Friday, July 29, 2011

Stories on Stage Tonight; Write at the Farm with Jennifer Basye Sander

Hello friends,

It's hot in the valley today, but there will be some cool fiction read tonight at Stories on Stage! I also want to let you know about a new opportunity to get away and do some writing at a family farm up north; though this opportunity isn't free, it is in conjunction with local author and teacher Jennifer Basye Sander, so I wanted to pass it along to you!

Happy writing,



Stories on Stage features short fiction read by actors on the final Friday of the month.

On Friday, July 29th, we’ll feature Elena Mauli Shapiro’s, author of the novel 13, rue Therese, “Commuting,” read by poet and performer Bonnie Antonini and doctor-turned-writer Nicholas Rotondo’s “Murder in Atlantic City,” read by Eric Baldwin.

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)
Donation: $5

Performance begins at 7:30PM

Doors open at 7PM

Stories on Stage happily accepts wine donations. We’ll thank you with a free raffle ticket.

For more information about Stories on Stage, our artists, or to view our event photos and video archives, please visit our website, , our blog, or “like” us on Facebook.

Valerie Fioravanti, the founder of Stories on Stage, has introduced a new “Master Teacher” weekend workshop series. The first workshop leader was C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Next up is Warren Wilson MFA faculty and Breadloaf regular Kevin (Mc) McIlvoy in October (this workshop if full, but has waitlist spots available) and creative nonfiction writer Brenda Miller in January. If you would like to be added to the “Master Teacher” workshop series mailing list, email


WRITE AT THE FARM with Jennifer Basye Sander

For complete details, head to

Jennifer says, "After years of doing writers' retreat weekends at our house in Tahoe, I am bowing to requests to do something up at the family farm in Washington. Located in the heart of the Skagit Valley just down the road from the tulip headquarters, my great-grandfather's farm is midway between the towns of La Conner and Mt. Vernon, about an hour and a half north of Seattle. Easy to get to, and wonderful to settle into once you are there, relax and let the scenery and the history inspire you. All you have to do is be a writer for those few days, I take care of everything else. Meals, wine, and a private room are included in the $385 price, and there are only four spots available. This is your chance to spend a pampered but productive and creative weekend in the company of other writers and publishing folk. Call if you want to ask questions -- 916-847-9090. For those coming from far away, the Skagit Valley is a great jumping off point for a longer trip and I am happy to make suggestions."

Check it out! I wrote with Jennifer in Tahoe last year and had a fun and productive weekend. She's a great cook and a great writing resource - and a whole lot of fun!

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