What we’re about
This NVW Meetup is a pathway to the non-profit organization Napa Valley Writers, a branch of California Writers Club. CWC-NVW is a professional organization open to writers in every genre and at every level of experience, from novice to notable. Our purpose is to promote fellowship and to provide practical information that supports all members in achieving their publishing goals.
NVW meetings are always open to the public and our Meetup friends.
To join NVW and receive all the benefits of the group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're one of those local writers in search of a critique/writers group, people with whom you can share your work, share your time, people who can help you become a stronger writer, ask NVW about our critique groups.
NVW meets regularly to learn from and help each other. Monthly meetings feature well known authors and offer an opportunity for members to read from their current works. Cost is $10, guests; $7 NVW members; Free to full-tim students with ID.
NVW also sponsors workshops, open mic events, salons, and social activities. A branch of the California Writers Club, founded in 1909 and one of the nation’s oldest professional clubs for writers, our motto is Writers Helping Writers.
We look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events. There's a place here for you.
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- Your Novel, From Start to Finish — a Workshop with Victoria ZackheimNapa Valley College, Napa, CA$55.00
Join this award-winning author and editor for an interactive session on how to develop your novel—from beginning to end.
During an on-stage interview, Victoria once asked Pulitzer author Jane Smiley, “What is your idea of the perfect novel?” She said, “The perfect novel is the one you finish writing.”
In this workshop, we’ll move through the preparations necessary to complete your novel:
- Plot development
- The characters that bring that plot to life
- How to organize what you’ll be writing (or what you’ve already written), so your story flow effortlessly from scene to scene
- The theme(s) of your novel (Morality? Ethics?) and its high points
- Major scenes and sub-plots
- Primary conflicts and how to develop tension in every scene
- Twists and turns, dilemmas and resolutions
- How to handle the halfway point that changes the course of your protagonist’s goals
COST: $45 for members of the CWC, $55 for non-members, $25 for students
Space is limited. Register online at Napavalleywriters.org
Victoria Zackheim is the author of the novel, The Bone Weaver, and creator/editor of seven anthologies, including the international bestseller, The Other Woman, which she adapted to the theater. It has been performed in several dozen theaters across the United States. Her documentary, Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps, aired nationwide on PBS. She teaches creative nonfiction in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor in the US and abroad. Victoria has worked with many novelists, including Anne Perry, Caroline Leavitt, and Jacquelyn Mitchard. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and lives in Northern California.
Napa Valley Writers, a non-profit organization, is a branch of the California Writers Club. napavalleywriters.org