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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Books

140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

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

July 9, 16, 23, 30 • August 6, 13, 20, 27

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

July 17, 24, 31 • August 7, 14, 21, 28

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

July 19

Frances Rivetti

Heading Down the Research Rabbit Hole — Layering Fiction and Non-Fiction Without Losing the Plot!

Research is essential and fun. The challenge for most writers is learning how to stay on track with writing goals when investigation detours take up too much of our time. Frances will share her tips and tools for managing research, scene setting and how to avoid overzealous forays into the maze of online procrastination. 

Frances Rivetti is a British/American freelance journalist and author of the non-fiction Fog Valley Book Series (Fog Valley Crush, Love at First Bite and Fog Valley Winter), Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles and Vintage Recipes. She began her career as a newspaper reporter in Cambridgeshire, England and after settling in California in the 1990s, began writing for lifestyle publications in the U.S, UK and Australia.

Fog Valley Winter is the 2018 recipient of the Silver Award for best holiday book in the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS). 

Frances writes a monthly Behind The Frame column for Petaluma Arts Center and posts on local arts and culture on her popular blog site Southern Sonoma Country Life. She is currently working on completing her first work of fiction, a contemporary adult fiction novel set in Northern California’s coastal realm and inland behind the Redwood Curtain.

Frances and her husband raised three sons in West Petaluma and she remains actively involved in the community. 

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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Guest Blogger Suzanne Murray writes about using imagination with a quote from Thoreau. This world is but a canvas to our imagination. – Henry David Thoreau   We use our imagination all the time, whether we realize it or not. When we are worrying about a future event we are imagining the possibility of a negative outcome. When we are thinking about our next dream vacation we are imagining the place and what we may be doing there. When we are being creative we are imagining scenes as we write, the cake rising as we mix the ingredients for baking, or the blank canvas giving rise to color. Yet most of us don’t think much about the ways we use our imagination and the mystery of how it works. Most of us hold tight to the confines of the mind, living from its repeating pattern rather than being open to the infinite…

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