Laura McHale Holland’s one-act play Bankrupt was one of six winners in the Redwood Writers 2018 playwriting contest. All winning plays will be produced by Off the Page Readers Theater in March 2019.
Other winning plays include Millennial Support by Samantha Alban, Metanoia by by Paul McCormick, Something Like Therapy by Harry Reid, From Mom to Eternity by Jean Wong, and Salsa Dancing by Natasha Nim. Here are the performance dates and locations:
March 22 and 23 Copperfield’s in Santa Rosa 7:30 p.m. (tickets sales open at 7 p.m.)
March 24 Abacus in Sebastopol 3 p.m. (tickets sales open at 2:30 p.m.)
March 31 Church of the Oaks in Cotati 3 p.m. (tickets sales open at 2:30 p.m.)
In an interview with Sonoma West, Hilary Moore described readers theater as “acting from the shoulders up.” She went on to say that from the audience’s perspective, “It’s just five of us standing up there with our music stands and our scripts. There are no props. We’re in black – with a touch of color. But we read with expression and interpretation. It really makes the work come to life… Sometimes we even surprise the people who wrote the pieces.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I’ve just joined Bublish. It’s a place where authors can showcase excerpts from their work in a pleasing format and share their thoughts about them. I’ve posted two excerpts from Resilient Ruin, my National Indie Excellent Awards winning memoir. You can find my latest “bubble” at https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/15836.
Some authors also share works in progress at Bublish, which I just may do with my novel in progress when I begin work on the second draft. The idea is a little scary, though.
Here’s the link to “her last day,” a new poem written by Laura McHale Holland in response to the murder of three women in Napa County yesterday by a military vet with PTSD. He barged into their place of work, took them hostage and wound up killing them and himself.
Good news! The two poems I submitted for publication in the Redwood Writers 2018 poetry anthology were just accepted. One of them, to go on, is posted on my personal blog. Click here if you want to read it right now. I wrote a first draft of the other one, my grandmother’s flat, during a presentation by Albert Flynn DeSilver at a Redwood Writer’s conference a couple of years ago. He lives in Marin County, and his presentation was on poetry for prose writers. I highly recommend him as an inspiring workshop leader.
I don’t know yet when the club’s 2018 poetry anthology will be published. The theme is alluring: Out of silence … and then … The editors are whipping the manuscript into shape right now, and that always takes time. This may inspire me to write more poems. Maybe I’ll prepare a chapbook to share with people at the Bay Area Book Festival coming up in April. When you go to book festivals, what types of books are you drawn to? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author and publisher Suzanne Sherman asked me (Laura, the owner of Wordforest) to share a table with her at the Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Festival the week of April 28 and 29, 2018. It’s in Berkeley, Calif., and packed with events and exhibitors.
Here’s some of what’s on the festival’s About page:
“The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer art installations, events for kids, and writing contests. We even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA. We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits.
“The Festival kicked off in 2015 with the mission to create a free, inclusive, world-class literary event in the Bay Area. Since then, the Festival has welcomed more than 800 authors and is approaching 100,000 attendees.”
I haven’t exhibited at this event previously and I’m thinking about how to make the most of it. If you have ideas, please email me at laura [at] word forest [dot] com.
Note: The photo is of me with my sisters, who are central characters in my memoirs, Reversible Skirt and Resilient Ruin. From left to right, we are Laura, Kathy and Mary Ruth. (On the Reversible Skirt book cover, the order is Mary Ruth, Laura and Kathy.)