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

Join us for
“Bones in the Wash”
with John Byrne Barry 

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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

 

“Bones In the Wash” with John Byrne Barry — Sunday, October 19th

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Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 11.29.56 PMWith the midterm elections almost upon us, and more stories about politicians making it harder for people to register and vote, we thought it would be a good time to invite local author John Byrne Barry to talk about his novel — Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher — set during the 2008 presidential campaign in New Mexico.

Albuquerque Mayor Tomas Zamara knows that politics is like playing football on a muddy field. If you don’t get dirty, you’re not giving your all. The Democrats’ Barack Obama is drawing adoring crowds with his soaring speeches, and Zamara’s GOP bosses are pressuring him to do “whatever it takes” to deliver New Mexico’s five electoral votes for John McCain.

Challenging him every step of the way is fierce young Democracy Project Director Sierra León, who calls on the mayor to listen to his better self and reject his party’s dirty tricks, echoing the voices in his conscience.

The mayor has his hands full — he’s also grappling with a volatile new woman, a demanding family, and when a flash flood unearths the skeleton of his long-disappeared wife, he becomes a suspect in his wife’s murder.

Click here for information about location and time.

www.bonesinthewash.com

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Sunday, September 21st—”How to Work a Room” with Susan RoAne

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We begin our fall speaker series with Susan RoAne, author of HOW TO WORK A ROOM®, the ultimate guide to making lasting connections in person and online.

With more than one million copies sold worldwide, it has become a classic in the field and author Susan RoAne, the expert who can provide us the guidance most writers need to become skilled at marketing ourselves and our work.

Her book with 21 chapters discusses nearly every conceivable situation which you may encounter yet her talks provide an even greater benefit in that she gives the audience the focus and enthusiasm to practice what she preaches.

How to Work a Room ® is a very organized, well written book which has been updated to include the role of technology and social media in networking as well as practical hints for starting conversations and strengthening rapport with strangers.

Susan is an in-demand professional speaker and the best-selling author of seven books. She has been featured in the Wall-Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Financial Times.

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Click here for more information about Susan RoAne.

A “Writerly Event” — August 2nd

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Open Mic for Members 800px-Gerry_Adams_reading_into_mic– Bring a Work in Progress

Details: Come to share orally part of a story, article, essay, memoir, or other prose. You will have a few minutes to read a section (depending on how many participate). Time will be allotted to accommodate as many people as possible. If you want to read, sign in when you arrive.

  • Plot problems?
  • Weak character?
  • Undeveloped scene?
  • Unenticing opening?
  • Unclear purpose in your nonfiction?
  • Other problems?

This is an opportunity to use a microphone and let other writers hear a part of your work. Listeners often hear problems in a work that the writer may miss. You can ask for feedback or not (your choice). If you want to read without feedback, that’s fine. If you choose to receive some feedback, you get to hear what listeners think works in your piece (positive feedback first), and what doesn’t (suggestions for improvement). The feedback is given in a supportive environment with other writers who are working to improve their writing.

OR

Maybe you have a finished piece and you want to share a snippet of your success with us. That’s fine too.

When: Saturday, August 2

Where: Oakland Public Library – Main, 125 14th Street, Bradley C. Walters Community Room (same location as our 3rd Sunday meetings), entrance directly to meeting room from Madison Street

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Break time for mingling and refreshments

Hope to see you there!

It’s Picnic Season! July 19th Statewide Event @ Joaquin Miller Park

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Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 8.55.08 AMOn July 19th, writers from all over California will flock to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories, wondering: WHO will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award this year? 

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments are provided by the club. Please bring a dish to share. Bring something to read at the Open Mic. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for your annual pilgrimage to the cascades!

Who: Members from all over the state (personal guests are welcome).

When:  Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.

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One of last year’s funniest “LitCakes” by Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261

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Last Call for CWC Officer Nominees!

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Today is the last day to nominate new leaders for the 2014-2015 year!

Have you made a nomination yet? You can even nominate yourself, of course! Leadership requires time and dedication, but you will grow as a writer, and you will get plenty of support.

Please send nominations to Nazreen Kadir.

 Elections will be held on June 28th.

1.     President – Chair of Executive Committee

2.     Vice-President – Chair of Public Relations Committee

3.     Treasurer – Chair of Finance Committee

4.     Secretary – member of Executive Committee

“All officers are responsible for setting a tone of engagement and for encouraging a harmonious and collaborative operation, both in meetings and associated communication.”  (CWC-BB Policy and Procedures)

A message from Nazreen, who has volunteered to manage the election: “Every writer wishes to focus on his/her writing. However, the future of the Berkeley Branch should be of interest to all members. Our board is dearly in need of what they call, in the business, “fresh blood.” Every member should serve on at least one committee. Newer members have an opportunity to serve with and learn from those who have served before and are willing to mentor and pass the baton.”

More Information about the Club and Leadership Positions can be found here.

5th Grade Story Contest Winners Announced!

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The Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club congratulates the writers and their teachers for the hard work, creativity, and excellence expressed in the prize-winning short stories.

We invite the fifth-grade students, their families, teachers, and friends to celebrate at an awards ceremony, where all winners will be awarded certificates, and the following prizes will be handed out:

 1st Place will receive $100
2nd Place will receive $75
3rd Place will receive $50
Seven 4th-Place winners will receive $20
The teacher of the 1st-place winner will receive $50

 Students will be invited to read aloud their prize-winning stories before the prizes are awarded. Refreshments will be served.

When: 2:00 to 4:00, Sunday, June 15

Where: Bradley C. Walters Community Room, Oakland Public Library 125 14th Street (wheelchair accessible)

 CWC-BB 5th Grade Story Contest Prize-winners 

(Listed in order of date received)

“Living Under a Secret” by Kiana T.

Teacher: Ann Clark

School: Burton Valley, Lafayette

 

“Annabelle’s Story” by Tree P.

Teacher: Tammy Gaylord

School: Burton Valley, Lafayette

 

“Memory or Not” by Noemi R.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“Only Three Words” by Mira K.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“The Note” by Charlie J.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“First Day” by Jasmine R.

Teacher: Shaun Fuller

School: Kennedy, Newark

 

“Fair Weather Friends” by Maya Jane S.

Teacher: Ben Ladue

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“The Bully” by Sophie C.

Teacher: Gray Buetzow

School: Twin Creeks, San Ramon

 

“The Night Before Halloween” by Clementine B.

Teachers: Nicole Mills & Eric Hooper

School: St. Paul’s Episcopal, Oakland

 

“The White Owl Takes Flight” by Sydney R.

Teacher: Will Green

School: Bentley, Oakland

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