Marlene Cullen's

Writing Workshops

Want to Write?
Don't know how to get started?
Want to recharge your writing?
This is the place!

Welcome to The Write Spot - an online writing community offering inspiration and writing prompts to spark your writing. Contact Marlene if you want to post a book review. Click on Writers Forum, Jumpstart or Resources for writing events in Northern California.

Mark your Calendar


Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Books

140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

Monday evenings, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Jumpstart does not meet in April. We will return May 7.

Tuesday mornings, 10:00 am to 11:45 am

Jumpstart does not meet in April. We will return May 1.

I enjoyed everything: the prompts, the atmosphere and the variety of writing. — Sherry

Now available:  The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections, a collection of writing from mothers and their adult children, using story-telling as a technique to ignite imagination and to inspire writing. The fiction, poetry, and personal stories in Connections illustrate how we relate through stories. It’s unique for being both entertaining and featuring techniques to jumpstart creativity and ignite the imagination for inspirational writing. Connections includes an extensive resources section for writers.
Available on Amazon for $12.

Writers Forum 2018

April 19

Jean Hegland

Helping Ourselves to Write Our Best


There are only a few personal qualities and life circumstances that writers need to achieve their writing dreams. Jean will discuss some of the ways we can fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable us to do our best work.

Jean Hegland's first novel, Into the Forest, has been adapted as a film and a graphic novel and translated into over a dozen languages; it was a best-seller in France in 2017. Her most recent book, Still Time, about a Shakespeare professor and his estranged daughter, is finding fans among Shakespeare scholars as well as readers with Shakespeare allergies.


Writers Forum has been pivotal in getting me motivated, focused, and published. Thank you for such a wonderful venue. — D. Zelenakova


The Write Spot Blog

Most Recent Posts

Atlas Obscura

“A publisher of ‘best-in-class journalism about hidden places, incredible history, scientific marvels and gastronomical wonders,’ Atlas Obscura spotlights the weird and wonderful from around the globe.” July/August 2018, Writer’s Digest. How to Pitch Atlas Obscura There are two main sections on Atlas Obscura: the Places database (a.k.a. “The Atlas”) and Stories, which is the home for reported articles. If you are pitching us a write-up of a place that you have visited or heard about, it is probably most suited to be an entry in the Places database. These are crowd-sourced submissions that go through an editorial process before being published. You can read more on how to submit a Place entry here. We generally do not pay for place submissions. For the Stories section, we are seeking original journalism. Stories that will surprise us and article ideas that would never have occurred to us but that we won’t be…

The Write Spot Blog is a writing goldmine of information, help and encouragement. — Kelly

Lighting the path for reflection
The Write Spot Blog