Learn about the craft and business of writing at Writers Forum. These literary workshops feature a diverse group of presenters discussing a variety of topics.

Writers Forum meets the third Thursday, March through August.

We start promptly at 6:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm

Location: Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma

Writers Forum is free and open to the public.

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

2019 Forum Presenters

July 18

Susan Bono

Imperfection and the Art of Memoir

Ever wish your life was perfect? That may be a recipe for happiness, but it would make for terrible personal narrative! Memoir is all about imperfection, from our choice of subject matter to the way we portray ourselves as narrators. Let’s explore how what you don’t know can help you.

Susan Zahl Bono is a California-born mother, teacher, writer, and editor who’s lived more than half her life with the same man in the same house in Petaluma. She published Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative for twenty years. She facilitates writing workshops, including Jumpstart with Marlene Cullen, and edits the Noyo River Review for the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Her own work has appeared online, on stage, in anthologies, newspapers, and on the radio. Her book, What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home was published in 2014.


August 15

Susan Tillett

The Language of Color with Susan Page Tillett

Join author and teacher Susan Page Tillett for this fun, accessible workshop, designed to teach the symbolism of color and how to use it to enhance writing. Susan will share her book What’s to Wear, Beatrice Bird? to illustrate how the colors of the rainbow relate to the seven energy centers of the body and what the individual colors we choose or avoid reveal about our point of view and that of our characters. 

Susan brings 20 years of experience as a teacher of color, certified by the International Academy of Colour Theraputics in Great Britain. She is a frequent leader of workshops designed to encourage creativity.

Susan is passionate about supporting the work of writers and other artists, which she currently does as Executive Director of the Mesa Refuge, a writing retreat in Point Reyes Station.

Susan is the author of two books, The Ragdale House Speaks and What’s to Wear Beatrice Bird, as well as several works of creative non-fiction, including “Trip to Mexico, Side Trip to Heaven,” published in She Can Find Her Way:  Women Travels at Their Best.

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