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!


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

March Issue of Write Angles Is Out!

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This issue has enough reading material to last you through the month! The March issue of Write Angles has the results of the member survey, a preview of our critique group forum, a member profile, contest news, a book review, a map of CWC branches statewide, bios of Central Board officers, creative personal narratives submitted by readers, one author’s writing journey, and more.

I’m also attaching the latest member survey for those of you who didn’t get a chance to fill one out already. Please take a few minutes to give feedback and send it back to me at

And I hope to see you at both of our March events—the critique group forum at our regular meeting spot in the basement of the Oakland main library at 2:00 on Sunday, March 16, and a social gathering at the Albatross in Berkeley at 5:00 on Friday, March 28.

Happy reading!

Write Angles March 2014.pdf

See You Sunday! Mary-Rose Hayes & Writers Hangout

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Hey, all you CWC folks!

This Sunday the Berkeley Branch proudly presents British-born author Mary-Rose Hayes, who has written nine novels, including the best-seller Amethyst, two political thrillers coauthored with
Senator Barbara Boxer, and her latest, What She Had to Do.

Here’s the schedule for Sunday’s meeting:

1:00 p.m. Library doors open, Marketing Group meets, Meeting Setup
2:00 p.m. Refreshments & Networking
2:30 p.m. Business & Announcements
2:45 p.m. CWC-BB Member Reading
3:00 p.m. Featured Speaker – Mary-Rose Hayes

As always, the meeting will be in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room in the basement of Oakland Library’s main branch (125 14th St.) Light refreshments will be served. Entrance also on Madison between 13th and 14th Streets.

And speaking of refreshments…come swig a pint of beer, eat some popcorn, play a board game, and maybe even throw a few darts with (not at!) other writers at the Albatross Pub (1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley). We’ll gather in the back at 5:00 on Friday, March 28. It’s a no-host, cash-only purely social event that promises to be lots of fun! Bring your spouses, friends, family members (21 and over), agents, even casual acquaintances. All are welcome.

Tanya Grove
President, CWC-BB

WRITE ANGLES – February, 2014

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In this month’s Write Angles: 

Building a New Board • Mary-Rose Hayes • Call for Personal Narratives • Poetry • Book Review • Central Board Report • Other Branches • Taking Stock of our Club • Tidbits • Member News • Member Marketplace

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Happy Jack London’s Birthday!

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Dear CWC-BB Members,
       Happy Jack London’s birthday! In the most recent edition of Write Angles, the calendar lists his birthday incorrectly. I wanted to make sure everyone knows that Jack London was born on January 12. Thank you, Linda Brown, for catching that error and setting us straight.
       While I’ve got your attention…be sure to come to our next meeting on Sunday, January 20, the first of 2013. In addition to our featured speaker, David Mitroff, who will speak to us on leveraging technology, we’ll also hear from our own vice-president, Kymberlie Ingalls, who will read excerpts from her blog. Lucille Bellucci will announce the winners of our holiday luncheon writing exercise based on the Bulwer-Lytton contest for the best awful writing. And Lynne Fix will present Write Angles’s Monthly Writers’ Contest winner for December, Mary Luersen, with a mysterious fabulous prize.
       And remember to bring money to buy a raffle ticket to support the Fifth Grade Story Contest! The prize table is covered with books and other wonderful items. But you won’t find out what they are unless you come to the meeting…
       See you the Sunday after tomorrow,
       Tanya Grove
       President, CWC-Berkeley Branch

January’s Write Angles

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Here is January’s Write Angles for your enjoyment. Note: although both the workshop and speaker flyers (pages 8 & 9) list the dates as being in 2012, both dates are actually in 2013. Sorry about that. We are actually advertising events that are happening in the future and not writing about the past!

Write Angles January 2013.pdf

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