The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL), a network of 10 neighborhood library branches throughout Santa Cruz County will host several journal making and writing workshops led by local poet, author and artist Patrice Vecchione.

The first workshop will be in Scotts Valley. Called “Step into Nature,” the journaling workshops will teach participants how to discover and tell their stories by recording thoughts, feelings and observations.

Vecchione will discuss her new book “Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life” which explains how time in nature can restore imagination and how a personal relationship with a natural place not only deepens our own lives but our ability to care for the earth.

Vecchione will also share details on how to publish journals, how to work with an agent, secure a major publishing house, the process of going from proposal to completed book, and the book tour.

The workshops will be presented in several formats including an intensive workshop on Oct. 3 from 2-4:45p.m. at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road. This intensive workshop includes a one-hour book talk as well as time for journal making and writing.

Other workshops include:

  • Three-part series at the Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Drive
    • Session 1- Book talk, 7-8 p.m. Oct. 8
    • Session 2- Journal making & writing workshop, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22
    • Session 3- Journal making & writing workshop, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29
  • Two-part series at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St.
    • Session 1 – Book talk, 7-8 p.m. Dec. 3
    • Session 2 – Journal making and writing workshop, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10

Each participant will make a personal journal to take home. These events are sponsored by Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.



The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) system delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery. Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.