Writing Salons

Left Coast Writers®: Cheryl Krauter - Suriviving the Storm (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've been touched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group.

This book focuses on the whole person, their potential, and their natural drive toward authenticity. A contemplative perspective emphasizes shared human needs such as love, belonging, and personal meaning, and expands beyond the learning-based behavioral and psychosocial resources that are currently available to cancer patients and their families. The book provides options that differ from the support group and medical models of treatment, opening up an alternative to the mode of managing or tolerating the issues of cancer into the realm of awareness, exploration, acceptance, and transformation. While it is tempting to find solutions and try to" there is much to be gained from learning how to live with uncertainty and from delving more deeply into the emotional residue of cancer.

Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to make it more personal.

Cheryl Krauter, MFT, is an existential humanistic psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. She integrates her years of experience as a depth psychotherapist with her personal journey as a cancer survivor, working with clients in her private practice, presenting talks and workshops on living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness, and guiding people in telling their cancer stories. She strongly believes that there is a need to bring attention to emotional healing in survivorship and is committed to making quality survivorship care accessible to all people who have suffered from cancer.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190636166
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 27th, 2017

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've been touched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Betsy Fasbinder - Filling Her Shoes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

On the day that she decided to marry a widower ― also a long-time friend ― Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses ― but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. In Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family, Fasbinder chronicles how, over time, this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second wife when she married a widower with a young son. Their family fashioned itself with loss and love as their foundation, and with tenderness and commitment as their guides. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fire & Water and the founder of The Morning Glory Project, which celebrates those who have not only survived tragic loss and trauma but who have turned their heartbreak into heroism and their history into inspiration. Betsy has been a licensed psychotherapist in California since 1992. She lives with her husband in their recently empty nest in Marin County, California.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521980
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Published: She Writes Press - May 9th, 2017

On the day that she decided to marry a widower also a long-time friend Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Susanna Solomon - More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls (San Francisco)

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

In More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, Susanna Solomon, a resident of both San Anselmo and Point Reyes Station, finds humor and delight in the Sheriff's Calls printed in the local newspaper the Point Reyes Light, where she draws inspiration for her short stories. This is the second collection.

Susanna Solomon makes her home in Northern California where she splits her time between Point Reyes Station and San Anselmo. She’s been writing a long time and her work has appeared in the Point Reyes Light, The MacGuffin Review, Foliate Oak Magazine, Meat for Tea – The Valley Review, the Redwood Writers Anthology, The Literary Journal of Carteret Writers, the West Wind Centennial, and online in The Mill Valley Literary Review and Harlots Sauce Radio, an ezine. Her first book of short stories, Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, came out in 2013. In the early seventies she started writing for newspapers, where one newspaper set her work in hot type. After covering local news, city councils and writing several investigative pieces, she made a life change in the early 80s and entered engineering school where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She’s been an electrical engineer ever since. For the last sixteen years she’s owned and operated her own consulting business. Although electrical engineering is her profession, writing is her passion and her love.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781943588336
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Published: Lucky Bat Books - July 22nd, 2016

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Marilyn Skinner Lanier - Hardpan (San Francisco)

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Set in the mid-1950s in rural Wyoming, Hardpan tells the journey of a young ranch family grappling with the fierce forces of nature and the changing American West after World War II.

The author grew up on her grandparents' ranch in Jordan Valley, Oregon, serious cattle country and home to Basque sheepherders, until spring 1954 when her family moved to an even bigger cattle ranch in Clark, Wyoming. Therein lies the setting and stimulus for Lanier's first novel, Hardpan.

Returning from the war to manage the family ranch in eastern Oregon, Kurt Glover confronts familial challenges to his new role. Yet, Kurt's decision to relocate his family to a remote cattle ranch in Wyoming introduces risks to his young family that he never imagined.

It is a tale of external forces tearing at the ranching roots of a family, recounted from the points-of-view of the father, Kurt, and his older daughter, Linda. With the disintegration of the life they have known together, while Linda is thrust into the glamour world of televised wrestling, instant religion, and people desperate to reclaim a daughter they have lost through a tragic accident, her father is struggling to reestablish himself as the family breadwinner by taking on jobs in central California that are foreign to his upbringing.

Marilyn Skinner Lanier grew up on her grandparents’ ranch in southeastern Oregon, serious cattle country and home to Basque sheepherders, until spring 1954 when her parents moved to an even bigger cattle ranch in northwest Wyoming, the setting for her debut novel, Hardpan, published by Westerly Directions Press in 2015. Two short stories, “The Drop-off” and “The Invisible Delivery Man,” were published in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology.

The author has an MA in English from CSU-East Bay, and has taken online creative writing courses thru UCLA Extension. She participated in the 2014 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and is an active member of Redwood Writers, a large branch of the California Writers Club, and the Left Coast Writers.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780996537223
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Published: Westerly Directions Press - September 1st, 2015

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Robert Pimm - Literary Lawyer for the Arts (Corte Madera)

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bob Pimm is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor at law to practice in all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted and qualified to practice in the federal courts of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and in the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.  Bob has extensive expertise in all aspects of the book industry with more than 20 years experience. He has valuable first-hand knowledge in book industry retailing, distribution, small press publishing, and literary agency. He has worked with Barnes & Noble, Ingram Book Company, small press publishers and independent booksellers throughout the U.S.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Rebecca Foust - Marin Poet Laureate (Corte Madera)

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Readers, writers, poets and lovers of poetry, we know you’ll enjoy this evening with one of our favorite Left Coast Writers poets and Marin County’s newest Poet Laureate. Please join us for a celebration of Becky’s work and accomplishments and a look at what is happening in the Bay Area poetry scene.

Rebecca Foust grew up Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town surrounded by farmlands and forests, quarries and strip mines. After earning a BA in English, she moved to northern California in 1979 to attend Stanford Law School. The year she turned 50, a class offered by a local bookstore inspired her to pick up the writing she had put aside for thirty years. She went back to school, earning an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson in January 2010.

All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was released in 2010, the same year that God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in consecutive years, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place and recipient of a MacDowell Colony residence award. Her work now appears in journals including The Hudson Review, North American Review, Massachsetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Sewanee Review, Smartish Pace, Woman’s Review of Books, Zyzzyva, and others, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and in The South Carolina Review. Essays, book reviews and fiction are published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua Journal, Prairie Schooner, Rumpus Daily and elsewhere. She is Marin County’s current poet Laureate.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781941209165
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Published: Press 53 - April 24th, 2015

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder - Filling Her Shoes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family is a beautiful story of how a regular family formed in an irregular way. It is a collection ordinary and extraordinary moments—from the triumphs of her first parenting “wins” as the new mother figure in Max’s life to the tragedy of Betsy losing twins in the second trimester of pregnancy to the joy of welcoming their second son, Sam, into their family soon after.

Heartfelt and moving, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder's story proves that family roots can be formed and strengthened in shared experiences and emotions like triumph and disappointment, desire and discouragement, courage and fear. It is the story of how great love and great loss can live side by side and can ultimately create the richest family inheritance.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second wife when she married a widow with a young son. Their family fashioned itself with loss and love as their foundation, and with tenderness and commitment as their guides. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fire & Water and the founder of The Morning Glory Project, which celebrates those who have not only survived tragic loss and trauma, but have turned their heartbreak into heroism and their history into inspiration. Betsy has been a licensed psychotherapist in California since 1992. She lives with her husband in their intermittently empty nest in Marin County, California.

 

Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521980
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - May 9th, 2017

On the day that she decided to marry a widower also a long-time friend Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

California Writers Club: The Writers Life - 3rd Annual Conference

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Registration is $120 for members and $125 for non-members • Lunch included

This all-day conference features panels on marketing, book promotion, coaching, editing, travel writing, protecting your author rights, and pitching your manuscript. 

Panelists include:

  • Constance Hale
  • Linda Watanabe McFerrin
  • Robert Pimm
  • David Carr
  • Krissa Lagos
  • Tanya Egan Gibson
  • Teresa Leyung Ryan
  • Andy Ross
  • Peter Beren
  • Mary C. Moore

Register today at CWC Marin!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Carol Sheldon - Exposed (San Francisco)

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Exposed: The Poetry of Carol Sheldon is an open, honest and revealing account of author Carol Sheldon’s feelings, experiences and musings in the form of poetry. Sheldon has previously published two books of poetry and many assorted other works.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781537559827
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 11th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Lorraine Rominger - The Rangity Tango Kids (San Francisco)

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

You’ll enjoy spending an evening with Lorraine Rominger, so don’t miss the event for her new book.

The Rangity Tango Kids is the story of a fifth-generation, German Catholic farm family in 1950s and 1960s California, narrated by the eldest of 17 grandchildren. Born into a loving, hard-working, highly competitive family, and united by a strong faith, every day was an adventure growing up on a bucolic American farm, a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. The land provided her, her siblings and cousins with a sense of place, an upbringing steeped in rituals and traditions that was in stark contrast with the values and preoccupations of the outside world. When the Rangity Tango Kids’ coming-of-age rebellion ran wild, they were often tangled up in the family’s strict morals and values. Regardless of the situation or conflict, the kids were surrounded by a swarm of loving relatives who put their arms around them and stuck together, no matter what.

Lorraine Rominger was born and raised on a fifth-generation family farm in rural California, where she worked every summer in the fields until leaving home to attend college. At Winters High School she lettered in four sports, ran AAU track, and at California State University, Sacramento, was a starter on the women’s basketball and field hockey teams as a freshman. She married her college sweetheart, who sadly passed away at a very young age. Lorraine lived in Sacramento, where she worked at a modeling agency as an instructor and runway model, before becoming director of John Casablanca Elite Modeling School in San Francisco.

After leaving Elite, Lorraine became an associate producer for Lombardo & Associates, a San Francisco based company that produced and syndicated statewide and nationally televised live specials, including the Miss California and Miss Texas pageants. Moving to the south of France with a girlfriend for a year, she was hired by Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli, an entertainment management company based in Los Angeles, who managed Prince and other artists, to work as a production coordinator on the film, “Under the Cherry Moon,” filmed on location on the French Rivera. When the film wrapped, Lorraine moved to Los Angeles and worked for CRF for five years before taking a position with Guber-Peters Entertainment at Sony Pictures. Interested in being closer to her family in northern California, Lorraine moved back to San Francisco and went to work for Sports Channel, where she produced a variety of specials, including “The San Francisco Forty Niner Highlight Show.”

From 1992 to 1996 Lorraine was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission, serving under Mayor Frank Jordan. She was responsible for the marketing and promotion of San Francisco as a shooting location for movies, television and commercials. Lorraine was instrumental in securing the Don Johnson television series, “Nash Bridges” on CBS, which filmed on location in San Francisco for six years. She was responsible for the first re-use and conversion of the cargo aircraft hangers on Treasure Island Naval Base for film production studios.

Moving to New York, she accepted a position with The Shooting Gallery, to develop online production services for the film industry. Lorraine spent three years in the big Apple, also working as an independent contractor producing videos for Madison Square Garden Sports productions.

Currently Lorraine is the Deputy Director of the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental leaders fighting to protect the Earth’s natural resources. Lorraine was responsible for securing Robert Redford as the voice of the Goldman Prize. Mr. Redford has narrated the Prize winners’ video profiles for over ten years. For three of the past four years, “The New Environmentalists,” has been awarded the Northern California Emmy for best Public/Community Affairs Program Special.

 

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781945447013
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Published: Untreed Reads Publishing - July 12th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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