Martha Alderson's Credentials


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Pathology
  • California Teachers Credential in Special Education
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence/Awarded by the American Speech and Hearing Association
  • Licensed by the California Medical Board of Examiners


  • Search for a Best Seller Contest
  • Southwest Writers Workshop
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Literary Contest
  • William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition
  • Writer's Network Annual Fiction Contest
  • The Heekin Group Contest
  • Jack London Writing Contest
  • California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners Nominee for "[Martha's] outstanding contribution in developing and providing annual Young Writers Workshops for children and youth in Los Gatos for the past five years, and extending the program to the children and youth of the Santa Clara County Children's Shelter."
    • "The astonished look of accomplishment on the kid's faces is a wonderful testament of your gift to teach. We are forever grateful for the time you shared and are anxiously awaiting your next visit. The Children's Shelter is a temporary placement facility for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Thanks again for making a difference in the lives of our children." -- Mark Forrest, Recreation Director.
  • National League of American Pen Women Award


  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel -- Trial Masters Program
    • Cases have plots. Plots develop through the characters/witnesses involved. Witnesses tell the story of the case; connect with the jury; bring thematic significance to the story of the case; hold the attention of the jury – through the use of different techniques such as foreshadowing, pace, emotion -- cutting edge use of character and plot development through direct examination.


  • Learning Annex
  • Writers Store
  • Writing Salon
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - San Francisco / South
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Weekend Retreat
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Arizona
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - France Region
  • Romance Writers of America ~ Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Romance Writers of America ~ Phoenix Chapter
  • California Writers Club
    • Peninsula Branch South Bay Branch
    • Central Coast Branch
    • Mt. Diablo Branch
    • Marin Branch
  • National Writers Union
  • Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council
  • Oakland Literature Expo
  • Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Port Angeles Writers Club
  • Friends of Los Gatos Library ~ Kid's Writing Workshops
  • Private Plot Intensives and Plot Retreats


  • San Francisco Writers Conference
  • Desert Rose RWA Writers' Conference
  • Jack London Writers Conference
  • East of Eden Writers Conference
  • Silicon Valley Romance Writers of America -- Prepare to Pitch!
  • Steinbeck Festival "Folk, Film, and Fish"
  • Jack London Writers Kid's Camp


  • Asilomar Regional Reading Conference
  • Literacy Lasts a Lifetime by California Reading Association
  • California School Library Association Annual Conference


  • DeAnza College ~ Writing for a Living
  • California College of the Arts ~ Writing Screenplays


  • Private in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators Creative Get-Away Retreat


  • The Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA (featured in their local newspaper - The Record)
  • The Los Gatos History Club (featured in the Los Gatos Weekly Times and the San Jose Mercury News)
  • The California Historical Society (featured in the California Chronicle)


  • Capitola Book Cafe
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Book Passage
  • BARNES & NOBLE Bookstore
    • East Ridge
    • Pruneyard
  • BORDERS Bookstores
    • Blossom Hill
    • Los Gatos
    • Santana Row
    • San Francisco
    • Sunnyvale
    • San Francisco


  • The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
  • The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
  • Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple
  • Blockbuster Plots: Scene Tracker Kit
  • Blockbuster Plots: Romance Writers Plot ebook
  • Blockbuster Plots: Before the Next Draft Plot ebook
  • Writers Digest Magazine
  • The Writer Magazine
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers
  • The Story Department
  • Romance Writers of Australia
  • Writers Store
  • Film Maker IQ
  • ~ ongoing PLOT tips eZine
  • The Bulletin; Voice of the California Writers Club ~ ongoing PLOT column
  • Bay Area PARENT
  • Bay Area HOMESTYLE (Managing Editor)