We are a collective of writers, editors, and teachers who came together in early 2018 to mentor and connect writers in the Sierra Foothills. Our goal is to foster effective writing with the practices, tools, and networks that make writers successful. We offer one-on-one coaching, editing services, and writing workshops that address all aspects of the writing process. Our online community, the Tell-Tailors Guild, offers writing prompts and tools, professional and peer editing services, and forum discussion on topics central to the process and craft of writing. Our small press will release its first collection in 2019 with titles including The Yuba Almanac, a journal of life and living in the Yuba River watershed, and A Foothill Homegrown Compendium, an examination of the rich musical heritage of Nevada County.
Bill Kaszubski is a skilled technical writer who has applied his mastery of communication from his college days as a stringer for The New York Times to his more recent charge leading a team of digital archivists for Apple, Inc. Along the way, he’s created user documentation for submarine sonar systems and metallurgical testing equipment, developed data-processing software for market research and clinical trials firms, documented the landscape design of the National 9/11 Memorial, and written reams of copy, including entries in the Absolute Beginner’s guide series. He’s since taken up his pencil in a cabin in the woods.
Jeff Wright is a writer, editor, teacher, musician, and KVMR broadcaster engaged in a lifelong relationship with the Muse. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he works extensively as a freelance editor and ghostwriter. He has taught fiction and non-fiction writing at Napa Valley College and Solano Community College, as well as co-facilitated courses in art and healing at John F. Kennedy University. Jeff’s an accomplished songwriter known for his work with notable Nevada County bands like Purdon’s Crossing and Possum. He is also composing the Great American Musical Novel.
Monique Peterson is a writer, editor, and producer whose curiosity is as bountiful as her experience. As a rookie broadcast journalist in Napa Valley, she covered local wine, culture, and politics. She later pursued her publishing career in New York, producing books on art, film, history, and science for The Walt Disney Company, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Random House, and Scholastic. She was also the founding editor-in-chief of one of the first social media publishing platforms for women, and has been a screenwriter and consulting producer for film projects large and small. She’s usually writing, biking, hiking, and embracing the unpredictable.