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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

June 15, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma

Writers Forum presenter, Skye Blaine, will talk about: Excavating Memories, Revealing Yourself to Yourself


Memoir: The price of telling the truth; the need to dig deep to reach a place of not blaming or shaming others; contacting people in your memoir prior to publishing; having your truth be public.


Skye Blaine writes memoir, fiction, poetry, and blogs, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2003. Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, was published in 2015. Her novel, Call Her Home, is almost complete. She is included in seven anthologies, and in national magazines: “Yes” and “Catalyst.” She teaches creative writing to older adults as adjunct faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College.

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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