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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

June 5, 12, 19, 26 • July 10, 17, 24, 31 • Jumpstart does not meet in August

Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: Jumpstart does not meet in June • July 11, 18, 25 • Jumpstart does not meet in August

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

Writers Forum 2017

July 20, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma

Writers Forum presenter, Eric Elfman, will talk about: CPR For Writers: What to do when your characters are dying on the page


As a writing coach, I see the same issues over and over again in the work of my clients: passive protagonists, jarring shifts in point of view, flat passages of description and action, and more. After I discuss these common writing issues, when you look at your own work you should be able to see if and where it is falling flat.

Eric Elfman is the author of fourteen books for kids and adults, including Tesla’s Attic, Edison’s Alley and Hawking’s Hallway (co-written with Neal Shusterman), an  award-winning Middle Grade series from Disney-Hyperion Books. Eric and Neal are now developing a TV series based on Tesla’s Attic for DisneyXD.  Eric’s Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting & Totally Repulsive, from Random House (now in its 6th printing), was named an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers. As a screenwriter, Eric has sold projects to Dreamworks, Interscope and Universal Studios. Also a private writing coach, Eric has been on the faculty of the Big Sur Writers Workshop, organized by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, for the past twelve years, and among his clients are a number of award winning and NY Times bestselling authors.

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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