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Susan Osborn on "Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing"
12:30 PM12:30

Susan Osborn on "Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing"

Tell a Tale to Connect, Inspire, and Influence:

Tap the Power of Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing

In the highly competitive world of writing and publishing it’s easy to forget that all transactions come down to people connecting with people. Stories connect in the most intimate and personal way possible. Nothing surpasses a good story for the purpose of engaging our hearts and minds.

This one-hour presentation will demonstrate ways to get your message across through the time-tested, compelling medium of storytelling. You will learn how to:

  • Use four kinds of springboard stories
  • Create a story bag
  • Apply “The Story Spine”

About the presenter:

Susan Osborn, a writer, storyteller, and president of LifeThread Publications, has taught writing courses in numerous business organizations and universities. She has also served as the editor of the Lockheed Opserver, and as a staff writer for Senior Spectrum, High Technology Careers Magazine, and the Washington Women’s New Journal. Her articles have appeared in Judo Magazine, Countryside Magazine, The Employment Times (Maine), The New Leaders (San Francisco), The Fielding Magazine (Santa Barbara), The San Jose Business Journal, and Performance and Instruction Quarterly. She is the author of Awful Bosses Coloring Book; and The System Made Me Do It! A Life Changing Approach to Office Politics (which reveals the root stories of five types of organizations). Her chapter demonstrating “How Stories Build Teams and Teamwork,” appears in Wake Me When the Data Is Over: How Organizations Use Storytelling to Drive Results.

Susan taught graduate courses on leadership and storytelling at Chapman University for five years. She has led storytelling workshops for American Society of Training and Development, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Department of Social Services, CSUS-Continuing Education Division, East West Bookstore, The Hipsters, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Organization Development Network, Sacramento Institute of Noetic Sciences, Storytellers Guild’s “Tellabration,” Unitarian Universalist Society, and the World Future Society.

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WhatchaGot? SJVW Branch Member Showcase
12:30 PM12:30

WhatchaGot? SJVW Branch Member Showcase

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WhatchaGot? Members 5 minutes each to showcase their writing journey. 4color optional guidelines provided: passions/plans/actions/outcomes


We will freewrite and share our descriptions of ourselves as writers, loosely following the 4color method:

  • Red-desire
  • Blue-plans
  • Purple-actions
  • Green-outcome

and responding to the prompt found at which shows examples from writers if you want to take a look. Feel free to bring your works-in-progress and your published works as well to show and talk about.

AGENDA San Joaquin Valley Branch California Writers Club Saturday, August 11, 2018

Call to Order & pass around Minutes: Scott Evans

Pass around Sign In Sheet: Jennifer Hoffman. Reminder of Dues

Introduction of WHATCHAGOT: June Gillam Origin of Whatchagot. Take 5 minutes to showcase your writing journey. 4color guidelines: passions/plans/actions/outcomes and How would you describe yourself as a writer?

Break and networking


Summer/Fall Lineup Every Tuesday, Drop In Critique Sessions, 5:30 p.m. UOP Library

September 8 -- Susan Osborn on "Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing"

October 13 -- Great Valley Bookfest, in Manteca, San Joaquin Valley Writers Booth.

November and December: We meet in the Taylor Room, upstairs

Communications: Anthony Marinelli, Website report Harlan Hague: Yahoo What’s Up? Pamela Pan, Twitter Account

Officers Reports: Treasurer: Financial Situation Secretary: Minutes Approval

Adjournment: Scott Evans

Manuscript Critiques, in adjacent small room.

SJVW Board Meeting: 2:30 in main room.

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12:30 PM12:30

Andy Jones, Poet Laureate of the City of Davis

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Jones teaches at UC Davis and hosts “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on radio station KDVS. Committed to outreach and cross-disciplinary thinking, Andy works with creative writers as advisor to Nameless Magazine, a journal of creative writing at UCD; as a technical and marketing advisor for The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble; as faculty advisor to Absurd Publications, a press founded by a number of his poetry students.

In the Davis community, Andy chairs the Cultural Action Committee. His publications include an essay on Beat Art and Poetry in Lifescapes Magazine, a book chapter on teaching writing and literature with Twitter, and three books of poetry.
The founder and CEO of Eager Mondays, LLC, Andy uses his web design, professional development, and social media marketing skills to support authors, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Winners of the Arts Advocacy Award established by Eager Mondays include the Sacramento Poetry Center, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, the Davis Poetry Book Project, Absurd Word Press, and the Golden Crown Literary Society.

Andy lives in Davis with his wife, their three children, and their English bulldog, Daffodil Jones.


Andy Jones, Poet Laureate of the City of Davis

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Lisa Slabach, Author of Degrees of Love
12:30 PM12:30

Lisa Slabach, Author of Degrees of Love

Lisa Slabach, Author of Degrees of Love, set in Silicon Valley

Join us for Lisa Slabach’s presentation on “Women's Fiction—what defines the genre and its unique appeal—and techniques for writing deeply emotional content.” Saturday, April 14, 12:30, UOP Library Community Room. 

Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Davis, California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.

Under the working title Broken, the first chapter of Degrees of Love was published in the Blue Moon Art and Literary Review. Broken won the 2012 Merritt Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded Second Place in the Fire and Ice Contest for Women’s Fiction. Prior to publication, Degrees of Love was recognized as a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Review. Degrees made its full-length publishing debuted December 2017 and has been nominated for a 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews.

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12:30 PM12:30

Joshua Mohr, Author of the new memoir Sirens

This month's speaker will be Joshua Mohr who says he earned a black belt in "truth telling" during the writing of his 2017 memoir Sirens.  As one of many rave reviews puts it: "Sirens immediately earns a place on the list of great addiction memoirs, and then it gets better." -- electric literature.  Josh will speak about his experience writing both memoir and fiction as he also has authored five novels including the quirky Damascus, set in San Francisco, which the New York Times called "beat-poet cool."  He is the founder of Decant Editorial and an instructor in the Stanford Novel Writing Certificate program.  More on Josh is at

Joshua Mohr

After the regular meeting there will be a critique group gathering in an adjacent room.  All are welcome whether you have something to read or would just like to help other writers by offering your opinion or advice.  If you would like to read, bring six copies, double-spaced, and no more than ten pages.

If you are looking for a local conference, then I have great news for you.  On May 4th, 5th, and 6th the annual Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held in historic Mokelumne Hill.  The conference is offering a wide variety of topical workshops given by local presenters as well as some from as far away as Wisconsin, New Mexico, San Diego, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and S.J. Valley.  The combination of the presenters' extensive expertise, credentials, and backgrounds, as well as the beautiful setting will make your experience an enjoyable and relaxing one.  Please be sure to click the link and check out the guest speakers and workshops.

Gold Rush Writers

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