See you April 14 at Redwod Writers in Santa Rosa

I’ll be attending the monthly meeting of Redwood Writers Sunday, April 14, 2019. The topic will be working with illustrators, something I don’t plan to do anytime soon, but I expect I’ll learn something new anyway. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about opportunities for writers in the North Bay and upcoming events of interest. Hope to see you at the Flamingo, 2777 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, from 2:30 to 4:30. It’s a good idea to come a bit early to socialize and network. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

This is Laura McHale Holland’s book in progress. The ebook version will be free for people who join Laura’s readers group.

Showtime: Six short plays coming March 22

Laura McHale Holland will be on hand opening night for Off The Page Readers Theater’s staged reading of six original short plays by local playwrights. In addition to Laura’s play Bankrupt, the other featured plays are 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 dates:

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.)

Off The Page Readers Theater to produce Laura’s play Bankrupt

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.

Laura is thrilled her one-act play Bankrupt will be produced by Off the Page Readers Theater.

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.”

Members of Off the Page Readers Theater.

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

Laura is posting book excerpts, with comments, on Bublish

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.

NIEA WInner - National Indie Excellence Awards

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.

A new poem is up on Laura’s blog

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.

 

Photo titled “Inside Glass of Tea” by Ali Almazawi

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