A Festival of Story at Lake Tahoe on October 21-23, 2016

At Valhalla

The Tallac Historic Site at South Lake Tahoe, California

 Workshops, readings, plays, and more . . .

Tahoe WordWave, a Festival of Story  •  October 21st through 23rd, 2016


Galadrielle Allman is the author of the memoir, “Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father Duane Allman,” published by Spiegel & Grau. It was chosen by Amazon as a Best Book of 2014. Her story, “Only Women Bleed,” is included in the forthcoming anthology Crime + Music. This collection of twenty short stories of music-themed noir was edited by Jim Fusilli, music critic for the Wall Street Journal. Galadrielle studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Berkeley. She is presently working on a novel about teenage love and punk rock music.


Saturday morning, October 22   “Craft and Courage (and the Twelve Years it Took for My First Book Deal)”
Melissa Cistaro discusses what sustained her through the long journey of writing her memoir, and the publishing experience that made it all worthwhile. Cistaro is the author of the memoir “Pieces of My Mother.” Her essays, interviews, and stories have appeared in The New Ohio ReviewBrevityThe Huffington PostPBS: To the ContraryGood Housekeeping and the anthologies Love & Profanity and Cherished. She also works as a writing mentor and an event coordinator at Book Passage, the esteemed independent bookstore in Northern California, where she has introduced hundreds of authors. You can learn more about Melissa at melissacistaro.com

Saturday afternoon, October 22   Free Workshop: Writing the Healing Story
How do we put together the pieces of our past and find the courage to craft our narrative truths? In this workshop we will talk about the writer’s journey and the transformative power of telling our stories. Through in-class writing exercises, we will explore memory and the art of writing brave. Discussion will include:
• Sticking with the story you need to tell  •  Finding the arc of forgiveness  •  The power of compassion in memoir


Friday, Oct. 21, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm   The Tall Timber Ball with DJ Damien, at Valhalla’s Grand Hall
Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:00 pm to 12:15 & 3:00 pm to 4:15   The Novel Writing Camp for Kids with Lewis Buzbee
Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm   Playwriting Contest Winners Staged Readings
Saturday, Oct. 22, all day   Makers’ Station with Hands-On Activities for All Ages
Learn about letterpress printing, craft your own found poetry, and much, much more!
Saturday Oct. 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00   The Agents Are Coming! The Agents Are Coming!
Fuse Literary Agency returns to teach a proposal class, conduct a panel on current publishing trends, and meet one-on-one with writers.

Tahoe Wordwave, Galadrielle Allman, Please Be With Me
Tahoe Wordwave, Melissa Cistaro






South Lake Tahoe

Plan your stay during WordWave. With its clear water surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada, stately groves of pines, and gorgeous sunsets, South Lake Tahoe is an alpine paradise. For more information,

Lodging Options

From luxurious resorts to rustic cabins beneath the pines, Lake Tahoe South Shore offers a variety of places to stay, including campgrounds, RV parks, B&Bs, luxury hotels, resorts and vacation rental homes. For information on special pricing for WordWave attendees, CLICK HERE.

Schedule of Events

We are presenting both FREE and TICKETED events. There’s a little something for everyone, so please check back often. For a complete schedule, CLICK HERE.


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