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Left Coast Writers®: Barbara Falconer Newhall - Wrestling with God

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

An inveterate doubter for most of her adult life, award-winning journalist Barbara Falconer Newhall embarks upon a quest to find a way to believe in God in the twenty-first century. The result is Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith, which details her years-long search for the Divine in the lives of radically diverse Americans—from a fundamentalist Christian activist to a progressive Muslim leader to a Hindu classical dancer. Newhall presents the deeply personal stories of a score of Americans encountered on her journey—believers, skeptics, contemplatives, activists. She also reports on the progress of her own rocky spiritual journey and how ultimately she arrives at a place of surrender to the universe's enduring mystery.

Veteran journalist Barbara Falconer Newhall was a staffer at Good Housekeeping magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times.

 

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Journalist Barbara Falconer Newhall explores the journeys of many diverse believers, hearing their stories of encounters with God and the divine. Along the way she meets many who share their accounts of faith and the loss of faith.


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Left Coast Writers®: Rebecca Froust - Paradise Drive

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

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"In Rebecca Foust's splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California's swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it's a deep comfort as well." -Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems

 

 

 

 

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In Rebecca Foust's splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California's swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Richard Voorhees - Shooting Genji

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Set in Jazz-Age New York and Hollywood in the 1930s, Shooting Genji is a noir thriller seen from the unusual perspective of a young man named Jean-Yves LeFouet, who is nearly blind by day but gifted with exceptional sight at night.

Richard Voorhees is the author of The World’s Oldest Professions.

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California Writers Club: Joan Steindinger - The Process of Writing a Book for Publication

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Interactive Presentation for fiction and nonfiction.  The presenter will discuss the process of publication and the incredible amount of persistence involved.  She will use examples from other authors and her own journey to write and publish her own recently released book, Sisterhood in Sports:  How Females Athletes Collaborate and Compete.  Those in the audience will be guided into a plan for their own book.

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Registry of Sport Psychology.  She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a clinical & sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco.  She has numerous speaking credits to her name in the public and private sector, including a couple of years speaking at the Western States 100 mile Endurance Race training camp.  In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultra runner and competitive Ride and Tie participant.

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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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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.

She is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention Now. Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: A Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

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

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

Three experts, Peg Alford PursellLinda Joy Myers, and Brooke Warner will each talk about their area of specialty, including Flash fiction, Memoir, and Nonfiction.  The audience will break into small groups to discuss their area of specialty. Bring your ideas and questions and get advice and support from these writing gurus!

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."

 

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Published: She Writes Press - February 1st, 2013

At the age of four, a little girl stands on a cold, windy railroad platform in Wichita, Kansas to watch the train take her mother away. For the rest of her life, her mother will be only an occasional and troubled visitor.


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Published: She Writes Press - September 18th, 2012

Are you ready to write the book you've been longing to complete and get published? What's Your Book? contains the inspiration and information you need to get there. This book is an aspiring author's go-to guide for completing the dream to become a published author.


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Corte Madera, 94925

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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.
     
     
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    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 and Blogging Just for Writers.


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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.

     

     

     

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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.

     

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    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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