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). 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Sometimes the PayPal wheel will spin for a while, but it should go through in a minute or less. If it doesn’t, we recommend you try another browser or you can contact Sarita Lopez before the day of the event at and she will find a way to get you the registration link. 

*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.

Book Publishing in the New World

Napa Valley Writers will host literary agent Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary.

Whether you were super productive with your writing during 2020 or couldn’t eke out a word because of the pandemic, we’re beginning to emerge from those dark days now. So, what’s next?

Laurie will share with us what exactly the “new normal” in publishing will become. Is nonfiction still going to be popular with readers and if so which areas? Where will fiction take off once again? And what are some of the new areas of growth? Find out about innovations and old standbys as publishing re-opens for business.

Laurie spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million-dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013 with her business partner Gordon Warnock. At Fuse Lit, Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult and adult genre fiction including romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, and westerns. Laurie is also the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its 18th year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies that she eventually sold: Joyride Books for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books.

Find out more at or on Instagram @fuseliterary, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant.


Jim Mc Donald will be August’s Member Reader.

Jim retired from his career as a podiatrist in 2014 and began a creative journey as writer and painter.  He lives in Yountville and chairs the Yountville Arts Commission.

His most recent chapbook is Visual Language with poems that dwell in the space between the visual and language.   Previous chapbooks include Takeoff (2018), Hourglass (2019), and also the broadside Fly Museum (2020).



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