South Bay Writers Upcoming Events

Monday, June 8, 2015


Pat HansonDo you have a compelling, yet difficult, memoir you want to share but don’t know how to pursue it? Author and seasoned health and human sexuality educator, Dr. Pat Hanson, will detail her own journey in memoir writing, and the insights she gathered along the way.

Born of Pat’s quest to be part of the grandchildren’s lives she has been kept from seeing, her memoir Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not, provides a blueprint for ‘virtual grandparenting.’ Learn how she transcends self- and industry-imposed obstacles to develop a successful media campaign.

Pat will discuss how she:

  • Wrote an excellent non-fiction book proposal, marketed it to agents, had an offer, and still decided to publish independently;
  • Overcame her own and her family’s reaction to her story-sharing with ‘the world;’
  • Reviewed and used more than 27 ways to ‘get her voice heard out there;’
  • As an author, faced her fears of Facebook and other social media;
  • Balanced her time between continued writing and book promotion;
  • Entered contests; and
  • Undertook the grueling but enlightening recording of her audio book.

Dr. Pat Hanson is a seasoned health and human sexuality educator, public speaker, workshop facilitator, and writer. Former co-chair of the Monterey-Santa Cruz chapter of The National Writers Union, she has emceed “Open Mikes for Writers” monthly for 15+ years. She lectures nationally on “Aging Positively” and is a columnist for the magazine Crone: Women Coming of Age ( Her first book, Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not, was published in November 2013, and the version will be released in June 2015.

DATE: Monday, June 8, 2015

COST: $15 members / $20 non-members (includes $10 for dinner)

LOCATION: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose

6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm General Meeting
7:10 pm Break
7:30 pm Guest Speaker: Pat Hanson
8:30 pm Networking & Dessert
9:00 pm Close



Next Potluck Sessions May 12 and May 27

Need to vent your writing frustrations? Analyze writing challenges? Learn ways to improve?

talkshoplogo-150TalkShop is a new writers group designed to discuss such topics as visualization, cadence, point of view, dialogue, writing challenges and tips, and so much more. Each meeting will be held the last Tuesday of every month and will feature a specific topic. TalkShop will not be held in April. Instead, it will be held on May 12 and May 27 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The “potluck” meetings are casual and comfortable and will be held at the home of meeting leader Carole Taub. Bring a light dinner item to share. Dessert, wine, coffee, and water will be provided.

You may sign up via (South Bay Writers) or RSVP to Carole at Email Carole for location information.