A variety of speakers share information about the craft and business of writing.



We welcome and encourage all writers.

3rd Thursday --- March through October

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

$15 at the door


2016 Presenters

March 17

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Writing Emotion: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down?

Novelist (and Petaluma home-girl) Amanda McTigue returns to Writers Forum to help us open the emotional content of our writing across all genres. Whether we struggle with work that seems lifeless or overblown, Amanda will offer insights and exercises to enhance emotional content. 

Amanda's novel, Going to Solace, was cited by public radio KRCB’s literary program “Word by Word” as a Best Read of 2012. She holds the West Side Stories Petaluma championship for live storytelling (2013 and 2014). She also makes regular appearances with the monthly “Get Lit” gathering at Petaluma's Corkscrew Wine Bar. She's just returned from Cuba where she was researching her second novel. In 2016-17, she'll be directing "The Magic Flute" at Sonoma State University. 

April 21

Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell

Write Who You Know: How to Use Your Personal Life in Your Fiction Without Ruining Your Relationships.

From the roman à clef to so-called “autobiographical fiction," authors are often tempted to use their own autobiographies in their work. As Anne Lamott writes, “If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” That said, what are the possible pitfalls, legal concerns, and the inevitable joys of pursuing your artistic truth despite friends, family and facts? Author Daedalus Howell leads fiction writers through a candid exploration of where their work and lives intersect and how best to tell their stories and not have to split town.

Daedalus Howell is the author most recently of the novel Quantum Deadlinea semi-autobiographical sci-fi noir thriller and I Heart Sonoma: How to Live & Drink in Wine Country, a collection of award-winning columns culled from his work for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Magazine and the Sonoma Valley Sun, the North Bay Bohemian and the San Francisco Chronicle. Recent bylines have appeared in Men’s Health and Made Local. Daedalus (pronounced Day-duh-Lus) blogs at DHowell.com.

May 19

Mary C. Moore

Mary C. Moore, Literary Agent

How to query a literary agent and what a literary agent can do for an author’s career.

Join us for a chat with literary agent.

Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron since 2012. Mary specializes in science fiction and fantasy, although she does appreciate a wide breadth of the literary canon. She started reading at an early age, and her love of reading continued, as she earned her B.S. in biology from the University of California San Diego. She was a veterinarian's assistant, then a field biologist, and then a zookeeper. But her passion for writing and books caused her to veer off her original path and drew her to publishing. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland with an MFA in Creative Writing and English and after freelancing for two years as an editor and writer in non-literary sectors, she began an internship with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and found she loved working as a literary agent as much as she loved writing. Visit her at marycmoore.com

June 16

Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes.

July 21

Editors Panel

The editors panel was such a hit last year, we are repeating it!  Editors discuss their editing styles. Meet the editors, then gather in small groups to find the right editor for you.

August 18

Norma Watkins

September 15

Julia Park Tracey


October 20

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim

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.