April 22, 2014
Events, Member News
Annual Picnic, CWC, hijinks, Joaquin Miller Park, litcake, Open Mic, writers picnic
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.
- 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
Add the event to your Google Calendar!
The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)
February 1, 2014
Announcements, Club Information, From the President, Member News, Of Interest, Write Angles
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
January 16, 2014
Member News, Speakers
blogging, kymberlie ingalls, personality
Learn How to Present Yourself
–David Baker on Kymberlie Ingalls, excerpted from Write Angles
Literary agents want to hear about our platform and expect to be directed to our blog. Should we conceive of one presenting the electrifying premise of our work, excerpts that stimulate the reader’s curiosity, and laudatory comments submitted by reviewers? Yes, but Kymberlie Ingalls can help us do much more.
Ingalls, our featured speaker for the January 19 meeting, is a writer, freelance editor, and class instructor who has been blogging since 1997. She currently has several sites in operation. One of them includes a section titled “My Former Self,” in which she recalls starting out as a disk jockey during her brief career in radio: “So many switches” on the mixing board—“big ones that lit up bright orange, small metal ones that did who the hell knows what.” Only a few seconds left until. . . “I had to say something into that bulky microphone that would be heard by thousands of listeners. Crap was all I could think. The song was wailing to a close. Oh man! I’m up! Is this the right switch? Ah, hell, here goes nothing!”
Obviously, Ingalls knows how to build tension. A literary agent would also see that she knows what she’s writing about and takes her work seriously. After reading her concluding promise to “make those rock ‘n’ roll fantasies come true,” the agent would sense as well that Ingalls loves music and treasures the connection between the DJ and the listener.
Introducing a different blog, “Stories in the Key of Me,” she writes: “This is my playground, where I get to frolic with language, tease with words,
and flirt with the reader’s mind in the form of memoir, prose, and flash fiction.” In another, “Neuroticy = Societal Madness,” Ingalls takes aim at hypocrisy in present-day America. Her “Bay Area Collective” is a venue for local events, news, and stories that interest her.
What does it all add up to? Not only agents but potential readers want to know who we are as writers. At the January meeting, we’ll find out how to present ourselves.
The location of the talk is the Oakland Public Library (enter on Madison Street); see flyer for meeting schedule.
September 1, 2013
Announcements, Club Information, Events, Member News, Speakers
Brooke Warner, Central Board, Charlie Russell, Charlotte Cook, CWC, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Wild About Writing
Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.
The September issue of Write Angles has news from CWC’s Central Board; lots of photos from CWC’s annual picnic; a tribute to one of our members who recently died; an article from our past president, Al Levenson; a call for submissions; and information about our upcoming speaker, Brooke Warner.
And be sure to see the article about the upcoming writing conference at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. The conference director is our very own Charlotte Cook. It sounds like a lot of fun.
Write Angles September 2013.pdf
October 10, 2012
Announcements, Contests, From the President, Member News, Speakers
Helene Knox, Judith Marshall, Monthly Writing Contest
Congratulations to one of our newest members, Helene Knox, who won Write Angles’s October Writing Contest for her story “Mouse.” She will be awarded her prize at our next general meeting, which is this Sunday, October 21, at 2:00. Come to see her accept her prize.
Of course you’ll want to come to our next meeting anyway because you’ll want to hear CWC author Judith Marshall talk about Publishing Pathways.
Hope to see you there!