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We are writers seriously dedicated to the process and content of our writing. Before you join us consider how serious you are about writing literary, whether fiction or creative non-fiction. The latter includes personal and third-person narrative essays, memoir, some expository or journalistic writing. What we DO NOT cover in our group is genre writing: such as thrillers, romance, sci-fic, detective, fantasy, mystery, erotica, poetry. We have critiqued some film scripts but since those writers have not submitted in a long time, I am going to say we DO NOT cover scripts. I trust you can find many groups who do cover those genres. I have been organizing this group for about 4 years and I find many people join and never come to our meetups. I am going to take steps to try to fix that, such as a nominal fee to belong to our group.


As your organizer, I have many years in the publishing industry (books, magazines). We encourage, inspire, critique each other, and also network. We meet at least once a month, so far on Saturday afternoons, for about three hours. The focus of our meetings varies from reading each other's writing to help shape it to meeting published authors. We've been productive. One thing all of us agree on is to avoid writing prompts (those workshop exercises that can be useful at times).

I am dedicated to meeting and helping other SF Bay Area writers any way I can. I've been a professional writer/editor more than 30 years and I recall the "tough road to hoe" just getting started.

The one thing all writers I've worked with needed, no matter how skilled they were, was encouragement to keep on with their writing. I live to give budding writers the honest support they need. Writing can be lonely. Writing can be frightening. In fact, writing brings up the whole prism of emotions. But there is nothing like the satisfaction of pulling out the story we know is in us. It is no less art, no less grand and magnificent than Michelangelo's pulling his David from the block of cararra marble.


I am the author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press, 2008), the travel memoir of "a woman who loved, lost, got mad, and decided to dance." I was an editor at VIA Magazine, the West’s award-winning travel publication, for 17 years. My work has appeared National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, North American Review, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, the Washington Post, and many other pubs. Cookbook credits include The New Foods (Henry Holt), America Loves Salads (Literary Guild), Rodale’s Basic Natural Foods Cookbook, and Tofu, Tempeh, and Other Soy Delights (Rodale). I am the author of one novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas) and editor of the anthology series: France, a Love Story, Italy, a Love Story, Mexico, a Love Story, and Greece, a Love Story, all published by Seal Press. My most recent book is a memoir, Wilderness Begins at Home. More on me at www.camillecusumano.com.



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