Tri-Valley Writers Member News
Patricia Boyle’s poem, “Unraveling the Natural World,” and Yvonne Carder’s poem “Life on a Slide” won honorable mention awards in March in Livermore’s first annual science poetry contest, Poetry in a Test Tube.
Annette Langer was interviewed by a columnist from the Pleasanton Weekly newspaper about her writing in general, and more specifically, her most recent Chicken Soup for the Soul story “Out of the Blue, A Family.” The interview is available online. Her story was also featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s podcast with Amy Newmark on March 2, 2017: “Thoughtful Thursday: Family Is What We Make It – How Kindness Paid off in a Big Way. Listen and learn how Annette became an honorary mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother to a family while volunteering with the Pleasanton police department.
Ann Parker’s historical mystery What Gold Buys (5th in the Silver Rush series) is a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award, historical fiction category, sponsored by the Story Circle Network. Winners will be announced in mid-April. You can view the complete list of finalists at the Story Circle Network 2015-2016 Sarton Women’s Book Award Shortlist webpage.
Dan Hobbs, writing as Ben Leiter, has published the third book in his Baby Boomer’s Betrayal series. God’s Betrayal: The Credo is a political-religious thriller. Father Gabriel Garza has just started his ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, but he already asks too many impertinent questions. Learn what secrets Garza discovers and reveals to Paolo Nasrani, his mysterious thesis advisor, and a secret agent for Vatican intelligence.
Join us Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Judy Melinek, MD, and T.J. Mitchell present “Working Stiff: The Real CSI.” Dr. Melinek and her husband, T.J. Mitchell, will speak about their experiences in New York City while Melinek was in training to be a forensic pathologist. She began that training just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Melinek and Mitchell will provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. No matter what type of writing you do, their presentation will give you a better understanding of an arduous, detail-oriented profession and life in the Big Apple. Whatever your genre, paying attention to details will help bring your writing to life. [Read More…]
Join us Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Kate Farrell presents “A New Age of Fire: Storytelling & Public Speaking.”
Ms. Farrell believes in the power of story and of the story motifs from the oral tradition. Their enduring appeal continues to shape and influence culture.
Farrell edited the anthology, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother. She is co-editor of the anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, a finalist for Foreword Reviews 2014 Book of the Year Award and 2014 Indie Excellence Award. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, a finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2015 Indie Excellence Award.