Welcome to The Club!

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The Berkeley Branch is the founding branch of one of the oldest professional writers’ clubs in the country.

CWC Berkeley Branch welcomes all California Writers Club members and guests to our FREE monthly speaker program and affordable workshops on the art and business of writing.

Our events are open to the public!

This summer, our branch welcomes writers from all over California to the CWC Annual Statewide Picnic in Joaquin Miller Park in July. We are also looking for a new meeting space—please contact our president if you would like to help with this search!

Our Next Meeting is September 20th

Congratulations 5th Grade Writers!

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Congratulations to our young writers!

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From left to right: Ricca I, Maggie G, Sophie K, Lola C, Elisabeth B,  Estella Z (front), Deigo O (back), Isabella S (front) Malcolm K, Frances P. Back row grownups: CWC President Kymberlie Ingalls and CWC 5th Grade Story Contest Chair Joanna Phoenix.

FIRST PLACE: “The Wind in the Crops” by Sophie K – read it here!
Teacher: Jeff Grether; School: The Berkeley School, Berkeley

SECOND PLACE: “Mr. Turtle” by Maggie G.
Teacher: Nicole Mills; School: St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Oakland

THIRD PLACE: “Half Open” by Isabella S.
Teacher: Michele Pollack; School: Donlon Elementary School, Pleasanton

FOURTH PLACE: “Trapped” by Diego O.
Teacher: Heather MacLeod; School: Home School, Oakland

“A Story in the Stars” by Elisabeth B.
Teacher: Ben Ladue; School: Head Royce School, Oakland

“Song of the Forest” by Estella Z
Teacher: Jonah Klein; School: Prospect Sierra School, El Cerrito

“The Girl with the Spirit of a Horse” by Frances P.
Teacher: Will Green; School: Bentley School, Oakland

“Two Days of Change” by Lola C.
Teacher: Jessica Johnson; School: Escuela Bilingue Internacional, Emeryville

“The Emerald Bird” by Malcolm K.
Teacher: Will Green; School: Bentley School, Oakland

“The Spirit of Saeko” by Ricca I
Teacher: Emily Ruffridge; School: Tara Hills, San Pablo

SAVE THE DATE! July 25th is the CWC Annual Picnic at Joaquin Miller Park! 1-4p.m.

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CWC-Picnic

 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions

Lit Cake Contest
(How to Win the Coveted Golden Fork Award!)

Jack London Award Winners

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

June 21st—PANEL: “Presenting…You!” Public Speaking Panel Discussion

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Join us Sunday, June 21st for a panel discussion about public speaking! Our panelists are:

  • Award winning author Judith Marshall, member of the CWC Mt Diablo Branch. Judith knows her stuff! When she talks about her novel, Husbands May Come and Go, But Friends Are Forever, it is clear that she has a passion for writing and the industry that goes with it. Image is everything, and Ms. Marshall commands a room when she walks in. She will offer tips on being prepared, speaking with confidence, and perfecting the verbal pitch.
  • Kymberlie Ingalls, President of the CWC Berkeley Branch, who knows what it’s like to be terrified of public speaking. Having to overcome obstacles every day that make this task a challenge, she can relate these experiences and will encourage you to build yourself up and hold yourself steady. This is an important skill when participating in readings, industry speeches, and networking a room. And finally,
  • Roger Ingalls, who comes to us from another industry as a high-tech professional with 30 years of experience in marketing and sales. He knows the power of a presentation and how to get the job done. Ingalls will offer insight to what can make or break a deal.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for information about location and time.

See You Sunday! Alon Shalev, Serial Fiction, and Club Elections!

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We hope all members can join us on Sunday for a very special meeting, featuring our own Alon Shalev as an expert on serial fiction for youth.

We will also be electing officers for next year. Please be sure to come and vote for our club leadership! Your voice is welcome, and important.

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5th Grade Story Winners Announced!

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Please join us at the Awards Ceremony on June 7th, 2015, to hear some of these stories read out loud by the authors!

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5th Grade Awards Ceremony—June 7th, 2015

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Please join us on Sunday, June 7th, at the Oakland Public Library, in celebrating our community’s young writers! The winners of the California Writers Club – Berkeley Branch will be awarded with prizes and praise, and selected winners will read their stories.

Where: Oakland Public Library Main Branch, Bradley C. Walters Community Room. (location info)

When: 2-4pm, Sunday, June 7th

Who: Students, Teachers, Families

This event is free and open to the public! Please invite your friends and family in celebrating the creativity of our children and the triumph of our teachers.

For more information, click here or write to 5th.cwc.berkeley@gmail.com.

See you there!

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