Writers-helping-writers Salon meets the third Monday of each month from 7 to 9 PM at HQ Gallery, 333 First Street in Benicia 

To attend please RSVP to lois@requist.com 


Since September, writers have been meeting, talking about their needs, and reading pieces they’ve written for comments and critique. While some of this writing has been in response to prompts, others have brought something they are currently working on.


Publishing is such a large issue! We’re attacking it in bits and pieces. Three people with considerable experience have shared what has happened to them in the process of being published. One woman who had her book published through a company she paid to publish it, brought the book and advised us not to use that company. The group will likely close once we have 6-8 regular members. Another group may start. The cost is $10 per session for nonmembers, or with a $40 annual membership, the sessions are free.

The Memoir Writing Group 

has been meeting for over a year.

The group reads and offers suggestions and criticisms of each other’s work. Meets the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 am to noon. Membership is limited. To inquire about attending please write to to lois@requist.com




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Benicia First Tuesday Poets' Group

Where: Benicia Public Library 150 East L. St.

The meeting is held in the Dona Benicia Room.

When: The first Tuesday of every month, except there is no meeting in July. 

Time: 6:45-8:45 pm. The meeting is facilitated by the current poet laureate (Tom Stanton). People are invited to share their poetry, or just come and listen. This is free, and open to the public.

Poetry Inside Out

Where: Bookshop Benicia, 636 1st St, Benicia

When: The first Sunday of every month, unless the Sunday falls on a holiday.

Time: 5-7pm

This series is hosted by Johanna Ely. Every month, there is a featured poet, followed by an open mic. 

Visitors since May 27, 2018

Johanna Ely, President of Benicia Literary Arts, would like to invite one member a month to attend a Benicia Literary Arts board meeting. The board members would love to have you sit in, and perhaps offer your suggestions and input.
If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email: jelyabc13@yahoo.comOur meetings are once a month on a Monday, 10am-noon. 

May 19 "The Book of Joel" Launch Party, Benicia State Capitol Building, Free, 5-6:30pm. Click here for details.

June 1 Sheri Hoffmann Workshop, 10-noon. $20 for non-members, $15 for members. Click here to register

See the May Benicia Magazine for an article about Sheri! 

June 18 Diane Frank Workshop, 10:30-4pm. $80 for non-members, $70 for members. Click here to register.

“The Storytellers” on OZCAT Radio

      Coming soon to a radio near you! Talented area writers will read their work on “The Storytellers,” a regular segment of “Artbeat,” hosted by Benicia’s own fabulous DJ Lala. Air time is 10:00 a.m., the third Thursday of each month on OZCAT Community Radio (KZCT 89.5 FM, Vallejo and streams live at http://ozcatradio.com/ozcat.pls.
      Our Storytellers read original fiction, memoir, personal essays and other prose the third Thursday of each month.

If you would like to read your work on “The Storytellers” please go to www.californiastorytellers.com or email californiastorytellers@gmail.com for more information. Because everyone loves a good story!

      Tune in. Get your game ears on! And write something wonderful to read on the radio!!


Benicia Literary Arts will partner with Bookshop Benicia for the second annual series of thought-provoking author talks by acclaimed California authors. The series starts off Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m, with Hallie Iglehart Austen showcasing her recent book, The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World's Sacred Feminine. No fee or registration, just come on in!  See the flyer.