My latest talk was on Social Media for the Sierra Writers Conference
Social Media
How to start, how to stay, how to conquer

One of the more overwhelming aspects of marketing your book is managing social media. Think of Social Media as an exponential tool: focus on creating 100 fans, and those fans will share with their 100 fans, and those fans will share . . . well, you get the idea.  Since there is no such thing as the best social media channel, learn which one will work best for you and your project.  We will also discuss what to say, how to say it, and most importantly – why do this at all?

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Speaking at Sierra Writers


What a great event last August!  Poetry reading flyer


info@HealdsburgCenterfortheArts.com –  130 Plaza St Healdsburg, CA 95448

Healdsburg Arts CouncilAn evening of readings and music is set for Wednesday, August 17, 7-8:30PM when Healdsburg Center for the Arts welcomes nineteen writers and three musicians for a literary evening responding to the Reflections | Shadows exhibition.

Featured will be Renée Owen accompanied by musician Brian Foster, Sherrie Lovler accompanied by Joe Meeker on sax, and Timothy Williams, accompanying himself on guitar.

Also reading prose and poetry are: Sharon Coleman, Judie Cosmo Peterson, Amanda Yskamp, Julia Vose, Ann Carranza, Karl Frederick, Cynthia Helen Beecher, Lois Benson, Catharine Bramkamp, Peg Alford Pursell, Thea Cutler, Steven Wight, Terry Ehret, Thomas Gearen, Kevin Pryne, Vincent Martellacci.


Here is what I read:
An Average Summer Day

when the fog did burn off
and the sun rang full
over a blue sky so that perfect
was close to attainable

we walked outside
me and my conscious

I passed by a huge picture window
framing the action of what hoped
to be an exclusive salon

Inside a woman with her back to
the window
wearing CEO hair
Reads the local paper

the window is so clean
I can read over her shoulder

Woman disappears
the headline reads
we both scrutinize the article
separated by glass and silence

Which one of us
Is still missing?

 Use Broken poetry

Poetry Reading!

Thank you Marin Poetry Center for a wonderful experience.

Shout out to Marin Poets Claire J. Baker, Kosrof Chantikian, Linda Enders, Carol Griffin and Margaret Wagner who read amazing poems!  The room was packed- standing room only!  If you missed this reading, there are more check out the Marin Poetry Center.

Sponsored by the Marin Poetry Center

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4 easy short paths to enlightenment
5 essential elements to success
9 ways to write a best seller
3 top social media strategies
13 things you need to know right now

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WNBA-SF event

Loved our WNBA event, Women Ignited.

From the Program:  Catharine Bramkamp is Chief Storytelling Officer for Winesecrets.com. She creates and maintains social media programs for small companies and authors working to promote their books. What are the five critical activities on Social Media for authors?

Here is my handout from my five minute expert talk:Social Media Graph for writers


Call me to speak at your book group, a writing club or a group interested in trends in publishing, social media solutions, how to start up a book project, or (random) how to travel with your parents.


  • “I greatly admire you and your work and your humor! You are a fun presenter!”– Beth Barany, Author/Speaker/Bestselling Author’s Book Coach
  • “I learned a lot while laughing in your breakout session.”- Aletta De Wal
  • “I really enjoyed your talk. I like how you broke it up into three basic points. Also, your sense of humor is awesome. I bought your book and am reading excerpts of it to my English classes at the community college where I teach, the College of Alameda.” Thanks again for your savvy and passion.”– Wendy, Writer and College Instructor


  • Redwood Writer’s ConferenceBook, Don't Write Like You Talk
  • Rotary Clubs – District 5130
  • Rotary Assembly – District 5130
  • Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce
  • BACN
  • BAIPA conference
  • Northern California Storybook and Literature Festival
  • Redwood Writers library panels (on writing)
  • University of Phoenix Scholars
  • Writers Who Mean Business
  • Workshop – Borders in Roseville
  • Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere, San Rafael Harbor, Valley of the Moon, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park/Cotati, Vallejo
  • Writers Intensive Workshop
  • Writing Workshop – Tomes in Grass Valley
  • Rancho Cotate High School
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Empire Breakfast Club
  • Day of the Book
  • SF Writers Conference
  • Redwood Writers Conference
  • Sonoma County Book Festival
  • National Women’s Book Association


Social Media for small business.
What can you do about Social Media?  Just exactly how social do you need to be?  Can you succeed in this new format while managing your business?  Learn what to do and how to do it.

Build a Book and They Will Come –
Why writing or creating a book is good for business. Catharine will tell you why and how to write your business book. Author of Don’t Write Like You Talk: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Practical Writing and Editing – look thinner through better syntax. Learn how good grammar and excellent syntax can make you smarter in just a few sentences.

Podcasting, Talk your Way to Success
Learn from the producer of the Award nominated Newbie Writers Podcast how to start up a podcast of your own. Why it matters, how to book guests, what to ask, how to structure your show and how to work with a co- host. Newbie Writers Podcast

Take the quiz, what kind of publishing options will work best for your personality?
Includes the quiz and interpretation and explanation of what publishing options are possible and more importantly, desirable.

Newbie Writers – write!
How to get started, how to create that book, all the tips a Newbie may need.