I have always considered Writers Forum one of the best things about Petaluma. Jane Merryman
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.
How do props and surroundings make the novel and characters “real” for the reader? Choose a scene from your work in process (wip) that you want to make stronger, or Rebecca will provide a scene. Be ready to explore how to make details speak for your characters and plot.
A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London.
The Secret Life of Mrs. London (Lake Union, 1/30/18) is Rebecca’s debut novel, after her non-fiction, Lavender Fields of America. She is a graduate of Stanford Novel Writing Certificate Program.
Georgia is a hopeless romantic and wine country enthusiast. Formerly, a senior executive in the entertainment industry, she turned to writing over a decade ago, and has never looked back. She splits her time between Sonoma, California, and Chicago, Illinois with her husband, two grown sons, one dog, and three cats. James holds a BA in Spanish literature. Home Sweet Sonoma is her first novel.
Deborah began writing romance novels on her mother’s old green Smith Corona typewriter at the age of 11. Her heart's calling was put on hold to raise her daughter, who's become a successful business woman in her own right. After three decades of masquerading as a financial executive, Deborah’s lifelong dream was reawakened and realized with her first published novel, Home Sweet Sonoma. With her musician husband at her side, she lives in coastal West Marin surrounded by nature's bounty. When she’s not busy dreaming up a steamy love story, she's capturing joy-filled moments through her lens as a lifestyle photographer.
Deborah and Georgia had a blast writing this story, convinced they couldn’t have done it without each other's encouragement. Having been friends for 20 years, their passion for good love stories finally showed up on the page. Home Sweet Sonoma is really about their shared love affair with romance and the little things in life that truly matter, like small towns, wine and song, pies (lots of pie), sunsets, walks in the park, kissing and of course, the behind-the-curtain passion that is the juice of life.
Christine Falcon-Daigle has worked in film and radio, serving as associate producer for The Last Stand, an award-winning documentary that aired nationally on public television, and screened at more than two-dozen major film festivals worldwide. She edited live interviews with authors for KRCB’s Word by Word, hosted by Jordan Rosenfeld. She was a regular contributor to Tiny Lights – a publication devoted to the art of personal essay.
For more than two decades, she has attended writing retreats and conferences, and participated in a number of on-going writing workshops and groups in Marin and Sonoma Counties.
She has read her work at literary events including San Francisco’s Litquake, The Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, BustOut Stories at the Downtown Art Center in San Rafael, Book Passage, Aqus Café’s Speakeasy Literary Saloon, LiveWire Literary Salon and more. She earned her MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies in SF, where she also contributed to and moderated a panel discussion for the school’s inter-arts journal, Mission at Tenth. In 2007, her novel This Is What I Know was named as a finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition sponsored by The Pirates’ Alley Society in New Orleans. In 2011 and again in 2017, Petaluma Readers’ Theater selected her work for live performance.
She currently lives on an organic farm in Petaluma with her farmer husband and teenaged daughter.