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April 2015 Calendar of Literary Events

The monthly calendar reflects announcements that literary folk from the area have sent to us. To get a more complete list of author-events and workshop schedules, addresses and directions to the event locations, as well as bios of the presenters, you can use the links below.

Please send your calendar announcements, text only (no attachments or PDFs please), no later than noon on the last day of each month. Calendar entries are easier to include if they follow the format you see here (Day, date, time: event, cost, location, contact).  Events should be within an hour’s drive of Sonoma County. Send your announcements to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.com. NOTE: Lengthy announcements will be edited. Where possible, please provide a link to a web page with complete details.

Book Passage www.bookpassage.com
Center Literary Café centerliterarycafe@gmail.com
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfields.net
Petaluma Writers’ Forum and Jumpstart Writing Workshops: www.thewritespot.us
Readers’ Books www.readersbooks.com
Redwood Writers www.redwoodwriters.org
Sebastopol Center for the Arts www.sebarts.org
Sitting Room www.sittingroom.org
Sonoma Arts Literary Calendar www.sonomaarts.com
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com

Note: There will be no Poetry reading at Redwood Cafe on Easter Sunday (April 5).

Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sonoma County’s current and former poets laureate will read in honor of National Poetry Month. Katherine Hastings, poet laureate, and Terry Ehret, poet laureate emeritus, will be featured readers at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Open reading will follow features. Free/donation requested. (510) 523-6957.

Wednesday mornings, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is an ongoing circle for women who want a continuous writing practice with the support of like-minded writers. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. Held at a private cottage in Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday mornings, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  “Women Writing Through Transition and Change.” A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. You’ll learn new techniques for effortless writing as you explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. At a private home near downtown Sebastopol. $40 per session or $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Friday, April 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. National Poetry Month Event in Healdsburg. Introducing Poet Sara Gelston, who will be reading her work. She is new to Sonoma County and will be teaching workshops in Healdsburg. Please come out and welcome her for a free evening of her poetry and then writing together and discussing poetry, for those who would like to join in that part of the evening. Sara received her MFA at the University of Illinois. Her recent work appears in Ploughshares, Third Coast, Best New Poets (2014), Versal, Colorado Review, Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. FREE. All are welcome. At Healdsburg Center for the Arts,130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg; contact tel: 707 696-1111; www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com; literary.hca@gmail.com.

Friday mornings, April 3, 10, and 24, (no session April 17), 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday mornings, April 4, 11, 18 and May 2, 9:30-12:30. Writing workshops with Dan Coshnear at the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove; http://www.SittingRoom.org. Cost $100. Contact Dan at coshn@sonic.net or 707-869-0329.

Monday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A Musing Mondays. April is National Poetry Month! Of course, every month is poetry month for those of us who write, listen, and do both. Our upcoming reading promises to be a celebration of new voices. We’ll welcome East Bay poet, Sara Mithra, and poet, Jeremy Cantor, who hails from the Carquinez Straits. Open mic signups are at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend and a poem or two to share at open mic. Readings begin 6:40 p.m. The Aqus Café is open for food and beverages. It is located at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. See facebook page for details.

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma county. Chocolate & Cinema at the Rialto Cinemas in downtown Sebastopol. Sample prize-winning truffles, handmade chocolates, moist brownies, and other offerings from Sonoma County chocolatiers. Step inside the Free Bookmobile to browse shelves for a great new read to take home. Then at 7:15, settle in to enjoy an old favorite on the big screen: Fried Green Tomatoes. More details at: http://freebookmobile.org (Click on News)

Thursday, April 9, 7:00– 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Why There Are Words presents the theme “Sure,” an evening of readings free of doubt about their quality from these unwavering authors. Join us, and be convinced. George Higgins, Alexandra Kostoulas, Eve Pell, Connie Post, Mindella Ruby, Jon Sindell. More info: whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. “Women Writing Through Transition and Change: A One-day Writing Retreat for Women” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This one-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. The format includes two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. S.G. Browne reads from his novel L. at Copperfields Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Copperfields is hosting emerging and established science fiction, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy authors. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-sg-browne

Sunday, April 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m. In Translation: A Global Reading. All welcome, free. Join us at the Sitting Room as we explore the rich poetic traditions of Europe, South America and the Middle East. Susan Miller will share Hebrew and Yiddish poems, John Johnson and Nancy Morales will read from Terry Ehret’s translations of Ulalume Gonzalez de Leon, Godelieve Uyttenhove has translated the poetry of Dorianne Laux into French, Patti Trimble presents her translations of ancient Arabic-Sicilian poems in two languages, Crystal Ockenfuss brings the work of contemporary German poets, and Christine Renaudin will read her translation of Christina Svane, Sonnets to the Unknown, and Other Poems. The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove; www.SittingRoom.org

Sunday, April 12, 2:30-5:00 p.m. The Long and Short of It: Tips for Successful Essay and Memoir, with Susan Bono. Do you know the essential elements every creative non-fiction writer can use to create robust, compelling first-person stories? Do you know the statement that forms the core of every essay or memoir? Writing teacher and editor Susan Bono will discuss key concepts of essay and memoir writing at the April 12 meeting of Redwood Writers at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Members: $5, non-members $8. Details: www.redwoodwriters.org

Monday, April 13, 6:00-8:oo p.m. April Dining With Local Authors: World of Change anthology. Twelve poets including many laureates share their visions to make the world a better place. Featuring: David Beckman, Vilma Ginzberg (Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2008-2009), Katherine Hastings (Current Sonoma County Poet Laureate), Juanita Martin (Fairfield Poet Laureate), Elizabeth Herron, Kirk Lumpkin, David Madgalene, Jim Miller, Gwynn O’Gara (Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2010-2011), Mike Tuggle (Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2008-2009), Bill Vartnaw (Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2012-2013), and Gor Yaswen. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Reservations: 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com

Monday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. BARDS (Bay Area Readers Drama Society) reads Aristophanes’ Lysistrata at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/B.A.R.D.S.1/

Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. T. Coraghessan Boyle reads from his new novel,The Harder They Come, at Sebastapol Community Cultural Center. $10 admission. Presented by the Center and Copperfields Books. More details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/t-coraghessan-boyle

Wednesday afternoons, April 15, 22, and 29, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women who want to write a book, with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Get your book out of your head and onto the page in this practical, hands-on writing group. Learn good writing techniques, write in a community of other women, and receive gentle guidance and support. This is NOT a critique group; it is for generating new material in a safe, supportive, encouraging environment. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Brooke Warner will talk about “What Authors Need to Know About What Happens After They’re Done Writing Their Book.” $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. Lit Night at Copperfields with Skip Horack, reading from his novel The Other Joseph. Montgomery Village Store,775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lit-night-skip-horack

Friday–Monday, April 17–20, Spring Writing Retreat for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Retreat to a private, woodsy cabin north of San Francisco to write, explore, and deepen your craft. Twice a year, Susan offers an opportunity for eight women to join her in creating a safe, intimate, supportive writing community where you will live and write together for four days. Come write with other women, walk among the trees, eat delicious food, push creative limits, sleep deeply, surprise yourself. Cabin life is informal and relaxing. Someone else does the cooking and cleans up after you. Everything supports the inner life and makes way for deep exploration. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Sliding scale: $745 – $945 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, April 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol.Donation: $3 to $10.  Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else, if you like. Listeners welcome. To celebrate National Poetry month Coffee Catz will give $1 off of a coffee drink on April 19 in trade for a poem, which will go into a binder for patrons to read. Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/

Sunday, April 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild, Third Sunday Salon. Special Program for National Poetry Month, featuring guest readers Sonoma County Poet Laureate Katherine Hastings and five Healdsburg Literary Laureate emeriti — Armando Garcia-Dávila, Penelope La Montagne, Vilma Ginzberg, Stefanie Freele, and John Koetzner. The Bean Affair, Healdsburg. More info: www.hbglitguild.org

Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. Debut Brews with Marian Palaia, author of The Given World. Copperfield’s Debut Brews series introduces readers to exciting new fiction writers and local brews.  All events are free and open to the public, and if you buy a book the first draft’s free! Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/debut-brews-marian-palaia

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature readers Drew Dellinger, Wendy-O Matik, and Xulio Mishteko. Open mic follows (Five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00-9:30 p.m., first of six Wednesday evenings. Intimate Kinship: Creative Writing Workshops with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Continuing Students Fee $210. Drop-In, $40/session. Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net

Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six Thursday mornings. Intimate Kinship: Creative Writing Workshops with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Continuing Students Fee $210. Drop-In, $40/session. Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net

Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. Off The Page Readers Theatre presents “Surprise!: Expect The Unexpected.” A great mix of plays, poetry and prose written by local authors and presented in a readers’ theatre performance by Off The Page Readers’ Theatre. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa. Tickets: $12 at the door

Saturday, April 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Sisters Writing Workshop: Celebrate sisterhood with Gwynn O’Gara, former poet laureate of Sonoma County, and Laura McHale Holland, editor of Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood, an anthology that features the work of 76 writers from across the globe. An interactive workshop at the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Participants will have time to write poetry or prose in response to the readings and/or to the meaning of the word “sister.” Afterward, those who wish to share their writing from the exercise may do so, but they won’t be pressured to read. Space is limited; please email Laura at lauramh@mac.com to reserve a spot. $25 fee includes a paperback copy of the anthology. More info: www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. Four poets celebrate National Poetry Month at Copperfields Books, Montgomery Village Store, 850 4th Street, Santa Rosa. Readings with an international flavor from poets Katherine Hastings, Nighthawks; Mary Mackey, Travelers With No Ticket Home; Indigo Moor, Through the Stonecutter’s Window; and Joan Gelfand, The Long Blue Room. Evening includes wine and appetizers (free event). Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/four-poets-celebrate-national-poetry-month

Saturday, April 25,  7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series, featuring Paul Hoover, Michael Palmer and Clara Rosemarda. FREE EVENT, at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. More details at: http://www.wordtemple.com/blog/?page_id=14

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. 13th Annual ukiaHaiku Festival. Winning authors read their poems at 2:00 p.m. Reception & refreshments at 3:00 p.m. Winning Haiku booklets will be sold at the event. All sales help support the ukiaHaiku Festival. At corner of Perkins and Dora Streets, Ukiah. More info:  http://ukiahaiku.org

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read Ukiah, featuring Avotcja (from Berkeley, CA). Featured reading followed by open mic. Link to flyer: www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Avotcja-Jiltonilro-Writers-Read-Ukiah-15_0430.pdf

Mark Your Calendar for May 2015

Friday mornings, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!  A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women Who Want to Write a Book,” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This one-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. Learn good writing techniques, write in a community of other women, and get charged up about your book project. This is NOT a critique group; it is for generating new material in a safe, supportive, encouraging environment. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, May 2, 2:00 p.m. Publishing 101 with Rebecca Lawton. Bring questions about publishing. Bring your ideas about your works in progress. Bring your curiosity. At Rohnert Park-Cotati Library.

Sunday, May 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Book launch party for Jo-Anne Rosen’s What They Don’t Know: Selection Fiction (a collection of 18 stories) at Iota Press, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol. Signed copies of the book may be purchased for $10 at the book launch only (retail cost, $15). There will be refreshments and a short reading among the wonderful old typesetting equipment in the Iota shop. More about the book at www.joannerosen.us/what-they-dont-know.html. The paperback edition will be available by May 1 on Amazon, as well as Kindle and Smashwords editions.

Sunday, May 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry at Redwood Cafe: Poets Kim Shuck, Lucille Lang Day, Chris Olander read & singer/songwriter Ed Dang performs at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.

Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.  Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays will feature poets Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet and Johanna Ely, followed by open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:00, and the reading will begin promptly at 6:30. (Open mic time is limited to three minutes per reader, in fairness to others.) The Aqus Café is open for food and beverages. It is located at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. See facebook page for details.

Wednesday mornings, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.  Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is an ongoing circle for women who want a continuous writing practice with the support of like-minded writers. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. Held at a private cottage in Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday afternoons, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women who want to write a book, with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Get your book out of your head and onto the page in this practical, hands-on writing group. Learn good writing techniques, write in a community of other women, and receive gentle guidance and support. This is NOT a critique group; it is for generating new material in a safe, supportive, encouraging environment. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday mornings, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  “Women Writing Through Transition and Change.” A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. You’ll learn new techniques for effortless writing as you explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. At a private home near downtown Sebastopol. $40 per session or $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, May 9, 1:30 p.m. Harold Norse Poetry Reading at Copperfields Petaluma 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. An event celebrating the recently released poetry collection for the celebrated Beat poet Harold Norse who was close friends with James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams and William Burroughs. Join San Francisco poets Neeli Cherkovski and A.D. Winans along with the book’s editor Todd Swindell who will read poems from the recently released I Am Gong to Fly Through Glass: The Selected Poems of Harold Norse at this free event. More info at haroldnorse.com

Monday, May 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors. Five authors will read from their books: Rods & Wings, adventure non-fiction by Bo Bennett; The Soulmate Lover, relationships & sexuality, by Mali Apple/Joe Dunn; Gift of the Tiger, historical fiction, Eugene MCceary; A Convergence of Unanticipated Consequences, poetry, by Russ Messing; Walmart to Wolf House, essays, by Rob Loughran. At Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Reservations: 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com

Thursday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of  The Flying Trolley, Gold Passage and Inheritance and short-story writer & novelist Roy Parvin, author of In the Snow Forest and The Loneliest Road in America. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.

Thursday, May 14, 7:00–9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents readers from Joyland Magazine, a literary journal that features award-winning writing connected to authors’ local communities, with SPECIAL GUEST Daniel Handler. Zoe Ferraris, Ruth Galm, Rachel Khong, Marian Palaia, Maggie Tokuda-Hall. $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. More info: whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Michele Anna Jordan and Her Magic Pantry Apron!  Celebrating the new Good Cook’s Book of Tomatoes, The Good Cook’s Book of Mustard and More Than Meatballs, with the highly- acclaimed Vinaigrettes & Other Dressings tagging along for fun. Occidental Center for the Arts. Display of the apron, slide show of the new books’ photography, selected reading, Q&A, cooking demo, book sales, special refreshments served. Admission free. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. Further info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com

Saturday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Writing and the Natural World: How the Mirror of Nature Reflects Your Life Story – A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women at Jack London State Park” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This day on the earth includes an introduction to the Medicine Wheel, a guided Earth-Walk, and an afternoon of reflective writing/deep listening. Susan Hagen is a published author, long-time writing coach, and a seasoned wilderness rites-of-passage guide. She combines all three to lead this rare offering at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen. $85 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, May 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild Third Sunday, featuring guest poets Rebecca Foust and Roy Mash. At The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Following the featured readers, there will be an open mic. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon also includes a raffle and book sales. For more information, see www.hbglitguild.org. Any questions, contact healdsburgliteraryguild@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 17, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Workshop with Holly Springfield, founder of the Petaluma Emily Dickinson Salon, at The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. This workshop offers an introduction to Dickinson’s poems and letters, and the mid 19th century New England culture in which she grew up and lived her entire life. We will discuss her central questions and themes, including faith and doubt, hope and despair, love, beauty, nature, time, daily life and spirituality. Our approach will be both playful and technical, as well as biographical, and, above all, personal. The critic Helen Vendler calls her an “archaeologist of the interior.” Her writing about her experience speaks to us today as 21st century Americans and world citizens. $20. Please rsvp to springfield4967@comcast.net.

Monday, May 18,  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. FREE Writing Workshop for Women who want to write a book: “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  3 Ways to get your book out of your bones and onto the page, with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Reserve your seat at 707-888-0849 or suzhagen@sonic.net. More info: www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Panel of Editors.A first-time event at Writers Forum: Editors discuss their editing styles. Meet the editors, then gather in small groups to find the right editor for you. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Saturday, May 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading/Book Launch: The San Francisco North Bay Launch of Ed Coletti’s new book The Problem With Breathing takes place at SoCoCoffee (1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa). Katherine Hastings and David Beckman will be reading along with Ed.

Sunday, May 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Annual Graveside Readings. Oak Mound Cemetery, First & Piper Streets, Healdsburg (meet at the Tipsy Fountain). The afternoon is all open mic; readers can sign up beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery. Pieces should be no more than four minutes in length. Bottled water will be provided. Please bring a chair if possible. For more information, contact Ann Carranza at (707) 431-0365. For complete information, see www.hbglitguild.org. For any other media questions, please feel free to contact healdsburgliteraryguild@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Women Writing Through Transition and Change: A One-day Writing Retreat for Women” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This one-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. The format includes two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

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