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!

Our Next Meeting is October 18th…

Best Practices for Self-Publishing” With Jim Azevedro of Smashwords

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SPEAKER SERIES—10/18/15 Jim Azevedo of Smashwords— “Best Practices for Self-Publishing”

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Join us on the third Sunday in October, when Jim Azevedo, Marketing Director of Smashwords, will reveal the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published Ebook authors.

Jim will discuss:

  • metadata–what it is and how to use it–
  • leveraging viral catalysts to make your book stand out,
  • using pre-orders,
  • creating covers, and
  • addressing global market opportunities.

Jim’s can-do attitude is also a result of his DIY ethic, cultivated through 10 years of hard work drumming and promoting for the San Jose rock band Rivals. Rivals, about to release its sixth record, has played hundreds of shows, gone on multiple tours, and was recently named a Top 5 local band finalist by Bay Area alternative rock station Live105.

Our CWC Featured Speaker is Lucille Bellucci! Her short stories and essays have won eight first-place awards!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Author Lucille Bellucci
3-4 p.m. – Jim Azevedo

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September 20th SPEAKER — KEVIN SMOKLER on “Criticism, Meet Confidence!”

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The writer’s life comes with triumph and disappointment. You can always count on the disappointment. What writers do with and learn from that disappointment is often the difference between success and near misses. How do you turn bad news and rejection into wisdom and the will to fight another day?

Kevin Smokler is the author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School (2013) and a forthcoming book on 80s movies (2016). His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Buzzfeed and on NPR. He’s lectured at universities, conferences and corporations throughout North America on leading your best creative life. Find him on twitter: @weegee.

Our CWC Featured Speaker is blogger, playwright, YA novelist & past president… Tanya Grove!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Author Tanya Grove
3-4 p.m. – Kevin Smokler

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Write Angles September 2015

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Tanya Grove, Editor

Write Angles September 2015.pdf

Membership – time to renew!

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Everyone – it’s that time of year. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible to avoid the surcharge for letting it lapse. Membership dues are $45 for current members, $25 for dual members, and $65 for brand new members. There are so many benefits to being a member, and we want to strengthen those in the coming year. We are committed to thriving! But we need your help, and your enthusiasm. I am so pleased with the interest and the efforts we have seen in just the last few months.

Please visit this page for details: treasurer.berkeley.cwc

Checks should be payable to CWC-BB, Mail to: CWC Berkeley P.O. Box 11269 Oakland, Ca, 94611

Notice – Board of Directors Meeting

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know that we are having a Board of Directors meeting this Friday, July 10th, at 10:30 am in Berkeley If you wish to attend, we’d love to have you. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the inner workings of the club, and have a chance to lend your voice to any current topics.

We’ll need to know of your attendance by Wednesday at 5pm so as to plan for the appropriate number. You may email me at berkeley.cwc

I also want to remind you of the upcoming annual statewide picnic on Saturday, July 25th in Oakland! This is an incredible opportunity to have some fun in the sun, and to meet with members of the other 19 branches of our awesome club. You can get all of the details here; http://cwc-berkeley.org/2015/05/21/save-the-date-july-25th-is-the-cwc-annual-picnic-at-joaquin-miller-park/

And finally, some exciting news – welcome to the 20th branch of the California Writers Club! The Coastal Dunes Branch is centered in the south part of San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county. We continue to grow! I’ll look forward to visiting this new branch when in the area. Please consider doing the same with any of our branches.

Congratulations 5th Grade Writers!

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Congratulations to our young writers!


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

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