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January 2022Guest Speaker: Kevin Courtney presents: Finding Inspiration in Daily Life
Member Reader: Tom Kincaid
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February 2022Guest Speaker: Tessa Smith McGovern presents: How to Get Book Reviews and Sell Books
Member Reader: Charlene Steen
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March 2022Guest Speaker: Gil Gross presents: Writing the Truth
Member Reader: Jeffrey Kingman
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April 2022Guest Speaker: Iris Jamahl Dunkle presents: Writing in the Archives: How to Harness the Archives to Write Poetry, Biography and Memoir
Member Reader: Judy Baker
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May 2022Guest Speaker: David George presents: Integrating Nature into your Writing
Member Reader: Cynthia Barthelemy
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June 2022Guest Speaker: D. Patrick Miller presents: Choosing Your Publishing Option
Member Reader: Lenore Hirsch
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July 2022Guest Speaker: Angela Pneuman presents: Writing Fiction and Leading an Arts Program in Napa Valley
Member Reader: Paul Moser
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January 2021Guest Speaker: Alka Joshi presents: How to Write a Best Seller
Member Reader: Madeline Wise
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February 2021Guest Speaker: Brian Paone presents: Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Why Relying on Self-Editing the Final Draft Could Be a Career Killer
Member Reader: Lenore Hirsch
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March 2021Guest Speaker: Joey Garcia presents: Boost Your Book – and Your Book Sales!
Member Reader: Geoffrey Leigh
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April 2021Guest Speaker: Marianne Lyon presents: Napa Valley Writers Presents: The Dreams & Hopes of a Poet Laureate
Member Reader: Emily Freiman
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May 2021Guest Speaker: Al Jackson presents: Overcoming Obstacles to Make a Dream Come True
Member Reader: Julie Ann Schrader
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June 2021Guest Speaker: Nina G presents: Stutterer Interrupted:
The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen
Member Reader: Kymberlie Ingalls
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July 2021Guest Speaker: Jordan Rosenfeld presents: How to Evoke Emotion in Every Scene
Member Reader: Hannah Wallenbrock
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August 2021Guest Speaker: Laurie McLean presents: Book Publishing in the New World
Member Reader: Jim Mc Donald
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September 2021Guest Speaker: Naomi Kanakia presents: A Cynical Writer’s Guide to The Publishing Industry
Member Reader: Joan Osterman
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October 2021Guest Speakers: Anne Perry and Victoria Zackheim in conversation present: Building Your Story’s Outline
Member Reader: Kathleen Herrmann
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November 2021Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian King presents: Becoming a Successful Writer by Making All the Wrong Choices
Member Reader: Kathleen Andersen
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December 2021Guest Speaker: Elisabeth Kauffman presents: Re-vision and Your Manuscript
Member Reader: Dr. Jeanne Powell
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January 2020Guest Speaker: Amanda McTigue presents: Partnering with Readers
Member Reader: Céline H. Portet
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February 2020Guest Speaker: Bernadette Luckett presents: The Key That Opens a Million Doors
Member Reader: Bob Winters
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March 2020*CANCELED*
April 2020*CANCELED*
May 2020Napa Valley Writers Members Only Salon
June 2020Guest Speaker: Matthew Félix presents: Online Marketing for Writers
Member Reader: Gary Orton
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July 2020Guest Speakers: Judy Baker and Judy Dang present: How to Kick-Start Your Productivity
and Make Writing Easier in 30-Days
Member Reader: Barbara Toboni
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August 2020Guest Speakers: Lise Quintana presents: From Your Lips to Their Ears:
Podcasting Basics
Member Reader: Stephen Bakalyar
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September 2020Guest Speakers: Adam Smyer presents: Story VS. Reality
Member Reader: Juanita Martin
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October 2020Guest Speakers: Scott James presents: Digging Deep Can Bring Pages to Life
Member Reader: Marty Malin
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November 2020Guest Speakers: Linda Loveland Reid presents: Writing Outside the Box
Member Reader: Michael Wycombe
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December 2020Guest Speakers: Tina LeCount Myers presents: Writing Fantasy While Doomscrolling: Creativity in Challenging Times
Member Reader: Edgar Calvelo
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DecemberThere was no December meeting
NovemberGuest Speaker: Jill Hedgecock presents: The Muse Board—An Innovative Writing Tool
Member Reader: Bo Kearns
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OctoberCanceled due to local fires and power outages
SeptemberGuest Speaker: Beth Barany presents: Essential Keys to Story Planning
Member Reader: Amber Lea Starfire
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AugustGuest Speaker: John Byrne Barry presents: Settings that Work
Member Reader: Michael Wycombe
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JulyGuest Speaker: Zoe FitzGerald Carter presents: Turning Life into Lyrics
Member Reader: Lenore Hirsch
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JuneWriters Support Group!
Member Reader: Rose Winters
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MayGuest Speaker: David Rodwin presents: Adapting a Book to Stage
Member Reader: Erina Bridget Ring
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AprilLocal High School Writing Contest Winners!April Meeting Details

MarchGuest Speaker: Kate Farrell presents: Storytelling: An Interactive Workshop
Member Reader: Lance Burris
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FebruaryGuest Speaker: Shelly King presents: The Joy of Writing Sex Scenes!
Member Reader: Kymberlie Ingalls
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JanuaryGuest Speaker: Victoria Zackheim presents: The Fear of Writing
Member Reader: Marilyn Campbell
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NovemberGet Inside Your Reader's BrainRansom Stephens, Ph.D.
Member ReaderJan Flynn
OctoberDO Judge a Book by its Cover!Andrew Benzie
Member ReaderDr. Rhea Orion
SeptemberCopyright ProtectionKelley Way
Member ReaderLori Narlock
How to Write Historical Fiction
Linda C. McCabe
Member Reader
JulyWriting TipsKymberlie Ingalls
Member ReaderMolly Detwiler
JuneThe Back Cover CopyDavid Colin Carr
Member Reader"Bob" Winters
MayFiction: Truth or Lies?Ellen Sussman
Member ReaderSteve Villano
AprilThe Road to Redemption: From Homelessness to PublishingJoe Clifford
Member ReaderBarbara Toboni
MarchHow Poetry can Inform and Improve Your WritingJeremy Benson
Member ReaderSarita Lopez
FebruaryBilingual Open MicMany readers of prose & poetry
JanuaryHow to Create a Writing LifeScott James
DecemberSifting Through the AshesTim Carl
Member ReaderLance Burris
NovemberHow to Advertise on AmazonAdvertise on Amazon
Five ways to Know Your Critique Group is Right for YouCritique Groups
NaNoWriMo - What is it and How to ParticipateNaNoWriMo
Is Kickstarter for You?Kickstarter
OctoberPostponed Because of FiresFire Week!
SeptemberEvery Writer Has One Column in ThemKevin Fisher-Paulson
Member Reader
AugustPut Your Heart on the PageAnne Perry
Anne Perry
Member ReaderLarisa Stephenson
JulyFinding Compassion and Forgiveness Through WritingMelissa Cistaro
Member ReaderCheryl Velasquez
JuneCreating Symphonic PlaysDidi Balle
Member ReaderKathleen Thomas
MayTricks of the Screenwriting TradeLynda McDaniel
Member ReaderSue Kesler
AprilEnhance Your WritingDr. Shepherd Bliss
Member ReaderRebecca Levy
MarchMeet the Grammar Diva!Arlene Miller
Member ReaderAntonia Allegra
FebruaryThe 4 Essential Pillars of Novel StructureC.S. Lakin
Member ReaderDidi Balle
Get Intimate with Your Character: Master Point of View for Dazzling Character DevelopmentJordan E. Rosenfeld
Member ReaderLynda Hyland Burris
DecemberThe Process of Overcoming Adversity and Learning New SkillsJoseph Retherford
Mike Bartos
NovemberWriters Support GroupPatsy Ann Taylor
Marilyn Campbellmarilyn-campbell
Kathleen Thomaskathleen Thomas 2015
Kymberlie Ingallskimberlie
Member ReaderPatsy Ann Taylor
OctoberThe Journey of Writing a Book, Learning Bad Habits, and Telling JokesYuri Kaganyuri-kagan
Member ReaderJan M. Flynn
SeptemberHow to Navigate the World of Self-Publishing and PromotionJohn Byrne Barryjohn-barry
Member ReaderLenore Hirschlenore-hirsch
AugustGood Literary Citizenship: What it is. Why it WorksIris Jamahl Dunklejamahl-dunkle
Member Reader
JulyYour Manuscript is Ready to Publish - Now What?Brooke Warnerwarner-2016
Member ReaderKymberlie Ingallskimberlie
JuneAre You Looking For Ways To Publicize Your Book, Creative Service Or Blog? Models of MarketingKymberlie Ingallskimberlie
Alon Shalevalon
Member ReaderAnn Newton Holmesann-holmes-march
MayEveryone has a story. When you go, that story goes too – unless you write it downDona Bakkerdona-bakker
Member ReaderDavid Kearnsbo kearns
AprilEstablishing Credibility with Publishers: Climbing the Ladder of Publishing SuccessLeeAnn Krusemarkleeann-krusemark-apr-2016-guest4x4_edited-1
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MarchPathways to Publishing - A Special Panel PresentationMarianne Lyonmarianne-lyon-photo
Ana Manwaringana-manwaring
Ann Newton Holmesann-holmes-march
Member ReaderDeborah Puretz Grove
FebruaryA Behind the Scenes Look at Working in HollywoodSterling Andersonsterling
Member ReaderSarita Lopezsarita-lopez
JanuaryNotes From a Freelance Magazine and Newspaper WriterPaul Fransonpaul-franson-jan-2016
Member ReaderMarilyn Campbellmarilyn-campbell
DecemberCookbooks Past, Present . . . and FutureJanet Fletcherjanet-fletcher-photo
Member ReaderWilliam Moore2015-04-08-18-17-44
NovemberWriting and Promoting a Very Personal MemoirDr. Pat Hansondr-pat-hanson
Member Reader Marilyn Campbellmarilyn-campbell
OctoberProtecting Your Rights and Your WalletHelen Sedwick Esq.oct-15-helen-head-shot-oct-15
Member ReaderJack Ring
SeptemberKeeping Creativity Alive throughout the Writing ProcessScott Evansscott-evans
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AugustHow to Grow a PoetBeclee Newcomer Wilson2-wilson_beclee-aug2015

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JulyBecoming Persistent: Strategies to Increase Productivity and Lead to PublicationJordan Rosenfeldauthor-jrosenfeld
Member ReaderKathleen Thomaskathleen Thomas 2015
JuneAre You Looking For Ways To Publicize Your Book, Creative Service Or Blog? Models of MarketingDavid CongaltonDavid Cogalton
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MayMarketing Methodology and Ways to MarketRandy MartinsenRandy Martinsen
Member ReaderLenore Hirschlenore-hirsch
AprilTry something you are "not good at"Victoria ZackheimZACKHEIM_-_Dodd-210
Member ReaderBob WinterNathaniel Robert "Bob" Winters
MarchEmotional experience versus actual eventsEtherl RohanEthel Rohan, Credit Eva Stoyanov
Member ReaderBo Kearnsbo kearns
FebruaryCrime and other exploits in the Napa Valley.Todd ShulmanShulman, T photo Feb 11 copy
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JanuaryHollywood, integration, and glass work.Whitney LeBlancWhitney LeBlanc
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DecemberA panel of local authors and expertsSpeaker Panelpatsy-a-taylor
Member ReaderDick Heinzelmandavid ainsworth
NovemberYou Lost Me At Hello: How to Let the Reader Know, by page 10, that She’s Not Reading the Work of an Amateur.Luke ShanahanLuke Shanahan " class="aligncenter size-thumbnail wp-image-1758" />
Member ReaderDavid Ainsworthdsc_0314
OctoberThe Importance of Attending Writers' Conferences.Bo KearnsBo Kearns
Lenore HirschLenore Hirsch
Tim CarlTim Carl
Member ReaderJan M. Flynnjan-m-flynn
SeptemberIntroducing Plarachterization: where Plot and Character MeetJoshua Mohr2014-Mohr
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Augustubbles to BoardroomMichaela Rodeno2014-Aug-Rodeno
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JulyAuthor of Song for AngelKevin Fisher-PaulsonFisher-Paulson
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JuneHow techniques for writing crime fiction can be applied to nearly any genreLisa BrachmannLisa Brackman
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MayA social media manager who works with authors, nonprofits and small businessesCorrine LitchfieldLitchfield
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April50 years in academia, book and magazine publishing, radio, TV and filmTony KilgallenKilgallin
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MarchFounding member of JAM, an editorial-consultation teamJC MillerJeanneMiller2
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FebruaryExpert Panel of Local Editors and PublishersKari RuelKari Ruel
Connie AndersonlConnie Anderson
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JanuaryFearless Books PublishingPatrick MillerPatrickMiller
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DecemberI’m a writer who became a PIDavid CorbettDavid Corbett
NovemberScientist, author, speakerRansom StephensRansom Stephens
OctoberNY Times best selling authorSheldon SiegelSheldon_Siegel-photo
SeptemberThe development of his writing careerDonald YatesDonaldYatesProfilePhoto150x150.original
AugustAdvice we all can use from the Person to Give ItLynn GoodwinLynn Goodwin
JulyEditing from and editorSari FriedmanFriedman
JuneBack story from his novel "Nose"NVW-Conaway
MayGetting my first novel publishedAmanda McTigueAmanda McTigue
AprilHow One Iconoclastic (and Very Well-Published) Writer WritesMarty NemkoNew Picture (1)
MarchWWII in DenmarkElsebeth SchoenbergerElsebeth-Schoenberger
FebruaryWriting her novelLinda ReidOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA