Save the Date! Our Annual Picnic is Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Watch for your invite to the CWC Statewide picnic in July! This wonderful tradition brings writers from all over California to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories.

Pick something you’d like to read to the group, and start your dreaming and scheming for our celebrated LitCake contest, too… some talented decorator will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award!

When:  Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.

What else?

  • Bring a dish to share
  • Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments provided by the CWC
  • Watch for info about the Open Mic

Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261

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The Coveted Golden Fork Award

The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)

APRIL SPEAKERS — “An Atomic Love Story” with Streshinsky and Klaus — Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Robert Oppenheimer was the man most responsible for the remarkable scientific development of the atomic bomb, which significantly shortened the Second World War. An Atomic Love Story is the story of the three extraordinary women in his life who helped shape the man. He loved each with a loyalty that lasted all his life, and each loved him.

Superbly researched through a rich collection of first hand accounts, this intimate portrait shares the tragedies, betrayals and romances of an alluring man and three bold women. It reveals how they pushed to the very forefront of social and cultural changes in a fascinating, volatile era.

Shirley Streshinsky is the critically acclaimed author of three works of nonfiction and four historical novels.

Patricia Klaus received her Ph.D. in Modern British History from Stanford where she specialized in women’s studies. 

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Story Contest Deadline Extended to March 24!

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Please share this post with ALL 5th grade teachers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties! The 5th grade story contest deadline has been extended to the end of the month. Flyer is attached.

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“Is a Critique Group Right for You?” A Forum for CWC Writers & Guests – March 16th 2014

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Our speaker series will feature something new this month! Vicki Hudson, author of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique and sponsor of the SFWC Emerging Writer Scholarship, will be moderating a panel that features leaders of four of our club’s critique groups. David Baker  and Anne Fox (5-page group), Walter Price (Middle Grades/YA), and Bruce Shigeura (Sixteen Eyes group) will talk about their experiences as group leaders.

Come and learn more about what CWC has to offer!

Vicki Hudson writes short stories, longer fiction, and narrative non- fiction. Her book, No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique, is for writers looking for information on what to consider when forming or joining a writers’ group and for writers seeking tools for critiquing work in progress.

“Everyone has a story. No one else can tell your story. The process of creating, refining and ultimately releasing it into the wild that is pub- lication in the world needs to be a respectful one.”

Vicki Hudson earned an MFA from Saint Mary’s College in creative writing/nonfiction. In 2007, she was a Fellow at the inaugural Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat. Her website is www.vickihudson.com.

About our Panel:

Our panelists lead critique groups for CWC’s Berkeley branch. David Baker and Anne Fox run the Five- Page Group, which meets year- round on the third Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m., in the 2nd-floor meeting room of the Rockridge library in Oakland. This group reviews fiction, nonfiction, query letters, proposals, etc.

Walter Price hosts writers of middle- grade and young-adult fiction at his house once a month on Wednesday evenings.

Bruce Shigeura runs the Sixteen Eyes Group, whose members write novels, short stories, and narrative nonfiction. They meet every other Thursday, 7–9 p.m. in cafés or members’ homes in Oakland or Berkeley.

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“What She Had To Do” with Mary-Rose Hayes, Sunday, February 16, 2014

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On the third Sunday in February, Mary-Rose Hayes will discuss the pitfalls and rewards of translating personal experience into fiction, as well as the organization and design of a multilayered novel.

A desperate choice made by young Imogene Sayle during the rigors of post-war England triggers shockwaves through three generations of a family.

Fifty years later in San Francisco, Imogene’s daughter Penelope learns of her mother’s terminal illness. Despite a toxic child- hood, she is driven by love for her beautiful and destructive mother. She returns to England to care for her and try to discover, before it’s too late, the secret shadow in Imogene’s past that has impacted so many lives.

What She Had to Do, originally planned as a memoir, is a universal story of family fault lines and the complex bonds between a mother and daughter.

What She Had to Do maintains a solid 5 stars on Amazon.

British-born Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of eight previous novels, including the TIME/LIFE best-seller Amethyst, and two political thrillers coauthored with Senator Barbara Boxer.

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