Membership

Membership Benefits

Meet other writers with similar interests for fellowship and networking.  Exchange experiences about every part of the writing process. Anyone may attend our monthly meetings and workshops, but only members can:

  • Join local support/critique groups.*
  • Receive discounts on writer workshops
  • Attend members-only Writer’s Hangouts (but bring a friend)
  • Publish in and receive the monthly newsletter of the Berkeley Branch, Write Angles
  • Advertise your services in Write Angles’ Member Marketplace
  • Publish in and receive the statewide California Writers Club literary magazine, The CWC Literary Review.
  • Be friends with the CWC on Facebook (so we can get your good news)
  • Let the club share your news in our Member News, on the CWC Facebook Page and Twitter
  • Brush up presentation skills with a CWC Author reading
  • Join the Marketing/Success Group for support selling your writing*
  • Find employment as a writer through monthly job postings from Media Alliance

*Non-members are welcome to audit one session.

Membership Dues

Use these links to pay online (a small fee applies)

New Members*

Renewing Members**

May- September

$65

application

$45

October-December

n/a

Jan-April

$42.50

application

* New members, please read all information on this page before filling out application.

** Renewing Members, you can get an automatic renewal to avoid having to pay re-instatement fees if you miss the renewal window.

The membership year is from July 1 to June 30. Active, Associate, and Supporting members pay a one-time initiation fee of $20, plus annual dues of $45. Those who apply between January 1st and June 30th pay $22.50 in dues for the balance of the Club year. Youth members pay a reduced annual dues of $20 with no initiation fee. After January 1, a half-year membership is available for half-price. To apply for membership, you must submit a completed application and payment.

membership application

membership application

By Mail: Download the membership application and send it with a check for initiation and dues. Mail to: CWC Berkeley P.O. Box 11269 Oakland, Ca, 94611 Online: 1) Fill out our online membership form (new members only) and 2) Pay your dues via Paypal through the links below.

* (NOTE: The price after you click will include a small service fee. If you pay extra via check or paypal, it will be considered a donation to the club. If you do not want to pay this fee, pay your dues with a check.)

Both: If you don’t wish to use Paypal, you must still fill out the online membership form and mail or hand our treasurer a check. NOTE: The membership renewal window is May-September. New members may join at any time. There is a half-year-discount for members joining after January 1st. CWC Membership Year

Membership Requirements

Categories of Membership

The primary levels of membership in the California Writers Club are Active and Associate. Active membership is open to all published writers, editors and photojournalists who meet the qualifications stated below. The Club also welcomes aspiring writers as Associate members. Those who wish to participate in the Club but do not meet membership requirements can become Supporting or Youth members.

Active Membership Requirements

Active members are writers who can vote and hold office in the club. Active applicants must submit list of publications (not to exceed one page), plus clips. Requirements are listed below.

  • Fiction or Nonfiction: Applicants must have been published or show proof of acceptance within the past three years of no fewer than three stories or articles in one or more periodicals of general circulation, or in one or more books published within the past ten years by a publisher of standing.
  • Poetry: A writer must have been published three times within the past two years in one or more periodicals that exercise editorial discrimination, or must have had a book of sufficient distinction published within the past five years.
  • Plays and Scripts: An applicant may qualify in one of the following ways:
    • Publication: At least one play within the past five years published in book form or by a publisher of standing.
    • Staged Performance: One performance by a professional cast or recognized semiprofessional group within the past three years.
    • Screenplays: One professional production within the past five years.
    • Radio: Five scripts produced professionally within the past five years.
    • Television: Two half-hour scripts (or their equivalent in time) produced professionally within the past five years.
  • Photojournalism: A photojournalist must show publication within the past three years of no fewer than three pieces in one or more periodicals of general circulation, or must have had a book published within the past five years.
  • Editors: The applicant must be an editor of a periodical of general circulation.
  • Newspaper Writers: The applicant must be or have been a feature writer, columnist, or regular bylined reporter.
  • Self-Publishers: Material is required to be published under the applicant’s own imprint. Eligibility is based on professional presentation, writing style, graphics, and planned distribution.
  • Online Publication: Applicants can apply for Associate membership until a membership policy is established. (Please get involved and help us establish this policy!)

Associate Membership Requirements

Associate members, like Active members, have voting rights and may also hold branch offices. Associate membership is available for:

  • Writers who are not  yet published (please send writing samples)
  • Persons who work in literary fields, i.e. editors, photojournalists, agents, etc.

Associate applicants can submit up to five pages of current manuscript or project.

Supporting and Youth Membership Requirements

This category includes adults as social members and students from 16 to 22 years old as Youth members. Supporting members join the local branch only (not statewide). They receive most club benefits but cannot vote or hold office. No writing sample is required. Supporting and Associate members may apply for a change in membership status when they achieve the criteria of another category.

Other Membership Categories

Active members who are no longer writing can stay in the club with voting rights as a member emeritus or emerita. Patron members are people who have made a substantial gift or contribution to the club (they can not vote or hold office unless they are also an active or associate member.). Honorary members are writers of eminence who bring honor to the club. They shall not pay dues, hold office, or vote. Speakers and workshop chairs may become Courtesy members for one year, and have no voting or officer rights. Dual membership is for members of two clubs. Life memberships are available for a one-time fee.

More Reasons to Join the CWC

  • Motivate yourself. Use your regular attendance at support/critique groups as a commitment to a personal deadline.
  • Elevate your credibility with publishers and agents. Add California Writers Club to your resume and list of working credits.
  • The support and friendship of other writers makes your writing practices and presence a habit.
  • Meaningful volunteer work helping writers of all ages.
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