Writing Salons

California Writers Club - Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Build/Fortify Your Platform to Attract More Fans Before and After Publication

Author and Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps writers identify themes synonymous with their names to fortify their platforms. Coach LeYung-Ryan transforms her clients' email signature blocks, photos, website descriptions, and YouTube videos into platform statements before and after publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Writers Club - Peg Alford Pursell, Linda Joy Meyers & Brooke Warner

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Mentors Circle—Three experts, Peg Alford Pursell, Linda Joy Meyers, and Brooke Warner will each talk about their area of specialty, including Flash fiction, Memoir, and Nonfiction then break into small groups to individuals interested in their area of specialty.

Peg Alford Pursell is a writer, editor, teacher, and literary community builder. She curates the renowned and beloved literary series Why There Are Words, held monthly in Sausalito and named Best of the Bay 2012 for Literary Events in just its second year of operation. Her fiction has received awards such as The State Fiction Award (S.C.), S.C. Academy of Authors Fiction Fellowship, S.C. Arts Commission Prose Fellowship (Alternate), and American Fiction Award Finalist. Her short story collection was a short-list finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, & past Co-President of the Women's National Book Association, SF. She's the author of the memoir Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, a Finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year contest, 2013. Linda is co-editor of Times They Were A'Changing--Women Remember the 60s & 70s, a Finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year contest.

Brooke Warner is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What's Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author. Her book was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for 2012 and her website was selected by the Association of Independent Authors as a winner of "Best Websites for Independent Authors."

 

$16.95
ISBN: 9781938314025
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Published: She Writes Press - February 2013

This compassionate and gripping memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who, though determined to be different from their absent mothers, ultimately follow in their footsteps. Myers's new afterword continues the saga, allowing her to confront her family legacy and come full circle with her daughter and grandchildren.


$12.95
ISBN: 9781938314001
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Published: She Writes Press - September 18th, 2012

"What's Your Book?" is an aspiring author's go-to guide for getting from idea to publication. Brooke Warner is a publishing expert with thirteen years experience as an acquiring editor for major trade houses.


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Left Coast Writers®: Maxine Schur - Places in Time

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

Places in Time: Reflections on a Journey is a beautifully written travel memoir set in 1971, when the world was a far different place. Author Maxine Schur begins her journey in Berkeley and travels around the world for over two years as a honeymoon adventure with her husband.

Maxine Schur's award-winning travel essays have appeared in numerous publications including, the San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic Explorer, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Escape, Northwest Airlines World Traveler, Salon.com, Americas, LION Magazine and the books, Insight Guide to Hispaniola, The Traveler's Tales Series, Wanderlust: Real-life Tales of Adventure and Romance and Paris in Mind, both published by Random House.

 

 

 

Left Coast Writers®: Frances Caballo - Avoid Social Media Time Suck

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Social media is no longer an option for writers–it is a required element of every author’s marketing platform. And using social media to market your books doesn’t need to be time-consuming.

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned social media user or you are new to the social web, this book will introduce you to posting schedules, timesaving applications and content-rich websites that will help you to economize your time while using social media to market your books. After reading Avoid Social Media Time Suck, you will learn:

  • How to create and perfect your author platform.

  • Where the great content exists on the Internet and how you can use it to further your brand within your niche.

  • The importance of being social and discover applications that will make this task easy and fun.

  • Tools that will enable you to track and measure your success so that you can better understand the return on investment of your valuable time.

  • Which tools can prevent you from accessing the Internet when the time comes to sit and write that next book.

  • Exercises for introverted writers to help them feel comfortable on the social web.

  • If you’ve been avoiding social media because you feel that you just don’t have enough time or if you’ve been using it sporadically and missing out on the opportunity to widen your audience of readers, then this is the book for you.
     
    Frances Caballo is a social media strategist and manager for authors. Her books include Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Her clients include the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Women’s National Book Association—San Francisco Chapter, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.
     
     
    $14.94
    ISBN: 9780985559229
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    Published: ACT Communications - January 15th, 2014
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    California Writers Club - Nayomi Munaweera

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Nayomi Munaweera will speak about the 10 year journey of writing her first novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors.

    In the tradition of Michael Ondatjee’s Anil’s Ghost and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Island of a Thousand Mirrors is an emotionally resonant saga of cultural heritage, heartbreaking conflict and deep family bonds. Narrated in two unforgettably authentic voices and spanning the entirety of the decades-long civil war, it offers an unparalleled portrait of a beautiful land during its most difficult moment by a spellbinding new literary talent who promises tremendous things to come.

    Nayomi Munaweera was born in Sri Lanka, and grew up in Nigeria. She emigrated to the United States in her early teens, and now lives in Oakland, CA. Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. It is her first novel.

     

     

     

    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781250043931
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    Published: St. Martin's Press - September 2nd, 2014

    Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for.


    Left Coast Writers®: Joan Steidinger - Sisterhood in Sports

    Monday, January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Sisterhood in Sports tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

    Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

     

    $34.00
    ISBN: 9781442230330
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

    Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


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    Left Coast Writers®: Joan Steidinger - Sisterhood in Sports

    Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Sisterhood in Sports tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

    Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

     

    $34.00
    ISBN: 9781442230330
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

    Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


    Left Coast Writers®: Joan Steidinger - Sisterhood in Sports

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

    Sisterhood in Sports tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

    Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

    $34.00
    ISBN: 9781442230330
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 10th, 2014

    Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports.


    Left Coast Writers®: C.W. Gortner - The Tudor Vendetta & The Queen's Vow

    Monday, January 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Introduction by Pat Bracewell

    Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracy. The Tudor Vendetta takes readers from the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world—a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen.

    From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen's Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

    C.W. Gortner is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including the Spymaster trilogy. His most recent novels are The Tudor Vendetta and The Queen’s Vow. In March 2015, his novel Mademoiselle Chanel, about the iconic fashion designer, will be published by HarperCollins. Raised in Spain and a long-time resident of the Bay Area, he has been published in over twenty-five languages to date.

     

    $27.99
    ISBN: 9781250058539
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    Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 21st, 2014

    London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley.


    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780345523969
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Ballantine Books - June 12th, 2012

    No one believed I was destined for greatness.
     


    Left Coast Writers®: Erin O’Donoghue Thompson - Only a Stone's Throw

    Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Erin O'Donoghue Thompson's book, Only a Stones Throw, is a personal memoir chronicling the lows and highs of parenting her eldest daughter to adulthood after she was mentally disabled as a newborn. It's an honest tale of love and strength when life deals out surprises with unexpected results.

    Erin O’Donoghue Thompson started writing at the age of seventeen. She was the editor of her high school newspaper but put her literary aspirations aside to raise a family. Once her eight children were on their own she did a ten year stint as a travel consultant, taking groups to China, photographic safaris to Africa, and groups of women on shopping tours to Hong Kong. In 2007 she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This was a wake-up call to “do it now” whatever your dream may be. Her's was to write a book about the struggle raising Stephanie, her brain damaged daughter.

     

     

     

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