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The Writer’s Life: Staying Focused in the Time of Pandemic
Learn how a panel of Bay Area writers has been coping, and maybe find some strategies that you can apply to your creative practice.

Moderator Carole Bumpus: Carole is the author of a series of historical novels and companion cookbooks, including "Cup of Redemption" and "Recipes for Redemption;" "Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table;" and the forthcoming "A Summer to Remember: Searching for Culinary Pleasures at the Italian Table." She is a past president of the California Writers Club SF Peninsula Branch.

Korie Pelka has been published in Fault Zone: Strike Slip and performed original works for Women’s Journeys, a reader’s theater event. Korie serves as secretary of the San Francisco Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club and is exploring the world of fantasy and memoir.

Megan McDonald was named Literary Stage "Exhibitor of the Year" at the San Mateo County Fair in 2018, and also placed in that contest's poetry and fiction divisions in 2019. More recently, she read a pair of personal essays at Bay Area Generations, a literary salon. She is at work on a novel about how the threat of wildfire impacts ranching and agriculture on the West Coast.

Audrey Kalman writes fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. Her book, “Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories,” was shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award. She is the author of two novels and numerous short stories and currently serves as president of the San Francisco Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club. In early 2020, she was selected as a literary residents at the newly-formed Shuffle Collective.

Mark Dooley: Mark has won awards for writing argumentative essays and has published short stories in literary magazines. Currently, Dooley is querying his first novel, a murder mystery set in gold rush San Francisco and working on a contemporary comedy caper set in the South Bay.


Jul 14, 2020 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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