Posted by: wordrunner | September 1, 2010

Literary Update for September 2010

Sonoma County Literary Update (logo)Festive September ushers in a harvest of festivals for all the arts.  We look forward to two special annual events for readers and writers, the Petaluma Poetry Walk on September 19 ( and the Sonoma County Book Festival in Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, on September 25 ( See the Calendar and County News sections of this Update for detailed information. And the 2010 Sonoma Arts Festival is in full swing through September 12 (read about it at

Directory of Sonoma County Writers: The Literary Update is interested in creating a directory of Sonoma County Writers. If you are interested in being listed, send the material you would like included: e.g. photo (jpg), 100-word bio, web and/or blog links, and contact information.  E-mail to  The names of newly posted writers will be included in the emailed Update every month with a link to the Directory page.

Visit the website: The Sonoma County Literary Update website is updated every few days at We encourage you to visit these pages frequently for breaking news. If you have a workshop, event, contest, or call for submission to announce to the Sonoma County literary community, you may send it at any time and it will be posted on the site.  If you want it in the emailed Update, however, please send it by noon on the last day of each calendar month. Any notices received after this deadline will not be included in the e-mail issue, but will be added to the website and/or the next month’s Literary Update, if still relevant. Email announcements to

Bookmarks: Pick up bookmarks to remind you of the Literary Update website at the Sonoma County Book Festival on September 25. The bookmarks will be on hand at the Sixteen Rivers and Wordrunner Publishing Services booths. If any other festival exhibitors would like a stack of bookmarks to pass out, you can get them from Jo-Anne Rosen (Wordrunner). Thanks to Arlene Mandell and David Beckman for graciously donating printing costs.

Wellspring Renewal Center: September and October will be your last chance in the foreseeable future to enjoy a solitary writer’s retreat in this beautiful, isolated retreat center located on 50 acres of redwood forest near the small town of Philo in Mendocino County, bordering on a state park. Rustic or housekeeping cabins are very affordable. Unfortunately, Wellspring must close in November for fiscal and other reasons. They will welcome you meanwhile. Check out the website: A photo on the home page shows the Navarro River, a beach and a maze, built with pebbles by Terry Ehret.  The maze was washed away in the winter, but you can still have a dip in the swimming hole on a hot autumn day (yes, it’s hotter up there than here).

Click on any of these pages from the menu above to view the rest of the September Literary Update:

Monthly Calendar of Events
County-Wide News (Including News from East, West, and North County)
Poet Laureate’s News
Sonoma County in Print
Local Workshop Teachers and Writing Consultants
Current and Upcoming Workshops
Writers’ Connections
Ongoing Writing Groups and Open Mic Readings
Calls for Submission
Recommended Northern California Journals and Presses
Directory of Sonoma County Writers
How to Send Announcements to the Literary Update
About the Literary Update


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