2020 Writing Workshops in Rural California Communities

Between February and June 2020, writers will hold community writing workshops at rural locations throughout California as part of the Rural Libraries Tour. California Center for the Book continues to partner with Poets & Writers to provide these workshops free of charge to rural libraries and communities. Rural library staff work closely with community partners to reach adults and intergenerational groups. Each writer brings their own experience and expertise to the workshop in a unique and engaging way. Each library has received a selection of 20 books (pictured above), including titles selected by their visiting writer. Is a workshop coming to a location near you? See the list below.

Library System Writer Date Time Coordinator
Mendocino County Library – Round Valley Branch Susan Wooldridge 02/21/2020 (Friday) 3pm – 5pm Josh Bennett
Riverside County Library System – Coachella Library Olga Garcia Echeverria 03/14/2020 (Saturday) 1pm – 3pm Veronica Evans
El Dorado County Library – Georgetown Branch Susan Wooldridge 03/28/2020 (Saturday) 1pm – 3pm Sharai Smith
Nevada County Community Library -Truckee Airport Community Room Susan Wooldridge 04/09/2020 (Thursday) 4:30pm – 6:30pm Megan Lloyd
San Diego County Library – Alpine Branch Olga Garcia Echeverria 04/11/2020 (Saturday) 3pm – 5pm Jenne Bergstrom
Solano County Library – Rio Vista Library Susan Wooldridge 04/18/2020 (Saturday) 12:30pm – 2:30pm Kevin Tolley
Tulare County Library System – Exeter Branch Library Marisol Baca 04/22/2010 (Wednesday) 6pm – 8pm Veronica Casanova
Kern County Library – Delano Branch Library Tim Z. Hernandez 04/23/2020 (Thursday) 5pm – 7pm Sherry Wade
Watsonville Public Library Tim Z. Hernandez 04/24/2020 (Friday) 4pm – 6pm Dolores Wiemers
Imperial Public Library Olga Garcia Echeverria 04/25/2020 (Saturday) 1pm – 3pm Ember Haller
Monterey County Free Libraries – Soledad Library Tim Z. Hernandez 04/25/2020 (Saturday) 11am – 1pm Sarah Hoeffel
Mariposa County Library Marisol Baca 05/30/2020 (Saturday) 10am – 12pm Karen Dusek
Mono County Library System – Coleville Library Marisol Baca 06/06/2020 (Saturday) 11am -1pm Christopher Platt
Shasta Public Libraries – Redding Library Susan Wooldridge 06/16/2020 (Tuesday) 5:30pm – 7:30pm Brad Shackleford

Please contact the coordinator listed for each location or email us for more information. Be sure to follow @CaliforniaCenter fortheBook on Facebook and Instagram for the latest details about the Rural Libraries Tour.

A heartfelt thank you to the writers, library staff, and partners!


California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.