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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 interactive online writing community offering inspiration and writing prompts to spark your writing. Post your writing on The Write Spot Blog and receive feedback. Contact Marlene if you want to post a book review or be a featured writer. Click on Writers Forum, Jumpstart or Resources for writing events in Northern California.

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Jumpstart Writing Workshops

Copperfield's Bookstore 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mondays: June 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25

Jumpstart does not meet in August

Petaluma Community Center 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Tuesdays: June 21, 28

Jumpstart does not meet at PCC in July and August

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

Writers Forum

July 21  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Petaluma Community Center

Editors Panel

Find the right editor to work with you on your writing project. A panel of editors describe their editing styles. Then we'll assemble in small groups. One editor per group. Editors will travel from group to group, meeting with all participants.

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

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Scarlet Tanager: Submit poetry for anthology

Do you want your poetry to be part of an anthology? Submit to Scarlet Tanager to be considered for their anthology about California species, habitats, and geography, as well as historical, emotional, spiritual, political, aesthetic, or philosophical content. Scarlet Tanager is looking for poems that “go beyond simple description of place.” From their Submissions Page: The anthology will include poems on the coast and ocean, redwood forests, deserts, rivers, oak woodlands, grasslands, valley, chaparral, foothills, and mountains. Poems on urban environments welcome too! The aim is to celebrate California’s landscapes and also to document destruction and change. All forms and styles of poetry are welcome, as long as they focus on California. You do not need to live in California to submit. Please click on Scarlet Tanager Submissions for details on how to submit.

Saved . . . Prompt #281

Write about saving a life.  Someone’s life you saved, or someone who saved your life. The save could be literal: CPR was performed, pulled from water, put out a fire, rescued from a snarling animal or a threatening situation. The save could be inspirational: Something read in a book, a magazine, a placard, a wall hanging; a mental shift; a realization; an epiphany; something that was said; a behavior change; a belief change. You get the idea . . . Saved. However you interpret this. Just write!


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