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Monthly Meetings for 2018

Unless otherwise noted, our meetings


$20 for members
$30 for guests/non-members

and are held at

White Rock Community Center
10488 White Rock Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741

(click here for Google Maps)

Check in begins at 9:30; brief business program begins our presentation at 10 a.m.

Please RSVP to Anna at

You may pay by check (made out to SVR-RWA) or with cash.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Writer, Heal Thyself:

What Authors Need to Get RIGHT About Medicine

(Procedures & Professions)

with Author Amy S. Peele

Cost: $20 Current SVR Members; $30 for guests

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Bring your characters to this interactive workshop where Amy will create medical scenario’s they may find themselves in, whether they like it or not. Everyone knows the devil is in in the detail and getting the diagnosis, surgery, or symptoms of a disease correct will not only educate your reader it will also increase your credibility as a writer. Amy has been a nurse for forty-four years, thirty -five of that in organ and tissue transplantation. She also went to  Second City in Chicago for a year because she needed levity to balance her work world. Life and death is crazier than fiction so we’ll have fun creating a medical condition that’ll  kill your character or they’ll survive from. Then they can make mad passionate sex to the doctor or nurse that saved their life.

About our speaker: 

Amy S Peele was born and raised in the Chicago area, and now lives in Marin County in California. Having spent thirty five years working in the field of organ transplantation, she brings a fresh, knowledgable, and humorous new voice into the world of mystery novels. In addition to killing people in her murder mysteries, she enjoys meditating, teaching yoga, swimming, and pursuing her spirituality by studying the teachings of Deepak Chopra. 



October 5 - 7th, 2018

3-Day Writing Retreat with Damon Suede

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Waiting List Currently Available.


The all-inclusive cost of this weekend includes:

  • Hands-on Writing Workshops with Damon Suede

  • Meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday, breakfast and lunch. Snacks will also be provided throughout the weekend. Coffee, tea, and water will be available the entire time.

  • Private room with desk and sink/vanity (common bathrooms)

  • Goodie bags

  • Quiet atmosphere that include outdoor meditation sites, beautiful location, easy driving distance from Sacramento and surrounding areas.

  • A great group of writers!


Cost and Registration

Registration Type

                       Registration Opens



                             February 5th


Early Bird Open Registration

                                 April 1st


Late Registration 

                                August 1st


Registration closes on September 1st.

Registrants must pay the entire fee in full to be registered for this event. We will have a waiting list. Those on that list will have 48 hours after being contacted via email to pay their registration IN FULL. After that 48 hours, we will contact the next person on the list. 

Questions, please contact retreat coordinator Anna J Stewart at