Write Now!

I am writing this short post as the first day of 2016 draws to a close. I hope it was a beautiful day in all ways for you.

If you are visiting my blog because you are interested in attending one of my workshops or one-on-one intensives, please know that my current schedule is fully booked. If you would like to keep posted about dates and descriptions of my future workshops and events and/or openings for one-on-one consulting, please send me a quick note.

I wish you a magical year filled with everything you love.

Onward and upward … and all the best,

Kathy

Join me for an evening with acclaimed author Cyra McFadden on Monday, October 19. The program starts at 7 p.m. at Folio Books, located at 3957 24th Street in San Francisco, and is part of the Odd Mondays cultural salon, which I co-curate.

We’ll take a look back at The Serial, Cyra’s sharp-witted, best-selling spoof of life in mellow Marin County, circa 1977. So get your act together, come let it all hang out, and get in touch with how surprisingly relevant this satirical novel still remains today. Maybe we haven’t come as far as we thought, after all …

The evening will include:

  • Dramatic readings from The Serial
  • Cyra in conversation with me about what she is reading and writing and her thoughts on today’s publishing world
  • A reading by Cyra from her Pulitzer Prize-nominated family memoir, Rain or Shine
  • Q&A with the audience

Be hip, hang loose, and join us. Halter tops and hip-huggers optional.

About Cyra McFadden

Cyra McFadden is a Bay Area novelist and journalist. Her first book, The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County, was a bestseller in the United States and in the United Kingdom and was made into a motion picture by Paramount. The Serial has been reprinted numerous times, and most recently, was published as an ebook by Apostrophe Books, London, in 2013. Her second book, Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category of non-fiction. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, and other magazines, as well as local and national newspapers.

Grab a notebook and pen, pull up a chair, and join me at one of the public writing workshops I’ll be leading this September. Keep in mind that advance sign-up is required, and the spots fill quickly.

Here’s what’s happening:

*Write Now! @ Folio Books on Tuesday, September 1 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This monthly free-writing adventure is all about getting words on the page … without judgment or inhibition. We’ll use prompts from lots of intriguing sources to channel our muse … and best of all, we’ll walk out the door with more words on the page than when we came in.

To keep things cozy, we have eight participants maximum at this workshop. A donation of $5 reserves your spot at the table. Funds will go to support The Children’s Book Project, a San Francisco non-profit that helps build literacy by providing books to children who need them.

Advance sign-up is required through Eventbrite.

**Lunch Prose @ The Library on Tuesday September 15, 22, and 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

Did you know that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson wrote his first play during lunch hours while working at a Chicago advertising agency? On his lunch break as an art curator, Frank O’Hara walked the streets of Manhattan, jotting down observations and ruminations that eventually grew into Lunch Poems, his acclaimed book of poetry.

Inspired by Wilson and O’Hara, Lunch Prose @ the Library, sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, is a noontime word jam. I will dish up inspiring, imaginative prompts to get you started on your writing endeavor.

All genres and levels of writing experience are welcome and encouraged to attend this intimate 12-person writing group. Advance sign-up is required through Eventbrite or by calling the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library at 415-355-5707.

***Spontaneous! A Pop-Up Literary Salon on Friday, September 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a Secret Location.

This exhilarating evening of literary spontaneity reimagines Gertrude Stein’s elite 1920s Paris salon by combining impromptu writing, dynamic open mic sharing, and lively conversation and socializing in a beautiful, light-filled Mid-Market art gallery.

I’ll create an energetic, supportive atmosphere suitable for all levels where you can flex your creative muscles, celebrate writing and self-expression, and connect with interesting people.

For more information and to sign-up, visit Sosh.

****Write Now: A Pop-Up Word Jam on Monday, September 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a Secret Location.

We’ll take a page from the literary era of yore, when iconic writers like Hemingway, Anais Nin, and Allen Ginsberg gathered at beloved cafés from Paris to San Francisco to write. At this pop-up, we’ll come together as an intimate group to write after hours inside a cozy, charming coffeehouse.

 For more information and to sign-up, visit Sosh.

If you have any questions about these workshops or the private workshops, retreats and one-on-one intensives, I conduct, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I  look forward to writing with you soon!

Odd Mondays returns from summer vacation on August 31, when we present “A Literary Swap Meet.”

I hope you’ll join me and Odd Mondays co-founders Ramon and Judy Sender for this intimate, casual end-of-summer program during which friends, writers and neighbors will gather to read aloud to one another from our favorite literary works and engage in conversation about the power of story. You’re welcome to sit back, relax and listen to others … or share an excerpt from one of your favorite books or stories. Slots to read are filling quickly, so if you are interested, please email me soon.

I look forward to seeing you on August 31 at 7 p.m. at Folio Books.

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Need a catalyst to start getting words on the page again?

Join me for Write Now! @ Folio Books, a monthly free-writing adventure. I provide prompts from lots of intriguing sources to help channel the muse and get you writing again. The next dates are August 4, September 1 and October 6.

This workshop is a perfection-free zone, and all genres and levels of writing experience are welcome. So pull up a chair, bring your favorite notebook and pen and write with us.

Here are the vitals:

  • Write Now! is held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Folio Books.
  • To keep things cozy, I have eight participants maximum at each jam.
  • A donation of $5 reserves your spot at the table. Funds go to support Children’s Book Project, a San Francisco non-profit that helps build literacy by providing books to children who need them.
  • Advance sign-up required at Eventbrite.
  • Got questions? Email me.

I look forward to writing with you soon …

My best,

Kathy

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If you’re in town on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day evening),  please join me and a potpourri of both published and emerging San Francisco writers as we share a sneak peek of our current works in progress at “Just a Taste: Bite-Size Readings of Poetry and Prose in Progress.”

I’m curating this fun, fast-paced evening, which will feature Joe Sutton, Mercilee Jenkins, Diane Frank, Olivia Boler, Andrew McIntyre, Pauline Scott, Arete Nicholas, Sharon Cox, Mitchell Friedman, Mariah Adcox, Maya De La Rosa-Cohen and more. The evening is part of the Odd Mondays cultural salon, which was founded in 2001 by Ramon and Judy Sender.

The location is Folio Books, 3957 24th Street in San Francisco. The program starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Hope to see you on May 25!

My best,

Kathy

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Stop the presses! I’ll be reading some of my new work at the Odd Mondays cultural salon on April 13.

I hope you’ll join me and three stalwart members of the monthly Write Now! @ Folio Books workshop I lead–Mitchell Friedman, Beverly Tharp and Dana Vinicoff–for “There Are So Many Things I Want to Tell You”A Write Now! round robin reading of stories, memories, vignettes and true confessions.

Here are the vitals:

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Folio Books, 3957 24th Street, San Francisco

Here’s a little bit about me, Mitchell, Dana and Beverly:

Kathy Dalle-Molle’s mission is to lead with words … by writing, speaking and guiding others to achieve their dreams through writing. She teaches students of all ages and levels of writing experience in public, private, academic and corporate settings. She is building a community of writers who believe in using the power of words to make a difference. Over the last 25 years, Kathy’s journalism, essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous print and digital publications. As an editor, writer and researcher, she has collaborated on more than 75 non-fiction books, including several bestsellers. Recently, she served as the research director and chief editor of renowned photojournalist Rick Smolan’s globally crowdsourced multimedia project, The Human Face of Big Data. Kathy loves new ideas, new challenges and meeting new people.

Mitchell Friedman has been a Noe Valley resident for 25 years, having moved to the Bay Area from New York to pursue graduate studies in history at Stanford University. He currently serves as Associate Dean, Student/Alumni Affairs and Career Development at Presidio Graduate School, and has taught extensively at numerous local universities. Mitchell earned a Doctorate in Education focusing on Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Modern European History from Stanford University and a B.A. in History from Brandeis University. He also is accredited in Public Relations.

Beverly Tharp grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, when it was still a territory.  During her mid- to late-teenage years she lived in Paris.  After college, she retreated to Kona, where for nine years she sold bikinis from all over the world.  Each day, gazing out the store window at the turquoise ocean, she dreamed of escape. Finally one day she flew to San Francisco to study painting and poetry. She married a musician and learned photography. At last she was saved.

Dana Vinicoff came to San Francisco in 1974 to go to law school, and never left. She has retired after 31 years as a legal writer, editor and publication manager. In between acting gigs and community organizing, she writes creative non-fiction with any group she can find, maintains her blog and tries to massage her writings into one or more collections that some people might enjoy reading.

I hope to see you on April 13!

Onward and upward,

Kathy

I start my mornings by reading one of the reflections in Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie. I’m almost always inspired, and at this point, I can’t imagine a time when opening this book and reading one of Beattie’s meditations wouldn’t be a part of my daily routine. This reflection is one of my favorites:

Learn to Live with Unfinished Projects

Whether your project is sewing a dress, reading a book, writing a book, building a home, or learning a lesson on your journey, learn to live comfortably with unfinished work. Whatever you’re working on, whatever you’re in the midst of doesn’t need to be finished, in perfect order, with all the loose ends in place for you to be happy.

For too many years, we worried and fretted, denying ourselves happiness until we could see the whole picture, learn the entire lesson, cross every t and dot each i. That meant we spent a lot of stressful time waiting for that one moment when the project was complete.

Enjoy the stages of the process you’re in. The first moments when the germ of the idea finds you. The time before you begin, when the seed lies dormant in the ground, getting ready to grow. The beginning, and all the days throughout the middle. Those bleak days, when it looks like you’re stuck and won’t break through. Those exciting days, when the project, the lesson, the life you’re building takes shape and form.

Be happy now. Enjoy the creative

process–the process of creating

your life, yourself, and the project

you’re working on–today. Don’t

wait for those finishing moments

to take pleasure in your work

and your life. Find joy all along

the way.

Onward and upward,

Kathy

“If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” –Roald Dahl

I wake up every morning to work I love. I lead with words … writing, speaking and guiding others to achieve their dreams through writing. Whether you are working on a book, a launch plan for a new business or creative endeavor … or your own personal growth, I inspire, support, challenge … and get results.

If you are interested in joining the community of writers I am building, please get in touch. Although my private workshops and one-on-one intensives are currently filled, I will have some new programs (and openings) coming soon. In the meantime, I welcome you to join the monthly community free-writing adventure I lead at Folio Books. I look forward to connecting with you …

Onward and upward,

Kathy

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Write Now! is a monthly freewriting adventure that’s all about getting words on the page … happily, freely, without judgment or inhibition. I hope you’ll join me for one, two or all three of the upcoming dates this spring: March 3, April 7 and May 5.  For more details, please email me at dallemolle.kathy@gmail.com.

Here’s what a few recent participants have to say about Write Now!:

“As someone who is looking to up my writing practice and ‘find my voice,’ I’ve found Kathy’s skillful facilitation of our monthly writing group meetings to be a boon to my effort. Her savvy insight into the art and science of writing has been especially meaningful to me.”–Mitchell Friedman, Ed.D.

“At the first of Kathy’s prompts, we sit and write, quickly, furiously, with occasional sighs. We don’t stop for 10 minutes. So many words on the page, almost effortlessly. We have gathered, and we are writing. What a great feeling. Sometimes we read what we’ve written, sometimes we don’t. It’s okay. It’s always rewarding. I love Write Now!” –Beverly Tharp, photographer

“Write Now! has brought out thoughts and words from me that I never thought of or expressed before, and as a writer, I am always seeking new thoughts to write about. Kathy has something going on in this workshop that can help many writers.” –Joseph Sutton, author of 10 books