I have always considered Writers Forum one of the best things about Petaluma. Jane Merryman
Flash fiction isn’t simply fast fiction. It’s storytelling writ big—by writing short. Miniatures hold so much power that authors have turned to them to write highly successful novels and memoirs. Learn more about the short short and explore its potential to enliven and deepen your writing.
“I've always firmly believed that the amount of words a story contains has zero to do with how much weight the story carries. Peg Alford Pursell's new book, Show Her A Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, proves this once again, and proves it in spades. These stories are like gut checks to the soul.” Peter Orner, author of Am I Alone Here? and Love and Shame and Love
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 2017), a collection of flash fiction, micro-fictions, and hybrid prose with praise from Peter Orner, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and others. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press. Pursell has taught flash fiction locally at the College of Marin, Book Passage, and in North Bay Writers Workshops.
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
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.