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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Books

140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

Monday evenings, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

August 6, 13, 20, 27 • Sept. 3, 17, 24.

Tuesday mornings, 10:00 am to 11:45 am

August 7, 14, 21, 28 • No Jumpstart on Tuesdays in September.

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

Now available:  The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections, a collection of writing from mothers and their adult children, using story-telling as a technique to ignite imagination and to inspire writing. The fiction, poetry, and personal stories in Connections illustrate how we relate through stories. It’s unique for being both entertaining and featuring techniques to jumpstart creativity and ignite the imagination for inspirational writing. Connections includes an extensive resources section for writers. $12.
Amazon, Copperfeld's Books, and Book Passage (Corte Madera).

Writers Forum 2018

August 16

Christine Falcon-Daigle


Writing as a Tool for Transformation


When we tell the truth about our lives, the doors fall off their hinges. Walls come tumbling down. When done with the skillful precision of an architect, the intuitive wisdom of a shaman, and the passion of one who loves a good story, the formerly dark chambers of our lives are illuminated. 
Christine will show how to shape your experiences into stories that will not only heal you, as the storyteller, but free those who are brave enough not to look away.
Christine Falcon-Daigle has worked in film and radio, serving as associate producer for The Last Stand, an award-winning documentary that aired nationally on public television, and screened at more than two-dozen major film festivals worldwide.  She edited live interviews with authors for KRCB’s Word by Word, hosted by Jordan Rosenfeld.  She was a regular contributor to Tiny Lights – a publication devoted to the art of personal essay.
For more than two decades, she has attended writing retreats and conferences, and participated in a number of on-going writing workshops and groups in Marin and Sonoma Counties.
She has read her work at literary events including San Francisco’s Litquake, The Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, BustOut Stories at the Downtown Art Center in San Rafael, Book Passage, Aqus Café’s Speakeasy Literary Saloon, LiveWire Literary Salon and more.  She earned her MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies in SF, where she also contributed to and moderated a panel discussion for the school’s inter-arts journal, Mission at Tenth.  In 2007, her novel This Is What I Know was named as a finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition sponsored by The Pirates’ Alley Society in New Orleans.  In 2011 and again in 2017, Petaluma Readers’ Theater selected her work for live performance.  
She currently lives on an organic farm in Petaluma with her farmer husband and teenaged daughter. 


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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