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October 10, 2015 - Chris Baty, Grant Faulkner, and Rachael Herron
No Plot? No Problem! NaNoWriMo

For writers, National Novel Writing Month has become our high holiday of sorts, and we're lucky that it got its start right here in the Bay Area. Come hear from its accidental founder, the current executive director, and a writer who found a career through the madness that is is NaNo. Learn how to embrace mediocre but very enthusiastic writing, trading coffee beans for speed and inspiration! Come talk about your past successes, your failures, and any last minute jitters.

Chris Baty accidentally founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999, and oversaw the event's growth from 21 friends to more than 300,000 writers in 90 countries. Chris now serves as a Board Member Emeritus for NaNoWriMo, and spends his days teaching classes at Stanford University's Writer's Studio, giving talks about writing and creativity, helping companies with content strategy, and endlessly revising his own novels. He's the author of No Plot? No Problem! and the co-author of Ready, Set, Novel. His quest for the perfect cup of coffee is ongoing, and will likely kill him someday.

As a boy, Grant Faulkner spent his allowance on all sorts of pens and paper, so there was never much question that he would become a writer. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College in English and his M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He’s also the founder and editor of the lit journal 100 Word Story, and has a collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, coming out in 2015.

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novels Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon (both from Penguin), the five-book Cypress Hollow series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. Her first published novel was her first NaNoWriMo attempt. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and when she’s not busy writing, she’s working her other full-time job as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher for a Bay Area fire department. She’s a New Zealand citizen as well as an American, and she is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board.

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November 14, 2015 - Marina Adair
The Craft of Writing a Successful Series

From plotting and planning to keeping your characters straight and your storylines fresh, Montlake and Forever’s bestselling author, Marina Adair, will share the intricacies of writing a book series.

Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author who holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. As a writer, she is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.

Along with her bestselling St. Helena Vineyard series and Heroes of St. Helena series, she is also the author of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

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