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:


 Please register before 6:00 pm day of event. That way, if you have an issue, Sarita Lopez can help you (her contact information is below). If you have an issue day of, please text her (707-508-9845) and do not email her (email is fine before then). 

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*This meeting may be recorded (audio/video) and photographed for the general usage of Napa Valley Writers, including but not limited to purposes of publicity, social media, and archives.  By entering into the meeting or logging in, you hereby submit your acknowledgment and consent to Napa Valley Writers and the California Writers Club.  These recordings and photographs may not be used or shared for personal use without permission of the board of Napa Valley Writers or its parent organization, California Writers Club.

The Dreams & Hopes of a Poet Laureate

Napa Valley Writers will host Marianne Lyon, Napa County’s new poet laureate.

Come join us in this interactive talk with Marianne, as she outlines her dreams and hopes for poets and aspiring poets within our beautiful valley. Marianne believes poetry is a joyous journey and a healing outlet, especially during these pandemic times.

This talk is for writers of all ages, as Marianne plans to celebrate local authors while fostering opportunities for children and teens in discovering their poetic-soul voices.

You will hear poems from members of Napa Valley Writers and Marianne will eagerly answer any questions you may have about how to be involved/more involved with our writing community.

It will truly be a magical evening!

Marianne was a vocal music teacher for 43 years. She taught in Minneapolis, Brussels, Belgium, NVUSD, and Hong Kong. After teaching in Hong Kong from 2009 -2012, she returned to the Napa Valley to seriously write poetry. To date, she has 240 poems published in various literary magazines, journals, and reviews including Ravens Perch, Leaping Clear, Slippery Elm, Black Fork Review. She was nominated for the Pushcart prize in 2016.

Emily Freiman will be April’s Member Reader.

A retired Art Therapist, Emily joined the NVW board as Member-at-large in January of 2020. Current VP of the Art Association, Emily paints, writes and has facilitated a personal narrative writing and artmaking course called Invite the Muse, from 2017 through 2019. Presently she is editor of The Palette, AANV’s monthly newsletter, and designed a logo for the NVW newsletter this past year. Emily is interested in written Ekphrastic responses to artwork and plans a collaborative project between AANV and NVW. A volume of narrative poems-written during her Art Therapist years-is currently planned, as well as an “Invite the Muse Course” facilitator handbook. Her personal narrative writing blog is: Art site:







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