Updated! March Program: Working Stiffs: Get Your Murder Scene Right

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED WITH THE HOPE THAT WE CAN RESCHEDULE IN SEPTEMBER. WE WILL PROVIDE UPDATES ABOUT MEETINGS AS THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS SITUATION EVOLVES.

 

WRITERS FORUM PRESENTS A SPECIAL EVENT

WORKING STIFFS: GET YOUR MURDER SCENE RIGHT

MARCH 14, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

IN THE MCCONNELL FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS MEETING ROOM

800 Shasta View Drive, Redding CA

 

Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner (Scribner, 2014).

First Cut (Hanover Square, January 2020) is their debut novel, launching a forensic-noir detective series with a plot that involves opioid traffickers in San Francisco.

Photo by Amal Bisharat

Dr. Melinek began training as a New York City forensic pathologist two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks. She performed autopsies, investigated death scenes, and counseled grieving relatives. She was a medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and is internationally known as a medico-legal consultant.

T.J. Mitchell, her husband and co-author, is an author with an English degree from Harvard who worked in the film industry before becoming a stay-at-home dad and novelist. They live and work in San Francisco, where they are writing Cross Cut, the second book in the Jessie Teska series. Cross Cut is coming from Hanover Square in January 2021.

Attendees should be aware that there will be graphic photos during this presentation so that writers can accurately portray the work of a forensic pathologist in their stories.

THE EVENT IS FREE TO MEMBERS OF WRITERS FORUM. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME AT $20 PER PERSON. BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE EVENT OR IN ADVANCE AT REDDING BARNES & NOBLE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MUST RSVP BY MARCH 11 VIA EMAIL:

writersforummembership@gmail.com or writersforumprogramchair@gmail.com

PLEASE BE PREPARED TO PAY $20 AT THE DOOR: Cash, check or money order. No credit cards. Checks and money orders payable to Writers Forum.

 

 

 For details visit www.reddingwritersforum.com or email writersforumprogramchair@gmail.com

March Program: Working Stiffs: Get Your Murder Scene Right

Writers Forum presents a special program in March.

We are pleased to announce a presentation from co-authors Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell.

 

WRITERS FORUM PRESENTS A SPECIAL EVENT

WORKING STIFFS: GET YOUR MURDER SCENE RIGHT

MARCH 14, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

IN THE MCCONNELL FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS MEETING ROOM

800 Shasta View Drive, Redding CA

 

Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner (Scribner, 2014).

First Cut (Hanover Square, January 2020) is their debut novel, launching a forensic-noir detective series with a plot that involves opioid traffickers in San Francisco.

Photo by Amal Bisharat

Dr. Melinek began training as a New York City forensic pathologist two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks. She performed autopsies, investigated death scenes, and counseled grieving relatives. She was a medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and is internationally known as a medico-legal consultant.

T.J. Mitchell, her husband and co-author, is an author with an English degree from Harvard who worked in the film industry before becoming a stay-at-home dad and novelist. They live and work in San Francisco, where they are writing Cross Cut, the second book in the Jessie Teska series. Cross Cut is coming from Hanover Square in January 2021.

Attendees should be aware that there will be graphic photos during this presentation so that writers can accurately portray the work of a forensic pathologist in their stories.

THE EVENT IS FREE TO MEMBERS OF WRITERS FORUM. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME AT $20 PER PERSON. BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE EVENT OR IN ADVANCE AT REDDING BARNES & NOBLE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MUST RSVP BY MARCH 11 VIA EMAIL:

writersforummembership@gmail.com or writersforumprogramchair@gmail.com

PLEASE BE PREPARED TO PAY $20 AT THE DOOR: Cash, check or money order. No credit cards. Checks and money orders payable to Writers Forum.

 

 

 For details visit www.reddingwritersforum.com or email writersforumprogramchair@gmail.com

End of Summer Events

Writers Forum has one more month of our summer break. Meetings will resume on September 8 for Linda Boyden’s Jump Start Your Writing with Poetry presentation.

In the meantime, you can tickle your creative itch by attending any of several other events in the last half of August.

The Outsiders

Currently running at the Riverfront Playhouse is a production of The Outsiders, based upon the coming-of-age novel by S.E. Hinton. There has also been a movie version based upon the book starring…well…the Brat Pack of the early 1980s.

The show runs for the remaining weekends in August. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for matinee shows, and $25 for closing night. You can buy your tickets at the door, or purchase them early here. Riverfront Playhouse is at 1629 East Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA.

 


 

 

Spoken Word Night

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Spoken Word Night at The Bohemian Art Loft meets next Monday, August 20. Come and read from your works to a live audience. Several Writers Forum members regularly participate. This is another opportunity to share our work beyond Writers Forum’s own semi-annual Read Around. Even if you don’t think you have anything to share, those who do love an audience!

The Bohemian Art Loft is at 3304B Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to cover the costs of the free refreshments.

 


 

Out of Our Father’s House

Also in August, The Center for Spiritual Living in Redding will host a stage production of Out of Our Father’s House: A Historic DocuDrama.

“This moving play is drawn from the diaries, journals and letters of six different women.They are seen as they grow up, marry, bear children and face being ostracized. Out of Our Fathers’ House is taken entirely from the diaries, journals and letters of the 18th,19th and 20th century women portrayed. Told through monologues created from the actual writings of the women, this play is designed as a hypothetical conversation between these ladies who lived at various times over a period of almost two hundred years. In spite of the differences in their eras, these women are united through the common challenges of their efforts to grow “out of their father’s house.””

The show opens on Friday, August 24 at 7 PM. The show will run Friday and Saturday at 7 PM for two weeks, closing on September 1. Saturday matinee shows will be at 2 PM. Admission is $15. Call (530)221-4849 for tickets. The Center for Spiritual Living is at 1905 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA.

 

Another Opportunity to Read From Your Work

If you enjoy Writers Forum’s semi-annual Read Around, then tomorrow night (Monday, June 18) you will want to head over to the Bohemian Art Loft on Bechelli Lane for Spoken Word Night.

Spoken Word Night is back after a year-long hiatus. It is “an evening for serious poets, writers, playwrights, storytellers, comedians, actors of all genres. No censorship.   Audience welcome. ”

Unlike the WF Read Around, there is no five minute time limit on your piece.

Bohemian Art Loft is located at 3304B Bechelli Lane Redding. The program begins at 7:00 PM. Spoken Word Night will continue on the third Monday of every month. There is no charge for the event, but donations are accepted.

It’s Time to Read!

It’s time for our semi-annual Writers Forum Read Around.
Both members and the general public are invited to the Writers Forum to read a selection from their writings.
To remind everybody…
  • Readings are limited to five minutes. This includes any explanations for your piece you think you made need. If it takes you two minutes to set up your piece, you only have three minutes left to read. The clock starts when you get up in front. Plan accordingly!
  • Everybody is welcome to read, but Writers Forum members have priority and will read first.
Our Read Arounds can be the most popular meetings of the year. Writers have shared poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, essays, memoir, humor, and non-fiction. We have a diverse group. Come and support one another!

Read Around is also a potluck! Bring a finger-food to share. Remember…bring items ready to serve. We do not have access to the refrigerator or the microwave.

Writers Forum meets at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA. The meeting runs from 10:30-12:30.

Live Reading at Shasta College Tonight

You can support local writers by attending a reading tonight at Shasta College.

Students in the Script Analysis and Playwriting class at Shasta College will be reading from their works beginning at 6:00 in Room 638. They will read from original plays, monologues, and scenes.

Admission is free, and the reading will be followed by a meet and greet. Refreshments will be available at the meet and greet, also at no charge.

Please go out and support our local writers!

Shasta C Announcement

Terri Farley Critique Opportunity

Do you have a manuscript ready to go that you would like to have a professional author look over? Now is your chance!

Best-selling author Terri Farley will be speaking at the Writers Forum meeting on November 11. After her presentation, Terri is offering to have one-on-one critiques on  with individual authors on ten pages of their material. There are two things you need to know for this to happen…

  • There is a $40 fee. Some of this fee comes back to Writers Forum as a fund raiser.
  • Terri needs your ten pages in advance of her visit, so she has time to read your work and give you a well thought out critique.

The deadline for submissions is coming up very quickly…October 25. Yes, you read that right…next Wednesday.

You can contact Jennifer Levens directly by phone at (530) 722-0504, or e-mail at theatermaven2@gmail.com ,  or you can speak to her at tomorrow’s Writers Forum meeting.

If you have a manuscript ready to go, this is a great opportunity for a profession opinion on how to improve your chances for publication.

Good luck, and have fun.

See you tomorrow for Anna Elkins’ presentation on poetry!