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.

Thank you for joining us in 2014!

Our Holiday Luncheon will take place on Saturday, December 6th. Thank you to Spengers Fish Grotto for hosting our event! Members may bring spouses and writing pals.

Good luck to our NaNoWriMo novelists!

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.

Click here for information about location and time.

“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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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.

See you Sunday! FREE Critique Group Forum with Vicki Hudson

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Looking for the right critique group? Meet our members this Sunday, as Vicki Hudson, author of  No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critiquewill lead a panel of our critique group leaders and help you figure out which one is right for you.

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See you this Sunday, March 16th, in the basement meeting room of the Oakland main library (our regular spot at 125 14th St. – see map). Facilitators who currently host Berkeley Branch critique/support groups are: David Baker, Anne Fox, Walter Price, and Bruce Shiguera.

We’ll have refreshments and mingle at 2:00, conduct a bit of business and make a few announcements at 2:30, hear a member read at 2:45, and start the panel discussion at 3:00.

Also, a reminder that the contest deadline for the 5th Grade Story Contest has been extended to March 24. Please tell all 5th grade teachers! Members should plan to volunteer to read the wonderful stories.

See you Sunday!

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