Tri-Valley Writers Member News
Stephanie Bolanos’s short story, “Shades of Regret”, has been accepted for publication by The Literary Nest. It will appear in the January 2016 issue.
Stacey Gustafson’s book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives, reached #1 Amazon Best Seller in Parenting & Family Humor and Motherhood for the second time in December 2015. Stacey was guest speaker at the Author’s Tea and Auction in Pleasanton for the Philanthropic Educational Organization, PEO. This organization promotes educational opportunities for women by offering scholarship and loans.
Connie Hanstedt’s memoir, Don’t Leave Yet, How My Mother’s Alzheimer’s Opened My Heart, has been named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for 2015 and named a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards for 2015.
Connie’s poem, “After 35 Years”, has been named a semifinalist in the New Milleniums Poetry Competition for 2015.
Lani Longshore’s poem, “The Matriarchal Elephant”, appears in the latest anthology from Spider Road Press, In The Questions: Poetry By and About Strong Women.
Lani also beta read and mentored one of TVW’s 2015 high school writing contest winners, Aashna Avachat’s YA novel, Going Places. Lani was mentioned in two articles.
B. Lynn Goodwin’s debut Young Adult novel, Talent (Eternal Press), is now available.
J. Mills’s short story, “Blizzard,” was published in the September edition of The MacGuffin literary journal (Summer 2015, Vol. XXXI no. 3) under his pen name, James McV.
Fred Norman had his latest poem, “Can’t You Hear the Children?” published on portside.org.
Debbie Weiss had her first piece of creative nonfiction, “Medicinal Marijuana and Warm Silk” published on Full Grown People on October 13, 2015. Also her second article published on xojane. And finally, a third blog post on The Huffington Post about three types of guys NOT to date.
Jordan Bernal, Paula Chinick, Mary Heaton, and Elaine Schmitz took readers on a journey around the world without ever leaving the Tri-Valley at a Bay Books Author Event on Friday, November 6, 2015. Desserts from exotic locales such as China, Greece, and Ireland were on the menu as listeners heard excerpts from their latest novels.
Annette Langer gave a talk to a group called “Words in Bloom” on November 17, 2015. The group is small, with about ten fledgling writers from the Pleasanton Senior Center. Annette spoke about her journey to publication and about Tri-Valley Writers.
J. Mills recently attended the Marine Recreation Association’s (MRA) 44th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Santa Barbara, California. His freelance photojournalism assignment for the MRA included writing eight press releases for the international marine industry and general business media, and a feature article with photos covering the conference and trade show to be published in the MRA’s Annual Trade Journal.
On October 3, 2015, Sondra Perry had the pleasure of participating in the Wild Birds Unlimited Special Open House. At the booth next to Sondra sat Joan Morris, Wild Life Columnist for the San Ramon Valley Times. Sondra shared stories about Henry from her children’s novel, Henry our Great Blue Heron.
CLUB AWARDS & NEWS
Tri-Valley Writers and Open Mic with My Friends at the Pleasanton Library was featured in the July 30, 2015 Valley Journal of the Bay Area News Group. Correspondent Beth Jensen interviewed TVW President Deborah ‘Jordan’ Bernal along with TVW members and Open Mic attendees Fred Norman and Shelley Riley for an article that highlighted the benefits of participating in an open mic. Read the article here.
Join us Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Kevin Smokler, the guest speaker for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch, presents “Criticism: Meet Confidence!”
The writer’s life comes with triumph and disappointment. You can always count on the disappointment. What writers do with, and learn from, that disappointment is often the difference between success and near misses. How do you turn bad news and rejection into wisdom and the will to fight another day? [Read More…]
Join us Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd. Pleasanton, as Kevin Gunn, guest speaker, presents a Poetry Workshop for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch.
Kevin Gunn is the current Poet Laureate of Livermore. He curates the Ravenswood Poetry Series. He works with elementary school students and gives workshops in local schools. He also started a Teen Poet of the Month contest program. Kevin is a retired teacher who formed a long-standing poetry club at Livermore High School in 1991. He has won a number of awards in various local contests, including first place in the annual Ina Coolbrith contest. He has been published in Song of the San Joaquin, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, and many local publications. Kevin’s chapbook “Hey Yard Duty, Johnny Said the F Word” will be coming out from Finishing Line Press in early 2016.
Join us Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Tri-Valley Writers hosts its 5th Annual High School Writing Contest awards ceremony. Student winners from the essay, poetry, short story fiction, and Booktrack categories will share their work in readings.
Guest Speaker: Aashna Avachat, author of Going Places and a 2015 TVW HSWC Honorable Mention winner for her short story, “The Last Man on Earth”, will discuss her publishing journey. Aashna grew up reading J.K. Rowling, Andrew Clements, and Beverly Cleary, each of whom helped foster her love for the written word. As she progressed from middle grade books to YA fiction, she discovered her passion—writing. Inspired by authors including Cassandra Clare, John Green, and Rick Yancey, Aashna attempted her first novel when she was twelve years old. Though unfinished, her first attempt allowed her to learn about her own writing style. Aashna discovered she prefers writing about characters close to her own age who, though far from perfect, ultimately become someone each can be proud of. Although Aashna enjoys reading and writing contemporary stories set in the real world, her absolute favorite books show a clear pattern of being emotionally gripping novels sprinkled with a bit of magic.
Come out to hear Aashna’ story and support Tri-Valley Writers’ encouragement of young writers continuing the literary word. Special snacks will be served.