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

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.

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!
A panel of editors describe their editing styles.
Then we'll assemble in small groups. One editor per group.
Participants will travel from group to group, meeting with each editor.
Editors: Amanda Conran, Elaine Silver, Karen Hart, Peg Alford Pursell, Shirin Bridges, Vicky Mlyniec

August 18

Norma Watkins

Write Yourself into Existence.

You are the memory-keepers and you owe the future a story. Until every page is burned or buried in a landfill, some little part of you still floats in the universe.

Norma Watkins will talk about writing memoir and suggest ways of turning your stories into fiction. Bring paper and pen.

Norma Watkins grew up in Mississippi and left in the midst of the 1960s civil rights struggles. Her award-winning memoir, The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure, tells the story of those years. When asked what the memoir is about, Watkins says: “Civil rights, women wronged, good food and bad sex.”

Norma has a Ph.D. in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is Professor Emerita at Miami-Dade College where she held an endowed chair. Presently, she teaches Creative Writing for Mendocino College and is faculty sponsor of the College’s Publishing Club. She serves on the Board of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and the Coast branch of the California’s Writers Club.

September 15

Julia Park Tracey

Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning author, journalist and blogger. Tracey was the founding editor, and later, publisher, of The Alameda Sun. Her work has appeared in Salon, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy and Thrillist. She is the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, and holds a BA in journalism and MA in English. Her publications include three novels (Tongues of Angels and two Veronika Layne mysteries); two biographies, I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen and Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen; and Amaryllis: Collected Poems.


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 ┬áhas 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.