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Writing Memoir and Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy, the next two books in the Writers Grotto’s Lit Starts series, land in bookstores February 11!Buy your copies here! Then check out the upcoming Lit Starts events below.


Writing Workshop at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland

Free writing workshop with Writing Character author Constance Hale and Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy author Dorothy Hearst at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland Thursday, February 27, at 7 pm. Details here


Read, Write, Rinse, Repeat: Lit Starts workshop at Sports Basement in Berkeley with Constance Hale starting February 17. Enroll here.


Memoir Writing Masterclass

Writing Memoir author Julie Lythcott-Haims will be offering a Memoir Masterclass at Kepler’s in Menlo Park Monday, March 2, 7-8:30 pm. Buy tickets here.


San Francisco Writers Conference

Fri, Feb 14: • Dorothy Hearst and others talk about developing your cast of characters in fiction.

Sat, Feb 15: • Connie Hale leads “Practicing the Craft”: Veterans from The Writers Grotto present their new Lit Start series to Help You Write Action, Character, and Dialogue (w/prompts) with Laurie Ann DoyleDorothy Hearst, and Louise NayerMaw Shein Win discusses how to edit your poetry for the reader, focusing on useful revision strategies • Dorothy Hearst and other writers help participants with a “First Page Critique”.

Sun, Feb 16: • Laurie Ann Doyle presents “Learn From the Masters: Techniques of the Literary Greats” • Laurie Ann DoyleLouise NayerEleanor Vincent, and Lyzette Wanzer speak on “What’s Missing: How Absence Can Drive Narrative” • Connie Hale and Laurie Ann Doyle lead a three-hour Master Class (open to the non-conference-going public) to help writers pack their prose with action, characters, and dialogue

For the full schedule of conference events at the Hyatt Regency, visit here.



Walter Mosely and me at AWP16

Our Networking for Introverts panel at AWP in Los Angeles got two write-ups!

Why It’s a Great Time to Be A Literary Introvert on

Writing Community Goes Way Beyond Social Media on Media Bistro’s Galley Cat blog



California Writers Club Mt. Diablo (speaker)

Writing as a Team Sport: Discover Hidden Talents,  Improve your Productivity, and Launch a Successful Writing Career Through Other Writers 

2 p.m. February 11, 2017

The Lifecycle of a Book (panelist)

Bay Area Book Festival

10 a.m. June 4, 2016


Stranger Than Fiction (reader)

January 24, 4-6 p.m., 2016

Edinburgh Castle, San Francisco


Networking for Introverts (moderator)


10 a.m. March 31, 2016

Los Angeles Convention Center


The Creative Dynamics of Writing Communities (panelist)

Bay Area Book Festival

10 a.m. June 7, 2015


Folk & Fiction (reader)

AWP 15

Black Forest Inn

5-6 p.m. April 9, 2015


Social Media Secrets for Authors (moderator)

AWP 15

9 a.m. April 9, 2015

Minneapolis Convention Center


Writing for the Right Reasons: The Joys and Hazards of the Literary Life (panelist)

San Francisco Writers Conference

3 p.m. February 14, 2015


Stranger Than Fiction (reader)

February 22, 4-6 p.m., 2015

Edinburgh Castle, San Francisco


Earth, Wind, Water and Fire: A Night With the Elements (co-host)

San Francisco Writers’ Grotto LitCrawl Reading

6 p.m. Oct. , 2014