June 21st—PANEL: “Presenting…You!” Public Speaking Panel Discussion

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Join us Sunday, June 21st for a panel discussion about public speaking! Our panelists are:

  • Award winning author Judith Marshall, member of the CWC Mt Diablo Branch. Judith knows her stuff! When she talks about her novel, Husbands May Come and Go, But Friends Are Forever, it is clear that she has a passion for writing and the industry that goes with it. Image is everything, and Ms. Marshall commands a room when she walks in. She will offer tips on being prepared, speaking with confidence, and perfecting the verbal pitch.
  • Kymberlie Ingalls, President of the CWC Berkeley Branch, who knows what it’s like to be terrified of public speaking. Having to overcome obstacles every day that make this task a challenge, she can relate these experiences and will encourage you to build yourself up and hold yourself steady. This is an important skill when participating in readings, industry speeches, and networking a room. And finally,
  • Roger Ingalls, who comes to us from another industry as a high-tech professional with 30 years of experience in marketing and sales. He knows the power of a presentation and how to get the job done. Ingalls will offer insight to what can make or break a deal.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for information about location and time.

See You Sunday! Alon Shalev, Serial Fiction, and Club Elections!

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We hope all members can join us on Sunday for a very special meeting, featuring our own Alon Shalev as an expert on serial fiction for youth.

We will also be electing officers for next year. Please be sure to come and vote for our club leadership! Your voice is welcome, and important.

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May 17th SPEAKER— “Exploring the Complexities of the Fictional Series” with Alon Shalev

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Alon Shalev lives and writes in two worlds. He is the author of three social justice-themed novels and an award-winning epic-fantasy series. He swears there is a connection.

His first epic fantasy novel, At the Walls Of Galbrieth, won the Eric Hoffer Book Award – YA Category ,and was a Grand Prize Finalist. All his fantasy novels, published by Tourmaline Books, are first presented to Shalev’s sons, his harshest critics, each summer in a six-year family ritual. Book 5 will be released this summer and Book 6 in early 2016.

Shalev continues to write in both genres. Following the success of The Accidental Activist, Three Clover Press released Unwanted Heroes, which brings together an old, battle-scarred Chinese American war vet and an idealistic and pretentious young Englishman who share a love for San Francisco, coffee, and wine. Both are haunted by repressed memories of a tragic past. Shalev wrote a sequel and will discuss the complexities of building a series in both genres.

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Our CWC featured author will be Gini Graham Scott, who has authored over 50 books!

Speaker: From TV to Print with FRED ZEHNDER, March 15, 2015

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CWC – Speaker – Fred Zehnder_burstNative Californian Fred Zehnder is the publisher of two weekly East Bay newspapers; The San Leandro Times and The Castro Valley Forum.

His career in broadcasting began in 1952 at KHUM radio in Eureka. He served as the broadcast director in the Army’s information office at Fort Bliss, Texas, where his immediate superior was Sam Donaldson (ABC News).

Mr. Zehnder has worked with KPIX, CBS, KOVR and KGO before settling in with KTVU as news director, a position he held for 23 years until he retired in 1999. He has won 5 Emmy awards. “Nearly my entire career in journalism has been as a TV cameraman, assignment editor, producer and manager, and now as a community newspaper editor.” Zehnder was considered a respected journalist who insisted on fairness and accuracy.

This will be a chance to talk intimately with someone who knows the ins and outs of journalism and the entire scope behind the lens. Please come to this discussion forum and have your question ready to participate in this incredible opportunity!

Fred Zehnder, 81, lives in Alameda with his pet rabbit. He collects antique printing equipment and classic broadcast microphones. You can learn more at http://www.ebpublishing.com

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Our CWC featured author will be historical fiction writer Sue Mote, author of Hmong and American.

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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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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