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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams and Library Events
Sonoma County CALENDAR

by Vesta Copestakes

Join like minds who love to read, write and recite. Plenty of people to share your passion for the written and spoken word...Enjoy!


The Sonoma County Libraries will be closed May 28 and May 29.

The Sonoma County Library announces the launch of the Sonoma County Library Mobile App for use on mobile devices. The Sonoma County Library Mobile App will be available for download on smartphones and tablets on February 9, 2016.
Library services such as, managing your library account, placing items on hold, and checking for the next library event will be available on mobile devices through the Sonoma County Library Mobile App. (2/15)

The Sonoma County Library works hard for the arts community by collecting, cataloging, and making accessible a wide range of locally-produced books, music, and videos. If you are a local author or musician or filmmaker, the Library wants to know about you. Local authors website:  If you are a local musician, take a look at our Sonoma County Musicians and Musical Groups page on Facebook, or send an email to David Dodd, Collections Manager, at We want to hear from you! 

May 21 ~  WordTemple Poetry Series ~ 7p. Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things. Sonoma County poet Gregory Mahrer is celebrating his first collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastpol. Free Event.

May 22 ~ Myth Off ~ Great tellers perform great myths from Korea, Japan, and China. 4-6p. $10. 200 Valpraiso Ave, Cotati.

May 31 ~ Divination Methods for the 21st Century:  7:00-8:30 pm. Learn & experiment with divination tools. Milk & Honey, 123 N. Main, Sebastopol, (707) 824-1155. $10-$19. With Korie Shacmalli & Sher Christian 

Jun 4 ~ Jack London 2016 Book Discussion Group: Sea Wolf ~ The book discussion group, led by two Jack London scholars, Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Ph.D., continues its exploration in this Centennial year celebrating Jack London’s life and legacy, focusing on four of his most famous books. 4-6p. Free. Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 

Jun 9 ~ Books on Stage ~ with Ann Cummins, a reading and literary salon. $10 suggested donation. 7p. Books on Stage is a great series of free readings and interviews with literary figures. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707-894-2214.

June 16 ~ Writers Forum with resenter Ellen Sussman ~ Ellen Sussman will discuss the many aspects that make up a writer’s life including how to fit writing into busy lives, writing as a daily habit, as a job, and as a discipline. Sussman will share some of her writing tricks—the unit system, writing meditations, separating research and editing from the first draft process. Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. Writers Forum Details:

Jun 19 ~ Third Sunday Literary Open Mic: A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story about father, your inner and/or outer.  Listeners welcome. Donation: $5 to $10.  Scent free event. 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol.

June 20 ~ Dine with Local Authors ~ Come hear five authors read from their books with Q & A from the audience 6-8pm. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa For reservations call: 544-2491 or


May 19 ~ Writers Forum Presenter Mary C. Moore, Literary Agent ~ How to query a literary agent and what a literary agent can do for an author’s career.Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron since 2012. Mary specializes in science fiction and fantasy, although she does appreciate a wide breadth of the literary canon. She started reading at an early age, and her love of reading continued, as she earned her B.S. in biology from the University of California San Diego. She was a veterinarian's assistant, then a field biologist, and then a zookeeper. But her passion for writing and books caused her to veer off her original path and drew her to publishing. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland with an MFA in Creative Writing and English and after freelancing for two years as an editor and writer in non-literary sectors, she began an internship with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and found she loved working as a literary agent as much as she loved writing. Visit her at Petaluma Community Center, 320 No McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. $15 at the door. Hosted by Marlene Cullen,

Memoirs Class & Group ~ Don't just have a past - share it! Learn to write and tell tales of personal & family history a new, easy way. Free to all ages at Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N High St, Sebastopol Tuesdays 1:30-4:00p. 707-829-1549

UUCSR Writers ~  2-4 pm Writers regular monthly meeting - Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, Poets, Memoirs, Screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. We meet 10 months a year, Jan-Oct on the first Monday of the month (except Sept-the second Monday) from 2 to 4 pm at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-568-5381

Directory of Sonoma County Writers ~ The Literary Update is creating a directory of Sonoma County Writers. If you are interested in being listed, send the material you would like included: e.g., photo (jpg), 100-word bio, web and/or blog links, and contact information. E-mail to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.com

Sitting Room anthology 2015 ~ The theme for 2015 is "An overlooked female author." Share a body of work or a single book by an author neglected, ignored, or underestimated by the academy and by the general reading public. Persuade us, cajole us, why would would "just love" to read this author generally or a specific book of hers. Anyone may participate. The editor this year is Lucille Friesen, who graciously volunteered this major assignment. How to send? Go to the Style Guide!

WRITER/SPEAK ~ Would you like to be interviewed for a half-hour cable TV show? A You/Tube of the show and DVDs to promote yourself as an author is included in the fee.  Filmed at the Cmedia lab in Santa Rosa. Contact: or 707-696-4847. 

Writers Forum ~ features a variety of presenters exploring the craft and business of writing on the third Thursday of each month. Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park, 320 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. NEW TIME: 6:30 to 8:30p, $15 at the door.  
Oct 10 ~ Rayne Wolfe: The Art of the Interview: Mining for Gold; Behind most great stories is a challenging interview. Newspaper reporter and columnist, Rayne Wolfe will share some of her methods for identifying sources, mining for quotable gold and turning interviews into stories. 

Snoopy's Writers ~ CURRENTLY our "Think Tank" is talking about "What is Plot?" Snoopy’s Writers meet EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM 1-4 pm at THE WARM PUPPY CAFE. Some of us write and some of us talk about writing while we write. We do not hold to traditional rules of order about "meeting". Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Info: Georgette G. deBlois


Early Literacy ~ Events for children at Sonoma County libraries. READ-TALK-PLAY-SING programs at all library branches. Schedule:

Free Bookmobile Info ~  707.520.4536  Check us out on Facebook: 
Volunteer Opportunities! Looking for motivated persons and families to help with book drives, book pickup/delivery, event promotion, sorting, and on-site assistance at our big events.

Bookmobile Schedule:

5/21: Freestone 9 - 10 Am
5/21: Valley Ford 10:30 - 11:30 Am
5/21: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital 12 - 1 Pm
5/21: Jenner 1:30 - 3 Pm
5/21: Monte Rio 3:30 - 5 Pm
5/24: Geyserville 5 - 6:30 Pm 
5/26: Cloverdale / Jefferson Elementary School  9 Am - 2 Pm
5/27: Santa Rosa / Vineyard Commons Seniors  10 - 11:30 Am
5/27: Santa Rosa / PEP Acacia Lane Seniors  12:30 - 1:30 Pm
5/27: Santa Rosa / Windham Village Seniors  2 - 3 Pm
5/27: Santa Rosa / Vigil Light Seniors  3:15 - 4 Pm
5/29: Camp Meeker / Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser Breakfast  8 Am - 12 Pm
5/31: Guerneville School  8:45 Am - 12 Pm
6/4: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  10 - 11:30 Am
6/4: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  12 - 1 Pm6/4: Glen Ellen / Post Office  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
6/4: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  3 - 5 Pm
6/7: Petaluma / North Bay Children's Center (AM Class)  9 Am
6/7: Petaluma / North Bay Children's Center (PM Class)  1 Pm
6/10: Petaluma / Alex's Lemonade Stand at Mentor Me Cavanagh Center  12 - 2 Pm
6/14: Santa Rosa / Bethlehem Tower Seniors  9:30 - 11 Am
6/14: Windsor / Windsor Park Apartments REFB Summer Lunch  12 - 12:30 Pm
6/14: Windsor / Forest Winds Apartments REFB Summer Lunch  1 - 1:30 Pm
6/14: Windsor / Bell Manor Seniors  2:15 - 3:15 Pm
6/14: Sebastopol / Burbank Heights & Orchards Seniors  4 - 5 Pm
6/18: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Wells Fargo Center  10 Am - 1 Pm
6/18: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
6/18: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  4 - 5:30 Pm
6/26: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
6/26: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
6/26: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
6/26: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
6/26: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
6/28: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm 

We would love to know where you think we should distribute books.  We especially appreciate advance notice of fairs, festivals, and other rural and low-income area events that don't charge an entrance fee.  Don't be shy, drop us a line... 

Bookmobile Donation Locations Your books aren't having much fun getting dusty on the shelf! Please take a moment to box up the best of your collection and drop them off at any of the locations below:
Paul's Empire Head Shop & Engine Supply ~ 112 Roberts Ave, Santa Rosa (546-4324)

Exchange Bank ~ 136 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa (539-1505)
Exchange Bank ~ 6290 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park (584-7300)
Argent Bank ~ 201 North Main St, Sebastopol (827-2265)

Argent Bank ~ Inside G&G Market, 701-B Sonoma Mtn Pkwy, Petaluma (781-2265)
The Windsor UPS Store ~ 9048 Brooks Rd South, Windsor (838-3853)
Sonoma 76 Station ~ 195 West Napa St, Sonoma (996-3555)

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations; RSVP here and save 10% on event books on the night of the event. All events 7p unless otherwise noted.
May 19 ~ Pop-Up Bookstore: Dana Gioia, SHED Grange 7p
May 20 ~ Pop-Up Bookstore: Nick Buettner, Finley Community Center 1-3p
May 20 ~ Sam Miller & Ben Lindbergh, Petaluma
May 20 ~ Jazz in the Neighborhood: Guarneri Jazz Quartet, Santa Rosa
May 22 ~ Guy Gavriel Kay, Petaluma 2p
May 24 ~ Eric Dinerstein, Petaluma 4p
May 27 ~ Joe Hill, Petaluma
May 31 ~ Redwood Writers Spotlight on Fiction: Thonie Hevron, Santa Rosa 6p
May 31 ~ Stephanie Danler, Hopmonk Tavern, 6p 
Jun 3 ~ Thumbprint Cellars Series with Jonathan Evision, Healsburg 6p
Jun 3 ~ John Hart, Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 4 ~ Sebastian Junger, Petaluma 7P
Jun 7 ~ Mystery Cafe with Paula Treick DeBoard, Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 8 ~ Steve Silberman, Petaluma Regional Library 6:30p
Jun 9 ~ Thumpring Cellars Series: Steven Rowley, Healdsburg 6p
Jun 9 ~ Pop-Up bookstore: Ann Cummins, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center 7p
Jun 9 ~ Romance Cafe with Robyn Carr ~ Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 10 ~ Emma Straub, Petaluma 7p
Jun 10 ~ Evening with Terry Tempest Williams, Luther Burbank Center 8p
Jun 11 ~ Jeff & Joan Stanford, Sebastopol 7p
Jun 13 ~ Authors in the Village Court: Senator Barbara Boxer, Montgomery Village Court 7p
Jun 14 ~ Ramona Ausubel, Healdsburg 6p
Jun 21 ~ Debut Brew with Erika Swyler, Hopmonk Tavern, 6p
Jun 24 ~ Sloane Crosley, Healdsburg 6p
Jun 24 ~ Lit Night with Emma Cline, Petaluma 7p
Jun 24 ~ Dana Gioia, Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 28 ~ Richard Kadrey & Becky Chambers, Petaluma 7p
Jun 28 ~ Martin Walker, Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 29 ~ Marilyn Skinner, Santa Rosa 7p 

Events at Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at
Jun 2 ~ The Truth That Sets the Heart Free: The Life, Teaching and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samra. 7:30p
Jun 9 ~ Aikido: An Everyday Approach to the Martial Art that Can Change Your Life and the World, 7:30p. 

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~
Jun 2 ~ Meg Beeler, 6:30p
Jun 18 ~ Rosa Lane and Nina Lindsay, 2p
Jun 22 ~ Emma Cline, 6:30p. 

Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit 

Sonoma County Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Programs Begin June 7 ~ Sonoma County Library launches its “Read—For the Win” summer reading program for kids, “TeenRead” summer reading program for teens and “Library Bingo Challenge” summer reading program for adults. Children, teens and adults who participate in fun and free activities available at all Sonoma County Library branches in June and July can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Themed children’s events include a week-long Olympic-style torch relay and visits from renowned local author Jonathan London, whose “Froggy” character is highlighted in this year’s collaborative theme, along with cultural events and activities that celebrate reading, getting outdoors and exercising. Teen workshops have been developed with the goal of imparting skills and experiences that youth will find useful, including quilting, fine arts, and learning to play ukulele. Adult events highlight local musicians, a favorite pastime around the county.

There’s also a scientifically proven benefit to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies indicate that students who read recreationally outperform those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Kathy DeWeese, Coordinator of Children’s Services added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families, and we love taking the opportunity to make it fun, too.”

Summer reading events are listed on the Sonoma County Library website event calendar for June ( and for July ( For more information about children’s and teen summer reading programs, please contact Kathy DeWeese at 545-0831 x1513 or For more information about the adult summer reading program please contact Jennifer Duran at 537-0162 or Keep up with all library events at and on Facebook,

Free Workshops for College-Bound Students ~ College-bound students and their families can find help navigating the sometimes daunting process of applying to four-year colleges. Continuing our free “Path to College” workshop series begun in May, the Sonoma County Library will present a total of eight programs at five different library branches throughout the County beginning in September. For more information about each program please check the detailed listings in our online calendar

Homework Help ~ Free homework assistance for grades K-12. Don’t settle for a low grade because of homework! Get free homework coaching in the Homework Help program at your local library. Interested in volunteering to be a Homework Helper? Click here for information on how to apply!

Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E St, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 11a
Every Tue ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Babytime (3-17 months) 11:15a
Every Tue ~ Plaisir de Lire (ages 5 & up) 3:15p

Every Tue ~Homework Help 3:30p
Every Wed ~ After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months) 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Thu thru Aug 27 ~ Youth Chess Club 10:30a
Every 2nd Thur ~ Great Books 1p
Jun 3-5 ~ Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries book sale 10a-4p.
Jun 11 ~ Adult Literacy: Roles and Goals Workshop 10a
Jun 11 ~ Charles Schulz Museum Lecture 1p
Jun 25 ~ Rua Samba - Brazillian Music 1p
Jun 28 ~ Introduction to Ukulele 3p 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Family Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
May 21 ~ Shakuhaci - Traditional Japanese Flute, 1p 
Jun 9 ~ Book Discussion: The Sisters Brothers 2p
Jun 11 ~ Medicare 101 2p
Jun 14 ~ Magic of Timothy James 2:30p
Jun 21 ~ Crafting for the Win 2:30p
Jun 25 ~ Digital Bling Workshop 2p 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
May 21 ~ Lego Club, 11a 
Jun 9 ~ Book Discussion 12:30p
Jun 15 ~ Summer Games 11a
Jun 29 ~ Python Ron's Reptitle Kingdom 

Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Fri ~ Wee Read Bilingüe (0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Thurs ~ Mindful Minis (Ages 6-12), 4p
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog 11a
Jun 7 ~ Opening Ceremonies 

Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Sat ~ Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime (ages/edades 0-5) 10:30a
Jun 4 ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Concert 1p
Jun 8 ~ Opening Ceremonies 10a
Jun 11 ~ Tumbao: Old Style Afro Cuban Rhythm Band 1p
Jun 15 ~ Adult Book Discussion 2:30p 

Petaluma Regional Library100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10am
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 10:45a
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Jun 4 ~ Archy and Mehitabel's 100th Birthday Tour 2p
Jun 8 ~ Steve Silberman, author 6:30p
Jun 11 ~ Homestuck-style Can Town 12p
Jun 15 ~ Garden Activities for Kids 12p
Jun 25 ~ Story and Craft with Clay 2p 

Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Wed ~ Castles & Crowns Chess Club 3:15p
Every Thu ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Fri ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 11a
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog, 1p
2nd Wed ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p or 6:30p
Jun 11 ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Concert, 11a
Jun 25 ~ Duo Gluliani - guitar and violin 2p 

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 2p (cancelled Jan 2)
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Every Thur ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Thur ~ Toddler Wiggletime (18 to 35 month) 11a
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5) 10:30a
Last Tues ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a. Sign up in person at the reference desk or call 584-9121, ext. 3.
May 21 ~ Master Gardeners: 10:30a
May 21 ~ Duo Gluliani, Guitar and Violin Concert, 2p 
Jun 8-11 ~ Friends of the Library Book Sale
Jun 16 ~ Diane Ferlatte: Have I Got a Story to Tell 11a
Jun 18 ~ Rua Samba - Brazillian Music - 2p
Jun 25 ~ Charles M. Schulz Art & Life - a Lecture 2p
Jun 30 ~ Summer Games 11a 

Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Bilingual Storytime, 10a
Every Sat ~ Read to a PALS Dog, 11a
Jun 11 ~ Santa Rosa Symphony: Percussion Trio 1p
Jun 14 ~ Magic of Timothy James 11a 

Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Every Tue ~ Wiggle Time for Preschoolers (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Wee Read for Babies (0 to 24 months) 11:30
Every Wed ~ Cuentos y Cantos – Bilingual Storytime 11a
May 21 ~ Sun Dye Art, 11a
May 21 ~ Drawing the Peanuts Way: with Schulz Stuidio Artists, 2p
May 25 ~ Foodie Book Club, 6p 
Jun 1 ~ Library Talk with Leigh Bardugo 6:30p
Jun 4 ~ Ault Readers' Theater, 2p
Jun 4 ~ Bike Basics for Kids
Jun 8 ~ Argentine Tango - Performance and Lecture 6p 

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St, Sonoma
Every Tues ~ Homework Help, 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Toddler Time (ages 0-3) 10:30a
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11:30a (Cancelled in Dec)
Every Fri ~ Drop-in Computer Orientation 11a
May 18-21 ~ Library Book Sale
May 21 ~ Trio Nuevo Amanecer - Traditional Mexican Music, 2p
May 26 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion, "Inherent Vice" 2p 
Jun 9 ~ Opening Ceremonies
Jun 14 ~ Mini-Quilt Sewing 4p
Jun 18 ~ Tango Petaluma - Argentine Tango 2p
Jun 23 ~ Sonoma Reads Book Discussion Group 2p
Jun 25 ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Concert, 2p 

Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Building 100, Windsor
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Beginning Internet 6p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (ages 0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 11:30a
Every Wed ~ Family Reading Book Club (grades 2-5) 4p
May 21 ~ Master Gardeners, 10:30a
Jun 7 ~ Opening Ceremonies 3p
Jun 17 ~ Mini-Quilt Sewing 3p
Jun 18 ~ Charles M. Schulz's art and Life - 1p



1st & 3rd Sat ~ Finding your Voice ~ A women’s writing workshop. Writing exercises, sharing works, & feedback. $15 each; 11-1. Contact Lee Meryl Senior, 707-869-2407,

2nd Tue ~ Center Literary Café ~ Featured speaker, followed by open mic. Donation. 7 pm (6:30 doors), Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ Cynthia Helen, 707-696-1111,

2nd Tue ~ Do Tell Story Swap ~ for grownup and teen storytellers and listeners. Join us to tell your tale of up to seven minutes in length, or come listen. The Swap maintains an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement to all storytellers. Stories are to be told and not read. They can be true stories, tall tales, legends, myths, or even songs with a narrative. 7-9p at First Congregational Church, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa. Donation of $3-5 welcome.

Wed ~ Life Stories Class ~ Try our kind & encouraging class. No age requirement. Free. 1-3pm, Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ 707-431-3324 ~

3rd Wed ~ WordTemple ~ Katherine Hastings hosts poetry interviews, readings, & reconstructions. 7:00-8:00 pm, KRCB 91.1 FM ~

3rd Wed ~ Sitting Room Book Group ~ 2 -4pm.

Thurs ~ UUCSR Writers Morning Coffee ~11 am - 12:30 noon • in the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy's Home Ice Arena. We meet once a week for lighthearted conversation about who’s doing what in our literary community.

2nd & 4th Thu ~ OCA Readers' Theater ~ Meets 7 - 9 pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Come check out the diverse, creative selections this talented group chooses to read--short plays, essays, poems, short stories, original works, even T-shirts! For more information, call Judith Reimuller at 707-829-2176 or email Joan Ambrosini   FREE

3rd Thu ~ Writer’s Forum ~ Explore the craft & business of writing. $15 at the door. Feb-Nov, 6:30-8:30p pm, Petaluma Community Center at Luchessi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd ~

Alternate Fri ~ Writing Group for Adults ~ with Chester Aaron. Fees $10-$20; donated to Occidental Center for the Arts. Alternate Fridays, 1-3 pm, Occidental. RSVP: 707-874-9392 or

Fri  ~ Writing as a Healing Practice with author Susan Hagen. Drop-in, 10:30 – 12:30. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Suggested donation $20-$40. No class August 28, 2015. Bring your notebook and pen; No writing experience necessary. Questions? Contact Susan Hagen at 707-888-0849 or More info:

2nd Sun ~
Northbay Poetry Slam ~ hosted by BeSage. Lyrical verbalists of all ages welcome. $5 cover. 8 pm (7 doors), Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol ~ Brianna Sage, 483-7231

3rd Sun ~ Healdsburg Literary Guild ~ Thirs Sunday Salon. Featured reader followed by open mic. Free & open to the public. 1:30-3:30p. The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave. ~ 

3rd Sun  ~ Literary Open Mic ~ 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly, witty writers. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Round robin open mic.  Listeners welcome. Donation: $5 to $10.  Scent free event.

Redwood Writers Club ~ Monthly meeting. $5/$8. Light refreshments. 2:30-5 pm, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa ~ 707-578-8938 ~

Poetry Reading & Workshop ~ Hosted by poet Sher Christian. By donation. 12:30-2:30 pm, Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol ~ 707 829-6600 ~

Book Discussion Groups ~ Bring a brown bag lunch, book, & banter. ~ 

Classics Book Club ~ Erin, 481-3488 or

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