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The Writers' Lunch: Creating Literary Community

This event will be conducted via Zoom. Register and you will be emailed the Zoom credentials.

Why is community important as part of the writing process, and how can we develop a strong community of support for writers? Join author and founder of Lit Camp and Page Street co-working, Janis Cooke Newman, for a conversation on how to create your own literary community. Panelists include members of Page Street, Creative Caffeine Daily (an online community for writers), and the Lit Camp community.

A companion tour of Page Street is slated for June 30 at 12:30pm.

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of a memoir and two award-winning historical novels. Janis has also been a well-published travel writer for the past two decades. Since publishing her first book in 2001, Janis has been committed to helping other writers get their work out into the world. In 2009, she started the highly successful writing classes program at the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and curated them for 5 years. In 2012, Janis founded Lit Camp, a juried writers conference now held every year at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. In 2020, Janis launched an online community for writers called Creative Caffeine Daily.

Keli Dailey is an award-winning journalist, performer and educator. She uses her multimedia storytelling skills and grit to advance truth, democracy, liberation and the common good. Keli currently teaches media classes at the University of San Francisco, Saint Mary's College of California and Mills College, where she also leads the Communication program. She has held posts at outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, TIME magazine’s Asia Bureau and the San Diego Union-Tribune. In 2013, Keli was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

Susanne Pari is a novelist, journalist, essayist, book reviewer, and author interviewer whose writing focuses on stories of displacement and belonging, of identity and assimilation, of trauma and resilience. Born in New Jersey to an Iranian father and an American mother, she grew up both in the United States and Iran until the 1979 Islamic Revolution forced her family into permanent exile. Her first novel, The Fortune Catcher, has been translated into six languages and her non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio. She divides her time between Northern California and New York. Susanne's new novel, In the Time of Our History, will be published soon.

Jackie Davis Martin has had a number of fiction and non-fiction pieces published in both print and online journals, including prizes awarded by Press 53, New Millennium, Soul-making Keats, and others. A memoir, Surviving Susan, was published in 2012 and a novel, Stopgaps, in 2022 and she is currently working on a new memoir, Those Several Summers.

The Writers' Lunch is a casual and virtual brown-bag lunch activity on the 3rd Friday of each month. Look forward to craft discussion, informal presentations on all forms of writing, and excellent conversation.

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