Learn about the craft and business of writing at Writers Forum. These literary workshops feature a diverse group of presenters discussing a variety of topics.

Writers Forum meets the third Thursday, March through October

We start promptly at 6:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm

*** New Location: Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma ***


Writers Forum is free and open to the public.

I have always considered Writers Forum one of the best things about Petaluma. Jane Merryman

2017 Forum Presenters


September 21

Teri Sloat

Teri Sloat

The Evolution of a Story: Allowing it to go through many forms

Teri Sloat's talk about published works includes an insider's view of a novel in progress, discussing the stages a novel goes through from beginning to end. She will use her work-in-progress as an example of how to fictionalize personal memories.

Teri Sloat has always been an artist and writer, interspersed with wonderful years of teaching and bilingual work. Teri and her husband began their lives together in the Alaskan Bush, living in small Yup'ik villages on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.  The culture on the delta is a culture of subsistence and a culture of story.  The oral stories were often about the thin veil between the worlds of animals and people, the need for sharing and the power of nature. The environment, the culture, and the open expanse of the tundra was an invitation to create her own stories.

She was the illustrator for the first bilingual program in Alaska, providing years of experience working with folklore. This rich environment, without the addiction of television, allowed time to create her own images.

Teri has over 25 trade books published with Dutton, Holt, Little Brown, Putnam and others and have been fortunate to win awards from ABA, NY Times, Ben Franklin Committee, Bank Street, and Sesame Street.  

She is also a creative artist of fine art. Storytelling, the editing and rearranging is revealed in her landscapes as well as her folk art.  Teri's goal as a storyteller is to paint pictures with words. Her goal as an artist is to create a story the viewer imagines while looking at her art.  

"It is my hope that the images I create, and words in my stories share my sense of wonder and my often whimsical view of the world around us." Teri Sloat


October 19

Cameron + Company

An Evening With Cameron Kids

Join Children’s Book Publisher, Nina Gruener; Children’s Book Art Director, Melissa Greenberg; and Children’s Book Editor, Amy Novesky, for an informal talk about Cameron Kids and the books they make, featuring one of their very own illustrators, Wednesday Kirwan.

Cameron Kids will share current and forthcoming titles on their list, as well as answer questions about children’s book publishing and the process of making a book. 

Cameron Kids—the children’s book imprint of Cameron + Company, an independent publisher based in Petaluma, California—publishes a growing list of compelling, thoughtfully and beautifully written, illustrated, edited, designed and produced titles children’s books for all ages. 

Cameron + Company is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus on photography, art, food + wine, children's and publications of regional interest.

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