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!

Our Next Meeting is November 15th…

Honoring the Creative Self” With Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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See You Sunday! Jim Azevedo of Smashwords— “Best Practices for Self-Publishing”

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There’s a lot going on this Sunday in Oakland… but YOU are on the agenda at the California Writers Club meeting!

Self-publishing is an art in itself, and Jim Azevedo, creator of Smashwords, can tell you what the most successful authors do to get noticed, and read.

And speaking of successful authors, we get to hear Lucille Bellucci read!

Read more here….

Write Angles September 2015

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Tanya Grove, Editor

Write Angles September 2015.pdf

Membership – time to renew!

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Everyone – it’s that time of year. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible to avoid the surcharge for letting it lapse. Membership dues are $45 for current members, $25 for dual members, and $65 for brand new members. There are so many benefits to being a member, and we want to strengthen those in the coming year. We are committed to thriving! But we need your help, and your enthusiasm. I am so pleased with the interest and the efforts we have seen in just the last few months.

Please visit this page for details: treasurer.berkeley.cwc

Checks should be payable to CWC-BB, Mail to: CWC Berkeley P.O. Box 11269 Oakland, Ca, 94611

Notice – Board of Directors Meeting

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know that we are having a Board of Directors meeting this Friday, July 10th, at 10:30 am in Berkeley If you wish to attend, we’d love to have you. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the inner workings of the club, and have a chance to lend your voice to any current topics.

We’ll need to know of your attendance by Wednesday at 5pm so as to plan for the appropriate number. You may email me at berkeley.cwc

I also want to remind you of the upcoming annual statewide picnic on Saturday, July 25th in Oakland! This is an incredible opportunity to have some fun in the sun, and to meet with members of the other 19 branches of our awesome club. You can get all of the details here; http://cwc-berkeley.org/2015/05/21/save-the-date-july-25th-is-the-cwc-annual-picnic-at-joaquin-miller-park/

And finally, some exciting news – welcome to the 20th branch of the California Writers Club! The Coastal Dunes Branch is centered in the south part of San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county. We continue to grow! I’ll look forward to visiting this new branch when in the area. Please consider doing the same with any of our branches.

Congratulations 5th Grade Writers!

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Congratulations to our young writers!


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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