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The Next Chapter: Navigating the Modern Book Publishing Landscape

Come out for a vibrant panel discussion, moderated by Brooke Warner (She Writes Press), with three California book publishers, Karen Chan (Gloo Books), Angela Engel (Collective Book Studio), and Steve Wasserman (Heyday Books). This conversation…
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Break Through: Finding the Unexpected in Your Own Writing

Great writing has aspects of revelation and surprise. Authors writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry share tips on how they tap into the unconscious and use the unexpected to do their best work. RSVP coming soon!  
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How to Write a Haiku

Poems are very efficient vehicles of language. In order to function, all excessive words must be trimmed away. Given that premise, is there any poetic tradition more efficient and evocative than the Japanese haiku form: 17 syllables in all,…
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That Was Then: Writing Historical Fiction

What makes something a historical novel instead of a history? How much research is too much research? In the absence of time travel, how does a writer recreate the past on the page? In this one-hour workshop, 3 award-winning historical novelists,…
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Page to Screen: A Dance Between Words and Images

Turning a beloved book into a compelling film or series is a journey filled with creative collaboration, financial considerations, script development, casting decisions, and years of meticulous preparation. For the authors at the center of these…
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Displacement, Oppression, and Land Grabs: Rethinking What We Think We Know About California’s History and Institutions 

Step into the rich and complicated tapestry of California’s history in this panel that draws from two recently released epic books, Palo Alto and The Scandal of Cal, that shed light on some of the often-overlooked stories of exploitation…
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We the People: Building a Resilient Multiracial Democracy in 2024 and Beyond

In 2024, the threat of authoritarianism is greater than ever before. Yet our nation also has the potential to become a genuine multiracial democracy. How can we help tip the scale? Steve Phillips is a national political leader, bestselling author,…