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May 17th Reading + Meeting: Crafting Children's Books
Are you interested in learning more about writing children's books? Come and join us for this special event. Our experts Maxine Rose Schur , Stephanie Wildman , Lisa Lerner and Rachel Levin will first read short excerpts from their wide-ranging body of work. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the craft and business of writing children’s books, moderated by Doug Henderson. They will talk about how the industry has changed over the years, how to get started and the intricacies of writing stories and nonfiction for kids. Our authors will also have some books to sell - they make great gifts!
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GrottoLetter - May 2024
Read the latest news and happenings at The Writers Grotto!
Upcoming Classes & Events
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7:30-8:30pm PT
Winter Write-In with Kate Busatto
7:00-8:30pm PT
Community Event - Celebrate Alta's Issue 27 at City Lights
7:00-8:00pm PT
Winter Classes Virtual Open House
7:00-8:00pm PT
Spring 2024 Classes Virtual Open House
7:00-8:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Laurie Doyle
7:00-8:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Maw Shein Win
7:00-8:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Maw Shein Win
7:00-8:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Shirley Huey
6:30-9:00pm
Build a World, Seduce the World: How to Hook Your Film or TV Audience with Xandra Castleton
6:30-8:30pm PT
Storytelling: A Yearlong Intensive
6:30-8:30pm PT
Storytelling: Revise and Refine: You're Almost There! With Audrey Ferber
6:30-8:30pm
Plan Your Author Event with Elizabeth Forsyth
6:30-7:30pm PT
Summer Write-In with Britta Stromeyer
6:00-8:30pm PT
Write Gripping Stories and Create Unforgettable Characters with Maury Zeff
6:00-8:30pm PT
Playing with Point of View: A Generative Workshop with Rachel Howard
6:00-8:00pm PT
Storytelling: A Deeper Dive: Style, Structure, and Design with Doug Henderson
6:00-8:00pm PT
Plotting Your Novel with Anoop Judge
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with a Big Kick with Jenny Bitner Spring 2024
6:00-8:00pm PT
Reading & Writing the Personal Essay with Mark Wallace
6:00-8:00pm PT
Autofiction: Combining Memoir and Fiction with Jenny Bitner Summer 2024
6:00-8:00pm PT
Connecting with Your Writer's Voice with Britta Stromeyer
6:00-7:00pm
Spring Write-In with Rowena Leong Singer
6:00-7:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Rowena Leong Singer
6:00-7:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Rowena Leong Singer
5:30-8:00pm PT
Fund Your Writing Project with Lyzette Wanzer
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: September 20th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: November 15th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: August 16th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: June 28th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: May 17th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting and New Member Welcome: April 19th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: March 15th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: February 16th, 2024: Carol Edgarian in Conversation with Bridget Quinn
5:00-7:00pm PT
Private Event: Arts Happy Hour
5:00-7:00pm PT
Private Event: Arts Happy Hour
5:00-6:30pm
Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:30pm
Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:30pm
Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Doug Henderson
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Doug Henderson
5:00-6:00pm PT
*Postponed* The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 1st
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 8th
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 15th
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 22nd
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 29th *Postponed*
5:00-6:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm
Spring Write-In with Rowena Leong Singer
4:30pm
Members Only: Book Club - "A Council of Dolls" by Mona Susan Power
4:30-6:00pm PT
Members Only: January Book Club
4:00pm-5:00pm PT
First Page Feedback with Lisa Lerner
4:00-6:00pm PT
Community Event - Moving Breast Cancer Memoirs by Wildfire Magazine
3:30-5:30pm PT
Members Only: Celebration of Books Published by The Writers Grotto Members
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
2:00-4:30pm PT
Refresh and Reset Your Writing with Elizabeth Forsyth
2:00-3:00pm PT
Craft & Career: Investing in an MFA: Reflections from during and after the MFA experience with Lee Ann Prescott and Doug Henderson
2:00-3:00pm PT
Craft & Career: Build Immersive Worlds in Fiction and Nonfiction with Laird Harrison
2:00-3:00pm PT
Craft & Career: A Beginner's Guide to Reading and Writing the Personal Essay with Mark Wallace
1:00-2:30pm PT
Plan Your Novel in 6 Weeks with Lisa Lerner
1:00-2:00pm PT
Summer Write-In with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
1:00-2:00pm
Spring Write-In with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
1:00-2:00pm
Spring Write-In with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
12:45pm PT
Members only: Future Events/Projects Brainstorming
12:30-1:30pm PT
Summer Write-In with Laurie Doyle
12:30-1:30pm
Spring Write-In with Xandra Castleton
12:30-1:30pm
Spring Write-In with Xandra Castleton
12:00-3:00pm PT
Who You Are as a Writer: Claiming Your True Sensibility and Your Power with Rachel Howard
12:00-1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Celeste Chan
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Celeste Chan
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Lisa Lerner
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber
10:00am-2:00pm PT
Build Your Narrative Engine with Rachel Howard
10:00am-1:00pm PT
A Writer's Inventory: Build Your Own Memoir Prompts with Susan Ito
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Revise Your Novel with Scrivener with Janine Kovac
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00-11:30am PT
How to Write for Educational Publishing with Lisa Lerner
10:00-11:00am
Spring Write-In with Doug Henderson
10:00-11:00am
Spring Write-In with Doug Henderson
1 - 3pm PT
Create Queries That Get You Noticed with Rowena Leong Singer
Member Spotlight
T.K. Rex
T. K. Rex (she/they) is a science fiction and fantasy author from the western states, whose short stories can be found in more than thirty publications, including Asimov's, Strange Horizons and Reckoning. She's a 2022 alumni of the Clarion writers workshop, a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, and a friendly acquaintance of spiders.
Featured Work
Sing, I by Ethel Rohan
Inside Half Moon Bay, a sparkling California coastal town, Ester Prynn is dulled and diminished by struggles with work, money, marriage, her senile father, a troubled teenage son, and old guilt she can’t quiet. When a masked gunman robs the convenience store where Ester works, he upends her fraught life and propels her toward passions buried, like singing; desires discovered, like a same-sex infatuation; and wrongs righted, like bringing the violent assailant to justice. But as the armed robber commits more crimes and continues to evade capture, the trauma from the holdup climbs, threatening Ester’s newfound delights and longings and forcing her to contend with her burning regrets and what-ifs. In the reckoning between Ester and these growing, molten upsets, she’s faced with enormous choices and must determine what and who can bring her to her best life. Preorders are 40% off on the publisher's website through December 15, 2023 (Code: SNOW23).
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