September 2020
Our next board meeting is on Tuesday, September 8th, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. 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.
Saturday, September 19
1 - 2:30 p.m.
via ZOOM*
Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests.
Submit to Indie Lit!
Lise Quintana
If you're still new to submitting, smaller independent literary journals are a great place to break in—most of them are starving for great content. Learn how to find the right lit journal for your work, and how to maximize your chances for success using a submission management program.

Lise Quintana’s work can be found in SLAB, Red Fez, Drunk Monkeys, Instant Magazine, The Rambler, and Role Reboot, among others. She headed Zoetic Press, which produced the journal NonBinary Review and the Viable chapbook series. She is the former editor in chief of Lunch Ticket, the literary journal of Antioch Universtiy Los Angeles’s MFA program. She’s the inventor of the Lithomobilus ereader, a program for creating and reading nonlinear literature. She is active with the Bay Area Book Festival, Litquake, and National Novel Writing Month. Her latest effort is a podcast about weight-related issues called Living Large in America. Find Lise Quintana at
August's General Meeting Agenda

  • Contest announcement
  • Featured Speaker Alia Volz
  • Board announcements
  • Member announcements
  • Adjourn
*WHAT IS ZOOM? It's the most popular online platform for virtual presentations, meetings, get-togethers, etc. Just go to and download the app on your phone, iPad, or computer (camera required to participate). If you can't join us live, you will be able to download the presentation for viewing/sharing at your leisure (and don't we have plenty of that!).
Redwood Writers Meeting Registration

Our club meetings are held on Zoom. Each month, you will receive an email inviting you to attend the meeting. To register, click on the big registration button and complete your information. We have invited our sister clubs to join us for these events. When you complete the checkout process, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of how to join the Zoom event.

Please note, if you are an Express Member, you will receive a special code to use during registration. Enter the code exactly as it appears in your invitation and be sure to hit “Apply” to complete your registration.

If you are using a Gmail account, your invitations and confirmation may go into your promotions folder.

We are doing our best to send out a reminder email to all registrants 1-2 days before the meetings with the link you need to join the event. Be sure we have your email. If you make a change, notify A follow-up email with the replay will go out to registrants within 48 hours of the live event.

Thank you,
Judy Baker
Vice President, Speaker Team

With forty-eight authors and fifty-eight stories, Sunset Sunrise: A Collection of Endings & Beginnings is packed with interesting tales and amazing talent, and is now available for purchase. I am honored to have worked with so many talented authors and editors, and grateful for all the help I received in putting this year's anthology together. I think you'll agree, the 2020 Redwood Writers anthology is a wonderful representation of the writing talent within our club.

Click the link below to purchase your copy through Amazon.

Crissi Langwell
Anthology Editor
WISH YOU WERE HERE - New deadline!
There's still time to submit your vacation and travel stories for our current contest! The deadline for the "Wish You Were Here" contest has been extended to September 19th. Start planning your travel itinerary and submit your story before it's too late!

NEW DEADLINE! Submit by September 19.

Open to Redwood Writers & CWC members, plus non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Solano counties.

More information on rules and how to submit at the button below:
We are so happy with our 2020 poetry anthology, AND YET. We will be posting a poem from the anthology each month. Copies of the anthology are available on Amazon.

This month's poem is by Jon Jackson.

Jon Jackson is a retired psychiatrist living in Northern California. He is a published poet and also writes prose. He currently teaches classes about Rainer Maria Rilke and various depth psychology topics.

With love, Fran Claggett-Holland and Les Bernstein
by Jon Jackson, poet of merit

In our mythology, our literature, our world, 
There is at least one woman 
Who never experienced the loss of her mother. 
And that would be Eve. 

I say “at least” because 
The same would be true of Lilith. 
But, that’s another story, more hidden, 
And not Official, as it were. 

Not just the loss. 
The experience of a mother. 
Our unconscious memories of womb, 
Our infant’s recollection of face. 

To say nothing of how she fed us, 
Raised us, taught us, created us. 
As we flailed through adolescence, 
Repeating her own personal mistakes. 

Our rebellion and disavowal, 
Our rejections of her, her life experience. 
How it all came together, one way or another, 
And we finally saw her, the woman that she is. 

Perhaps too late? Or maybe not? 
But, Eve never knew her mother, 
Never had a mother, any mother. 
She was the only one, the only woman. 

Imagine having to figure that out 
On your own. No one before you 
To tell you it was normal, alas. 
And tell you to be proud of who you are. 
Please note: Poetry submissions for the newsletter are temporarily on hold while we feature poems from the 2020 poetry anthology, And Yet. If you have any questions, please contact our poetry editor at
Submit your poetry to the 2021 Poetry Anthology!

Submissions are now open for Beyond Distance, the 2021 poetry anthology. Members are invited to submit up to five poems in one document by 9 p.m., November 15 for consideration. We are not prescribing subjects for your poetry. Our hope is that this cover painting by artist Christine MacDonald and the title of anthology will help inspire poetry about moving from silence to word. All subjects will be acceptable. We will appreciate a diversity of responses. Click the button below for more information on guidelines and how to submit.
Submission Deadline: NOVEMBER 15, 2020 at 9 p.m.
Co-Editors of Beyond Distance, 2021 Poetry Anthology
Fran Claggett-Holland - After a career of high school and university teaching, Fran traveled widely as an educational consultant, writing books for teachers and students along the way. After moving to Sonoma County, she taught memoir and poetry for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University. She recently published her fourth book of poems. Fran currently hosts two poetry groups in her home and has edited or co-edited four poetry anthologies for Redwood Writers.
Les Bernstein’s poetry had been published in journals, presses and anthologies in the U.S. and internationally. Her chapbooks Borderland, Naked Little Creatures  and Amid the Din are published by Finishing Line Press. She won the 2014 Nazim Hikmet award and is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Les has served as editor for three prior RW anthologies. Les lives in Mill Valley with her very large family.

If you are a current member of Redwood Writers and have yet to renew your membership for 2020-2021, it is time to Renew.  The 2019-2020 membership ends on September 30, 2020.  After that date, your membership is dropped, and it costs $65 to rejoin the club.   Don’t wait.  If you haven’t renewed, do so now at the button below.

If you are interested in becoming a new member of Redwood Writers joining is a simple clicking on the button below.

The Express Pass gives you access to the all the club monthly meetings from July 2020 to July 2021 for the low cost of $45. For the Zoom meetings and any recorded meeting, your pass gives you access to the video recording, meaning that if you miss the meeting, you can watch the speaker’s presentation at your convenience. In addition, if you purchase the pass in August, you receive a free guest pass for one meeting (a $10 value). 
If you need to renew, you can purchase a pass when you renew. If you renewed already and now would like to purchase a pass, click the button below.
Derek Moore, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
"Fade Out: The End of the Free Press in America"
Online via Zoom Saturday, October 17
Redwood Writers is successful because of our members, and especially those who volunteer their time and money to support our club’s many offerings. We would like to recognize and thank those members who made financial contributions during our annual membership renewal drive.
Cynthia Axell
Heather Chavez
Barbara Cottrell
Malena Eljumaily
Janis Flores
Pamela Heck
Janet Henker
Debra Koehler
Crissi Langwell
Shawn Langwell
Marilyn Lanier
Roger Lubeck
Robert Markowitz
J. Curtis Moran
Renelaine Pfister
Linda L. Reid
Dorothy Rice
Luis Salvago-Toledo
Peter Stafford
Linda Stamps
Kathleen Taylor
If you would like to have your name added to our list of donors, please click the button below.

RWC Board of Directors

To offer members a constructive and enjoyable environment in which to read their works among the support of fellow writers. 
Bring your Prose, Memoir, Poetry and more!

Zoom meeting format
  • Meeting begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.
  • Those to be “Readers” will be limited to the first 15 who register.
  • Other attendees may be “listeners.” 
  • Each reader will have 5 minutes, including introductory remarks.
  • Evaluations will be suspended during Zoom meetings.

Mark your calendars!
The next Writers Circle is on Saturday, September 26.

How to register: 
Writers Circle meets bi-monthly. On each appointed month, you will receive an email invitation to register for the coming Writers Circle. To register, simply respond to that email and you will be sent a Zoom link to attend.

Questions? Email
Judy Baker
Book Marketing Momentum Mastermind

Book sales bogged down? Clear your obstacles, gain confidence and ease with your marketing and message. Collaboration, support, problem-solving, accountability, fun. Judy Baker facilitates Book Marketing Momentum Mastermind. 5 weekly meetings, 90-minutes. Starts Tuesday, Sept. 1. Save $97 with code REDWOOD97. Class limited to 8. Register now at, or call (707) 210-6696.
Writers Forum Zoom Series

Marlene Cullen hosts the Writers Forum Zoom Series, writers share their journeys and offer tips about the craft and business of writing. Sometimes we’ll enjoy relaxation exercises and then write together. There will be time for questions and answers and chatting about writing.

Meetings are on Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. & Sundays 2 p.m. (PDT)

Zoom URL:
Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490
Writers Forum is brought to you by Aqus Community Foundation. This event is free, and limited to 100 participants.

September chats will be based on The Write Spot: Writing as a Path to Healing. Here's this month's list of presenters:

Wed, Sept 2: DS Briggs & Jordan Rosenfeld
Sun, Sept 6: Diane Dupuis
Wed, Sept 9: Bella Mahaya Carter
Sun, Sept 13: Karen Ely & Jean Grant Sutton
Wed, Sept 16: Susan Hagen
Sun, Sept 20: Hannah Jern Miller
Wed, Sept 23: Nancy Julien Kopp & Brad Yates
Sun, Sept 27: Amanda McTigue

Learn more about Marlene Cullen, her workshops, and The Write Spot book at
CWC Bulletin - Help Wanted!

The statewide California Writers Club has an excellent publication that is produced three times a year. It's the CWC newsletter called The Bulletin. Actually, this high quality document is, surprisingly, produced by just one person: Editor in-Chief Rusty LaGrange. Readers who inquire are sometimes amazed that she has no “staff” and  does this all by herself.

The CWC is appealing to our statewide membership for a volunteer to help in the production of this Bulletin. Here is what that person would do:
  • Branch submissions of Bulletin articles and photos would be sent to this volunteer
  • The volunteer would acknowledge receipt of these submissions
  • The volunteer would accumulate all the articles in a folder for Rusty
  • The volunteer would track what branches have submitted news, and rport that status to Bob Isbill
  • On a pre-appointed date, the volunteer would transfer the files to Rusty.
  • Follow-up conversations between the volunter and Editor Rusty would occur.

Total time is estimated to be four to eight  hours per edition, which is three times per year.
Anyone willing and able to help us in this position should contact Bob Isbill with CWC Job Volunteer in the subject line.
If you have news to share about your writing, an award, an appearance, or other writing-related news, send a 50-word or less announcement to Deadline for consideration in next month’s newsletter is the 15th of this month.
Redwood Writers extends a warm welcome to our newest members! Since we can't meet in person, we're sharing a little about each new member here in our newsletter. Be sure to say hello at our next general meeting!
Melissa Bingham is a community developer, intuitive guide, writer, artist, business owner, wife and mother. In 2012, she closed her successful event marketing company to pursue her passion of helping others through spiritual practice. Melissa is the creator of the Facebook community "Everyday Living with Intention" and works as a coach and spiritual mentor for a variety of individuals and organizations. Her meditation practice of more than twenty-five years has led her to where she is today, leading group meditation around the Bay Area. Melissa authored Today I Choose: Daily Intentions to Guide You Through Life, a daily intention guidebook.
Kathi Hiatt is a retired California State University, Chico administrator. The author of two paperbacks and one children’s book, she is a recipient of the Jack London award, multiple Literacy Awards, and the CWC-Sacramento 2018 Short Story Award. Her works are published in numerous anthologies and literary reviews. Kathi currently resides in the burn scar of the Camp Fire and is editor of a property owners association newspaper with a distribution rate of over 3000.
Anne L. Keck is a wife/mother/grandmother/friend/attorney/music-lover/problem-solver. She obtained her B.A. in Legal Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 1985 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall (recently renamed Berkeley Law) in 1988, and practices public agency law. She is a member of the bars of all California Courts, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, and has written hundreds of legal briefs as well as some business journal articles. She is now preparing to transition her writing skills into something more – science fiction and fantasy, and definitely poetry. Because the world needs more poetry.
Danna C. Perry is an aspiring writer of all things life, love, and learning. She is a couple of years into the work of her memoir and looks forward to gaining insight and direction from other writers as she progresses along in that process. As a professional marketer, Danna also enjoys the art of writing and curating on behalf of brands. Danna lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Alex, and her soon-to-be five-year-old son Henry.
Jennifer Schoen is a former health educator and school counselor. She began writing upon retiring after twenty-two years on a middle school campus, where she was immersed in adolescent angst, drama, comedy, and tragedy. She is an aspiring memoirist and occasional poet. 
We are sad to share that several beloved members of Redwood Writers have recently passed away.
Many of you remember Al King as someone who enthusiastically welcomed those who walked in the doors of our general meeting. If anyone needed assistance, Al was there, ready to lend a hand. You just couldn't miss this tall, friendly guy in cowboy boots, his contagious humor, nor his generous spirit. He was also a wonderful writer, the author of Dar's Journey: 66,000 Years Ago, plus two collections of short stories. As Al wrote about himself, "Al King does not fall in line with the rest of the crowd. He is on the outside looking in, and the inside looking out."

After years of working on his memoir, so many of us were pleased when Robert Shafer published his heartbreaking story about his childhood, Mickey: The Giveaway Boy. A gifted poet and writer, Robert read aloud at almost every salon, sharing excerpts from his memoir. He also had a wicked sense of humor, evident in person as well as his social media presence where he wasn't afraid to share his thoughts.
We are also sad to let you know that Harry Reid, beloved member and husband of Linda Loveland Reid, has recently passed. Look for a special In Memoriam about Harry in our October newsletter. Linda wants the club to know she is planning a Harry Day in several months when we are able to gather again.

A few years ago, Harry and Linda Reid were featured in the Argus Courier's Petaluma Profile. Take a moment to read it here:
These dynamic and talented writers will be missed. Our thoughts are with their friends and families.
In the "President's Message," Shawn mentioned the importance of writing every day. You are not a bad writer if you don't write daily, but it is an important part of self care since writing can be therapeutic. The time you spend writing is for you. It offers a momentary escape or a chance for self reflection. In a time when we're dealing with the pandemic, local fires, and many other forms of discomfort or loss, I encourage you to take some time to write what you're feeling, what you see, or even a piece of fiction to help you escape.

I haven't been the best about writing daily, but I plan to change that. How about you? Let's all write together.

This newsletter was packed with lots of information. Here are some events and club information you won't want to skip reading:

  • Lise Quintana will present "Submit to Indie Lit" at our next general meeting
  • The 2020 Anthology Sunset Sunrise is now published!
  • The "Wish You Were Here" contest is still going on, but closes this month
  • The 2021 Poetry Anthology Beyond Distance is now accepting submissions
  • Membership renewals end this month
  • Redwood Writers Circle is this month, and you're invited to read your writing
  • Author Launch dates were announced, and authors can now reserve their spot

Also, when you're not writing, join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Happy writing!

Crissi Langwell
Redwood Writer Editor
EDITOR: Crissi Langwell
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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.