Writing Conferences and Retreats

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2022 Sonoma County Writers Conference, hosted by Redwood Writers Club

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa

Join your fellow writers along your path to publishing success at the 11th Redwood Writers conference. Whether you are an aspiring author or a seasoned, published pro, this one-day conference is one of the best values for anyone who wants to become better writer.

Your conference admission will allow you to choose from a variety of topics that suit you in the areas of Craft, Publishing, and Marketing. Learn from experts and seasoned professionals to expand your belief and self-confidence as an author with an important or entertaining story to tell.

This one-day event will inspire and encourage you to take the next steps in your writing journey. Sample topics include:

  • Finding your True Voice as an Author
  • Powerful Plotting: Causality, Believability and Escalation
  • Overcoming Writers Block
  • What a Free Write Can Do For You: a hands-on free write workshop for healing and transformative writing
  • Podcasting for Writers: Making Podcasting Essential to Your Platform
  • How to Masterfully Show Emotion in Your Characters
  • Indie Publishing: What’s the “Big Deal?”
  • Now You’re Talking: Voice and Dialogue on the Page
  • Revision strategies: How to read your manuscript like an editor
  • The Audiobook Explosion: How to take your prose to a movie for the ears

EARLY BIRD Registration: September 6 – Sept. 30, 2022
Member: $95; nonmember: $125

REGULAR Registration: October 1 – October 8
Member: $110; nonmember: $150

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Details and registration at:


Sonoma County Writers Camp
with Ellen Sussman and Elizabeth Stark

October 24-28, 2022

At Bishops Ranch in Healdsburg, California. We only take 24 students, so respond quickly if you’re interested! And by popular demand, it’s a workshop! We’ll also offer an Author Panel, an Industry Expert Panel, a Master Class, student readings, early morning meditative writing (optional!), and a fabulous community of like-minded writers. Oh, and great food!

Here’s the theme of this next camp—One Scene in Your Story: Workshop and Close Examination of Great Scene-Making

$2195 DOUBLE
$2495 SINGLE (will be assigned by lottery)


Heal Create Writers’ Retreat

with Anne Lamott, Julia Cameron, SARK, and other teachers
October 29-30, 2022
At College of Marin

Are you called to write but …
find yourself stuck, ashamed of your lack of progress – and confused by why all of those other people seem to write and share themselves with the world – but it remains so difficult for you?

Join us in beautiful Marin, California – or from anywhere via live broadcast – for an immersive experience designed to spark your creative nature, dissolve your writing blocks + equip you with the tools and practices you need for a lifetime of writing.

In Person: $679 / Live Broadcast: $219
Details and registration:


Women’s Writing Retreat in Bodega Bay

This fall in Bodega Bay at an Airbnb for two nights
Tentative dates: December 2-3

Writing exercises, prompts, sharing, camaraderie. Amount and date tbd, about $250 depending on number of participants and cost, including accommodations. We will bring food to share. If interested, email Sher Christian at


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