The Literary Stage 2019


2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage Schedule

2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage June 8th

2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage June 9th

2019 San M ateo County Fair Literary Stage June 10th

2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage June 11th

2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage June 12th

2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage June 13th

2019 San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage June 15th

Meet Me at the Fair…
June CWC Meeting
Saturday, June 15th
10:00 AM
The Literary Stage in Expo Hall
San Mateo Event Center
Open to CWC members requesting an
“Early Admission” (green) ticket.
Members who completed a self addressed envelope at the April or May CWC meeting will receive their ticket in the mail. Tickets are limited – only one ticket per member.
Ticket request deadline is June 5th!
Click here to request a ticket.
You may park in the Event Center parking lot as early as 9:30 AM. Park closest to Gate 7, members must enter through Gate 7 with a green ticket. Proceed to Expo Hall. The Literary Stage is located on the south wall between Home Arts & Fine Arts. The $10 meeting fee is waived for this meeting. You can view the fairgrounds map on our website.
If you are unable to use your ticket, please pass it on to a CWC member who can!
Writer’s Block Party at the Fair
Join CWC SF-Peninsula Branch for the first-ever Writers Block Party
at the Literary Stage at the San Mateo County Fair
Saturday, June 15, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Writers’ or Writer’s? We left out the apostrophe so you can decide. Is this an afternoon of festivities for a neighborhood of writers or a chance for blocked writers to get together? Either way, we offer a stellar lineup of story-related events. Come meet fellow writers and get past your blocks!
This fun-filled day begins immediately after the special 10 a.m. meeting at the San Mateo County Fair. If you didn’t get a special early-entry ticket for Saturday, June 15, request one here.
Preparing to Tell Your Story
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Most writers find simply putting the first words on the page is daunting—and come up with all sorts of excuses to avoid it. In this interactive session, writer, writing coach, and teacher Jane Anne Staw will explore strategies to help writers who struggle with what the French call la page blanche.
Storytelling Headliners
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
San-Francisco-based writer Ron Jones tells a story of prejudice and salvation in today’s world.
Straw into Gold
Spoken word artist (and alchemist) Gary Turchin weaves his family’s straw into pure poetic gold.
Prize Giveaway
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Take Your Personal Story from Page to Stage
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Storyteller and multiple Moth StorySLAM winner Jeff Hanson will show you how to bring out your creativity and character, so you can deliver your very own well-crafted and well-told personal story.
Your Stories
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, and performer Sam Kauffman will lead audience members in interactive storytelling activities, including finishing a classic story that everyone knows, storytelling through song, and a writing challenge to take home.
Closing Ceremony
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fault Zone Readings at the Fair

Thursday, June 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Get ready for the next round of Fault Zone Readings on the Literary Stage at the San Mateo County Fair. We still have a couple of open spots for readers. We request “family friendly” excerpts. Each participant will have a maximum of 5-8 minutes, depending on the number of readers present. 
Participants may read from any issue of Fault Zone, including the current one in progress (Fault Zone: Strike Slip). To add your name to the list, please email Laurel Anne Hill,


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Literary Arts Entry Deadline
Monday, April 1st (11:59PM)(Closed)
The CWC SF Peninsula Branch, in partnership with the San Mateo County Fair, invite all writers to participate in this year’s contests. Don’t wait to enter your Short Story, Essay, Memoir, Poetry or other Sponsored Contests.
Please read all rules (state & local) and follow entry instructions carefully. Entry fees are non-refundable. If you feel you’ve made an error, stop. Contact the Fair’s Exhibit Supervisor ( Do not double pay for entries!
For full details visit the Literary Arts website at: