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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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Paint Colors . . . Prompt #291

Have you ever noticed the names of paint colors? They are so creative. . . they could be wonderful writing prompts. Writing Idea: Keep a file folder of phrases to inspire your writing. These could be phrases that someone else wrote. They could be snippets you wrote to be used in future writing. This folder can also contain lists like these names for  paint colors. You never know when or how you might want to use them. You might find a unique name for a character. Or a fabulous name for: a fictional town, a store, a street name, a pet. My favorite:  Amethyst reflection . .  . I can imagine using this to refer to eye color. Aqua Rapids Bubble Turquoise California Chamois China White Cloud Nine Blue Crystal Clear White Deco Red Festival Green Fiesta Rojo Fire Roasted Fitzgerald Smoke Frank Llyod White French Silver Inness Sage Innocent…


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