There are many ways for Sonoma County writers and artists to get together, both formally and informally. One way is to check out the arts councils, writers’ groups and associations, and online connections listed here.
Sonoma County Arts Councils and Writers’ Organizations
Healdsburg Literary Guild
North and East Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Petaluma Arts Council
Redwood Writers Branch of California Writer’s Club
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
If you are looking for a group, or would like to invite others in the literary community to join your writers’ group or network, send an announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonoma County Book Arts Guild:
If you make books, alter books, want to learn to make books please join us at the 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.
Last Saturday of each month, 10 am-12 pm
Fee: $2-$5 donation to cover facility use
Contact Dena Bliss 829-1732
Call for Screenwriter
Looking for experienced local screenwriter to help adapt my recently published book to screen. Contact David Sortino: email@example.com
Call for Scriptwriters on Weekly Radio Show
Are you an accomplished scriptwriter looking for a long-term project to sink your creativity into? Ocean Rudee & Company of Sebastopol is in the process of pulling together a team of 4 to 6 ‘scriptors’. Project responsibilities will include: the development of an ongoing series of radio serial dramas and related multi-media programs for children from 4 to 8-years of age (as well as their parents, teachers and primary caregivers).
Prior experience writing for children is not necessary. An understanding of how to write for continuity, how to maintain and adhere to a well developed set of character profiles, the ability to function well as a team player, a love of children’s literature and an abiding commitment to the muse – are essential.
If this is you, please visit Ocean Rudee’s website (www.oceanrudee.com) and send them off an e-mail expressing your interest in learning more.
John Christian’s Music for Writers
Writers and Poets: Creating a CD? Need it recorded? Need a videographer for your reading and/or a book trailer? John Christian composes the perfect keyboard/organ/accordion music for your writing, as well as offers recording in his studio. John is also available with music for your live events or professional photography and video. http://smokinkeys.weebly.com and http://johnchristiandigitalmedia.weebly.com
Critique Swap Sought
I am a literary fiction writer with a magical realism novel in need of critique. I am looking for other writers to swap manuscripts for mutual feedback. I prefer to meet in person, so you should be local – Marin or Sonoma County resident. I can read and edit your novel or collection of short stories. I am interested in literary fiction, as opposed to more commercial genres. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Developmental Editor Sought
Published writer is seeking editorial and creative assistance from a content editor/”creative” coach, specifically a developmental editor who sees writing clients weekly. Prefer someone in Marin or Sonoma County. Topic/theme: non-fiction manuscript related to solitude/wilderness/creativity. Contact Daniel Edelstein: email@example.com
“Inspiring Young Children to Read”… Blog with me
Reading aloud to young children yields benefits aplenty. The NAE sez it this way:
“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
— Commission on Reading of the National Academy of Education
There are five well defined ‘Facts, Advantages and Benefits’ to reading aloud that I’ve summarized here in relation to Ocean Rudee & Company’s program offerings: https://www.oceanrudee.com/what.is.ocean.rudee.and.company.html#readaloud
I’d love to hear other thoughts and ideas (from any of you within the Sonoma County Literary Update universe) in relation to your experiences, ideas and outlooks toward the future – in regards to reading, books, reading aloud, inspiring young children, early childhood education, multi-media programming, literacy and the like. My blog is located here: http://oceanrudee.blogspot.com. I await hearing the sounds of your keystrokes and absorbing your insights accordingly.
Paul Ennis, firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Women’s Writing Guild
The IWWG is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement in the publishing world, as well as in circles where lifelong learning and personal transformation are valued for their own sake. The Guild nurtures and supports holistic thinking by recognizing the logic of the heart—the ability to perceive the subtle interconnections between people, events and emotions—alongside conventional logic. For more information about how to join the IWWG, contact Caroline Brumleve: e-mail email@example.com or visit their website at www.iwwg.org.
Make your own AUDIO BOOK!
Want to make a audio book or use local voice actors? The Cmedia Lab is a non-profit sponsored by the city of Santa Rosa.
For a fee of $85.00 a year or $44.50 for six months you can use their state of the art equipment and technicians! Please call: 569-8785, John Moran, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or email email@example.com for first hand experience!
North Bay Creative Prose
My writers group is looking for committed Bay Area writers willing to meet every two weeks in a coffee shop for mutual critique. The objective is to help each other focus on writing, whether it is a novel, a short story or a memoir, through constructive feedback in a supportive, productive, and inspiring environment.
I write literary fiction. I am presently working on a novel, and have published short stories long ago and far away.
Please e-mail me for more information.
North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
SCBWI is a professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s books. For more information contact Charles Markee, firstname.lastname@example.org To find out more about the society visit the website at www.scbwi.org and to learn more about events in the North Bay go to http://sfnortheastbay.scbwi.org
The Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club
Redwood Writers is one of 17 branches of the California Writers Club, the nation’s oldest professional club for writers, founded in 1909. Its motto is “writers helping writers.” Early members included Jack London, George Sterling, John Muir, Joaquin Miller and the first California poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith. The Club has more than 1,200 members statewide.
Additional contact information: www.redwoodwriters.org
I am looking to collaborate with an experienced screenwriter on my recently published book The Promised Cookie (See Amazon). If you know of an experienced writer(s) with some credits to his/her name please e-mail David Sortino at email@example.com.
Sitting Room Book Discussion Group
We meet 2:00-4:00 pm on the third Wednesday of every month, skipping December, at The Sitting Room and are always open to new readers. For more info, email Joanne Page at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dee Sunshine’s Book Art and Cover Art
I am an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. If you need an illustration for a book cover, or if you need a book jacket design I can offer up my services. I have an online gallery of over 1,000 images that are available for reproduction at http://www.rimbaud.org.uk/artmainpage.html.
I have provided artwork for books by Clarinda Harriss, Kay Green, Janet Buck, David Bircumshaw, Marcy Jarvis, Rupert Loydell and Norman Jope among others; and I’ve had my art published in numerous periodicals including The North American Review, International Poetry Review, Orbis, Ambit, Cimarron Review, Black Mountain Review, Rattapallax and Bayou Review. You can see sample book jackets at http://www.rimbaud.org.uk/jacketmain.html
I work in acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pen & ink, photomontage & collage: each medium having it’s own specific style; and am sure I would have something in stock that would suit most needs. As the works are already completed (rather than produced to commission) I can be flexible about reproduction fees, depending on the budget of your publisher, or indeed your own budget, if you are self-publishing. If you like my work and want to use it, write to me and I’m sure we can come to some arrangement.
Video and Recording Services for Authors
Book trailers, live event video, editing, special effects, musical accompaniment, Youtube placement, audio books, voice over. Full recording studio. Low introductory rates. Email John Christian at email@example.com. For a sample, see: http://youtu.be/JN-_vj0jcE
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