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.

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MEMOIR WORKSHOP February 7th with Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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Kevin Fisher-Paulson, the author of A Song for Lost Angels, will present a workshop on the art of memoir, or How-to-Tell-the- Truth-About-Your Life-and- Still-Keep-People-Reading. The author talks about the examined life, how he found himself and his meaning through telling his unique story to the world.

Practical techniques are discussed about “mining” one’s own life, and finding the voice, the words and the atmosphere to give it meaning.

Join us for this dynamic experience with Kevin, who will immediately make you feel at home and work closely with us to better our writing. While targeting memoir storytellers, these tools will be helpful to any author who has a story to tell, whether through fictionalized characters or our own lives.

Kevin Fisher-Paulson is the author of A Song for Lost Angels. He is also included in When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press.

He has also produced theater work for the Next Wave Festival, Theater Rhinoceros, The National AIDS Theater Festival and written for the NPR Perspective Series. He studied writing at the University of Notre Dame, with continued coursework at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon.

When not writing, Kevin serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

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Tis the season for…The Snowflake Method!

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What do snowflakes have to do with writing? Come find out at our January meeting! Author Sarah Sundin will explain how she uses Randy Ingermanson’s famous Snowflake Method with her own adaptations.

When: Sunday, January 18th, 2015, 2pm

Where: Oakland Public Library, Main Branch.

Building your story from a one-sentence summary up to an intricate outline helps you work out the details of your characters and plot and pull them into a cohesive unit. Even if outlines give you hives, you’ll find techniques you can apply to the writing or editing process.

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Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014), plus a novella in Where Treetops Glisten

(WaterBrook, September 2014).

In Perfect Time :“Well-crafted novel infused with substance and light”—Publishers Weekly

Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards.

Sarah’s website can be found at www.sarahsundin.com.

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November 16, 2014—Book Marketing with Howard Allen VanEs of Letswritebooks.net

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Marketing is a major challenge for most writers. With the many changes in the publishing landscape, marketing has become an ever more bewildering experience for many of us.

Today, we have an expert in the field to provide us with the latest ideas and trends, including information about Amazon, Kindle and the digital platform. This program will be a great opportunity to find answers to your questions about how to plan your marketing.

Howard has over 25 years of writing experience in every format imaginable, including publishing 18 books of his own as well as creating numerous books, audiobooks, and information products for others. His books include such diverse titles as Stress Management and Stress Relief Workbook and Meditation, the Gift Inside. Howard is also the former owner and creative director of an award winning ad agency.

 

Find Howard Allen VanEs online at www.letswritebooks.net.

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WORKSHOP: “Revise for Publication” with Jordan Rosenfeld on 11/8/14

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So you want to be published? It’s been said that after the wild creative outpouring, the real writing happens in the art of revision. Your best chance to attract readers is through a strong “re-seeing” of your work, to craft the work so it appeals to readers of all stripes.

Writers who learn to love revision are more likely to write publishable work that wins readers and leads to deeper satisfaction in the writer’s craft. This workshop will help publication-oriented writers learn to demystify key areas of revision, from the micro to the macro. Rosenfeld will teach how to actually enjoy revision by breaking it down into simple, successful “waves” and easy-to-use tools you’ll use over and over in future works of many genres.

Jordan is the author of the suspense novels Forged in Grace and Night Oracle, and the forthcoming Women in Red, as well as the writing guides Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and, with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life.

She teaches an ongoing series of online writing courses and webinars on the subjects of scenes, revision, plot, and tension-building. Visit www.jordanrosenfeld.net for information.

Saturday, November 8, 2014  • 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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.

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