Ongoing Groups/Open Mics

Ongoing Writers’ Groups, Readings and Open Mics


Each first Sunday 3-4:00 p.m. YOUR WORDS ON AIR? Why-write/West-word is on air as “WORD-ART,” hosted by Gor Yaswen at KOWS 107.3FM (Occidental) or WWW.KOWS.FM, featuring an ON-AIR OPEN-MIKE where you can broadcast your 5-minute poem/story/memoir (with option for response/suggestions from listeners). Register for your spot with phone number at by each last (monthly) Sunday (first-come, first-chosen).

First Sunday of the month between 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry at Redwood Cafe, hosted by Geri Digiorno, combines poetry & music in various ways. At Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. See for monthly event.

Every 1st Sunday. North Bay Poetry Slam.  7:00 p.m sign-ups, 7:30 poetry open mic., 8:00 p.m. feature (20-25 min set). 8:30 p.m. Slam. Hosted by Brianna Sage. HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 3 rounds, 3 winners, 3 minutes (per a poem), 3 poems. $5 cover. All ages. Cash Prizes: 1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. Contact:

Every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday Book and Art Fair at 112 English Street in Petaluma. Books and art for sale as well as a meeting place/garden for writers to gather and share their work, have potlucks, workshops and open mic music events. For more info, call Nancy at 707-762-2462 or Rozanne 789-9723.

Redwood Writers general meetings are held on the Second Sunday of the month, (exception: May 15th) from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at The Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, 95405, 707-523-4745). A small fee of $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers is asked to cover room rental and light refreshments. Redwood Writers is a branch of the California Writers Club. For more information see

Second Sundays: Why-Write Second Sunday Salons @ Sebastapol (formerly Westword), 4:00-6:00 pm. All poets and writers are welcome to hear and read at monthly gatherings in the home of facilitator Gor Yaswen. Come hear and share home-grown literature, and your writing process, problems, and motives with colleagues in our sessions. Listeners also are cordially invited to these-smoke-and-fragrance-free meetings. For location and more information, contact Gor Yaswen:, 707-829-1549. NO MEETINGS IN DECEMBER 2013 OR JANUARY 2014.

Third Sundays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Poetry Reading & Open Mic: Coffee Catz Poetry Reading. Donations Appreciated. 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, 707 829-5643.

Third Sunday Salon. The monthly Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon meets at Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. 101, Healdsburg from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. every third Sunday. Open mic sign-ups start at 1:30 p.m.  See our web site at

NEW: WordTemple on KRCB  has been moved to a new slot. Starting immediately, you can hear WordTemple on the third Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Interviews and readings by contemporary poets, as well as reconstructions and some good music, too!  There are several ways you can listen in: (1) If you live in Sonoma County or northern Marin County, tune in to 90.9 or 91.1 FM, or  Comcast channel 961. (2) Stream live or listen to archived programs by going to (3) Subscribe to WordTemple’s iTunes podcast, or listen in on iTunes by going to Radio, News/Talk.

Fourth Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm: An open reading the 4th Sunday of each month takes place at the Saint Rose Cafe, 9890 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol.  Come and read your latest work.

Fourth Sundays, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Poetry Soco at Coffee Catz, in Sebastopol.  This monthly series features 4-5 readers each time (18-20 minutes per reader), as well as an Open Mic reading after the featured readers. Free admission. Coffee Catz would like everyone who comes to the reading to please buy a drink, food or other item. Located at 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, (707) 829-6600.  Dates for 2014: August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28. Contact Andrew Mayer:

Last Sunday of each month, 6:00-8:30 pm: Poetry, Pints, and Prose. For more information, contact Michelle at 707-326-3773 or Catherine at 707-338-1554 or e-mail them at


Every Monday afternoon, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers “I love to hear an editor beg..” Our meetings have a very “open” atmosphere designed to accommodate the writer’s needs. Georgette is there every Monday (not on holidays) for any writer who wants to be with another writer. It makes no difference whether we have 2 or 20 people. Monday afternoon at the Warm Puppy Cafe is a way of life for the writer. You get to write in a very creative atmosphere, are not interrupted by familiar things that need to be done at home or, using Snoopy’s Free WiFi, work on your research project. Meet with serious, good nature’d writers at the Warm Puppy Cafe. Write in Snoopy’s atmosphere (a Writer’s haven that stimulates the imagination) and/or join in conversations about your genre, plot, characters, etc. Meetings are free and open to anyone with a passion for writing…to be published, self-publish or not publish. Bring your computer, pencil and notebook, parchment and quill, or chisel, hammer and stone…and your favorite Snoopy Smile…your choice. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, choffee or lunch at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (near Coddingtown) Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free.

First Monday of every month. Rivertown Poets (Poetry Night at Aqus). At 6:45 p.m., with open mic signups at 6:30. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. For more information, see: Contact: Sande Anfang:

Second Monday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa. Call 544-2491 or email to request dining at a specific authors table. $5 minimum food purchase. Dining With Authors is looking for authors who have not presented their book there before. Please contact Jeane Slone, For info on specific events, see:

Second Monday of each month, 7:00 pm. The Mindfulness: Reading and Discussion Group meets at the Oasis, 141 Second St. Street, by the Fire Station, in Petaluma. Free. For more information: Nancy Long at

B.A.R.D.S (Bay Area Readers Drama Society) conducts monthly “Mostly Shakespeare Play Readings” in Sonoma and Marin Counties. We are currently reading plays the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m., hosted by AQUS cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. These readings are open to the public, so please feel free to attend. If you are interested in participating as a reader, please post a comment on this FB page, where more details can be found about additional readings:


Free, ongoing Memoir Class & Group (SRJC Older Adults Program), through the academic year. Open to all ages. Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m. DON’T JUST HAVE A PAST; SHARE IT. Learn to write and tell tales of personal & family history a new, easy way. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 No. High St, Sebastopol. Questions? call Gor Yaswen 707-829-1549.

Jumpstart: a writing workshop where creative sparks are used for jumping-off points to inspire writing. Tuesday mornings 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Petaluma Community Center or Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Copperfield’s. Jumpstart Online: Weekly writing prompts will be emailed to you. Details at: Contact Marlene:

Tuesday Nights: 9:00-10:00 pm. “Sonic Discovery” broadcast On KSVY. Voices from Sonoma California. Music, Poetry, & the Written Word hosted by James Osborne heard online at: Click On “LISTEN NOW” (at top of page). CALL in at: 707 933-9133!

First Tuesday Poetry Group, Benicia, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring a poem or two to share. Don’t forget one you’re willing to have someone else in the group read in our second go around. Benicia Public Library, Doña Benicia Room, 150 East L St., Bencia. Contact Ronna Leon: (707) 746-5597. For details, see:

Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wine and Dine with Local Authors at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Call: 889-3419 or email to request a reserved seat at a specific author’s table. $4 minimum food purchase.  For info on specific events, see:

Last Tuesday of the month: Beginning in January 2015, Redwood Writers collaborates with Copperfield’s Books to offer a free monthly Fiction Book Club  featuring works written by its own members. The group will meet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court. Dubbed “Journey Through the Genres,” it will present a different genre or sub-genre of fiction each month. Copperfield’s has created an Event Brite “reserve your spot” at: Participants can go to the link and select the date they’d like to attend. Each group is limited to 40 people. The Redwood Writer authors will attend the meetings to respond to comments and questions, and the groups will be facilitated. For more information, go to


First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. West Side Stories. At Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second Street, Petaluma. West Side Stories believes that everyone has a story. Our goal is to give those stories a forum. Following the success of stand-up comics telling their stories, Dave Pokorny sought to accommodate all the people who asked, “When can I tell my story?” And to encourage those who doubted they had a story worth telling. Sonoma Valley Portworks provides a stage and a microphone. A theme inspires and shapes the evening and Dave Pokorny hosts the festivities. West Side Stories are limited to five minutes, and ten stories are heard. The stories are scored by a random audience-member, and a winner is announced who wins $50 cash. Cost: $5.00. More information at

Second Wednesdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunset Poetry by the Bay at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Info:

Second Wednesdays, 7:30 pm: sign-up; 8:15-ish: readings. Open Mic Poetry Night. Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah. Contact: Kim Allen,

Fourth Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Get Lit reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor. Beginning 2016, readings will be quarterly rather than monthly.  Get Lit features three guest readers with a short open mic immediately following. Authors will have books and other materials available to purchase. Corkscrew offers wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and deserts for sale at the bar, as well. Get Lit is a free, 21+ event but tips for guest readers’ travel expenses are greatly appreciated! Check the Get Lit facebook page for updates.


The Speakeasy Cafe’s Sound of Ink, open-mic poetry show airs every Thursday at 4:00 pm.  Hosted by Nyla Alisia and Q, this show offers non-stop poetic entertainment where it is all about YOU the POETS! The Speakeasy Cafe is an eclectic, supportive, passionate and inspiring place to come share your words, listen to other poets, inspire and be inspired! Poets write because they have something to say. Come take the mic and say it! You are always welcome at the Speakeasy Cafe! Suggestion: When you call in to voice your poem, use SKYPE. Otherwise the cost is prohibitive.

North Light Books & Café OPEN MIC.  Now every Thursday. Sign ups start at 5:00 pm / Open Mic from 6:00-8:30. (10-15 minute time slots) Open mics are a great way to share your singing, songwriting, and musical talent, and give you real world performing experience in front of a live audience.  Whether you are a poet, writer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer, harp player, sax player and so on, North Light is a great place to play or perform!!  “Everybody’s got one good song in them.”  Location: 550 East Cotati Ave. Cotati CA 94931. 792-4300

Redwood Cafe Open Mic Happy Hour, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Every Thursday in the beer and wine garden. 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. Sign ups start at 6:3o p.m. Hosted by Max Vogel. Contact:

Why There Are Words, curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell and named Best of the Bay for Literary Events 2012 in its second year, draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday of the month. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. More info at:

Books on Stage, curated by founder Michelle Wing, an every-other-month reading series featuring one poet and one prose writer, each with 30 minutes to read. An alliance with the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center (CPAC), the 99-seat theater where the event is held. Free. Upcoming dates are September 10 and November 12, always at 7:00 p.m. CPAC is located at 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale, 707-894-2214; More info about upcoming readers at:


Third Fridays, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Benicia Poet Laureate Poetry Clinics, hosted by Monica Tapierene, from Benicia’s First Tuesday Poetry Group. Free to adults and teens in the region. Come share & discuss poems and poetry with a small group of fellow poets. Bring 3-4 copies. Former laureates often join. Benicia Public Library, Edna Clyne Room.


Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9-12:15 at the The Key Room at the Next Key Center, 1385 North Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949. Free to members, $15 for non-members. For more information go to

The 2nd Saturday of the Month, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Random Acts Open Microphone. 5 minutes in which to present. $5.00 Admission at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. For details contact: Catherine Sevenau at

Fourth Saturday. Redwood Writers Open Mic. The FREE Saturday Open Mic Series meets at Soco Coffee, 1015 4th Street, Santa Rosa, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Details at For further information contact: Abby Bogomolny, house@bbbooks, or Charlene Bunas,

Intermittently Scheduled Events

ODD Month Readings is sponsored by the Redwood Writers Club. The readings are open to non-members, but are not open mic format. Contact Ann Wilkes at or 707-792-1704 to get on the list or for more information. Redwood Writers roves the county with talented writers for your listening pleasure. NOTE: November Odd Month Reading is Saturday, November 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way in Rohnert Park, with the theme “Stuffed.”

Redwood Salon, an old fashioned bi-monthly literary evening hosted by Redwood Writers. Even months, usually on Wednesdays. RSVPs and information: or visit

Haiku Poets of Northern California. Join us for our free quarterly readings & workshops. A featured reader, often longtime HPNC members, will present a short reading of haiku and/or other Japanese genre poetry. Each meeting also offers a lengthier program (usually a presentation or workshop related to one of the Japanese forms). There will be one or more round-robin readings, where all attendees have an opportunity, open-mic style, to read and share one or more haiku and tanka. Also news and announcements, including upcoming events, submission calls and brief introductions of any new books of interest, as well as time for socializing and refreshments. A book table is set up for the sale and purchase of HPNC and other books (you may bring your own publications if you have some to sell). Our meetings and special events, which are open to both members and nonmembers, are held quarterly at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, building C, room 235, from 1 to 5 pm. For more information, or to become an HPNC member (which includes a subscription to our renowned semiannual journal Mariposa and a quarterly newsletter) go to the HPNC website at

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  1. Please remove:
    The Studebaker Cheese Cake Shop
    On Monday night,
    The last event listed for that night.

    • Monday night open mic event at Studebaker Cheese Cake Shop has been removed.

  2. If space allows – and my classes are appropriate for the next Literary Update please let me offer my Quick Start Writing Workshop to subscribers’s. You can check the info on my website at If approved let me know and I’ll prep something in keeping with your word count allowances. The class recurs Sept to May in Rohnert Park at the Community Center. Thanks. Pat Tyler – 707-696-9640 – Thank you!

  3. Please remove:
    “Corner of the Sky Open Mic” on Wednesday nights
    The second event listed in the Wednesday events.

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