Writing Salons

Left Coast Writers®: Isabel Allende

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Speaker: Isabel Allende, author of Japanese Lover

Left Coast Writers®
A Literary Salon • Led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin
1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $140 per year

Left Coast Writers meetings provide literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Many local authors are active members of this group. Meetings feature presentations by Bay Area literary figures. In addition, LCW hosts a variety of other activities to launch the books of members, to explore publishing alternatives, and to network with others in the industry. 

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her latest novel is The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California. Her website is IsabelAllende.com.

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California Writers Club: Molly Giles - Story Writing

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories: Rough Translations, which won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award; Creek Walk, which won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction, and was a New York Times Notable Book; Bothered, which won the Split Oak Press Flash Fiction Award and, most recently, All The Wrong Places, which won the Spokane Prize for Fiction. She has also published a novel, Iron Shoes, which has won no prizes at all, and an ebook of stories, Three For The Road. Her stories have been included in numerous anthologies including The O. Henry and the Pushcart Prize (twice) and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marin Arts Council, and the Arkansas Arts Council.

Molly has taught fiction writing at San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii in Manoa, San Jose State University, the National University of Ireland at Galway, and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She has edited many published writers and mentors through the Path to Publishing program at Book Passage.


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California Writers Club: Amanda McTigue - The Author's Voice

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Amanda McTigue is a novelist, short story writer and produced playwright. Going to Solace, her debut novel set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was named a Best Read of 2012 by public radio KRCB's "Word for Word." She's also an ace live storyteller, the Grand Slam winner for two years in a row (2013 and 2014) at West Side Stories. Her second novel, Monkey Bottom, is on its way.



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Published: Harper Davis Publishing - July 2012

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Left Coast Writers®: Debbie Goelz - Wattpad Sensation (Corte Madera)

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join the Left Coast Writers® as they welcome Wattpad sensation Debbie Goelz as she demystifies Wattpad! 

Debbie Goelz is a refugee from Hollywood, who served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. Her performing career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in Muppet Treasure Island.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Jill Robinson - Freelancing Today (Corte Madera)

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Freelancing is quite possibly one of the most exciting writing jobs and freelancing travel is definitely the most exhilarating of those, but it isn’t easy to nab a constant stream of literary assignments, especially if you are just starting out. Join the Left Coast Writers® on a night with energetic, talented and highly praised freelance journalist, Jill Robinson, as she shares the ups and downs of her profession and the road she recommends for success in that field.

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer. Her articles have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Coastal Living, Robb Report, ISLANDS, Saturday Evening Post, San Francisco magazine, American Way, Celebrated Living, Delta Sky, and more. She has received a Solas Award, ALTO Award, and Society of American Travel Writers awards for travel writing, as well as the Bill Muster award for photography. Her essays have been published in Travelers’ Tales books, The Best Travel Writing, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Leave the Lipstick Take the Iguana.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Laurie King - Hot Flashes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie King, editors of Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems, will introduce writers on the topic of “Love in the 21st Century.”


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Anne Sigmon & MJ Pramik - To Oldly Go (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

To Oldly Go: Tales of Adventurous Travel by the Over-60s is a brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from ‘Silver Travelers': Dervla Murphy traveling in Havana at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations – and the odds – and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-traveled path in later life. Published with participation from the Silver Travel Advisor, this single volume brings together contributions – some original, some previously published – from independent-minded souls whose experiences have been entertaining, amusing, thrilling, and even a little irresponsible. Other contributors include Roger Bray, ‘Green Goddess' Diana Moran and Hilary Bradt.

Mary Jean (MJ) Pramik is an author, novelist, poet, travel writer, science reporter, and teacher. She has contributed to numerous magazines and journals, anthologies and travel books including Good Housekeeping, Odyssey, and the National Enquirer as well as Ophthalmology Times, Nature Biotechnology, Drug Topics, and Cosmetic Surgery News.

Anne Sigmon is the author of the memoir in progress Scrambling Back: One Woman’s Quest to Return to the Wild After Stroke and Autoimmune Disease.


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Published: Bradt Travel Guides - November 7th, 2015

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Left Coast Writers®: Ivan Light - Deadly Secret of the Lusitania (San Francisco)

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

In 1915, a German U-Boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania. Many Americans, including women and children, were among the 1,200 dead, so the crime caused a storm of protest in America, and helped plunge the U.S. into World War I. In this gripping novel, an insurance investigator and his fiancée help a murdered longshoreman s widow who’s been unjustly denied her husband s life insurance. Finding themselves in possession of documents detailing the Lusitania s secret cargo, the couple are targeted by German and British spies, Irish republicans, a rogue socialist, and the newly-formed FBI, all wanting to use the suppressed material for their own purposes.

Ivan Light knew for a long time that the story of the Lusitania was a rollicking-good yarn that Americans would enjoy, but for many years he did nothing about it. However, when he retired from the faculty of the University of California, he began work on the long-deferred project. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania was the result. Light brought to the task of writing a historical fiction an unusual bag of qualifications. In many years of researching and writing about immigration and American social history, he acquired a strong knowledge of American history in this period, as well as a capacity to relate social history to the momentous decision to enter what contemporaries called the Great War and what we now bitterly call World War I, the parent and cause of World War II, the Cold War, the Holocaust, the Stalin Gulag, the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, and even the Iraq War. Also, having grown up on the lower west side of Manhattan Island, not far from the Lusitania’s berth, Light knew the area’s landmarks and geography, the subway system, and, more important, he grew up with, knew, understood, and sympathized with the people of Irish and Italian descent who lived there at mid-century.

So much for Ivan’s capability, but his motivation to write owes much to his mother. She grew up in the German/Hungarian colony of St. Louis, Missouri, during the First World War, and told sometimes-humorous, sometimes-indignant stories about repression and public hostility to German-Americans. For example, at age five she was expelled from the St. Louis Public Library for speaking German. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania assigns this incident to the niece of Lotte Maria Schlegel, but it was in origin a true occurrence. Also, and more important, Ivan Light’s mother married a World War I veteran in 1932. They were madly in love, but he died three years later of a war-related disability at age thirty-five. She never forgot him or forgave Woodrow Wilson for inducing a naive young man to volunteer for “the war to end wars.” So, thanks to her, Light’s attention was focused from a young age on the First World War, its causes, and its dreadful consequences, both international and personal. In a sense, the anger, disappointment, and bitterness of that experience, now a century behind us, are still alive in his memory and heart.

Light is Professor Emeritus of Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of seven books, of which five address ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship. He received the “Distinguished Career Award” from International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering publications dealing with immigrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. His Deflecting Immigration received the “best book” award from the International Migration Sector of the American Sociological Association in 2006. He has published many articles in major social science and business journals.  Many of them are available for downloading from his university webpage.


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ISBN: 9781935448372
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Published: Lost Coast Press - July 7th, 2015

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Left Coast Writers®: Roccie Hill - Window of Exposure (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch

Roccie Hill’s new book Window of Exposure is full of excitement and intrigue. When terrorists capture an American CEO in France, former F-16 pilot Kate Cardenas leads the Defense Intelligence Agency team in a covert operation to rescue the businessman before it’s too late.

Roccie Hill is the American author of the novel Three Minutes on Love, published in 2008. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she served as a teaching assistant for Michael Krasny of NPR, and where she regularly had her work appear in the literary quarterly, Transfer. She also received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA, and worked with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers union.

In 1980 Hill moved to Paris. There, she worked as a creative writing teacher at the Paris Women’s Institute for Continuing Education and also as the marketing manager for the French Statue of Liberty celebrations. She worked directly for Ambassador Francois de Laboulaye, the former French ambassador to Washington and Moscow.

Currently, she lives in the California desert and is the single mother of one daughter—a pilot and Major in the US Air Force. Hill is an ambassador for the AcademyWomen organization, after formerly serving on their Board of Directors.


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Published: Createspace - April 9th, 2015

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Left Coast Writers®: Rita Lakin - The Only Woman in the Room (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin.

Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male.  For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room.  In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.  Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation.  But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career.  She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year.

The relevance of her personal journey, charming yet occasionally shocking, will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.


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ISBN: 9781495014055
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Published: Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers - September 2015

(Applause Books). Rita Lakin was a pioneer a female scriptwriter in the early 1960s when Hollywood television was exclusively male. For years, in creative meetings she was literally "the only woman in the room." In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin takes readers to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925


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