LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Write: Amherst Writers & Artists
Saturday, June 3, 10 am – 12 pm PT ~ P R I D E Kickoff!
This Affinity Group is for members of the LGBTQ+ community, to provide an extra affirming, supportive writing experience. It's an opportunity to experience the AWA Method online, offered by Amherst Writers & Artists. During the two hours, you’ll write on the spot to a few prompts. Then, you’ll break into small, facilitated groups to read your writing aloud if you’d like. Writing that is shared will receive positive, affirmative feedback from the small group. Registration is by donation: $20, $15, $10 or get an AWA Writer membership and receive eight online writes per year for $5/month or $50/year!
Da Salon literary arts incubator: Vibe Gallery
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 6 pm PDT
Hosted by the dynamic duo (friends since middle school) Shannon DeJong and Alia Beeton, with 3 fresh readers/performers each month. Right now in pop-up mode, with each month having a different location and host. Its mission: "to support artists, especially writers with a performance bent, locally, and to foster joy and inspiration after a long period of social crisis (looking at you, Covid-19)."
I volunteered for the 3rd time to lead a 2-hour online writing session for this annual international fundraiser, which supports the social justice programs offered by Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA). We’ll follow a few prompts to access the wonder, creativity, and imagination of the child within. With compassionate awareness, we’ll also tend to the wounded inner child, allowing whatever arises when we are free to write expressively. Write Around the World invites beginner, emerging, and experienced writers into a creative workshop space using the AWA Method. View the AWA calendar for 100 individual writing sessions offered throughout the month of May!
Registration is by donation – $20, $15, or $10.
The Imaginists' Guest House: Uncommon Ground
Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 3–5pm PT
The Imaginists presented an afternoon of readings, visual art, and live music. Featured writers included Avotcja, Lorraine Bonner, C.K. Itamura, Shizue Seigel, and Kimi Sugioka (Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism contributors in collaboration with Write Now! SF Bay, a project to support writing and art by people of color). Special guests included Creative Sonoma’s Discovered Literary Award recipients, Ernesto Garay and Nicole R. Zimmerman. Live music performed by acclaimed singer/songwriter Sachiko Kanenobu.
Da Salon: An outdoor literary arts salon
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2pm PDT
"New & original written work that longs to live beyond the page."
Alia Beeton & Shannon DeJong MC and read new material along with Nicole Zimmerman, Scott Schafer, andTony Vigorito. Shannon and Alia are Da Salon's co-founders: "co-conspirators since their tweens, and still dishing up mischief and malarkey in middle-age."
GATHERING: A Women Who Submit Anthology
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 at 4pm PDT on Zoom
I was a featured reader as a contributor in GATHERING: A Women Who Submit Anthology. WWS empowers women and non-binary writers to submit their work for publication. This virtual event, hosted by Roar Shack, is on Zoom.
Write Around the World with AWA
Monday, May 24, 2021 from 3–5pm PDT on Zoom
I again joined 60+ AWA workshop leaders offering donation-based writing sessions. This year's fundraiser raised $10,700 for scholarships offered to a quarter of AWA leadership training participants.
The proceeds benefit Amherst Writers & Artists and its mission:
to support the voices of established & emerging writers, to free silenced & marginalized voices, and to promote respect for the artist in all writers through the use of the AWA method, developed by Pat Schneider and described in her book, Writing Alone and With Others.
Managing Director, Katie Frank, sent me the following survey feedback from a participant in my group:
“I was especially impressed by the quality of writing produced by attendees, and Nicole's rapid turnaround with very pertinent, ‘real,’ and encouraging feedback.”
Interested in writing with the Amherst Writers & Artists method? For more info about my 2-hour workshops click here or check out other writing sessions offered by AWA-trained workshop leaders around the globe.
Hypertext Review virtual launch
Thursday, August 27, 4–5:30 PDT
At this virtual launch party for Hypertext Review Spring/Summer 2020, I read a 5-minute excerpt from “Politeness Will Not Protect You,” an essay contest finalist and nomination for The Best American Essays. You can read the piece online at Hypertext Magazine. Purchase $15 print copies at the HMS shop. Register online.
Redwood Writers Salon
Saturday, August 22, 1–2pm PST
Enjoy 4-minute readings from published pieces or works in progress by twelve members of Redwood Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club. The month's theme is ‘Sheltering: Turning inward. Reaching out with words. Staying connected.’ The salon provides a warm, welcoming, and supportive setting. No critique, just respectful listening. For the Zoom link, register at the Salon RSVP.
Writing for Literary Journals: Demystifying the Publication Process
This event has been CANCELLED due to shelter-in-place
Copperfield's Books, Petaluma, CA
What are literary magazines and how do writers get published by them? Come learn about how to submit your short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and flash/hybrid texts to journals like Memoir Magazine, Zyzzyva, and The Missouri Review (samples will be available). We’ll cover topics such as: online vs. print publication; calls for submissions and where to find them; writing contests and themed issues; word counts and other guidelines; cover letters, copyright, and contracts; rejections (boilerplate vs. personalized); tracking tools like Duotrope and Submittable; and more. Come with your questions!
Write Around the World with Amherst Writers & Artists
Throughout the month of May, AWA workshop facilitators across the globe volunteered to offer donation-based writing sessions, with proceeds to benefit AWA and its mission. Check out the blog post on my session!
Online Reading: Creative Sonoma's Emerging Writers
May 11, 2020
Zoom & YouTube
This online reading featured several award-winning writers of poetry and prose: the inaugural recipients of Creative Sonoma’s 2019 Discovered Award for Emerging Literary Artists plus judges Elizabeth Stark and Ellen Sussman. I read an excerpt from my essay "Late Bloomer," which was published at Halfway Down the Stairs.
Going Public with Personal or Political Work: Artist Discussion
December 12, 2019
Museum of Sonoma County
A selection of "Discovered" artists shared our experiences and insight on going public with literary and visual art work on topics that may be controversial, very personal, or just uncomfortable to talk about.
November 22, 2019–Feb. 2, 2020
Museum of Sonoma County
I read at the VIP opening reception for Discovered: Emerging Artists of Sonoma County.
In Cahoots Residency
November 16, 2019
As a day-use resident in the writing studio, I read at an artist reception at The Hatchery Gallery.
October 24, 2019
I read travel tales from Australia at the Sitting Room in Penngrove.
Tantalizing Travel Tales
October 10, 2015
I participated in this reading series at the Mill Valley Public Library hosted by Lisa Alpine.
September 27, 2009
The Bay Area book tour for The Best Women's Travel Writing anthology, published by Travelers' Tales, launched with a reading at Book Passage—home to the annual Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.