Join us before the general meetings to participate in a Writers Table. These are short (40 minutes or so) informational or practice session on the craft of writing. Hosted by Mt. Diablo members, these sessions cover many topics of interest to writers.
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September 12, 2020
Writing for a Cause: Finding purpose in your writing
Presented by Lucinda Jackson and Jill Hedgecock
Everyone writes for a reason. It could be to document your life’s story in a memoir or bring out an emotion in a poem, but if a writer digs deep enough, they may find a deeper purpose to their life stories, prose or verse. Moral values that could blossom into a cause that informs your writing could include environmentalism, animal rights, LGBT, human rights, poverty, hunger, racial, peace, gun control, minorities, etc. Through examples of what motivated her writing, Lucinda will talk about her motivation to write for social change around women’s place in society and Jill will discuss how her love for animals morphed into causes that shifted the direction of her novels.
Lucinda Jackson is the author of the memoir Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious. As a PhD scientist and global corporate executive, Lucinda spent almost fifty years in academia and Fortune 500 companies and has published articles, book chapters, and patents. She is an international presenter and speaks on radio and podcasts. Lucinda is at work on her second book, an exploration of freedom and risk-taking after leaving a structured life. Lucinda and her husband recently served as Peace Corps volunteers in Palau and as science teachers in Mexico. They live near San Francisco. Connect with Lucinda or find her book at: https://lucindajackson.com/
Jill Hedgecock is an award-winning and internationally-published author. Her love of animals has taken her writing journey in new directions. She writes a dog rescue column for The Diablo Gazette. Rhino in the Room, Jill’s debut novel, was a Solo Medalist Winner in Travel/Adventures Abroad for New Apple’s Book Awards for Excellence. She has three rescue dogs and is infected with a travel bug that led her to visit rhinos in Africa. Visit www.jillhedgecock.com to learn more.
Upcoming Writers Tables
October 10, 2020 – No Writers Table due to workshop
November 14, 2020 – TBD
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