Upcoming Events!


Tuesday, May 19; 7-9pm: Inside Storytime Reading
La Movida Wine Bar, San Francisco. $5

Wednesday, May 27; 7-9pm Get Lit Reading Series
Corkscrew Wine Bar, Petaluma. Free.

Thursday evenings in July: 4 Week “True Stories” Writing Workshop
Location: TBA

Spring is Springing in Sonoma County!

Upcoming events:

Sunday, March 8; 10am-12pm: Springtime Morning Jumpstart Writing Workshop
Arlene Francis Center. $35-50/sliding scale

Saturday, March 14; 7:30pm: Rolling Writers Landscapes “California” Authors event
Rolling-Out, 1722 Taraval St., SF. Free

Wednesday, March 25; 7-9pm Get Lit Reading Series
Corkscrew Wine Bar, Petaluma. Free.

April 2015; Short Story debut in Tahoma Literary Review

Happy New Year!

After some health issues put me out of commission for several months, I am back on my game and have some fun upcoming events planned!

Me, Siamak Vossoughi, Peg Alford Pursell, Molly Giles and Kara Vernor at our last Get Lit!

Thursdays Jan. 8 – Jan. 29: Four week “True Stories” Writing Workshop for the New Year in Santa Rosa, CA. Email me at danisavestheworld@yahoo.com for more information.

January 12-May 21:I’m teaching four SRJC Autobiographical Writing classes for older adults this semester. More info here.

Wednesday, Jan. 28;7pm: Get Lit! Reading Series, co-hosted by yours truly and Kara Vernor at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma. Our January readers include Ariel Gore, Mindela Ruby and Kate Folk!

Wednesday, Feb. 11; 7:30pm: I’ll be reading at a book launch for Mindela Ruby’s “Mosh it Up!” at Pegasus Books in Berkeley.

Ongoing: I’m pretty psyched that I’ve recently become a regular contributor at KQED Arts. You can check out my latest stories here!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!


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.


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: