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Writing Support

Love Made of Heart
As a career coach for writers, Teresa LeYung Ryan, the author of Love Made of Heart, helps her clients identify their themes, polish their manuscripts, market themselves to agents and publishers, and map out their careers.


Angie Choi Hypnotherapist
Angie Choi, author of My Dreams, A Simple Guide to Dream Interpretation, helps writers tap the creative mind through hypnosis, explore dreams for ideas, and remove writer's block.


C.W. Gortner's Home Page
Christopher Gortner, author of The Secrect Lion, a critically acclaimed historical novel, speaks to writers on research and writing.


Holly Payne's Home Page
Holly Payne, the author of The Virgin's Knot and The Sound of Blue, teaches creative writing in San Francisco, California and Crested Butte, Colorado.


Lori Hopes' Home Page
Lori can talk about how organizational and critical thinking skills apply to writing nonfiction as well as producing documentaries.


Ellen Bass' Home Page
Ellen Bass, an award-winning poet and non-fiction writer, teaches creative writing.
The children's writing supersite.


Writer Advice
Writer Advice is filled with interviews with writers, stories, writers resources, book recommendations and much more.


Writer's Digest
Magazine, bookstore, online wrokshop, conferences, book club all devoted to writers.


Grossman Writing Services
Got book ideas? Deborah Grossman, a San Francisco Bay Area developmental editor and writer, will shape your nonfiction book idea into an irresistible, marketable project.She is a magazine dining columnist and contributor to publications such as Chef, Santé, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Deborah is a member of ASJA, the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Editorial Support

Editor for You
Melanie Rigney, an editor with more than 25 years of experience, will help your manuscript sing. Her credentials include nearly five years as editor of Writer's Digest, the leading magazine for writers.


Becky Levine
Becky Levine has been editing fiction and nonfiction for over ten years. She knows how to support and encourage a writer, and help make a manuscript the best it can be.


Levin Editorial
Levin Editorial's experienced and professional staff can help you with almost every type of project at every stage of your career, from evaluating the viability of your idea, to submitting to agents, and the ins and outs (and advisability) of self-publishing.


Martha Engber
Martha Engber is the author of Growing Great Characters from the Ground Up. She's available for consultations regarding character development and for editing books.

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Book Promotion
Susan Harrow gives tips, techniques and ideas to help you become a media sensation today, along with helpful products and articles for writers. Is your dream to be on Oprah? Susan knows how.


Break Through the Noise
Elisa Southard, APR teaches writers how to turn personal skills into marketing talent. She helps writers create a succinct statement about what your stories are about while creating interest and intrigue for others to ask for more.

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Writing Clubs

The California Writers Club
Fourteen branches of The California Writers Club located throughout the state of California hold monthly meetings, and conferences, and offer writing contests and a community of support to writers.


Women's National Book Association
The Women's National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. Chapters in nine cities promote reading and support the role of women in the community of the book.


International Women's Writing Guild
The International Women's Writing Guild is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing.


Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula
Group founder, Byron Merritt, says that Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula hope to encourage one another and other writers to improve their writing skills and abilities.

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Writing Conferences in Northern California

Silicon Valley Romance Writers of America
Prepare to Pitch!


The Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
Located in Santa Cruz, California in August.


East of Eden Writers Workshop
Located in Salinas, California


San Francisco Writers Conference
Located in San Francisco, California

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Shreve Stockton Photography
Need a great cover for your book? Shreve Stockton can shoot it for you.


Lance Ong
Lance Ong, a mentor-tutor at the University of California, Berkeley, has turned his energies toward helping other writers turn their dreams of publishing into a reality.


Memories and Memoirs
Dr. Linda Joy Myers helps people become whole by writing their healing story and she supports others who are interested in becoming their own publisher.


Bay Area Independent Publishers Association
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association is an educational institution dedicated to elevating the art of the independent author-publisher.

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Reading Clubs

The Habitual Reader
Soon to be World's biggest fiction book club. This website is designed to build a community of fiction-lovers, and features reader profiles, book reviews, favorite community bookstores, and promotional opportunities for authors. Shelf Awareness featured an article about KOMENAR and The Habitual Reader.


Book Group Expo
Book groups and book clubs, reading groups and reading circles, these are more than just lively discussions about character and plot and sense of place. Friendship and food, wit and wisdom, smart conversation and heated debate are all a part of this special time that's set aside just for you. And at book group expo we celebrate all these things and more. book group expo is a place where serious readers have serious fun. End of story.

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Reading Conferences

California Reading Association Conference
CRA is an independent, self-governing organization dedicated to increasing literacy and instilling a love for reading in children and adults alike, with special attention to California residents.


California Library Association Conference


Asilomar Regional Reading Conference