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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.

Join us this month for

“Revise for Publication,” a workshop with Jordan Rosenfeld on Saturday, November 8th, 2014

and

“Book Marketing” with Howard Allen VanEs, our feaatured speaker on Sunday, November 16th, 2014.

November 16, 2014—Book Marketing with Howard Allen VanEs of Letswritebooks.net

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Marketing is a major challenge for most writers. With the many changes in the publishing landscape, marketing has become an ever more bewildering experience for many of us.

Today, we have an expert in the field to provide us with the latest ideas and trends, including information about Amazon, Kindle and the digital platform. This program will be a great opportunity to find answers to your questions about how to plan your marketing.

Howard has over 25 years of writing experience in every format imaginable, including publishing 18 books of his own as well as creating numerous books, audiobooks, and information products for others. His books include such diverse titles as Stress Management and Stress Relief Workbook and Meditation, the Gift Inside. Howard is also the former owner and creative director of an award winning ad agency.

 

Find Howard Allen VanEs online at www.letswritebooks.net.

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WORKSHOP: “Revise for Publication” with Jordan Rosenfeld on 11/8/14

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So you want to be published? It’s been said that after the wild creative outpouring, the real writing happens in the art of revision. Your best chance to attract readers is through a strong “re-seeing” of your work, to craft the work so it appeals to readers of all stripes.

Writers who learn to love revision are more likely to write publishable work that wins readers and leads to deeper satisfaction in the writer’s craft. This workshop will help publication-oriented writers learn to demystify key areas of revision, from the micro to the macro. Rosenfeld will teach how to actually enjoy revision by breaking it down into simple, successful “waves” and easy-to-use tools you’ll use over and over in future works of many genres.

Jordan is the author of the suspense novels Forged in Grace and Night Oracle, and the forthcoming Women in Red, as well as the writing guides Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and, with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life.

She teaches an ongoing series of online writing courses and webinars on the subjects of scenes, revision, plot, and tension-building. Visit www.jordanrosenfeld.net for information.

Saturday, November 8, 2014  • 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Members $12 | Non-Members $29

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See you Sunday! John Byrne Barry on Writing a Political Novel

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The midterm elections are upon us, and with 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.

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“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.

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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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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!

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