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, September 14th, 2016

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


How to Navigate the World of Self-Publishing and Promotion


 Napa Valley Writers will host John Byrne Barry, author of Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher., which won the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Best Book 2015 Award.

Barry will speak about BAIPA and how it has helped authors like himself navigate the complicated world of self-publishing and promotion. As P.T. Barnum once famously said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing!”

His presentation will also focus on editing and rewriting, and his personal Twelve-Step Editing Process. With the ease of self-publishing, too often authors publish their books too soon—before they have been thoroughly edited.

Along with Bones in the Wash, Barry has written Wasted, a “green noir mystery set in the Berkeley recycling world.”


Lenore Hirsch

Lenore Hirsch will be September’s NVW Member Reader. After a career in education as a teacher and administrator, Hirsch now writes in many genres that include features and a humor column in the Napa Valley Register, “Boomer Blues.” She will read a fictional piece, Joy Ride, which was selected by Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions for their “Lucky Shorts” presentation in June of 2016.


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 – Now accepting submissions.

In partnership with the San Fernando Valley Branch we are pleased to announce we will publish our first anthology of short stories and poetry in 2016.

anthologyPlease click on the link for details on how to enter your contribution.

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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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