The Power of Where: Setting, Place, and the Hero’s Adventure

I’m going to be running a workshop as part of Redwood Writers 2017 Academy on Joseph Campbell’s concept of the Hero Journey as it applies to exploring setting for writers!

Every story explores a hero’s journey along a path toward discovery. It’s easy to focus on the hero or on the goal, but what about the path? With David Kudler (author, publisher, and editor for the Joseph Campbell Foundation), explore the ways in which you can enrich your settings using the hero cycle explored by Campbell in his classic The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

The Workshop will be Saturday, March 25 from 9:30 to 12:30 in Santa Rosa.

If you sign up for all three monthly workshops, you’ll get a discount; space is limited, so register now!

Redwood Writers Academy 2017


Participate in three Saturday morning workshops focusing on crafting your best work and launching it into the world. These workshops will be your chance to “dive deep” into specific topics with a smaller group. Attendance is limited to 30 and in the past, they have sold out, so register soon if you plan to attend. These workshops will be an interactive learning experience, providing deeper knowledge and new skills.

MARCH 25, 2017

The Hero Journey

The Power of Where: Setting, Place, and the Hero’s Adventure

Every story explores a hero’s journey along a path toward discovery. It’s easy to focus on the hero or on the goal, but what about the path? With David Kudler (author, publisher, and editor for the Joseph Campbell Foundation), explore the ways in which you can enrich your settings using the hero cycle explored by Campbell in his classic The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

David Kudler

David Kudler is an author, editor, and publisher as well as a North Bay native. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of Joseph Campbell Foundation (, where he has shepherded over 70 print, ebook, audio, and video titles to publication. These include Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light, and Sake and Satori, all of which he edited, as well as the 2008 edition of Campbell’s seminal The Hero with a Thousand Faces. He runs his own small publishing company, Stillpoint Digital Press, and released Risuko, his first novel, in 2016. He currently serves as vice-president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

APRIL 22, 2017


Building Your Self-Promotion Platform: From Strategy to Action, Steps for Independent Authors

Connect with fans, friends, followers: it’s done in multiple ways. Authors can’t depend on one type of outreach. We’ll cover some of your options, provide tips and planning tools, and help you decide among various media platforms (social and others). It’s all about relationship-building with your audience.

You have lots of choices: Author profiles and pages online. Blogging. Email. Podcasts. Videos. Speaking. Websites. If you feel resistant to the whole idea of “self-promotion,” if you aren’t active (yet) on any social media as an author, or if you want to improve your current strategy, this workshop will help.

Judy Baker and Judy Reyes will take you from strategy to concrete action steps in building your author platform in small, manageable steps. You will come away with a solid plan of action for growing your platform. You’ll be able to say why people want to know you and read your book.

Learn the 5 essential areas of building your self-promotion platform:
1. Your identity
2. Making a schedule and sticking to it
3. Building relationships and growing your community with email, social presence intelligence
4. Influencers and friends
5. Measuring success

Judy Baker

Judy Baker attributes her love of color to her mother and her love of books to her father. She has been passionate about communication since she was a child. She acted in little theater and studied drama and telecommunication at San Diego State University. Fascinated by the ways in which people behave, Baker studied Organization Behavior at UCSF and went on to become the first Director of Human Resources for Sutter Home Winery. Following the “Great Downsizing of 1992,” she was featured in a story in the Press Democrat as one of the first women in Sonoma County to have a home office.

Baker started off providing graphic design services to small businesses and expanded her services into marketing. Now, this past president of BAIPA specializes in working with authors.

Judy Reyes

Judy M. Reyes, aka The Document Diva, helps authors set up the nuts and bolts of their marketing platforms. She provides solid advice and good sense around using social media, blogging, and email marketing. Judy’s an admin and computer whiz who has the patience to work on computers long after others have gone screaming into the night. Clients find her to be reliable, persistent, and loyal. The Document Diva deftly delves into the devilish details of self-publishing, providing admin support with good humor and creative competence.

Judy began as a solopreneur with “Reliance Admin,” her administrative consulting enterprise. She is now embarking on a partnership with Judy Baker on “Book Marketing Mentor” to offer strategic marketing coaching with admin expertise. The “Two Judys” are dedicated to mentoring self-publishing authors as they devise and execute effective marketing plans for their books.

JUNE 3, 2017

Creative Nonfiction

Writing Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction as a genre is both young and misunderstood. Careers have been built on the telling of true-life adventures but lost again when the line was crossed between fact and fiction. What, then, is the definition of this young genre? How can writers come to understand it? Does it include getting creative with writing memoir? In this workshop, we’ll look at breathtaking examples of creative nonfiction, discuss how to approach it, and learn its rules and how to honor them. We’ll write and share, explore how to turn real-life adventures into gripping accounts and dare to tell the truth.

Rebecca Lawton

Rebecca Lawton is a writer, geologist, and former Colorado River guide who has published in Aeon, Brevity, Hakai, More, Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, Undark, and many other journals. She is the author and co-author of seven books, including the creative nonfiction collection Reading Water: Lessons from the River, a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Bestseller and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year finalist. Her writing honors include a Fulbright Scholarship, Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, WILLA for original softcover fiction, Waterston Desert Writing Prize, three Pushcart nominations, Best American Science and Nature Writing nomination, and residencies at Hedgebrook, The Island Institute, and Playa Fellowship Program. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from U.C. Santa Cruz, and she has taught writing workshops at the Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference, North Coast Redwood Writer’s Conference, Women Writing the West Conference, and many other venues.