Events

2018 Events and Readings

A weekend writers’ retreat at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station
"THE ARTIST’S EYE, THE WRITER’S VOICE: WRITING OUR WAY HOME”
Led by Elizabeth Fishel with Susan Page Tillett, Mesa Refuge Director and Mimi Robinson, West Marin artist and author of Local Color
Saturday, January 27th, 10:30 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, January 28th, 10 am-12:30 pm
11 Los Reyes Drive
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
$195

www.mesarefuge.org

An inspirational and idea-filled weekend workshop to enliven our voices as writers mixing guided writing activities, lively discussion, sharing work, supportive coaching, and an artist’s talk. We’ll observe place, think about what makes home, and write about inner and outer landscapes. Mimi Robinson will lead a Saturday afternoon session about local color in her nearby studio, and Susan Page Tillett will present a Sunday morning session on the house as a symbol of the self. Some lodging is also available at this beautiful writers’ retreat center, overlooking Tomales Bay, and once the home of abstract artist Sam Francis.

2017 Events and Readings

ARTFUL ESSAYS FOR PLEASURE AND PUBLICATION
A new course with Elizabeth at OLLI@Berkeley (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
5 Wednesdays, 2-4:30 pm
September 27th - October 25th
University Hall,
2199 Addison Street (at Oxford Street)
Berkeley
Full course description below
For more information, olli.berkeley.edu

Sixth Annual Summer Writers’ Retreat in Inverness
AT HOME IN NATURE AND THE WORLD
Saturday, Sept. 16th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Claire Peaslee, writer and naturalist in Pt. Reyes Station, will be the co-leader
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, re-charging, observing nature and celebrating place. We’ll meet in a peaceful setting overlooking Tomales Bay, sharing work and creative plans, and end the day with a walk (with journals) on the Inverness Ridge.

$95 for the day (plus $10 for lunch) Location and directions to follow

A weekend writers’ retreat at The Mesa Refuge
in Point Reyes Station
"THE ARTIST’S EYE, THE WRITER’S VOICE"
Led by Elizabeth Fishel with Susan Tillett, Mesa Refuge Director and Gary Smith, renowned West Marin artist
Saturday, January 28th, 10:30 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, January 29th, 10 am-noon
11 Los Reyes Drive
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
$175

www.mesarefuge.org

An inspirational and idea-filled weekend workshop mixing guided writing activities, lively discussion, sharing work, artists’ talks, and observing inner and outer landscapes to deepen and enliven fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. Gary Smith will host a Saturday afternoon session in his nearby studio, and Susan Tillett will lead a Sunday morning session on the language of color. Some lodging is also available at this beautiful writers’ retreat center, overlooking Tomales Bay, and once the home of abstract artist Sam Francis.

2016 Events and Readings

Fifth Annual Summer Writers’ Retreat in Inverness
INNER AND OUTER LANDSCAPES IN INVERNESS
Saturday, August 27th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Susan Tillett, Director of the Mesa Refuge in Pt. Reyes Station, will be a co-leader
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, re-charging, observing nature and celebrating place. We’ll share work and creative plans, write and walk in a peaceful setting overlooking Tomales Bay.

$115 for the day (plus $10 for lunch) Location and directions on request

Two Wednesday Writers produced or contributed to books this year:

Risa Nye celebrated the publication of her memoir, There Was A Fire Here, on June 16 th at the Bay Area Children’s Theater Performance Hall. Check out Elizabeth's review of Fire here.

Irene Sardanis contributed an essay to the anthology, The Magic of Memoir, published in November.

PERSONAL ESSAYS FOR PLEASURE AND PUBLICATION

A new course with Elizabeth at OLLI@Berkeley (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
5 Tuesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
January 26th-February 23
University Hall,
2199 Addison Street (at Oxford Street)
Berkeley
Full course description below
For more information, olli.berkeley.edu

A weekend writers’ retreat at The Mesa Refuge
“The Artist’s Eye, The Writer’s Voice”
Led by Elizabeth Fishel with Susan Tillett, Mesa Refuge Director and Susan Hall, renowned West Marin artist
Saturday, January 23rd, 10:30 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, January 24th, 10 am-noon
11 Los Reyes Drive
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
$150

www.mesarefuge.org

An inspirational and idea-filled weekend workshop mixing guided writing activities, lively discussion, sharing work, artists’ talks, and observing inner and outer landscapes to deepen and enliven fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. Susan Hall will host a Saturday afternoon session in her nearby studio, and Susan Tillett will lead a Sunday morning session on the language of color. Some lodging is also available at this beautiful writers’ retreat center, overlooking Tomales Bay, and once the home of abstract artist Sam Francis.

2015 Events and Readings

Please celebrate Audrey Ward, a United Methodist pastor, author of the new memoir,
Hidden Biscuits, and one of the Wednesday and Friday Writers
Saturday, October 24th at 7 pm
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, CA

Audrey will share her memories of traveling through the Deep South with her evangelist father. She’ll be joined by Bluegrass singers, Esther and Ron Brunswick. The event is free.

Fourth Annual Summer Writers’ Retreat in Inverness
A Day of Writing by Tomales Bay
Saturday, August 29th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, re-charging, sharing work and creative plans, and walking in a peaceful setting overlooking Tomales Bay.
$95 for the day (plus $10 for lunch)

Location and directions on request

PERSONAL ESSAYS FOR PLEASURE AND PUBLICATION

A new course with Elizabeth at OLLI@Berkeley (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30, March 31-May 12, 2015 (no classes on April 7,14)
University Hall,
2199 Addison Street (at Oxford Street)
Berkeley
Full course description below
For more information, olli.berkeley.edu

Learn how to turn your opinions and ideas into short, shapely works for pleasure or possible publication. Examine the best of today’s essays and be inspired by Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Pico Iyer, among others. Get practical tips on style, structure, scene-setting, and creating a narrative arc. Write opinion pieces, first-person and travel essays, and blog posts. Get thoughtful feedback on your work and guidance on the wide variety of places to publish essays in print and online.

2014 events and readings

Third Annual Summer Writers’ Retreat in Inverness
A Day of Writing by Tomales Bay

July 26th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, re-charging, sharing work, relaxing, talking, and walking in a peaceful setting overlooking Tomales Bay.
$75 for the day (plus $10 for lunch)
Location and directions on request

Elizabeth Fishel will be celebrating the paperback of
When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?
reissued with a new title,
Getting To 30: A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years
Wednesday, May 7th, 7 pm
Diesel Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland
510-653-9965

Please join us to celebrate motherhood and two Wednesday Writers, Francie Low and Risa Nye, who will be performing at Listen To Your Mother, a national series of original live readings
Saturday, May 3rd, 7 pm
The Brava Theater Center
2781 24th St
San Francisco
http://listentoyourmothershow.com/sanfrancisco/



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2013 events and readings

Summer Writers’ Retreat in Inverness
A Day of Writing by Tomales Bay
July 13th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, sharing work, relaxing, talking, and walking in a peaceful setting overlooking Tomales Bay
$75 for the day (plus $10 for lunch)
Location and directions on request

Another Inverness retreat is scheduled for Saturday,
September 21st, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location and directions on request

Elizabeth Fishel will be celebrating her newest book,
When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? at these readings:

The Harvard Coop Bookstore
May 14th at 7 pm
1400 Massachusetts Ave.  
Cambridge, MA
(617) 499-2000

The Corner Bookstore
May 16th at 6 pm
1313 Madison Avenue at 93rd Street
New York City
(212) 831-3554

Mrs. Dalloway’s
May 22nd at 7:30 pm
2904 College Ave
Berkeley
(510) 704-8222

Book Passage
June 20th at 6 pm
in the S.F. Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco
(415) 835-1020

Several Wednesday Writers are publishing new books this season,
all available on Amazon:

Wendy Bertrand, Enamored with Place
Donna Kaulkin, Brenda Corrigan Went Downtown
Alicia Young, The Savvy Girls’ Guide to Grace

UC Berkeley Extension Workshop:
Writing and Selling Your Personal Essays
A one-day seminar at UC Berkeley Extension in Berkeley
Led by Elizabeth Fishel with Mark Trautwein, editor of KQED’s “Perspectives” series
and Autumn Stephens, co-editor of The East Bay Monthly
Saturday, February 2nd, 10 am – 5 pm
Room 211, UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Ave, Berkeley
For more information, www.extension.berkeley.edu/catalog/

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2012 events

UC Berkeley Extension Workshop:
Writing for Magazines
A one-day seminar led by Elizabeth Fishel
with Nan Wiener, Excutive Editor at San Francisco Magazine and
Chris Smith, contributing writer at San Francisco magazine and contributor to
Afar, California
, motherjones.com, among others.
Saturday, October 6th, 2012, 10 am – 5 pm
UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center
425 Market St., San Francisco, Room 806, 8th Floor (enter on Fremont St.)
For more information, www.extension.berkeley.edu/catalog/

UC Berkeley Extension Workshop:
Writing and Selling Your Personal Essays
A One-Day Seminar at UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco
Led by Elizabeth Fishel with Mark Trautwein, editor of KQED’s “Perspectives” series
and writer Louise Rafkin
Saturday, February 4th, 10 am – 5 pm
UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center
425 Market St., San Francisco, Room 806, 8th Floor (enter on Fremont St.)


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2011 events

Celebrate 20 Years of Wednesday Writers!
Saturday, March 12th at 2 pm
Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of our writing groups with a tea and literary salon.
A book of our writers’ essays on the theme “20 Years” is available for sale.
click here for photos and information about the event

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2010 events and readings

UC Berkeley Extension Workshop:
Writing for Magazines
With Elizabeth Fishel and a panel of writers and editors
Saturday, October 2, 10 am – 5 pm
UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, Room 209

Clare Cooper Marcus, a former Wednesday Writer, will be launching her new memoir, Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place
Sunday, September 19 at 4:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloways, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley

Summer Writers’ Retreat in Danville
In the Shadow of Mt. Diablo
July 10th, 11 am – 5 pm
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, sharing work, relaxing, talking, and walking in a lovely garden setting near Mt. Diablo
$75 for the day (plus $10 for lunch)

Writers’ Retreat in St. Helena:
Welcoming the New Decade
January 30th, 11 am – 5 pm
An inspiring and idea-filled day of writing, reflecting, sharing work, relaxing, talking, and walking in a lovely Napa Valley setting
$75 for the day (plus $10 for lunch)

More retreats will be planned for January and July, 2011
click here for information and photos about the July 2009 writers’ retreat

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2009 events

UC Berkeley Extension Workshop:
Writing for Magazines
With Elizabeth Fishel and a panel of writers and editors
Saturday, November 21, 10 am – 5 pm
Barrows Hall, room 126 on the UC Berkeley campus

Writers’ Retreat at Anomaly Vineyards in St. Helena
July 11th, 11 am – 5 pm
A day of writing, relaxing, talking, walking, and reflecting in a beautiful winery and garden setting
click here for information and photos

UC Berkeley Extension Workshop:
Writing and Selling Your Personal Essays
With Elizabeth Fishel and a panel of writers and editors
Saturday, February 7, 10 am – 5 pm
Wheeler Hall, room 220 on the UC Berkeley campus

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2008 readings
Several Wednesday and Friday Writers read from new books during the fall of 2008:

• On Sept. 5th, Melanie Johnston read from her memoir, What My Father Saw: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memories As One of the Liberators of Buchenwald Concentration Camp at Mrs. Dalloway’s, 5433 College Avenue, Berkeley.

• On Sept. 6th, Laura Shumaker introduced her new memoir, A Regular Guy; Growing Up With Autism at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda.

• On Sept. 11th, several contributors to Risa Nye’s anthology, Writin’ on Empty: Parents Reveal the Upside, Downside and Everything in Between When Children Leave the Nest, including Elizabeth Fishel, read at Mrs. Dalloway’s.

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2007 readings for
Something That Matters
included:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
“Words that Matter” Tea and Literary Benefit

Summit campus
450 30th Street
Oakland

Diesel Books
5433 College Avenue
Oakland
510-653-9965

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera
415-927-0960

Orinda Books
276 Village Square
Orinda
925-254-7606


Rakestraw Books
409 Railroad Avenue
Danville
925-837-7337

Mrs. Dalloway’s
2904 College Ave
Berkeley
510-704-8222

Bookshop West Portal
80 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco
415-564-8080

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Elizabeth Fishel introducing
the readers at Diesel Bookstore
June 24, 2007.