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.

Our events are open to the public!

This summer, our branch welcomes writers from all over California to the CWC Annual Statewide Picnic in Joaquin Miller Park in July. We are also looking for a new meeting space—please contact our president if you would like to help with this search!

Our Next Meeting is September 20th

Congratulations 5th Grade Writers!

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Congratulations to our young writers!

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From left to right: Ricca I, Maggie G, Sophie K, Lola C, Elisabeth B,  Estella Z (front), Deigo O (back), Isabella S (front) Malcolm K, Frances P. Back row grownups: CWC President Kymberlie Ingalls and CWC 5th Grade Story Contest Chair Joanna Phoenix.

FIRST PLACE: “The Wind in the Crops” by Sophie K – read it here!
Teacher: Jeff Grether; School: The Berkeley School, Berkeley

SECOND PLACE: “Mr. Turtle” by Maggie G.
Teacher: Nicole Mills; School: St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Oakland

THIRD PLACE: “Half Open” by Isabella S.
Teacher: Michele Pollack; School: Donlon Elementary School, Pleasanton

FOURTH PLACE: “Trapped” by Diego O.
Teacher: Heather MacLeod; School: Home School, Oakland

“A Story in the Stars” by Elisabeth B.
Teacher: Ben Ladue; School: Head Royce School, Oakland

“Song of the Forest” by Estella Z
Teacher: Jonah Klein; School: Prospect Sierra School, El Cerrito

“The Girl with the Spirit of a Horse” by Frances P.
Teacher: Will Green; School: Bentley School, Oakland

“Two Days of Change” by Lola C.
Teacher: Jessica Johnson; School: Escuela Bilingue Internacional, Emeryville

“The Emerald Bird” by Malcolm K.
Teacher: Will Green; School: Bentley School, Oakland

“The Spirit of Saeko” by Ricca I
Teacher: Emily Ruffridge; School: Tara Hills, San Pablo

5th Grade Story Winners Announced!

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Please join us at the Awards Ceremony on June 7th, 2015, to hear some of these stories read out loud by the authors!

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Annual Retreat: April 19th, 2015

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In place of our free monthly speaker at the library, we invite our members to take part in our annual Planning Retreat. This is where all members have the opportunity to shape the direction and goals of the club for the following year, which begins each September.  We will discuss how to revitalize our programs and events to better meet our writing goals.

Why did you join the California Writers Club? What were you looking for when you joined? Have you found it? We all want to write better, network with other writers and get our writing published.

Be part of the exciting transformation! Come to the Planning Retreat. Let’s work together to make it happen!

The day will include:

  • free lunch,
  • a fun writing exercise,
  • and prizes!

RSVP by April 14th to Madelen Lontiong, mlontiong2010@yahoo.com. Click here for Independence Plaza location.

Come Write With Us!

Calling all Fifth Graders (and Fifth Grade Teachers!)

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Please spread the word far and wide to East Bay fifth-grade students and teachers that our 29th Annual Fifth Grade Story Contest is now open for entries! Information about this contest can be found on our website here.

Students can work on polished pieces of writing (a reward in itself) and win cash prizes. The winning story is posted on our website. Special Alert: The deadline has been extended to May 1st, 2015!

See our contest page here for more information.

Good luck to all our promising young writers!

SPEAKER: “Romance: Keeping the Sizzle in Your Story” with Melanie Denman

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Join us on Sunday, February 15th, for our next speaker!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Melanie Denman discusses the many techniques she has used to incorporate passion, romance, and adventure into her novel, and where she found the most inspiration.

Melanie’s novel, Visiting the Sins, received the 2013 Bronze IPPY for Regional Southern Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it’s possible to inflict in the name of family.

An eighth generation Texan and former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the East Bay.

She is an American Red Cross disaster service worker and a member of the Mt Diablo Chapter of CWC.

Click here for information about location and time.

 

 

See you tomorrow for the Snowflake Method!

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Screen shot 2014-12-22 at 9.15.18 PMFor our first meeting in the new year, we are looking forward to hearing Sarah Sundin speak on how she uses Randy Ingermanson’s famous Snowflake Method to help develop the stories for her books. We are considering starting a critique group to help each other use these techniques for our writing projects—find Dave Sawle at the meeting or contact him via email.

Doors open at 1pm when the Marketing Group meets to kick-off 2015.  (Non-members are invited to audit any of our support/critique groups before joining the club).

Announcements and club business happens at 2pm, then some more networking. At 2:40, member Lucille Bellucci will speak about her recent writing experiences, and Sundin speaks at 3pm. Click here for directions to the library.

Come write with us!

p.s. Happy Birthday, AL!

 

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