Writers-helping-writers Salon meets the third Monday of each month via Zoom for the foreseeable future from 5 to 7 PM.

To attend please RSVP to lois@requist.com

Benicia Literary Arts is a $40 annual membership

BLA sponsors two Memoir Writing Groups that each meet twice a month. BLA membership is required to attend. To inquire about joining, please email  lois@requist.com

GOING THE DISTANCE—NOT THERE YET  brings together writings that offer strength, hope, and solidarity in this time of ongoing viral pandemic, embedded racism, economic hardship, climate crisis, and threats to democracy. This column of poetry and short prose is published weekly in the Benicia Herald and is posted at Going The Distance. Due to space limitations, prose pieces of fewer than 350 words, or poems of fewer than 30 lines, with a maximum of 30 characters per line work best. Send your writing to msgast45@gmail.com

Benicia Literary Arts is seeking volunteers

Benicia Literary Arts is now part of Amazon's Smile charities donation program.

Shop at smile.amazon.com and use this link to direct your donation  Benicia Literary Arts. Amazon will donate to us 0.5% of your eligible purchases with no fees or extra cost. Choose Benica Literary Arts as your charity. 

Benicia First Tuesday Poets’ Group

Who: Anyone who writes, reads, or is even a little intrigued by poetry.
What: Read your poetry for a supportive community; listen to others; take part in conversation.
(The first and third choices are optional.)
When: 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month from September through June

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Welcome! What we do:
Read, edit, and work with authors on their manuscripts
Publish works of literary merit
Hold events that inform and educate writers
Sponsor ongoing writing groups who help each other
Sponsor workshops on writing, publishing, social media


Click here to read the instructions.

In addition to the entry procedure:

An entry fee of $5.00 per poem has been required in the past to help support the Joel Fallon Poetry Scholarship Fund. 2022 has been a hard year for many, so no entry fee required this year. However, your (tax deductible) contribution of $5.00 per poem OR MORE, if you are able, would be greatly appreciated to support the scholarship and cover program expenses for the contest. Donate on-line 

Or by mail: Make checks or money orders payable to Benicia Literary Arts, with the notation “2022 Love Poetry Contest” and send to Benicia Literary Arts, P.O. Box 1903, Benicia CA 94510.

Webinar by Benicia Literary Arts: How to Publish and Promote Online

Benicia Literary Arts, will host a free online webinar on Wednesday, February 8th at 5pm. The topic of the Webinar is: “How to Publish Online and how to Promote it.” Wayne Goodman and Karen Mercury, both highly published and successful writers, will be the presenters. There will be time for questions and answers. If you are a writer and have wondered how to get started with online publishing, this workshop is for you.

See this PDF for more details and the Zoom link. Please email Benicia Literary Arts President Lois Requist to register and let her know you're attending: lois@requist.com