College Courses for Adults

Napa Valley College-St. Helena
Santa Rosa Junior College English Department
Santa Rosa Junior College Writing Scholarships and Awards

Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education Writing Courses

Sonoma State University Creative Writing Program

Sonoma State University Extended Education Program

Bay Area Writing Courses (non-college)

The Grotto, a San Francisco writing center and community workspace offers narrative arts workshops over several weeks or one day. Located in SOMA.

On-Line Writing Programs

University of California, Berkeley, Extension, Online Writing Certificates
Stanford University, Continuing Studies, Online Writers Certificates
Oxford University, Continued Education, short online courses
Online College Courses in Writing (database of free courses)
Visual Writers Workshops bring published authors together with writers for synergy and exchange one Sunday a month at 12 p.m. Eastern time, 9 a.m. Pacific time.

School-Based Programs for Youth

California Poets in Schools
Phyllis Meshulam, Area Coordinator
Sonoma State University EXCEL Program

Community Non-Credit Workshops

For a list of  Sonoma County writers offering workshops and consultations, check the Local Workshop Leaders and Writing Consultants page. Below you’ll find a list of upcoming workshops in chronological order and following that, ongoing (undated) workshops in alphabetical order by the workshop leader’s last name.


Upcoming workshops are in chronological order. See below for local ONGOING WORKSHOPS.



Solstice Salon — Review, Write, Complete, and Release 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

The Salon is meeting on Winter Solstice Eve in an intimate gathering in Sue Kearney’s home in Petaluma (address given when you register). Solstice means “Sun standing still” — let’s gather in the dark stillness and get complete with the year that’s ending so that the work and purpose that’s calling you into the coming year can stand on a foundation that’s clear and healed and whole.

There’s a pull, this time of year, to set intentions for the coming year (some call them resolutions). Resolutions without a foundation built on meeting yourself where you are, celebrating what you’ve accomplished, owning what hasn’t come to fruition, and acknowledging everything you’ve taken on throughout 2017 — those resolutions fizzle out just like the number of people at your gym in March compared to the big crowds in January.

Participants are provided paper and pens/markers and will be guided through Kearney’s 2017 Review • Complete • Release workbook.. Through our conversation and a free-write journaling, you will get to face yourself just as you are, name and own the emotions that arise when you look back, step away from regret by honoring what’s true and all that you’ve put into your year. Then, when we meet again in January, we’ll do some powerful visioning and planning work for ’18.

None of these circles is ever the same as the one before or after.

Is this gathering right for you? Well, yeah!
• If you too are feeling exhausted by the doings in the world, then you should come. You’re not alone.
• If you are rocking it these days, and you know that sharing your joy and ease will help others, then please come! Pay it forward.
• If you feel the itch to sit in circle with some amazing women the night before the light begins to return, sign up now! Even if you don’t know what you’ll be talking about.

The fee is $25 and Sue has room for 13 amazing women.

How to register:
• Go to and send your payment. Make sure to include a current email address.
• Send Sue a note at and let her know you’ve signed up. (And of course you can email her with any questions.)
• She will send you the street address. Easy peasy!

Sue Kearney brings decades of experience in women’s spirituality, coaching, writing, creating, and making to her work facilitating women’s circles. Her work in this realm and as a brand whisperer and web designer combine her barely tamed hippie sensibility and black belt technogeekery with her overarching purpose to support women as they strive to express themselves, make their mark on the world, and surf the white waters of life’s unending challenges and transitions. You can find out more on her website


Writing from the Core

Classes § Workshops § Retreats § Enneagram of Personality §
Private Coaching & Consultations § Emotional Release Energy Healing

DEEP INQUIRY: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice
6 Wednesday evenings begin January 17, 7:00–9:30 p.m.
6 Thursday mornings begin January 18, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance)
Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or

This is where you write from the core! Through meditation, visualizations and other exercises to quiet the mind and stimulate the imagination, we will discover and generate new material. Your inquiry into the stories you know will reveal the hidden stories. Whether you’re starting out or trying to finish a project or book, this is the place to do it. If you just want to find out what you think and feel, this is the place to do it. As an intuition counselor and coach I provide individual feedback for each writer in my workshops. A safe environment is provided for the writer to emerge. Open to writers of all skill levels and genres. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Clara Rosemarda, MA, is an evocative writing teacher, memoirist, and poet whose work has been published in literary journals and anthologies. She works with beginning as well as mainstream writers to start and complete projects. In private practice in Santa Rosa as a counselor for thirty-five years, Clara is co-author and co-editor of the literary anthology, STEEPED: In the World of Tea. Her letterpress chapbook Doing Laundry was set and printed at Iota Press 2013. Her most recent poetry chapbook Naked Branches was published 2014 (Small Change Series, WordTemple Press).


Writing to Heal: A Writing & Meditation Workshop
Sunday January 21, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Santa Rosa, Free
Please RSVP to Clara by January 14th to reserve your spot
707-579-2081 or

As we move deeper into the post-wildfire Sonoma County, many are having to replace a life for themselves and others. I am one of the fortunate ones who did not lose my possessions or my home. But we all have some grieving to do, some clearing out of difficult issues. I am offering this workshop to all who have been directly or indirectly affected by difficult times, external or internal. It will be free and open to all who would like to write your story, your thoughts, your grief, your poems, your songs or any words that want to emerge. Space is limited.

Clara is a poet, counselor, healer, and writing and Enneagram instructor She is in private practice in Santa Rosa where she has been offering workshops through Santa Rosa Jr. College, locally and nationally for over 30 years.


Sitting Room Poetry Workshops with Terry Ehret

Reading Contemporary American Women Poets

Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Dates: February 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9
(Please note we will not meet February 19–Presidents’ Holiday)

$250 for 8-week session, plus $25 donation to the Sitting Room

This will be the first in a series of reading and writing workshops focusing on the work of contemporary American Women poets. This workshop will give those who enjoy reading and writing poetry a chance to gather with like-minded folk to explore in depth poetic craft and form, and to take from this inspiration for our own writing. For the first four weeks, we will focus on Jane Hirshfield, Jorie Graham, Dorianne Laux, and Naomi Shihab Nye, devoting a class to each poet. Each of these classes will also include a writing exercise geared to the poems we are studying. During the second four weeks, participants will bring copies of their own poems for conversation and supportive critique.

The workshop is open to all writers, prose and poetry, beginning and experienced, male and female, young and old. Seating is limited to 12 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, I will reserve two seats for those who are new to my Sitting Room workshops. Those who are on the waiting list will have priority for the next workshop, which will be offered in the fall of 2018.


“Nel Mezzo del Cammin”
Reading Dante’s Divine Comedy

Part Three: Paradiso

Fridays 9:00 to Noon, February 16-April 20

About the Workshop:
We’re halfway through Paradise! This is the final workshop in our three-year study of Dante’s Divine Comedy. We will devote the first six weeks of the workshop to reading and discussing the Paradiso Cantos 18-33 in English translation. In the final four weeks, participants will bring their own poems for workshop discussion and critique. If you are just joining or rejoining the workshop, familiarity with Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio is helpful, but not essential.

To reserve a space or find out more about these workshops, e-mail $50 deposit required to hold your space. Send deposit check to Terry Ehret, 924 Sunnyslope Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.



These listings are alphabetical, either by name of organization or last name of facilitator.

Book Arts: Sonoma County Book Arts Guild

If you make books, alter books, want to learn to make books please join us at the Sebastapol Center for the Arts. The intent is to create a group to share work, teach techniques, take field trips, invite guest artists to teach, and have a show.

Painting/Drawing Studio

Last Saturday of each month, 10 am-12 pm

Fee: $2-$5 donation to cover facility use

Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Contact Dena Bliss 829-1732


Margaret Caminsky-Shapiro’s Sonoma County Writing Practice

Margaret Caminsky-Shapiro teaches seasonally based eight-week long writing semesters out of her Santa Rosa downtown office. Four different class times are offered each week; Monday at 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. and Tuesday at 9.15 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Margaret uses poetry and meditation for inspiration and writers are encouraged to read their work in a supportive atmosphere. The memoir is a valuable form for dropping deeper into the self allowing memories to come forth. This process allows space for self-knowledge to occur. Margaret was born and raised in South Africa and her love of memoir comes from her African storytelling background. For more information or to receive a flyer call (707) 575-8820 or email Margaret at The website for Sonoma County Writing Practice is Margaret Caminsky-Shapiro and Sonoma County Writing Practice have published their 2nd Anthology, FOOT NOTES, which showcases the writing of 51 of Margaret’s students. Details on Sonoma County in Print (2014) page.


Sher Christian’s Workshops and Intuitive Coaching

Mini workshops for your group and family: The Power of Poetry and Writing to Connect with Joy, Wisdom, and Healing. Sher Lianne Christian, author of Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry. Email for information.

Sher Christian offers intuitive coaching for writers, plus proofing, & editing. For books on audio: voiceover, recording, organ/accordion/keyboard tracks. Demos available. Sher Lianne Christian., Star Kissed Shadows and CD Sweet Tongue available at


Marlene Cullen: Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Jumpstart: a workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. Details:

$15 per workshop

Mondays: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Copperfield’s, Petaluma.
Tuesdays: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma

Need inspiration to write? Over 300 writing prompts on The Write Spot Blog:


Susan Hagen’s Writing Circles and Retreats

  • Learn simple techniques for effortless writing.
  • Challenge, explore, and deepen your craft.
  • Share your stories in a supportive circle.

Susan combines meditation and nature-based practices to help set aside the thinking mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. Each gentle day of exploration includes  writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection in a small, safe, supportive circle of women. Beginning, experienced and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Diversity of our women’s writing community and a growing pool of participants make each gathering distinctive and fresh. You’ll be amazed by what you write in circle and inspired by the gift of deep listening you’ll receive from others.

VIRTUAL Telephone Writing Circle for Women
Selected Saturday Mornings
(See website for dates and fees)
9:00–11:00 a.m. PST

Drop-In “Write to Heal” Fridays in Sebastopol
Friday mornings (see for dates)
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
DROP-IN whenever you like; no reservations necessary
Suggested donation $20-$40
Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA)
6741 Sebastopol Ave, Suite 120
across the parking lot from Coffee Catz patio
Sponsored by Peace in Medicine

One-Day Writing Workshops for Women
Susan offers monthly writing workshops for women on alternating topics:

  • Women Writing through Transition and Change
  • Women Writing Around the Medicine Wheel
  • Help! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it Out!
  • Writing Workshop for Heart-Centered Women

(See for dates and fees)

Susan Hagen is an award-winning nonfiction writer, Vision Quest guide, and co-author of Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion. She is a former news reporter, organizational journalist, firefighter and emergency medical technician. Her writing programs are inspired by the vision quest, a personal journey into the wilderness that clarifies and informs her life and work.

Mobile: 707-888-0849
Office: 707-874-9223
PO Box 443, Graton, CA 95444


Nancy Long: One-Person Shows

Dream of performing a one-person show of your writing or stories of your life?
Let experienced Bay Area Director and Producer, Nancy Long, edit, shape and produce that dream for you!

Services include:

  • Editing of script (which you can read or memorize for stage).
  • Four sessions of rehearsals with direction, props and music.
  • Actual performance (15-30 minutes in length) set-up with lights, wireless microphones and staging at Aqus Café in Petaluma (or venue of choice).
  • Publicity.

Fee: $250.00
Beginner and seasoned writers welcomed!

For more information and bio background:
Nancy Long, Producer of Petaluma Readers Theatre cell: 707-338-2489


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