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2010 San Mateo County Fair, California


Our stage is located in the Fiesta Hall

Try to park as close to Gate C (where the big white tent is) because that’s closest to Fiesta Hall (the second building from the south end of the fairgrounds)

San Mateo County Fair fine arts stage map for literary events

Literary programs are free. or 650 574-3247 for county fair admission/ticket info.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

12:00 12:45  Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Dance Troupe

12:45 1:30  Fine Arts Dept Awards Ceremony

Tribute to Darlene Harney

Special Fine Arts Awards, Best of Show, category sponsors & winners

1:30    2:30  Creative nonfiction workshop with Geri Spieler: “The Housewife Assassin:

Local Girl Takes Aim,” Or, how a sweet girl from a nice family turned deadly

2:30 3:30  Sci Fi/Fantasy Workshop with Laurel Anne Hill: Building New Worlds and

Creating Compelling Characters:  Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

3:30  4:15  Awarding the Heroes Arise novel chapter contest and winners’ readings

4:15  6:30   Awarding SciFi/Fantasy short story contest and winners’ readings

Literary Winners Circle readings – short stories, essays, and poems by winners Philip Gin, Yvonne Dechant Lorvan, Roberta Woo (Best of Show, Poetry), Bwawna Panwar, and others

Sunday, June 13

9:00 1:30  Regional youth piano recital

1:30  2:45     Music by COPUS, an indigenous fusion Renaissance funk ensemble

2:45  3:15     Verna Dreisbach’s Capitol City Young Writers literary/musical group

3:15 4:15    Workshop with literary agent Verna Dreisbach

4:15 4:30  Presenting The Why We Ride award and winner’s reading

4:30 5:30  The Power of Memoir Workshop with Linda Joy Myers

5:30 6:00  Presenting the Power of Memoir prize & winners’ readings

6:00  7:00  Literary Winners Circle readings – short stories, essays, and poems by

contest winners Lucy Murray (Best of Show, Essay), Melanie Denman, Philip Gin, Yvonne Dechant Lorvan, Roberta Woo and others

Monday, June 14

12:30 1:30  Teen writer SeanTraynor reading his award-winning children’s short stories

Celeste McCarty: Performance poetry

1:30 2:30  Theater Games: Lead with your Team! for children ages 7-12 with Royd Hatta

2:30    3:30  Shu-Hsien Ho Step into a World of Fantastic Creatures: Creative Writing for Kids 3:30 4:30  Beth Barany 12 Stages of the Writer’s Adventure Workshop

4:30 5:15  Music by Maureen Brennan, Harp Soloist

6:00 7:00  Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Belly Dance Troupe

Tuesday, June 15

3:30 5:00  Open Mic readings: Ida Lewenstein, Ollie Welch, Larry Stewart, Jo

Carpignano, Darlene Frank

5:00 6:00  Joyce Robins Memoir Workshop: “Aunt Lydia’s Trousseau”

6:00 6:40  Open Mic readings:  Sal Zohar, David Hirzel, Margaret Davis

6:40 7:00  Tory Hartmann, President SF/Peninsula California Writers Club Awarding The Most  Promising Writer of the Year & winner’s reading

7:00 8:00  Workshop with CWC member Mary Hanna: How to Write Funny: Tips and

Tricks to Liven Up Your Writing

8:00 9:00  Workshop with CWC member Mary Knippel: Coaxing Creativity

9:00  10:00  Poetry performance by Celeste McCarty

Wednesday, June 16

11:00 4:00  Onsite Painting with Karlene Ryan in the Fine Art department

3:00  6:00              Self-publishing Workshop with Celeste McCarty

Poetry performance

Fiction Genre Workshop with Frank Kahren, “Brand Loyalty,” and Anastasia

Blackwell, “The House on Blue Lake”

6:00 7:00  Performance by Judgement Day, a three piece “string metal” band

7:00 8:00  Performance by singing group Ol’ Blue Genes

Thursday, June 17

3:00 4:00  Blessing Ceremony by the Deeksha Givers

Honoring “Carry the Light” recipient Bob Squeri

4:00 5:00  Stacey Grewal Gratitude Workshop

5:00 6:00  Soldiers Angels presentation

6:00 7:30  Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Belly Dance Troupe

Friday, June 18

2:00 3:00  Performance by Judgement Day, a three piece “string metal” band

Saturday, June 19

Local Authors Book Day with Beth Barany, Anastasia Blackwell, Elizabeth Block, Jo Carpignano, Ellen Chong, Jon Cory, George Cunningham, M.D., Margaret Davis, Darlene Frank, Stacey Grewal, Mary Hanna, Tory Hartmann, Vinnie Hansen, David Hirzel, Kimmelin Hull, Frank Kahren, Mary Knippel, Ines Villafane-Leon, Judith Marshall, Celeste McCarty, Joyce Robins, Teresa LeYung Ryan, Geri Spieler, and others.

12:00 12:45  Author check-in and set-up

12:45 1:15  Roving MC Tory Hartmann introducing book fair participants

1:15  2:00  Audience participation: Guess Who’s the Liar? with mystery writers Vinnie

Hansen, Frank Kahren, and Beth Barany

2:00 3:00  Panel: So You Want to Write a Novel: Four Bay Area novelists discuss

their experiences and offer tips for aspiring fiction writers.  Meet Teresa

LeYung Ryan, Margaret Davis, Judith Marshall, and Jon Cory; moderated by

Geri Spieler

3:00 3:30  Q&A: Author Q&A: Publishing –the traditional route or self-publish?

3:30 4:30  Where Memoir and Fiction Cross Over with Elizabeth Block

4:30 5:00  Q&A: OK, so you’ve written your book.  Now how do you promote yourself?

5:00 and on  Anastasia Blackwell presents: Creative Marketing for Authors: an evening of

collaboration using various artists and art forms to market your book.

Sunday, June 20

Mid-day Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Belly Dance Troupe

Other performances to be announced

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Bardi Rosman Koodrin!

See you there!


Teresa LeYung Ryan

Writing Career Coach Teresa says: “Build your name, beat the game, be happily published.”


Teresa LeYung Ryan uses her novel Love Made of Heart to:

  • celebrate immigrants
  • inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas that their parents suffer
  • help survivors of family violence find their own voices



Linda Joy Myers

Last year on a panel at the San Mateo County Fair/Peninsula Festival,  I had so much fun with buddies Martha Alderson and Luisa Adams and moderator Tory Hartmann.  This year buddy Margaret Davis asked if I would like to be on a panel with her. So, two months ago,  when Bardi Rosman Koodrin at San Mateo County Fair asked me if I wanted to present again, I said “yes!” She’s a joy to work with.

2010 San Mateo County Fair Peninsula Festival logo

How to Prepare for a Presentation as a Panelist

Margaret Davis did a load of work identifying California Writers Club members who have published novels, and would be available on Saturday June 19, 2010 at 2:00pm to be on the panel at the San Mateo County Fair/Peninsula Festival. The four panelists:  Margaret Davis, Jon Cory, Judith Marshall, Teresa LeYung Ryan.

Margaret came up with a fabulous title and description for our talk:

Four Bay Area novelists discuss their experiences and offer tips for aspiring fiction writers.

Margaret also asked us for our bios and photos and she emailed the compilation to Bardi.

Geri Spieler graciously said “Yes” to being our moderator and asked each panelist to provide questions and topics that we would like to cover.  Here are Geri’s questions and the answers I emailed to her:

Geri:  I’ll introduce you so please send me no more than three sentences about you and your work.

  • Author Teresa LeYung Ryan wears two hats.  As a novelist, she uses her book Love Made of Heart to shed light on secret agonies suffered by mothers and daughters in domestic violence.  As a writing career coach and creator of Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published, Teresa helps writers identify their mission statements to attract agents, publishers and fans.

Geri:  Send me two questions regarding writing craft.

  • Teresa, in interviews you’ve revealed that the themes and subject matters in Love Made of Heart are autobiographical.  Did you start out writing a memoir or a novel?
  • Teresa, would you share one trade secret about story-telling?

Geri:  Please communicate with the other three panelists if you don’t already know each other. I know Margaret Davis and Judith Marshall; I will study Jon Cory’s website.

Geri:  Please tell me anything particularly unique about you that pertains to your writing

  • “I am the only Teresa LeYung Ryan (my middle name LeYung was created to honor my mom), but, my protagonists represent the many women, children and men who survived similar experiences that I have.  I was a witness to domestic violence–a girl who felt helpless, ashamed, angry, guilty and voiceless. Decades later, I found a way to help the child-in-my-heart. Through the characters in Love Made of Heart, I encourage survivors of violence and witnesses to violence to find and fortify their own voices through writing.”  Teresa LeYung Ryan


Margaret Davis (Straight Down the Middle) is a sociologist who is also the author of Families in a Working World and A Practical Guide to Organization Design.  Her second novel, Katie Carlisle, will be available soon.

Jon Cory (A Plague of Scoundrels).  Retirement enabled him to return to creative writing after a career in business.  His debut novel received the 2009 Independent Publishers’ Silver Medal Award for popular fiction.

Judith Marshall (Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever) is the owner of Kelso Books, a publishing house.  Husbands has been optioned for the screen and her second novel, Staying Afloat, will be available soon.

Teresa LeYung Ryan used her novel Love Made of Heart to shed light on secret agonies sufferered by mothers and daughters in domestic violence.  She is also a writing career coach and creator of Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published.

Moderator:  Geri Spieler, author of Taking Aim at the President 650 574-3247  for ticket info. Parking lot is on Saratoga, 1 block before the street dead-ends at Delaware (south side of fairgrounds).

Stage is located in the Fine Arts Dept, which is in the Fiesta Building on the San Mateo Event Center fairgrounds. Vendors have the center block of space, we are in our own separate 2 large room type space and the stage is midpoint. (the technology dept is on other side of vendors).

2010 fine arts stage, Fiesta Bldg, San Mateo County Fair, CA

So, after I attend the Saturday June 19, 2010, 10:00am-noon  California Writers Club  meeting with fellow members for our last meeting before the summer ,  Margaret Davis and I will head out to the San Mateo County Fair, Fiesta Hall, Fine Arts stage to meet up with Judie, Jon, Geri and Bardi.  Hope to see you there!  2:00-3:00pm June 19, 2010


Teresa LeYung Ryan

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