveland Reid. The back cover is a beautiful work by Rebecca Smith called “Abstract.”

We hope the title and cover will inspire you to submit 5 poems by November 15 th. We wish you all the very best,

Les and Fran

The 2020 poetry anthology IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS. DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15.

  • Poets must be members of Redwood Writers.
  • Each poet may submit up to 5 poems.
  • All poems must be submitted through website at redwoodwriters.org
  • Your name must NOT appear on poems.
  • Include a poem title on each poem submitted.
  • Use Times New Roman typeface and 12 point font.
  • Include a 50 word bio written in 3rd person.
  • Poems must be original and unpublished. Poems that have appeared in print, including online magazines, are not eligible. However, they may have appeared in personal blogs or online newsletters.
  • Poets will be notified of accepted poems by December 1.  

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS AND INFORMATION, CLICK HERE .
NEXT MONTH'S MEETING
Sunday, November 10
2:00-4:30

Booby Traps and Blessings
of a Writer's Life
with Frances Rivetti

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 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 ,
a 5 01(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Redwood Writers Meetings       
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 
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  Registration starts at 2 p.m.
              
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