Space still available in Craft of Place ws; Sac Library & I Street Press present free workshops; Book in Hand Roadshow; Why There Are Words “Animal”

Dear Writers, Readers and Friends! June is here, the weather’s getting toasty and there are plenty of lovely literary events to heat up your imagination. Hope to see you at one or more of these festivities! Yours in writing,






*PLACES STILL AVAILABLE* in “THE CRAFT OF WRITING PLACE,” taught by yours truly, Kate Asche – Weds evenings, July/Aug 2012 (8 meetings)

Registrations are off to a strong start for this welcoming workshop for writers in all genres and at all levels!

The writer Dorothy Allison has said, “Place is emotion. Place is people with desire.” Join Kate Asche in an Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) generative writing workshop for all genres. Expand your craft toolbox by looking at place in your stories, personal essays and poems, and explore how evocative portrayal of place connects voice, character and conflict. Generate new work weekly, and (if you like) receive gentle critique on one short piece of work you’ve already drafted. Talk casually with other writers as you connect more deeply in our writing community. Snacks and tea provided.

Full details at  

How Do I Reserve a Space? Email Kate at asche (dot) kate (at) gmail (dot) com. I will send you a brief registration form. To complete registration (and reserve your place), please return your completed registration form to me along with payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received.



You’re invited to a series of free workshops and events in June, in partnership with I Street Press, Friends of the Sacramento Public Library and the Sacramento Public Library. For more information contact either, or call 916-768-6077.

June 2, 2012 – I Will Finish My Book This Year – Walnut Grove Library, 14177 Market Street, Walnut Grove  (Maryellen Burns): We’ll provide some simple techniques for you to begin or finish writing your book. Who knows, you might even publish it on the library’s Espresso Book Machine.

June 3, 2012 – Going Beyond the Bare Bones 1 pm to 4 pm 2014 23rd Street, Sacramento. (Maryellen Burns): Catch the character of people who reside or used to reside in your neighborhood, plus discover how to extract information from frequently used genealogical sources and personal interviews to create stories that bring the past to life.

June 5, 2012 – I Will Finish My Book This Year – 6 pm to 8 pm, Franklin Library, 10555 Franklin High Road, Elk Grove. (Maryellen Burns)

June 5, 2012 –Self-Publishing? Let’s Run the Numbers. – 6 pm to 8 pm, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento 2nd floor Red Room (Jennifer Basye Sander): Longtime publishing expert and former Random House editor Jennifer Bayse Sander helps you evaluate the business side of your self-publishing project.

June 9, 2012 – We Are Where We Eat – 12:30 to 4:30 pm, Walnut Grove Library, 14177 Market Street, Walnut Grove  (Elaine Corn/Maryellen Burns): We Are Where We Eat – a fresh look at Sacramento’s foodscape through the stories of the people who grow, distribute serve and cook the food we eat, debuts at the Walnut Grove Library, June 9, 2012 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Come share your stories, photographs, menus, food memories, recipes, and more. Award-winning author and contributing reporter for Capital Public Radio, Elaine Corn, and Project Director, Maryellen Burns lead a team that will conduct interviews and capture scores of video and audio stories from individuals who collectively reveal Sacramento’s unique culinary heritage. Linking geography to gastronomy, We Are Where We Eat chronicles the stories of home cooks, shopkeepers, agricultural leaders, food experts, growers, barkeeps, and more. From the immigrants who brought their home kitchens with them at the turn of the century to the restaurateurs who set trends in Sacramento today, We Are Where We Eat gives voice to the ways in which where we produce our food affects our feelings about home, community and culture. Many of the stories will be broadcast on Capital Public Radio.  We Are Where We Eat is funded by Cal Humanities in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library and Capital Public Radio and is sponsored by The Sacramento County Historical Society, The Sacramento River Delta Historical Society and California Ag in the Classroom.

June 12, 2012 – I Street Info Session, 6:15 to 7:45 pm, Central Library, 828 I Street, 2nd Floor, Red Room (Lawrence Fox/Maryellen Burns)

June 13, 2012 – How to Plan a Book – 6 pm to 8 pm, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento: Explore all the steps it takes to create a book — from concept to finished manuscript. Learn how to organize your writing and your life; develop a step-by-step plan with timelines, storyboards, and a budget; get your story idea on paper; structure it, revise and edit, and put it into final manuscript form so you can submit to a literary agent, publisher or self-publish.

June 13, 2012 – I Will Finish My Book This Year – 6 pm to 8 pm, Arcade Library, address (Melanie Smith): We’ll provide some simple techniques for you to begin and finish writing your book. Who knows, you might even publish it on the library’s Espresso Book Machine.

June 13, 2012 – I Street Info Session, 6:15 to 7:45 pm. Central Library, 828 I Street, 2nd floor, Red Room (Lawrence Fox)

June 20, 2012 – Shameless Self Promotion for Writers, Pocket 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento (Judith Horstman): Writers who live by their words know that marketing is crucial, and not just in selling the completed work but in getting assignments, endorsements, agents, publishers, speaking engagements and readers. We’ll explore the business side of writing, including creating effective queries, promotional copy and business letters.

June 23, 2012 – I Street Info Session, 6:15 to 7:45 pm, Central Library, 828 I Street, 2nd Floor, Red Room (Lawrence Fox/Maryellen Burns)

Events are also listed at  Search by name of event or the date.  Some workshops require registration. Biographies of each of the guest speakers are available upon request:  Check out our blog at


The BOOK IN HAND Road Show for registration information. $55.

Mather, CA June 13

Are you sick and tired of hearing about the “journey” of being an author? Do you just want to finish penning your book and flip through the pages?

Enter… The Book-in-Hand Roadshow© offering sessions designed to help writers understand the new world of self-publishing.
Local experts, who speak plain English, will explain the components involved in the print-on-demand (POD) process … plus, you’ll become familiar with the titles of the professionals and services they provide.
Hear local experts speak out on…
EditingCover DesignPublicity – Photography – Book Events.


Introduction to self-publishing and, tips on crafting your book event by Ingrid Lundquist, author and event planner.
THE INSIDE: “Editing for Your Reader” Janet Fullwood, independent journalist and editor – write to your audience. Learn from a pro about the type of editing your story might need and how to make sure you’re really writing for your audience?
THE OUTSIDE: “The Visual Perspective” Doug Rietz, graphic designer and printing specialist – a strong cover image grabs attention. The words are only part of what makes a great book – learn about packaging your story to look good on the text pages and the cover.
SPREAD THE WORD: “Shameless Self-Promotion” the promo queen herself, Judith Horstman, journalist and author leads you through a long list of publicity options to sell your self and sell your book.
This three hour session with seasoned professionals is guaranteed to kick-start your book project!
PLUS – Learn about the Espresso Book Machine at the Sacramento Main Library – one of three in California that prints out paperback books in less than 10 minutes… right before your eyes!




Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following readers on the theme Animal June 14 at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5. Animalis. Latin for “having breath.” Join us for a night of readings that will surely take your breath away! Full details at

Tami Anderson’s fiction has been published in Other Voices, Passages North, and Soundings East. Her work was selected for a stand-alone performance of The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’s longest running spoken word series.


Dani Burlison is a staff writer at the Pacific Sun, columnist at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and book reviewer for The Los Angeles Review. Her writing appears in The Rumpus, Hip Mama Magazine, Rad Dad Zine, Bike Monkey, Elephant Journal, The North Bay Bohemian, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder of Petals and Bones zine and writing workshops, and lives in Sonoma County.

Carolyn Cooke’s Daughters of the Revolution was listed among the best novels of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker Magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review, and two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Bruce Genaro is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, and he has the scars to prove it. His short stories, essays, profiles, and reviews have appeared in numerous obscure and hard to find literary magazines and journals, as well as more notable venues like the Huffington Post. You can read his most recent publication, “Workshopped to Death,” in the 2012 issue of The Alembic.

Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based fiction and memoir writer. Her work has been featured in Salon Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Swill Magazine, Toasted Cheese, Pindeldyboz, and Defenestration, among other venues. She has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Julia and David White Artists’ Colony. She earned her MFA in fiction writing at St. Mary’s College of California.

Matt Runkle is a writer, cartoonist, and book artist. His work has been featured in The Collagist, Beecher’s, Monkeybicycle, and on BOMBlog. He has read at venues ranging from SOMArts and Brooklyn’s Unnameable Books to the Headlands Center for the Arts. The third issue of his zine, Runx Tales, is due out later this year. Brooklyn Arts Press will publish a collection of his short fiction in 2013.

James Tipton is the author of Annette Vallon, A Novel of the French Revolution, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick. Born and raised in Berkeley, he has a PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. He has been a lecturer at UC Davis and at the University of Bordeaux, France, and has taught English and creative writing at the College of Marin since 1993.

Justin Torres was raised in upstate New York. His work has appeared in Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Among many other things, he has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller.



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