Our Spring Program Lineup


January 17, 2017: Patrice Vecchione
Developing the Still, Small Voice Within: Learning to Listen

How do we clear away the detritus of our lives and all that calls for our attention in order to listen to what most calls to us to be written? Patrice will discuss the link between inspiration and intuition, the myth of writer's block, and the good, the bad and the beauty of the internal critic.

Patrice Vecchione is the author of two nonfiction books including, most recently, from Simon & Schuster, Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life. She is also the author of two collections of poetry and the editor of several anthologies.In addition, she leads writing and poetry workshops on California's central coast andperforms a one-woman multi-media show,Women Dressed and Undressed: Women, Aging and Identity.



February 21, 2017: Cornelia Read
Transforming Real People into Fictional Characters. . .

Cornelia Read, a witty novelist with a unique narrative voice, will talk about creating authentic characters. She will discuss transforming characters you know into something that can work on the page, especially in a mystery plot. Much of the material in her Madeline Dare novels is based on her own life experiences and people she has known.

Before embarking on her series, most of Read's day jobs were gigs at small newspapers around the country, including The Oyster Bay Guardian, The Syracuse New Times, and The Boulder Weekly. Cornelia won the 2008 Shamus Award for best private investigator short story, Hungry Enough, published in A Hell of a Woman anthology.


March 21, 2017: Mark Wiederanders
Fictionalizing Historical Personalities

Photographs, news accounts, and personal letters of well-known figures who lived in the last few centuries are widely available, but patience and passion are required to mine these effectively in writing historical fiction.The key to creating lively characters and suspenseful plots is to identify those images and records that have the greatest emotional impact, and to craft stories around them.Mark will illustrate, with old photographs and documents, how he wrote novels about two writers with strong Northern California connections, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London.
Wiederanders' first novel, Stevenson's Treasure, was published by Fireship Press in 2014, and was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing. His screenplay about William Shakespeare's family, "Taming Judith" was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures' screenwriting competition.Wiederanders is a psychologist who lives in Sacramento, California.


   

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