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NVW Members: (with thanks to the NVW Newsletter Editor)


Have you ever wondered how Napa Valley Writers continues to bring you a line-up of exceptional guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and literary salons? These programs and more are supported by your annual $45 membership dues.

To continue these fine programs, renew your membership in person at the monthly meeting, or mail a check to:

Napa Valley Writers

P.O. Box 5901

Napa, CA 94581

Questions? Contact Vicki Baird at:

Coming Soon….MAY 9, 2015  — Foster City, CA
Topics covered during the seminar:  
·         An author’s platform and persona
·         Targeting your readership
·         Social networks—online, face-to-face and in print
·         Creating an online presence
·         Creating content
·         Utilizing secondary content
·         Creating your personal social network
·         Professionalism
·         Reviewers
·         Advertising

Bay Area and Beyond Writers Conferences







Writing Contests, Grants and Submission Dates:



Nearby events – all welcome guests from Napa.

Benicia First Tuesday poets is all open mic with maybe a ten minute reading by one of the regular attenders.  Usually followed by an open mic.

Healdsburg Literary Guild (both poets and fiction writers, and their “Literary Laureate” can be a fiction writer or a poet.)  Usually followed by an open mic. Very friendly group.  They usually meet on the third Sunday of the month.  Their website, which includes schedule, is  Their next meeting is Sunday, the 19th.

Benicia First Tuesday poets meet every First Tuesday at the Benicia Library, social hour at 6:30, open mic begins at 7 p.m.   Lots to take from them about organizing readings, publishing books, etc.  See their schedule at the Library website,

InCrockett, there is the “Valona Deli Poetry Series,”  usually features readings by a couple of “well known” poets, followed by a short open mic, usually the second Sunday of the month.  They are listed on the Bay Area Open Mic website, at    Please contact them for details before driving there.

Perhaps some of the NVWs will want to carpool sometime and bring back more information!

‘Five Key Book Publishing Paths by Jane Friedman’

News from Nor Cal – California Writers Club

‘lots of very useful information here in one place……

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