Current Meeting

Napa Valley Writers meets  second Wednesday,

7 – 9 p.m.

Nominal $5 Fee (+small PayPal charge) for Virtual Meeting. Please Register/Pay with the Zoom link below:

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Becoming a Successful Writer by Making All the Wrong Choices

Napa Valley Writers will host Dr. Brian King, who followed an untraditional path to becoming a published author.

Growing up, King’s attention was always split and eventually, he dropped out of high school and used a GED to slip into college. There, he wrote his first novel because he believed that “all smart people should write at least one book” which he later self-published. Despite mediocre academics, he convinced a doctoral program in psychology to give him a chance and earned the right to call himself “Dr. Brian King.” He spent the next 10 years attempting a career in consulting before finally letting go of the corporate world and became a stand-up comedian. He toured the country delivering humorous seminars on a variety of subjects before deciding to present on the subject of humor itself. After one of these seminars, he was approached by a literary agent and a few months later had a signed publishing contract for his first book to be released by a major publisher, The Laughing Cure.

Dr. Brian King trained as a neuroscientist and psychologist and for the past decade has traveled the world as a comedian and public speaker. By day he conducts seminars, presented nationwide and attended by thousands of people each year, on positive psychology, the health benefits of humor, and stress management. By night he practices what he teaches in comedy clubs. Dr. Brian began performing stand-up comedy in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 and has performed hundreds of shows around the world. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans, and a PhD from Bowling Green State University, and is the author of The Laughing Cure and The Art of Taking It Easy an international bestseller. Dr. Brian hails from New York City and today resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Sarah, and their young daughter.


Kathleen Andersen will be November’s Member Reader.

Kathleen is a retired physician who moved to the Napa Valley over thirty years ago after completing her naval service. In her retirement, she is encouraged by her writing group to paint more, and her art friends to write more. The Sonoma Sun has published selections of her memoir, fiction, and poetry. Kathleen is pleased to have pieces accepted for the new NVW anthology and her family is grateful that she has a new audience for her stories. She is working on a collection of short works accompanied by her art.

Kathleen is married and the proud mother of two fledged children. Other avocations are playing cello in the Napa Valley Chamber Orchestra and making noise on a viola in a quartet of friends. She is a passionate advocate for single-payer/Medicare for all and serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program.



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