Stefanie Freele

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



We welcome and encourage all writers.

3rd Thursday

February through November

*** Please Note: New Time 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm ***

Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

$10 at the door.

Join us! Bring a friend.!


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

Writers Forum has been pivotal in getting me motivated, focused, and published. Thank you for supporting writers and providing such a wonderful venue!  D. Zelenakova

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

2014 Presenters

August 21

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Paths to Publication: An Overview.

Writing tips and tools to begin, finish and edit manuscripts. Jennifer writes middle-grade fiction. Her tips will apply to all age groups and genres. 

In this two-hour workshop, attendees will learn writing tips and tools to begin, finish, and edit their manuscripts. The second half will focus on two avenues of publication—the exciting world of self-publishing as well as the classic world of traditional publishing. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of each option and will learn tools to pursue either. There will be time for questions.

JENNIFER LYNN ALVAREZ is a fantasy fiction author and speaker. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. degree in English Literature. Jennifer's upcoming books include THE GUARDIAN HERD middle-grade series. Book one, STARFIRE, releases on 09/23/14 through HarperCollins Children's Books. Jennifer's self-published books include THE PET WASHER. This series is for ages 7 and up. Jennifer lives on a small ranch in Northern California with her husband and three children.  Click here to learn more about Jennifer and her books.

September 18

Sharon Hamilton



The biggest secret to my success? Not quitting. Just like my SEALs, I'm not ringing the bell. Ever. Bury me with my computer! I'll be typing in Heaven.

New York Times and USA/Today and Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.

A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place.

Click here to visit Sharon's website. 

October 16

Stefanie Freele


Stefanie Freele’s latest short story collection; Surrounded by Water (Press 53) includes the winning story of the Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her first collection, Feeding Strays (Lost Horse Press) was a finalist in the John Gardner Binghamton University Fiction Award and the Book of the Year Award. Stefanie's published and forthcoming work can be found in magazines such as Witness, Sou'wester, Mid-American Review, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West, The Florida Review, Chattahoochee Review, American Literary Review, and Night Train. She is the former Fiction Editor of the Los Angeles Review.

November 20

Nina Amir

How to Evaluate Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success

The average book today sells only about 250 copies a year, 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book before you write a word. As you do, you’ll develop an Author Attitude and learn how to evaluate your ideas and yourself through the same lens used by an acquisitions editor.

Learn how to determine if your book is not only a great creative idea but also marketable product—a viable business venture—as you go through the Author Training Process. It’s the foundation for creating books that sell—to publishers and to readers! This evaluation tool helps you determine if your book is ready to go to market—to be shopped to agents, publishers or readers—and if you are ready to become an author.

This is NOT a session on how to write a book proposal (but you’ll learn a lot about it). This IS a session about how to use the parts of a book proposal as a process to train yourself to see both the creative and business aspects of writing and publishing a book and creating a business plan for a book. This session is appropriate for fiction writers and for nonfiction writers.

Nina Amir, bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 12 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.


Writers Forum does not meet in December.