Welcome to The Club!

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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
“HOW TO WORK A ROOM”®
with Susan RoAne

Sunday, September 21st, 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.

 

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

This Saturday May 17th – WRITING IN THE PARK!

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Join the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate their fifth annual meeting, and stay for a CWC writerly event, Writing in the Park.

Learn about the CWC’s role in creating the Park, especially the Woodminister area, which includes the California Writers Memorial Grove.

Local historian and former CWC member Dennis Evanosky will speak on “The Great Redwood Grab.”

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Where: Joaquin Miller Park
Baywood Picnic Area in the Meadow
Above Highway 13 off of Joaquin Miller Road Internet Directions: 3590 Sanborn Drive

When: Saturday, May 17
Following the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park annual meeting

  • Annual meeting starts at 11:00 am.
  • Potluck picnic and walk follows
  • CWC writing event will likely start about 1:00 pm.

Why: Joaquin Miller Park is the birthplace of the CWC! Win a prize for your story about the Park

Cost: Free. Donations are always appreciated.
Who: Anyone who appreciates Joaquin Miller Park and/or loves to write. To attend, membership is not required.

Learn more and see flyer with map at http://www.fojmp.org and http://www.cwc-berkeley.org

RSVP to Linda Brown at BrownCalifornia@aol.com or 510-530-1261

NOTE: 

While the Baywood Picnic Area is ADA accessible, the City plans to close the gates at the end of the FoJMP meeting. If CWC members cannot walk the 0.1 mile up to the parking lot at the Ranger Station, let Linda know. We will hold the writerly event at the Ranger Station instead of the Meadow.

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