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Welcome to The Write Spot - an interactive online writing community offering inspiration and writing prompts to spark your writing. Post your writing on The Write Spot Blog and receive feedback. Contact Marlene if you want to post a book review or be a Featured Writer. Click on Writers Forum, Jumpstart or Resources for writing events in Northern California

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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

March 6, 13, 20, 27 • April 3, 10, 17, 24 • May 1, 8, 15, 22

Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25 • May 2, 9, 16, 23

I enjoyed everything: the prompts, the atmosphere and the variety of writing. — Sherry

Writers Forum 2017

March 16 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma

Learn about Northern California Writing Conferences.

Should you attend a writing conference? How can you decide which one to attend?

Join us and learn about the many conferences available in Northern California. Conference representatives will discuss topics, dates, and prices. We’ll meet as a group and hear what makes each conference unique. Visit conference representatives at their display tables.

What you need to know to decide if a writing conference is in your future and information to decide which one to attend.

Attend this Writers Forum to learn about:

  • Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
  • Napa Valley Writers’ Conference
  • Redwood Branch of The California Writers Club
  • and more.

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


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Use emotions in your writing.

  “Readers covet an emotional experience above all else. When you write scenes, use all the methods you can to help your readers feel the emotions you want them to have—sadness, anger, confusion, mistrust, love, lust, envy, greed and so on. If you want readers to hate your character, show him being despicable to someone who doesn’t deserve his wrath or to someone he supposedly loves. The more you draw readers in to the emotional experience, the more they will engage, and the more likely they’ll want to read your next book.” Excerpted from the September 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine There are over 300 prompts on The Write Spot Blog. Choose one and practice incorporating emotions in your writing. For example:   Physical gestures can reveal emotions . . . Prompt # 211  Just write!  

The Write Spot Blog is a writing goldmine of information, help and encouragement. — Kelly

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