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December 2016 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 sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.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
Center Literary Café centerliterarycafe@gmail.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
Sonoma Arts Literary Calendar www.sonomaarts.com
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com

Friday mornings, December  2, 9 and 16, , 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” Co-Ed drop-in writing circle with author and writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. DROP IN at Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Women Writing around the Medicine Wheel: WINTER SESSION” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen.  This series explores the Medicine Wheel, an ancient teaching about the cycles of nature and how these cycles mirror human life. This is the tool we use as the basis for our writing practice. In this session we enter into the ceremony of the north/winter/adult, the place of purpose, community, and the gifts we bring to the world. The day includes instruction and sharing in circle, time on the land, and writing exercises. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. At a beautiful, private, location in Guerneville. $117 early bird before December 6; $137 thereafter, plus $15 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, December 4, 5:00 p.m. Poetry Unbound reading series, with Maxine Chernoff, Katherine Hastings, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Ed Coletti. Art House & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

Monday, December 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers “I love to hear an editor beg…” meets at The Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Email: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net or Dawn undertheredfedora@gmail.com. Web: www.snoopyswriters.com; blog: www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. Ransom Stephens, author of The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs, speaks at Aqus Science Café,  Petaluma on “The Pictures within the Pictures of Neuroscience and the Great Questions.” Aqus Cafe,189 H St, Petaluma.

Monday, December  7, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets ends the calendar year with a dynamic and distinguished pair of feature poets: Lee Rossi and Linda Noel. Open mic will follow the features, with a limit of three minutes per reader. Try to come a little earlier–the open mic list fills early. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. The  café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays 

Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. The Sonoma Valley Regional Library presents local author, Catherine Sevenau discussing and reading from her latest book, Queen Bee: Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings. The 88 stories in Queen Bee include posts from her blog, stories from her heart, and musings from her past. Wisdom, tears, and laugh-out-loud joy rush at you. The queen of her own existence, Catherine shares her rollercoaster journey of reflections, experiences, and family; you may nod and sigh with recognition. Free event open to all. The library is located at 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma. More info at: www.sevenau.com

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading. Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Featured poets are Emmanuel Williams and Marilyn Flower. Open mic follows. Light refreshments.

Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents the following acclaimed authors reading from their works on the sweet theme of “Sugar”: Jonathan Cardew, Russell Dillon, Grant Faulkner, Christine Hale, Matt Hart, Kristie Letter, and Janey Skinner. Readings begin at 7:15. $10, cash or check only. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. Why There Are Words is an award-winning literary reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell, www.pegalfordpursell.com (and now an independent publishing press, www.wtawpress.org), which draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com.

Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. Petaluma Readers Theatre benefit for Petaluma Arts Council. Two Holiday Classics: Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. Tickets $10-12. Available at Petaluma Arts Council, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma.

Friday December 9, 7:30 p.m. The Famous Forgotten Women: A reading with Tamam Kahn and Iris Jamahl Dunkle. Edgehill Mansion, Dominican University.

Saturday Mornings, December 10 and 17,  9:00–11:00 a.m. PDT, “Women EVERYWHERE Writing Together: a Virtual Telephone Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a telephone group for women ANYWHERE who are unable to attend a face-to-face writing circle. Explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session includes a check-in, meditation, writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. One class for $47, three classes for $97. Choose your dates; ongoing throughout the year. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, December 10, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Typography: How to Express Oneself with Type, with Eric Johnson. $60.00. Beginning  with the beginning in 1440, a discussion of how type design reflects the art and culture of an era. Write a few words with pen or typewriter then choose from the 200+ fonts in the Iota collection to find one that best expresses them on a letterpress-printed card. At Iota Press, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol. Details: http://northbayletterpressarts.org

Saturday December 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sensory Literary Open Mic, Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. The 2nd Saturday of each month. Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Sunday, December 11, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Holiday Open House at North Bay Letterpress Arts. Tour an authentic letterpress shop. A chance to get a unique letterpress book, card, or print directly from artist. Wine, food and conversation. At Iota Press, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol. Details: http://northbayletterpressarts.org/events/upcoming-events

Sunday, December 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers present Rebecca Foust: How Poetry and Prose Practices Nurture Each Other. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. The general public is invited, $10. For details, go to http://www.redwoodwriters.org.

Monday, December 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers “I love to hear an editor beg…” Annual Holiday Celebration. The Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Email: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net or Dawn undertheredfedora@gmail.com. Web: www.snoopyswriters.com; blog: www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 17, 2:00 p.m. Ransom Stephens, author of The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs, TriValley California Writers Club (Pleasanton), Keynote, “Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry.” Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.

Sunday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A WINTER’S TALE: A One-Day Writing & Meditation Workshop with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $120 ($95 if registered by December 12th);$50 deposit holds your space. Workshop is held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara: 707-578-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.  www.ClaraRosemarda.com

Sunday, December 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic, at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, read short stories and/or poems if you like. Listeners welcome. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Mark Your Calendars for January 2017

Friday Mornings, January 6, 13 and 27, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” Co-Ed drop-in writing circle with author and writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Part of the Community Heals Clinic and open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. DROP IN at Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, January 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m. “Second Annual Women’s Intention Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. We can do amazing things when animated by intention and purpose. This is not about new year’s resolutions! Come smudge, drum, and write your way into the new year with a community of soulful, spiritual, like-hearted women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. West county location TBA. $47 early bird before December 17; $57 thereafter. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday Mornings, January 7 and 14, 9:00–11:00 a.m. PDT, “Women EVERYWHERE Writing Together: a Virtual Telephone Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a telephone group for women ANYWHERE who are unable to attend a face-to-face writing circle. Explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session includes a check-in, meditation, writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. One class for $47, three classes for $97. Choose your dates; ongoing throughout the year. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, January 15, 12:00 p.m. Photography Exhibit (12:00–5:00 p.m.) and Book Launch/Slide show (2:00 p.m.) for Julianne Skai Arbor’s new book, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature at Occidental Center for the Arts auditorium. Photographer and arborist Arbor brings us into intimate contact with 50 species of trees from 13 countries, weaving stunning nude photography, natural history, ethnobotany, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship. Q&A, book sales and signing after readings/slide show. Admission free; all donations happily accepted. Delectable ethnobotanical tree refreshments, live music by Richard Heinberg and Gaia String Trio, opening intro by OAEC’s Brock Dolman. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00-9:30 p.m., first of six evening sessions. Compose Yourself: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.

Thursday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., first of six morning sessions. Compose Yourself: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.

Thursday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. Marin Poetry Center features 2015 Northern California Book Award winner poet Julia Levine, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight; and poet, physician, short-story writer, and Warren Wilson MFA faculty member C. Dale Young, The Halo. Falkirk Cutural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. Light refreshments. Non-members $5, members $3, students free. (415/388-4033, events@marinpoetrycenter.org, www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)

Friday, January 20–Monday, January 23, 2017. Four-Day Women’s Writing Retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker With author and writing guide Susan Hagen. See Conference and Retreats page for details or  www.susanhagen.com.

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