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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mondays: June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25


Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28

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

Writers Forum

June 16   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center

Ellen Sussman

A Writer's Life: Process and Craft

Ellen Sussman will discuss the many aspects that make up a writer’s life including how to fit writing into busy lives, writing as a daily habit, as a job, and as a discipline.

Sussman will share some of her writing tricks—the unit system, writing meditations, separating research and editing from the first draft process.

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes.

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


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“Vietnamese American Vu Tran says when he writes fiction, he is less concerned about using any ‘factual experience’ he has had, but instead seeks to relate the ’emotional experience’ he has lived.” — The Writer Magazine, December 2015 When I read this, I sat up and paid attention. “Aha,” I thought, “Brilliant idea to tap into the emotional element of an experience and bring that into fiction writing.” Vu Tran used a traumatic event in his life to explain a pivotal character in his fiction. “. . . fiction writers can often have more impact if they draw on their emotional experiences rather than just relating what actually happened.” Vu Tran used this philosophy when writing Dragonfly (set in Las Vegas) while in Chicago. “. .. the distance from Las Vegas worried me at first. But I decided the emotional memory of Las Vegas  . . . allowed me to…


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