Sunday, January 8, 2012

Early Enroll discount still available for Kate's private workshop; CNF writer Brenda Miller reads 1/13; AWA Sacramento winter programs; Writer's Brush at SPC 1/14; 916 INK call for volunteers; WTAW anniversary reading

Hello Friends!

Start your year off right with some great literary events, below.  And more great calendar items are coming!

Also, if you're thinking of doing some (or more) writing this year, consider participatingin one of my private workshops! They start next week, and the early enroll discount is still available for the Tuesday night workshop, The Craft of Shapely Writing. I also still have space in my Friday afternoon critique workshop; January's session of that is The Art of Description. See full details by scrolling down to two posts back.

Wishing you a new year filled with words,




Award-winning creative nonfiction writer Brenda Miller will give a reading from her latest book, Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays (available for purchase and signing) on Friday, January 13th, 7PM at the Sacramento Poetry Center. In addition, Brenda will discuss markets for publishing creative nonfiction, and end with a brief audience Q&A.

The Sacramento Poetry Center is located at 1719 25th St (@R).



AWASacramento is a chapter of the non-profit, Amherst Artists and Writers (AWA), an international arts organization dedicated to the principle that everyone can use words to create art. AWA was founded over thirty years ago by Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others, Oxford University Press. AWAS, formerly Sutterwriters. Sutterwriters, which was an expressive writing program intended to help people use writing as a means to heal, was created by Lawrence Spann, Ph.D. and launched at the Sutter Medical Center Library in 2002.

Check out the webpage at to see all kinds of different writing opportunities this winter, including some free groups!

And: want to do join an AWA group in Davis?

"Writing to Free the Soul" at the Davis Art Center (
Each of us has stories to tell, insights to share, and ideas to unleash. Writing to Free the Soul workshops provide a warm environment for any adult to experiment with writing and to develop his or her own unique voice. Participants come not to “learn how” to write but to practice written expression in a supportive group. All writing is done in class and we read aloud our just-written work only if we choose to do so. We offer only gentle, positive feedback about what is strong in the writing. Writers of all experience levels, genres, and styles are welcome. Participants bring their own writing materials.

Members: $90/ Non-members: $100

Member-only online registration begins November 11; nonmember registration begins November 18.
Tuesdays 10am - 12pm
Session #1:    1/10 -2/14 
Session #2:    2/28-4/10 (no workshop on 3/27)
Session #3:    4/24-6/5 (no workshop on 5/29)

Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm
Session #1:    1/10 -2/14 
Session #2:    2/28-4/10 (no workshop on 3/27)
Session #3:    4/24-6/5 (no workshop on 5/29)

More information can be found at:



Jennifer Pickering will be on the Capitol Public Radio, on Insight talking up the Sacramento Writer's Brush on Jan 11.

All proceeds collected from the Sacramento Writer’s Brush event go to the Poetry Center.

You may know that Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, and Frederico Garcia Lorca were writers, but did you also know they were visual artists? In the tradition of these literary greats the third annual Sacramento Writer’s Brush features local writers/artists Maceo Montoya, Julia Connor, D. R. Wagner, Trina Drotar, Frank Graham, Jennifer O’Neill Pickering, Sandy Thomas, and Tim Mchargue, in an art exhibit and reading of their writing. Singer songwriter, Mike Pickering, with guitarist, Chris Mackey, and singer, Argelia Hill, will also perform. Join them at the Sacramento Writer's Brush, Saturday January 14th, 5-9pm at the Sacramento Poetry Center Gallery, 1719 25th Street (25th&R). The art reception is January 14th 5-7pm and the reading follows from 7-9pm. Event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the Sacramento Poetry Center.


916 INK looking for Wordslingers and more!
916 Ink, a new Sacramento nonprofit, is helping local youth write and publish their original work, and the group needs volunteers to help young writers this spring. If you’re a writer who likes to work with kids, consider becoming a volunteer for 916 Ink. The commitment is 2 hours every week for an 8 week session, plus a three hour training on either Jan. 16th from 6-9 pm or Jan. 18th from 4-7 pm at the Salvation Army in Oak Park.

This spring, 916 INK is working on three projects:
1. High school students from mid-February to the end of April on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm.
2. Third, fourth, and fifth graders from mid-February to mid April on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm.
3. "Tweens" from mid-April to the end of May on Thursdays from 4-6 pm.

All the writing for 916 Ink culminates in a book publication for the youth who participated (printed on the Sacramento Public Library's new book machines) and a celebratory young authors’ reading in June at the downtown Galleria.

Attached is a volunteer packet that outlines the volunteer positions, sites, and an application. With exciting volunteer positions like Word Slinger, Inspirator, and Eagle Eye-- how could you NOT want to take on a role?

You can learn more about 916 Ink at <> . They were recently highlighted in the Sacramento Bee's Book of Dreams:

If you have any questions you can also email Katie McCleary at



Consider a field trip to the very wonderul prose reading series in Sausalito, Why There Are Words, curated by Peg Alford Pursell.

View details for what looks like an amazing anniversary celebration here:

Find out more about WTAW at

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