Sunday, October 9, 2011

Local Writer's Article on CNN; Oct. 12 Kitchen Literacy; Final Stories on Stage of 2011!; Master Teacher Workshops

Hello Writers and Friends of Writers,

October--or Artober, as we're now calling it--brings you some fall weather and some fine to-do's for the writer and reader alike. I hope to see you around!


Sacramento writer Raquel Ruiz enjoyed a buzz last week, when her article on Latina boxers appeared on! Read the article here:

Great job, Raquel!


Slow Food Sacramento & Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Present:
A Community Read and Evening with Author Ann Vileisis

How did we get into the everyday situation of knowing so little about what we eat and
where our food comes from? Slow Food Sacramento and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op invite Sacramento area readers to explore this question together by engaging in a community wide read of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back.

An evening with Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy will be held October 12 at 6:30 pm at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Learning Center located at 1914 Alhambra  Blvd. A presentation by Ann Vileisis and discussion with the author will follow a short reception offering appetizers and wine. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Kitchen Literacy will be for sale in advance at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and Avid Reader and will be for sale the night of the event.

For more info, visit

Stories on Stage FINAL "final Friday" for 2011 features Melinda Moustakis, winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award, and Steinbeck Fellow Leah Griesmann 

Friends: this is going to be a great way to finish an excellent second year of Stories on Stage! You won't want to miss this reading. Melinda Moustakis' book is receiving all kinds of great press--and the National Book Award Foundation just named her one of the "5 Under 35" to watch. And--she happens to be one of my bff's from school! So come out and say hi. I will see you there!  --Kate

Friday, October 28th, 2011, 7:30PM

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)

donation: $5
Doors open 7PM

Master Teacher Weekend Workshops for Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Writers - brought to you by Valerie Fioravanti of Stories on Stage

January 14&15, 2012
Brenda Miller,author of the essay collections Season of the Body and Blessing the Animals, and co-author of the creative nonfiction textbook Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. She teaches writing at Western Washington University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of theBellingham Review. Brenda asks that you include a letter discussing your writing goals with your workshop submission, and will respond to your concerns in writing. The cost is $400. There are currently three spaces available in this workshop.

February, 2012
Fiction Writer, TBA

May 12&13, 2012
Peter Ho Davies, author of the story collections Equal Love & The Ugliest House in the World and the historical novel The Welsh Girl. His work has appeared in Harpers, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Granta named him a “Best Young British Novelist” in 1993. Peter teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and has taught at the Bread Loaf and Napa Writers Conferences. The cost is $400. There are currently six spaces available in this workshop.

Workshops will take place over a weekend, include both Saturday and Sunday, roughly from 10-4 PM with a 90 minute break for lunch. Workshops will be capped at twelve students, and focus on craft, narrative choices, and discussion of student manuscripts, distributed and read in advance. The weekend will usually include an event that’s open to the public, either a reading or craft lecture.

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