Ongoing Groups/Open Mics

Ongoing Writers’ Groups, Readings and Open Mics


Redwood Writers general meetings are held on the Second Sunday of the month, (exception: May 15th) from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at The Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, 95405, 707-523-4745). A small fee of $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers is asked to cover room rental and light refreshments. Redwood Writers is a branch of the California Writers Club. For more information see

Second Sunday: “Poets Wanted.” Poetry critique group facilitated by Leena Prasad meets on the second Sunday of every month from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon at Copperfield’s’ Books in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. The cost to join the group is $2/YEAR and the monthly meetings are included in that cost. Contact:

Every Second Sunday. Penngrove Market Reading Series, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Poetry, prose, CNF, acoustic music, at 10070 Main Street, Penngrove. Join our audience on the second Sunday evening of every month at 8 pm at beautiful Penngrove Market. For each event, we select two to three featured readers and host an open mic. Anyone can sign up for the open mic upon arrival, and as many people will read as time allows. Please limit your time to five minutes each. All genres welcome. Dates and featured readers:

Third Sundays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Literary  Open Mic: Coffee Catz Poetry Reading. Donations Appreciated. 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, 707 829-5643.

Third Sunday Salon. The monthly Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon meets at Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. 101, Healdsburg from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. every third Sunday. Open mic sign-ups start at 1:30 p.m.  See our web site at

Word by Word: Conversations with Writers on KRCB 91.1 FM on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Round-table interviews of or about authors with host Gil Mansergh. Can be streamed live at or via podcast (

Last Sunday of each month, 6:00-8:30 pm: Poetry, Pints, and Prose. For more information, contact Michelle at 707-326-3773 or Catherine at 707-338-1554 or e-mail them at


Every Monday, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers “I love to hear an editor beg..” Our meetings have a very “open” atmosphere designed to accommodate the writer’s needs. Georgette is there every Monday (not on holidays) for any writer who wants to be with another writer. It makes no difference whether we have 2 or 20 people. Monday afternoon at the Warm Puppy Cafe is a way of life for the writer. You get to write in a very creative atmosphere, are not interrupted by familiar things that need to be done at home or, using Snoopy’s Free WiFi, work on your research project. Meet with serious, good nature’d writers at the Warm Puppy Cafe. Write in Snoopy’s atmosphere (a Writer’s haven that stimulates the imagination) and/or join in conversations about your genre, plot, characters, etc. Meetings are free and open to anyone with a passion for writing…to be published, self-publish or not publish. Bring your computer, pencil and notebook, parchment and quill, or chisel, hammer and stone…and your favorite Snoopy Smile…your choice. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, choffee or lunch at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (near Coddingtown) Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free.

Weekly on Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Open Mic at Redwood Cafe, hosted by DJ Loisaida. At 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy. Contact Redwood Cafe: (707) 795-7868; info:

Jumpstart Mondays. Jumpstart: a writing workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Mondays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Petaluma Copperfield’s. Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono facilitate alternate months. Details:

First Monday of every month. Rivertown Poets (Poetry Night at Aqus). At 6:15 p.m., with open mic signups at 5:45 p.m. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. For more information, see: Contact: Sande Anfang:

Second Monday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa. Call 544-2491 or email to request dining at a specific authors table. $5 minimum food purchase. Dining With Authors is looking for authors who have not presented their book there before. Please contact Jeane Slone, For info on specific events, see:

Fourth Monday. Redwood Writers Open Mic. The FREE Monday Open Mic Series meets at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Signup at 5:30 p.m. For further information, see


Jumpstart Tuesdays. Jumpstart: A writing workshops using creative prompts to inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen, as we travel on a journey of exploration and experience meaningful writing. Tuesdays 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Marlene Cullen facilitates. Details:

Poetry Club at the Napa Bookmine. This is the fourth “season” of Poetry Club, which usually meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. We talk about one book of poetry, a must-read that we skipped or want to read again. Facilitator is Napa Poet Laureate Jeremy Benson, who tries to pick diverse books. Don’t usually read poetry? Awesome. Didn’t like the book, and want to figure out why not? Great. Books can always be found at the Napa Bookmine, though purchase isn’t necessary to participate. Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St, Napa. Contact: Jeremy Benson,

Last Tuesday of the month from January to June, Copperfield’s Books Presents Redwood Writers Fiction. Authors will discuss their books and entertain questions about writing. Past discussions have proven to be interesting and informative for both those who have read the book and those who just want to listen and learn. The event is FREE and no reservations are required. From 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court. The events are facilitated. For more information, go to


First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. West Side Stories. At Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second Street, Petaluma. West Side Stories believes that everyone has a story. Our goal is to give those stories a forum. Following the success of stand-up comics telling their stories, Dave Pokorny sought to accommodate all the people who asked, “When can I tell my story?” And to encourage those who doubted they had a story worth telling. Sonoma Valley Portworks provides a stage and a microphone. A theme inspires and shapes the evening and Dave Pokorny hosts the festivities. West Side Stories are limited to five minutes, and ten stories are heard. The stories are scored by a random audience-member, and a winner is announced who wins $50 cash. Cost: $5.00. More information at


The Sitting Room “Pen and Ink Club,” a writing group for new and experienced writers, meets on Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning February 21, at the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. All genres are welcome: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama. The emphasis will be on the collaborative nature of writing, learning from reading published writers and from reading each other’s work. We will meet for 8 weeks with a concluding open reading tba. The “Pen and Ink Club” is FREE and open to all. Please contact Sheila Bare (; 707-537-6835) for more information and to reserve your seat. There will be more sessions in the future, check the Sitting Room Events page for updates.

The Speakeasy Cafe’s Sound of Ink, open-mic poetry show airs every Thursday at 4:00 pm.  Hosted by Nyla Alisia and Q, this show offers non-stop poetic entertainment where it is all about YOU the POETS! The Speakeasy Cafe is an eclectic, supportive, passionate and inspiring place to come share your words, listen to other poets, inspire and be inspired! Poets write because they have something to say. Come take the mic and say it! You are always welcome at the Speakeasy Cafe! Suggestion: When you call in to voice your poem, use SKYPE. Otherwise the cost is prohibitive.

Redwood Cafe Open Mic Happy Hour, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Every Thursday in the beer and wine garden. 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. Sign ups start at 6:3o p.m. Hosted by Max Vogel. Contact:

Second Thursday PoetryPlus, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. at Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa. On the second Thursday of every month, outstanding poets are invited to present their works, together with a musician or other genre artist, to entertain and inspire in a program of “poetry-plus.” Free and open to the public. Sorry, no open mic at this time. Contact co-hosts Clare Morris (, and Vilma Ginzberg (, Ph. 707-433-7119).

The Get Lit reading series at Aqus Cafe is on hiatus, whether permanently or temporarily is not yet know, Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor regretfully announced on September 6, 2018. Check the Get Lit facebook page for updates.

Why There Are Words, curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell and named Best of the Bay for Literary Events 2012 in its second year, draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday of the month. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. More info at:

Books on Stage, an every-other-month reading series featuring one poet and one prose writer, each with 30 minutes to read. An alliance with the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center (CPAC), the 99-seat theater where the event is held. Free. CPAC is located at 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale, 707-894-2214;


Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9-12:15 at the The Key Room at the Next Key Center, 1385 North Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949. Free to members, $15 for non-members. For more information go to

The 2nd Saturday of the month, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Random Acts Open Microphone. 5 minutes in which to present. $5.00 Admission at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. For details contact: Catherine Sevenau at

Central Open Mic. Third Saturdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Santa Rosa Central Library Forum Room. Music, poetry, comedy, spoken word, and more. All ages welcome. Slots are 5-10 minutes long and space is limited, so please register in advance. Event details and registration can be found by searching for “central open mic” at

Intermittently Scheduled Events

Haiku Poets of Northern California. Join us for our free quarterly readings & workshops. A featured reader, often longtime HPNC members, will present a short reading of haiku and/or other Japanese genre poetry. Each meeting also offers a lengthier program (usually a presentation or workshop related to one of the Japanese forms). There will be one or more round-robin readings, where all attendees have an opportunity, open-mic style, to read and share one or more haiku and tanka. Also news and announcements, including upcoming events, submission calls and brief introductions of any new books of interest, as well as time for socializing and refreshments. A book table is set up for the sale and purchase of HPNC and other books (you may bring your own publications if you have some to sell). Our meetings and special events, which are open to both members and nonmembers, are held quarterly at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, building C, room 235, from 1 to 5 pm. For more information, or to become an HPNC member (which includes a subscription to our renowned semiannual journal Mariposa and a quarterly newsletter) go to the HPNC website at

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  1. Please remove:
    The Studebaker Cheese Cake Shop
    On Monday night,
    The last event listed for that night.

    • Monday night open mic event at Studebaker Cheese Cake Shop has been removed.

  2. If space allows – and my classes are appropriate for the next Literary Update please let me offer my Quick Start Writing Workshop to subscribers’s. You can check the info on my website at If approved let me know and I’ll prep something in keeping with your word count allowances. The class recurs Sept to May in Rohnert Park at the Community Center. Thanks. Pat Tyler – 707-696-9640 – Thank you!

  3. Please remove:
    “Corner of the Sky Open Mic” on Wednesday nights
    The second event listed in the Wednesday events.

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