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.

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

2015 Presenters

September 17

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Photo by Karen Perez

World Building: How to Create Fiction That Feels Real

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez shares her tips for creating vibrant fictional worlds. These suggestions apply to contemporary and fantasy fiction. Whether describing Seattle in the summer or a city of your creation, you want your reader to feel, hear, taste, and smell it! Jennifer will show you how to create memorable scenes.

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the author of the new middle-grade book series, The Guardian Herd, published by HarperCollins Childrens books.

Praise for The Guardian Herd series, showcasing Jennifer's world-building skills:

"Chock-full of adventure and twists, making it difficult to put down." School Library Journal

"From page one, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez weaves an epic tale of a doomed black Pegasus foal named Star, whose race against time will lift the reader on the wings of destiny and danger, magic and hope. It’s a world I did not want to leave, and neither will you." Peter Lerangis, New York Times bestselling author in the 39 Clues series and of the Seven Wonders series

"Alvarez's world is lush with description and atmosphere, and her premise has much to offer." Publishers Weekly

"This epic adventure is richly developed. Compelling." Kirkus Reviews 

October 15

Rayne Wolfe

The Art of the Interview: Mining for Gold

Behind most great stories is a challenging interview. Newspaper reporter and columnist, Rayne Wolfe will share some of her methods for identifying sources, mining for quotable gold and turning interviews into stories.

With early encouragement from columnist Herb Caen, “Mr. San Francisco,” her byline debuted in 1998 with a Sunday business column called “What Works” at the San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner and Seattle Times.

A Staff Writer at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat from 2000 - 2009, (then, a New York Times Regional newspaper), Wolfe covered business and philanthropy beats. She was a lead blogger at www.8womendream.com, a site dedicated to encouraging women to work on lifelong dreams. 

Whether you are focusing on non-fiction, fiction, historical fiction or memoir, she will share her tools for enriching all writing by becoming an ace interviewer.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to identify the best sources for your writing project;
  • When to use the powerful tool of “giving to get” and
  • Why “circling back” builds trust and lowers defenses.

Rayne Wolfe’s first book, Toxic Mom Toolkit, was published in Dec. 2013 and includes her haunting memoir of growing up with three wildly different mothers. Alternating chapters capture the strong voices of women from all over the world who also survived their own very toxic mothers.  She leads a global online support community of “jelly-side-up” survivors who are building happy and peaceful lives, despite toxic parenting.

A journalist first, she is also a former police chaplain, bartender, executive recruiter, private laundress, and World’s Ugliest Dog Contest judge. She lives in Northern California’s Wine Country.


Writers Forum does not meet in November.


Writers Forum does not meet in December.