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Jumpstart Writing Workshops 2016

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mondays: September 12, 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17, 24

Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: September 6, 16, 20, 27

Jumpstart does not meet at PCC in October

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

Writers Forum

October 20, 2016  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center

Natasha Yim: From Picture Books to Young Adult: The ins and outs of writing kid lit

Do you need an agent? Do you have to hire an illustrator for your picture book? How do you format a picture book vs. a middle grade or young adult manuscript? Natasha Yim will walk you through writing and publishing in the kid lit world.

Natasha Yim is a children’s author, freelance writer, and playwright. She has published  four picture books: Otto’s Rainy Day (Charlebridge Publishing 2000); Cixi, The Dragon Empress (Goosebottom Books, 2011); Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books, 2012), and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2014), which was a Junior Library Guild selection and a 2015 Scholastic Book Club selection.

Natasha  has written for the children’s magazines, “Highlights for Children”, “Faces”, and “Appleseeds”, and is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine. Natasha’s ten-minute plays have been produced in venues around Northern California and internationally in Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. She is currently working on a multicultural middle grade novel and a multicultural historical young adult novel and has two picture books on submission with her agent.

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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Prompt Contest: A Picture is worth . . .

A picture is worth . . . you know. . .  lotsa words. Redwood Writers, a Branch of the California Writers Club, is sponsoring The 2016 Prompt Contest. Write a fictional story inspired by this “Highway through the Redwoods” photo by Tim May. The connection between the story and the photo must be apparent to the judges. The words “redwood” and “highway” must be somewhere in the story. DUE DATE:  October 16, 9:00 p.m. Fiction only. Contest submissions are open to all California Writers Club members and to non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Marin, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties. $8 for California Writers Club members; $12 for non-members 1,000 words or less 1st place:  $100, a certificate  suitable for framing, and a signed photo by Tim May 2nd place: $50 and a certificate suitable for framing 3rd place:  $25 and a certificate suitable for framing


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