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. Deadline is March 30th, 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!

 

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.

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“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

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