Welcome to Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club

We are a nonprofit professional organization open to writers in every genre and at every level of experience, from novice to notable. Our purpose is to promote fellowship with community readers and writers alike, and to provide practical information that supports all members in achieving their publishing goals.

Next Meeting, October 12th, 2016

7-9 PM

Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists Church Sanctuary, 1625 Salvador Avenue, Napa



The Journey of Writing a Book, Learning Bad Habits, and Telling Jokes

with Yuri Kagan

yuri-kaganNapa Valley Writers will host Yuri Kagan, a nice Jewish boy, or at least that’s what it says on the JDate profile his mother created for him. Kagan is a dry-humor, observational, deadpan comedian who talks about growing up with an entire family from the Soviet Union without holding anything back. He has been profiled in SF Weekly, and has performed in SF Sketchiest, on Comedytime.tv, and in comedy clubs all over the country.

Kagan will share his journey on writing his book, getting the book together physically, and why he chose to self-publish.

 Jan M. Flynn will be October’s NVW Member Reader. Flynn posts weekly to her Write On jan-m-flynnblog at JanMFlynn.net.  She will read “Sub,” a Young Adult Fiction piece.




October 29, 2016

Napa Valley Writers Club Workshop



Word Painting: The Power of Vivid Description

Presented by Amber Lea Starfire

We all know good description when we read it — a writer so skillfully paints a portrait of a character, a place, or a situation that we find ourselves immersed in the story. The real world fades away as, in our imaginations, we smell the oiled leather of our protagonist’s saddle and feel his thirst as he licks his cracked, parched lips; we see the desert stretched before us, watch heat waves rise in bright undulations from amber sands; we hear the soft plod of the horse’s hooves as they sink into the sand; and we root for our hero to find that water hole we know must be there if he is to survive.

Time — 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location — Synergy Medical Fitness Center, 3421 Villa Lane, Napa, CA 94558


Please see the EVENTS tab on this website for all the details.



For more information about our branch and activities, please contact Kathy Thomas, Kathy Thomas, Board President

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Napa Valley Writers Inaugural Anthology – 2016 – Submissions closed, August 15th, 2016

In partnership with the San Fernando Valley Branch.

Thank you to everybody who submitted to our inaugural Anthology. The response has been tremendous and we thank you for your participation.

Over the next two months, the team of readers, reviewers, and editors will be hard at work getting the submissions ready, and arranging for the publication.

Check back for future progress reports.

To become a member of NVW, please contact info.napavalleywriters@gmail.com

You may want to take a look at other pages here for updated news, membership application, or contact Kathy Thomas for more information.


Recent Events included a guided cruise on the Napa River, NVW Board Election, Open Mics, and a Salon.

  • The NVW member newsletter is provided to all members and interested friends each month.
  • NVW members take part in on-going critique groups to improve their craft and help one another.

Thanks for stopping by – looking forward to seeing you soon.



Kathleen Thomas, 2016-2017 President


Marianne, Ann, & Ana = Panel


Roberta Wright, 2016-’17 Membership Chair


Doug Brozell – Anthology Guy


Sarita and Michael





Beclee Newcomer Wilson

Beclee Newcomer Wilson


Sterling Anderson, Screenwriter, Author, Educator

JANET Fletcher photo

Author Jordan Rosenfeld

Author Jordan Rosenfeld

Bonnie Durrance

David Cogalton

David Congalton, Screen writer & Radio Host

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Bill Moore Author & member

Scott Evans

Scott Evans

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Patsy Ann Taylor & Sue Kesler

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Bo Kearns Member reader

Guest speaker enjoyed by all

Ethel Rohan, Author & Guest speaker

Ann Holmes -

Ann Holmes, Member


Sue Kesler & Santa


Marilyn Campbell, Author & member


Afternoon @ Robert Louis Stevenson Museum


Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Visit

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Bo Kearns, Lenore Hirsch, Tim Carl

Bo Kearns, Lenore Hirsch, Tim Carl


Josh Mohr, Author


Tony Kilgallin, The Wine Guy


Gary Silva, Member & poet



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