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Writing Workshops

Want to Write?
Don't know how to get started?
Want to recharge your writing?
This is the place!

Welcome to The Write Spot - an interactive online writing community offering inspiration and writing prompts to spark your writing. Post your writing on The Write Spot Blog and receive feedback. Contact Marlene if you want to post a book review or be a featured writer. Click on Writers Forum, Jumpstart or Resources for writing events in Northern California.

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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mondays: June 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25

Jumpstart does not meet in August

Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: June 21, 28

Jumpstart does not meet at PCC in July and August

I enjoyed everything: the prompts, the atmosphere and the variety of writing. — Sherry

Writers Forum

July 21  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center

Editors Panel

Find the right editor to work with you on your writing project. A panel of editors describe their editing styles. Then we'll assemble in small groups. One editor per group. Editors will travel from group to group, meeting with all participants.

Writers Forum has been pivotal in getting me motivated, focused, and published. Thank you for such a wonderful venue. — D. Zelenakova


The Write Spot Blog

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The California Sunday Magazine

The California Sunday Magazine is looking for freelance writers, photographers and illustrators. From their website: The California Sunday Magazine roams across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America, telling stories for a national audience. We also produce a live event series, Pop-Up Magazine. We explore science, business, entertainment, politics, technology, art, social issues, sports, food, and more. We’re curious about everything. We publish stories regularly on the web and in print — delivered monthly with select Sunday copies of the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Interested in working with us? Check out our job openings. Writers We’d love to hear your story ideas. We’re not hiring staff writers or contributing writers yet. But we look forward to working with a wide network of independent, freelance writers. Our rates for reported features will be competitive with national print magazines. And you’ll work with exceptional editors. Send a note to writers@californiasunday.com…

Note to your younger self . . . Prompt #265

Before you start writing on this prompt, how about a little relaxation? Sit back. Relax into your chair. Both feet flat on the floor. Hands resting lightly.  Take a deep breath in. Relax it out. Roll your shoulders in a circle.  Other direction.  Drop your chin to your chest and roll your head in a circle. Other direction. Take a deep breath in. Ease it on out. Now, We’re going to time travel back in years. Think back to the person you were ten years ago. See yourself as in a snapshot. Now go back to when you were 25. Remember what you looked like. What were you doing? Just take a moment to remember yourself at 25. Now go back to when you were twenty. Take a look at yourself when you were 15.  What were you like at 15? What influenced you? When you’re ready, write a note…


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