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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


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What do you pretend to not care about? Prompt #274

Excerpt from I Could Do Anything . . .  If I only knew what it was, by Barbara Sher Rescuing Your Past Something inside you is too loyal to permit you to turn your back on everything you loved and simply walk away. No matter how many times people tell you to let the past go, it’s never possible. You’ll never  move wholeheartedly into the future unless you take your beloved past with you.  And that’s exactly as it should be. There’s no reason to turn your back on a happy past. Sometimes we try to turn away from the past because we feel it somehow betrayed us. It’s as though we loved our past, but our past didn’t love us. So we go on strike and pretend we don’t care, as if to punish fate for being unkind. Fate never cares, of course, so we only hurt ourselves. Prompt:…

Carve Magazine offers a unique take on declined submissions.

Carve Magazine Submissions Guidelines sound pretty friendly, like they are just waiting for your manuscript which they might read over blackberry pie and coffee. “We accept short story, poetry, and nonfiction submissions year-round and from anywhere in the world. Send us your best work. We’d love to read it.” A partial list of Submission Guidelines: FICTION Carve seeks good honest fiction in the form of short stories, with emotional jeopardy, soul, and honesty. POETRY Carve seeks poetry that is both quiet and expansive; elicits an authentic emotional connection. Every word should purposefully add to the voice, sound, and imagery. NONFICTION Carve seeks nonfiction that reflects the honest place of literature in our lives with experiential reflections and literary overlays, inlays, or even underlays. ‘Tell us what happened and how we, as literature lovers, connect to it.” Unique to Carve:  DECLINE/ACCEPT  We want to support all writers, even the ones we…


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