Join Laura at the 2019 anthology workshop

I’m on the workshop team for the 2019 Redwood Writers Anthology. At this event you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the “Endeavor” theme and pick up some grammar guidance from anthology editor Tommie Whitener
  • Draw forth your creativity with Daniel Coshnear
  • Discuss character development with Linda Reid
  • Build plot with Barbara Cottrell
  • Get tips from Laura McHale Holland on creating story conflict
  • Review the submission process for the anthology
Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance
Sat. , Jan. 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon
Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa
Online fee: Members $25.00; Nonmembers $30.00
Reserve quickly!
Click this link for online registration.
Submission deadline is March 15.
Laura will be at Rohnert Park’s annual holiday arts and crafts faire

Laura will be at Rohnert Park’s annual holiday arts and crafts faire

One day after Labor Day, most folks aren’t thinking about the year-end holiday season yet, but I just filled out the paperwork for Rohnert Park’s 39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire, Nov. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I’ll be selling my own books and might sell a few of my friends’ books, as well if that turns out to be OK with the event organizers.

I didn’t end up signing up for the Faire last year. I had put it off, and then the devastating fires happened in October and, while my home and neighborhood ended up being safe, so much of our community was devastated that I just not up for celebrating or promoting my books in November.

I hope we are spared the flames this year and that we’ll all be in fine spirits, ready to spread good will and joy.

So I’m putting Nov. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in my calendar and hope you’ll stop in and say hello that weekend. The Faire is at the Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

 

Let’s meet at the 2018 Sonoma County Fair

I’ll be selling books, talking about works in progress (the Kiminee Dream, book cover featured on this page), and discussing the craft of writing with fairgoers at the 2018 Sonoma County Fair. This is a project of Redwood Writers and the second year members of the group will be greeting the public during the twelve-day fair taking place at the county fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

The Redwood Writers booth will be in the E.C. Kraft Building, which is near the Brookwood entrance and attached to the Garrett Building. Multiple authors representing a range of genres will be manning our booth. I’ll be there Sunday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 11.

I hope to see you at the fun-packed Sonoma County Fair!

It was a gorgeous day with talented women at the Sitting Room

It was a gorgeous day with talented women at the Sitting Room

I recently attended the birthday party for the Sitting Room, a unique library housing works by women writers from around the world. The event also doubled as the launch party for The Sitting Room’s 2018 anthology, which features original takes on myths, fairytales and folklore. The stories and poems in the booklet are delightfully diverse.

It was a beautifully sunny day in the Sitting Room’s backyard, where many of us read the stories and poems we contributed to the anthology. I felt privileged to read my work to such a receptive audience, as well as delighted to be part of that audience when other writers read their work.

I also enjoyed seeing my friend Mona Mechling again, and made a new friend, too: Tina Deason. Here we are enjoying each other’s company. Tina is on the left, I’m in the middle and Mona’s on the right.

 

Listen to Laura’s interview with Charlene Jones

Reversible Skirt by Lauren McHale HollandA wide-ranging interview

Charlene Jones of Soul Sciences interviewed Laura McHale Holland on her evolution as a memoirist and novelist.

Laura talks about the differences between recounting a child’s experience and that of a teenager, the joy of participating in a program that focused on each student’s creative process, the power of live storytelling, and more.

 

 

Here’s the link: https://soundcloud.com/cloudgirl-1/laura-mchale-holland-interview-soulscience?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook

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