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December 2020 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 editor@socolitupdate.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
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfieldsbooks.com
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

Wednesdays, December. 2, 9, 16, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Writing into Winter, a three-session zoom class for writers of all levels and styles. Facilitated by Karen Pierce Gonzalez. Details on Workshops page.

Friday, December 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Note: new start time.) Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, December 6, 4:00 p.m. Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors presents Zeyn Joukhadar in conversation with Catherine Hernandez. Zeyn Joukhadar’s The Thirty Names of Night is a remarkably moving and lyrical novel that follows three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts. For more information and to register for this ONLINE series (free), go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com

Monday, December 7, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features a Trio of Short Takes: Casey FitzSimons, Johanna Ely, and Sandra Anfang. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed. 

Tuesday, December 8, 6:00-6:30 p.m. MFA in Creative Writing ONLINE Info Session. Whether you are a poet looking to hone your craft, an aspiring novelist who wants to get that book written, or a memoirist with an urgent story to tell, our MFA program will help you achieve your writing goals. Link to register:  https://admissions.dominican.edu/register/DEC820
Program website: www.dominican.edu/academics/graduate-programs/creative-writing-mfa

Friday, December 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, December 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m. SLAM 2020: A Sonoma County Virtual Teen Poetry Slam. See County News for details.

Saturday, December 12, 4:00 p.m. Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors presents Jane Smiley in conversation with David Francis. Jane Smiley’s latest novel, Perestroika in Paris, is a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals — and a young boy — whose lives intersect in Paris. For more information and to register for this ONLINE series (free), go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com

Sunday, December 13, 4:00 p.m. Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors presents David Harris in conversation with Peter Coyote. David Harris’ newest release, My Country ‘Tis of Thee: Reporting, Sallies, and Other Confessions is a wide-ranging and incisive anthology conveying the spirit of the 1960s and ’70s. For more information and to register for this ONLINE series (free), go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com

Tuesday, December 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Zoom into a lovely evening gathering to hear original poems in a variety of voices, form, and place. Enjoy listening to the writings of “Poetic License Sonoma,” a recently formed group of nine Sonoma County poets, who met through an inspirational class in the Santa Rosa Junior College Older Adult Program. You can hear the previous selections from October 27th and November 17th in the Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ website archives. Zoom link at: https://sebarts.org/current-events. For information about Poetic License Sonoma: https://poeticlicensesonoma.com

Friday, December 18, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, December 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Redwood Writer’s Club presents Inviting Oscar to Dinner with award-winning poet and author Indigo Moor. ONLINE. Whether in poetry or prose, the desire to see our work on screen is irresistible. Breaking onto this platform takes more than desire. Similar to your primary genre, scripts have their own tools and elements that must be observed to make your work palatable to directors, actors, and producers. Click for more information and to register

Monday, December 21, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Tony Aldarondo and Guy Biederman. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed. 

Saturday, December 26, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, December 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meditation Gathering on Zoom. Open to beginning and seasoned meditators. Bring your friends! By Donation. Please RSVP so I can send you the Zoom invitation. Clara Rosemarda: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Mark Your Calendar for January 2021

Friday, January 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Thursday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Jane Smiley ONLINE. Featured Book: Perestroika in Paris. How long can a runaway horse stay undiscovered in Paris? How long can a boy keep her hidden and all to himself? Jane Smiley’s beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom. More details and registration: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jane-smiley-online

Friday, January 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Tuesday, January 12, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. First of 4 Tuesday mornings on Zoom. Deep Inquiry: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice, with Clara Rosemarda. For information or to register: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Thursday, January 14, Noon-2:00 p.m. First of 4 Thursday afternoons on Zoom. Healing Through the Written Word: Discovering Our New Stories, with Clara Rosemarda. For information or to register: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Friday, January 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, January 17, 4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Literary Series: Virtual Book Party for Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s biography: Charmian Kittredge London, Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer. Selected readings with slide show, & Q&A. Free event. Register at OCA website for Zoom link. Book for sale.

Friday, January 22, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, January 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. $5 donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

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