How do we find the courage to craft our narrative truths?

Sometimes we embed those truths into our fictional stories, poems and essays. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, mining the emotional landscape of a story gives it power. 

Through writing exercises, reading, and discussion, we will explore how we can be more effective storytellers. We will look at examples from writer's like Dani Shapiro, Sandra Cisnero's, Darrin Strauss, and Tim O'Brien.

Come prepared with a brief paragraph about the story you need to tell. 

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir PIECES OF MY MOTHER (winner of the 'Best Nonfiction Book of 2105' selected by The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association).

We encourage pre-payment to hold your spot. For more information, or to register with pre-payment, please contact workshop coordinator, Doug Brozell at

Workshop registration fee is $25 for members of Napa Valley Writers, and $45 for non-members.

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  • Occurred Saturday, September 16th, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


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3421 Villa Lane
Napa, CA 94558

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