Posts Tagged ‘2015’

Orinda Bookstore and The Missing Kennedy Memoir

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Here’s the announcement regarding my book signing at the Orinda Bookstore.  Hope you can join me!
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Event address:

276 Village Square
OrindaCA 94563-2504

Rose Marie “Rosemary” Kennedy was the first daughter born to Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph P Kennedy Sr. At the age of 23 she underwent a labotomy which left her unable to walk, talk or perform basic human tasks and was sent to rural Wisconsin to a Catholic run home for the mentally disabled. There she was looked after for 35 years by Sister Paulus Koehler, the authors aunt. The Missing Kennedy is an insightful, important and poignant memoir that chronicles Rose’s life and includes many never-before-seen private photos, Kennedy quotes from the author’s interviews, and anecdotes about Rosemary and her famous family.

Come and hear author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff discuss the research and work behind the book (recently featured cover story in PEOPLE Magazine Sept 14th) and share her own personal relationship to Rosemary.

2015 Summer Writing Programs for Students

Monday, May 4th, 2015
at the Storyteller Bookstore
Get inspired this summer!
OR stop by the Storyteller FOR
Storyteller Junior Editors
Read and review upcoming books!
Ideal for opinionated readers and writers interested in the world of publishing, book reviewing, and copy-editing.
cost $115
includes materials, light snack, and copies of our annual publication, Wordwaves
Incoming Grades 2-5:  5-6:30 pm
Middle/High School:  7-8:30DATES

June 25,
July 16,
July 30,
August 13
Wordplay Creative Writing Workshops 

Perfect for writers and poets interested in learning new poetic techniques and the skills of crafting stories.  Attend all sessions, or sign up for one.
cost $30/ session or $100/series
includes a notebook, light snack and an opportunity to publish work in our publication,  Wordwaves
Young Writers:  (ages 8-11)  4:30-5:30 pm
Teen Workshop (12-up)  6:00-7:00 pmDATES

June 20,
July 18,
Aug. 1,
Aug. 15

$$ Essay Writing Contest $$ YOU can WIN!

Friday, May 1st, 2015


Essay Writing Contest

Want to try yourself in essay writing? Don’t miss the opportunity to receive the evaluation by professional writers and win a cash prize! Winners will be featured on our blog and social media pages.


Essays are accepted from March 16, 2015 till May 17, 2015. Winners will be announced on May 25, 2015.


  • Your submission should be between 800 and 1,200 words and double-spaced
  • Essay should be written in English
  • Submit your work in the following format: Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf), PDF
  • By sending an essay, you confirm that your work is unique and previously unpublished. No plagiarism please!

Remember that we accept one submission per participant. No entry fee is required.


  1. Education in Digital Age: Opportunities and Threats
  2.  Creativity In School: How Art Can Be Leveraged
  3. Relevance Of Classic Literature For Today’s Students
  4. Do Colleges Actually Prepare Students For Successful Career?
  5. Writing Essays at College: Why It’s Important


1st place – $400
2nd place – $250
3rd place – $150

How To Participate

Email your essay to [email protected]. Include your full name, date of birth, country and college/university name (if any). Subject line should be “JetWriters Essay Contest”. Attach your work and name it according to the topic you have chosen.

Share this opportunity on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and don’t forget adding #EssayContest and #EssayWritingContest.

If you have any questions, send them to [email protected] or leave a comment below.  For more information, visit

Keep calm and write a winning essay!

Author Eric Elfman presents “How to Hook Them From the First Page”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Eric Elfman will present “How to Hook Them From the First Page” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

He will explain how to introduce your main character, begin with conflict and tension, write a dramatic opening line, use active voice, create a sense of mystery, and make the reader turn the page!

Eric Elfman is the author of twelve books for kids and young adults, co-author of Tesla’s Attic and Edison’s Alley, three novels based on TV’s The X-Files, and four screen plays which have been sold to Hollywood studios. He’s a faculty member of the Big Sur Writing Workshop, and a writing coach to award-winning authors.

Sign-in is from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm, luncheon 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, including a short business meeting, and speaker from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Registration is $20 for CWC members, $25 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, April 8.. Contact Barbara Bentley at [email protected], or by phone at (925) 212-4727.  Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation. To sign up via PayPal, click “buy now” on the Mt. Diablo website: Add $2 transaction fee.


The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: