Fall events!

Wednesday, September 24, 7-9pm. Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma: Get Lit Reading Series with Kara Vernor, featuring guest readers Molly Giles, Peg Alford Pursell and Siamak Vossoughi

Tuesday, October 7, time TBA. Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma: Project Censored Banned Book event

Thursday, October 9, 6pm. Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa: Changing Hurt to Hope: Writers Speak Out Against Domestic Violence anthology Gala Book Launch

Saturday, October 18, 6pm. Elbo Room, San Francisco: Lit Crawl SF: Misfortunes in Love and Life: A Comedy / Storytelling Event (A Get Lit! event,co-hosted with Kara Vernor) featuring  Lila Cugini, Amanda Janik, Bianca Licata, Stephen Thomas, Ian Tuttle and Hilary Zaid

Saturday, October 18, 8:30pm. Dijital Fix, San Francisco: Lit Crawl SF: Broken Record with Chris Cole, Evan Karp, Lyz Luk and Andrew Paul Nelson

True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison

Do you have an idea brewing for a personal essay or memoir but missing the motivation to get it on paper? Do you already have a completed essay that you’d like to breathe some new life into? Are you in the beginning stages of writing your story but not sure which direction to take it? Whether you’re writing for your own pleasure or have a piece you’d like to send out for publication, this workshop is for you!

In this four-week class, we’ll discuss the art of the personal essay, and all that comes with it– vulnerability, issues with confidentiality, self-reflection, and more. We’ll also engage in writing activities and have opportunities to receive feedback and support with fine-tuning manuscripts.

Love, loss, travel, parenting, humor, tragedy– all topics welcome!

Dates: Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25
When: 6:30pm – 9pm
Where: Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa (near Julliard Park)
Cost:$100- $175: Limited scholarships available
$50 deposit required – balance due at first class meeting unless other arrangements are made.

*Class size limited to 12 participants

Please email Dani at danisavestheworld@yahoo.com to register

Instructor Bio: Dani Burlison teaches autobiography writing classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and has been a staff writer for a Bay Area alt-weekly, a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and a book reviewer for The Los Angeles Review. Her writing can be found at The Chicago Tribune, Utne, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable, Prick of the Spindle and more. Her collection of personal essays was published in December 2013.

Upcoming Radio Interviews

I’ll be on KBBF Radio’s DJ Broken Record Show tonight, June 23; 9-11pm: 89.1 FM in the North Bay

 

 

 

The interview will have a re-broadcast tomorrow, June 24 at KWTF Radio. It can be heard at 88.1FM (in the North Bay) or at  KWTF.net

 

Here’s what DJ Broken Record has to say:
“Tonight on The Broken Record Radio Show: Super Famous Local Writer and Longtime Acquaintance and Very Important Community Member Dani Burlison will be in the house to talk about her writing, her activism, and prolly a bunch of awkward stuff about parenting. 9pm-11pm on KBBF 89.1 FM all over Northern Cali! If you have any questions of comments for Dani while we’re on the air give us a call at (707) 545 0318.”

Get Lit turns ONE!

For June we’re celebrating our FIRST BIRTHDAY! Our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Summertime! Awesome writers! Petaluma! Good wine! Sunshine! All of it! And to help us celebrate are three Sonoma County-based writers: Guy Biederman, Amanda Janik and Frances Lefkowitz and YOU on the open mic.

You really don’t want o miss this. We might have cupcakes or a piñata! Or a kissing booth!

Wednesday, June 25; 7-9pm. Free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, Get Lit features guest readers with a short open mic immediately following. Authors will have books and other materials available to purchase. Corkscrew will have fantastic wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and deserts for sale at the bar, as well. Get Lit is a 21+ event.

Summer!

I have a few special events and readings coming up around the Bay Area this summer (which I will announce soon). In the meantime, please enjoy this summer jam:

Interview at SF Weekly

The fabulous Evan Karp interviewed me for his weekly “The Write Stuff” blog at SF Weekly, which is perfect timing, as my book just came out at Amazon.

 

 

 

Here’s an excerpt:

When people ask what do you do, you tell them… ?

“Until almost a year ago, I was a staff writer at an alt-weekly in Marin County and a freelance writer for a few other places. Now I teach creative/autobiography writing to older adults through a community college where I live. I still write articles here and there, including a small travel column that I co-write for The Chicago Tribune. I’m also working on my second book.

Plus, I’m a full-time single mom of two teens. That shit takes a whole special and complicated supernatural skill set. Keeping them alive and relatively well-adjusted this long is my biggest accomplishment to date. I like to think of myself as a sorceress.”

You can read the rest here!

 

 

Sweet Adeline’s Book of the Month Club: March 2014

Meet, greet and discussion about Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, 3350 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California; Sunday March 30, 2-3pm.

Sweet Adeline Bakeshop is proud to announce its Featured Book of the Month Club! Each month we will feature work published by a local author, culminating with a meet the author event and book discussion on the last Sunday of the month 2-3 pm. We are committed to featuring work by a diverse body of writers and will include a wide array of genres. (For more information or if you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please contact ebabzfest@gmail.com.)

The pick for March is Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories 

Books will be available at Sweet Adeline on March 13 and can also be purchased here.

Or for your Kindle at Amazon

About the book:

Dani Burlison’s collection of essays, named after her McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column of the same name, is an exploration of the wacky, shameful, ridiculous and heartbreaking topics that the rest of us don’t want to talk about. Part anthropological research on new age practices, part memoir with humorous and often brutally honest self-reflection,Dendrophilia covers the most absurd taboos that you never thought you actually really want to talk about.