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December 2017 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
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
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com

Friday Mornings, December 1, 8, 15, 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

Sunday, December 3, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Image and Word: Collage and Writing Workshop for Women” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen and guest instructor Susanne Peterman from Ashland, OR. This workshop offers a dynamic combination of collage-making and writing practice that opens a door to the inner life. This is a fun, meditative day; just relax, enjoy, and see what comes. No art or writing experience necessary. $137 in advance. Sebastopol. www.susanhagen.com

Mondays, December 4, 11, 18, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good nature’d writers weekly, (except Holidays) Mondays, 11 to 2 pm, at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read/discuss your “Work in Progress”, receive honest, unfiltered feedback from Writers. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or have lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA (Near Coddingtown) www.snoopyshomeice.com. Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free. Winter Break: No Meetings Dec 19 – Jan 7, 2018

Monday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets’ Amuse-ing Monday at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma, featuring two highly accomplished poets who hail from the Sierra foothills—William O’Daly and Molly Fisk, followed by open mic. Please join us and bring up to three minutes of poetry to share. Sign-ups start 5:45 p.m. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays

Saturday Mornings, December 9 and 16, 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 9, 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. The Vocal Conspiracy, an older adult readers theatre company, presents its premiere show, A Vocal Conspiracy Holiday, at the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theatre. Contact Info: Bill Trzeciak, (707) 235-1986; SRJCreaders@gmail.com. Tickets $10.00. To Purchase tickets: Call Box office: (707) 523-4185 ext.1; online: at www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/201718-season/special-events/vocal-conspiracy-holiday. Or visit Box Office, Tuesday–Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Monday, December 11, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Dine With Local Authors, Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Come join us to hear the following six authors read from their latest books: Bonnie Berkeley (Pot Shots, cannabis underground nonfiction), Victor and Kooch Daniels (Awakening the Chakras, new age), Sumedha Khanna (Life From Six Inches Up, dog’s memoir), John McCarty (Don’t Stop the Music, historical fiction), Jan Ogren (Choose Life, personal growth/poetry), Jennifer Shannon (Guide to Getting Stuff Done, self-help). For reservations: info@jeaneslone.com or 544-2491 minimum $5.00 food purchase.

Thursday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. Join Why There Are Words for readings on the theme of “Identity” with the following acclaimed authors: Susan Kolodny, Kirk Landers, Richard Levine, Calder Lorenz, Lily Iona MacKenzie, Christine No, and Anastacia-Renee. Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15. $10 at the door. Cash bar. At Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com.

Sunday, December 17, 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. Listeners welcome. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather.$5 to $10 suggested donation. Optional Christmas gift exchange: Bring a wrapped gift, something you have enjoyed and are ready to give away. Scent free event for the well being of all.

Wednesday, December 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Solstice Salon—Review, Write, Complete, and Release 2017. Facilitated by Sue Kearney in her home in Petaluma (address given when you register). $25 payable at www.paypal.me/MagnoliasWest/25. Details on Workshops page. More info about the Salon: http://bit.ly/SolsticeSalon. Questions: sue@magnoliaswest.com

Mark Your Calendar for January 2018

Friday Mornings, January 5, 12, 26, 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 6, 9:00-11:00 a.m or 1:00-4:30 p.m. “Manifest your Highest Good: Declaring Intention for the New Year” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Join us by phone in the morning, 9-11 a.m. Pacific Time; or Join us in Occidental in the afternoon, 1-4:30 p.m. Start your new year in one – or both – of these powerful women’s writing circles as we explore the power of intention, write from our deepest selves, and share our lives in a safe, supportive circle of like-hearted women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers – even non-writers – of all genres are welcome. $47 for the morning telephone circle; $67 for the afternoon in Occidental. www.susanhagen.com

Monday, January 8, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good nature’d writers weekly, (except Holidays) Mondays, 11 to 2 pm, at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read/discuss your “Work in Progress”, receive honest, unfiltered feedback from Writers. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or have lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA (Near Coddingtown) www.snoopyshomeice.com. Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free.

Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 p.m. Books on Stage/Telling the Story. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center launches an expanded “Books on Stage” event, “Telling the Story,” as a part of its 2018 “Building the Community through the Arts” season! “Telling the Story” brings the ages-old tradition of oral story-telling, currently undergoing resurgence and re-invention, to our stage. Tod Hill, resident of Cloverdale and dedicated supporter of the arts, “tells his story” about working as a consultant with the Reflective Democracy Campaign and its ground-breaking research on the demographics of power in the U.S. Wine, cheese and conversation will follow in our lobby. Suggested donation $10.

Thursday, January 11, 7:00-9:00 pm. Get Lit kicks off 2018 with a fun night of literary storytelling with featured readers Skye Blaine, Jasper Henderson and Alex Simad (and YOU on the open mic)! At Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Details on facebook.

Saturday, January 13, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Finding Your Purpose: Winter Medicine Wheel Workshop for Women” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. What are you here to serve in this lifetime? What gifts do you have to offer the world that may lie hidden below fear or self-doubt? Write to explore community, purpose, and your own innate gifts at this day of ceremony, guided time on the land, writing, sharing, and reflecting on your life in a safe, supportive circle of like-hearted women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers – even non-writers – of all genres are welcome. At Redwood Basecamp in Guerneville. $137. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00–9:30 p.m. First of six Wednesday evenings. DEEP INQUIRY: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, January 18, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six Thursday mornings. DEEP INQUIRY: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Friday, January 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series presents recently published A Circle of Elephants, by beloved local author Michael David Fels. A heartfelt collection of poignant and humorous tales of life in Los Angeles during the period from 1948-1957, these stories continue to follow the life of Charlotte Evelyn Albert and her family first depicted in The Queen of Kansas. Fels touches on the struggles America encountered as it transitioned from pre-modern to modern at the end of the end of World War II. Free event, donations invited. Q&A, book sales and signing. Refreshments for sale. 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, at the corner of Bohemian and Graton Rds. For more information, call 707-874-9392, or go to occidentalcenterforthearts.org. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.

Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. “CONNECTIONS” presented by Off the Page Readers Theater. At Copperfield’s Sebastopol. We’re all connected by blood, friendship, location, history or just plain curiosity. Why do we need the connections? What do they mean? We have no idea…. but we’re here to show you what 12 local writers have to say about the theme. Music by Hank Levine. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $10 students. Email: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/OTPRT

Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. “CONNECTIONS” presented by Off the Page Readers Theater. At Copperfield’s Santa Rosa. We’re all connected by blood, friendship, location, history or just plain curiosity. Why do we need the connections? What do they mean? We have no idea…. but we’re here to show you what 12 local writers have to say about the theme. Music by Pi Jacobs. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $10 students. Email: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/OTPRT

Sunday January 21, noon to 5:00 p.m. Writing to Heal: A Free Writing & Meditation Workshop with Clara Rosemarda in Santa Rosa. Details on Workshops page. Please RSVP to Clara by January 14th to reserve your spot: 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

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