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Writers conference green-lights creativity

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Established in 1975, the North Bay– based Redwood Writers is the largest chapter in the statewide California Writers Club, and serves the local literary community through events, workshops and contests, as well as an annual anthology.

For the past 10 years, members of Redwood Writers have gathered all their resources each spring to host the popular Pen to Published Conference on Saturday, April 21, in Santa Rosa.

This full-day conference is the place for North Bay writers to get insight from keynote speakers, including publisher and author Brooke Warner (pictured), who will talk about the importance of creativity in today's climate of fame over merit, and television writer and producer Ellen Sandler, who will share her personal experiences in TV and give advice on how to open the doors to writing for television.

New this year, the conference features a lineup of in-depth workshops that focus on writing fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Also new this year, one-on-one coaching is available from experts in the publishing world. Healdsburg's Raven Players even get in on the action with a lunchtime performance of Shakespeare's most famous scenes.

The Pen to Published Conference happens on Saturday, April 21, at Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 8am to 5pm. $135–$175. Pre-registration required. redwoodwriters.org.

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