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



We welcome and encourage all writers.

3rd Thursday --- March through September

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

$15 at the door

Join us! Bring a friend!


I have always considered Writers Forum one of the best things about Petaluma.  Jane Merryman

The cost is so reasonable you could say it is unreasonable. Dan Coshnear

I have found Writers Forum to be professional with lots of information.  Many of the speakers have been outstanding presenters.  Jane Person

Intermission 2015-2016

Writers Forum does not meet October through February

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

To be announced.

June 16

To be announced.

July 21

To be announced.

August 18

To be announced.

September 15

To be announced.


Writers Forum does not meet in October, November, December

2017 Presenters

Winter Break

Writers Forum does not meet in January, February