March 23, 2019

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Sacramento: Give the Editor What She Wants—Tips for Self-Editing Your Novel or Memoir

January 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

Developmental Editor, Novels, Memoir, Queries & Pitches

There are many different types of editing (proofreading, line editing, spell checking, grammar checking, copyediting, etc.) but this talk will focus on the big picture aspect: developmental editing. Editor and writer Wendy Tokunaga will give you practical tips on how to analyze your own writing and identify issues you can fix to make your novel, memoir or shorter work shine.


  • Figure out if your story starts in the right place
  • Determine if there is enough dramatic conflict in your scenes.
  • Read like a writer to improve your own writing.

About the speaker:

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is an award-winning writer and independent editor for novels and memoirs. Her novels include Midori by MoonlightLove in TranslationFalling Uphill, His Wife and Daughters and No Kidding. Her non-fiction work is Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband. She received her MFA from University of San Francisco and teaches for Stanford’s Certificate Program in Novel Writing. Her latest book is the first in a series of short story collections called Postcards From Tokyo, described as “A superb collection of short stories” by the Asian Review of Books

11 AM–1:00 PM

10:15 Pre-meeting Talk & Share: Pros & Cons of a Pen Name

1:15-2:15 Post-Session: Making Every Word Count in Your Memoir and Personal Essay
Presented by members who have published, won contests, and judged contests

$25 Non-Members
$15 Members (40% discount)
Lunch included with meeting.

Fee includes pre- and post-meetings

Cattlemens Restaurant
12409 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


Luncheon Information

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes speaker,  lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemens Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


January 19
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Cattlemen’s Restaurant
12409 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA United States
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