This Saturday May 17th – WRITING IN THE PARK!

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Join the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate their fifth annual meeting, and stay for a CWC writerly event, Writing in the Park.

Learn about the CWC’s role in creating the Park, especially the Woodminister area, which includes the California Writers Memorial Grove.

Local historian and former CWC member Dennis Evanosky will speak on “The Great Redwood Grab.”

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Where: Joaquin Miller Park
Baywood Picnic Area in the Meadow
Above Highway 13 off of Joaquin Miller Road Internet Directions: 3590 Sanborn Drive

When: Saturday, May 17
Following the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park annual meeting

  • Annual meeting starts at 11:00 am.
  • Potluck picnic and walk follows
  • CWC writing event will likely start about 1:00 pm.

Why: Joaquin Miller Park is the birthplace of the CWC! Win a prize for your story about the Park

Cost: Free. Donations are always appreciated.
Who: Anyone who appreciates Joaquin Miller Park and/or loves to write. To attend, membership is not required.

Learn more and see flyer with map at and

RSVP to Linda Brown at or 510-530-1261


While the Baywood Picnic Area is ADA accessible, the City plans to close the gates at the end of the FoJMP meeting. If CWC members cannot walk the 0.1 mile up to the parking lot at the Ranger Station, let Linda know. We will hold the writerly event at the Ranger Station instead of the Meadow.

“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

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.

Click here for information about location and time.

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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CWC Notecards are here!


And just barely in time for the holidays!

There will be deep discounts in our new Zazzle Store between now and the New Year. Members all over California should stock up on cards for sending those all-important Thank You Notes that Caroline See says are the key to success in Making a Literary Life.

The Berkeley Branch gets 20% of all cards sold, so this is a little fundraiser for our club.

Happy Holidays!

CWC Logo Card by CWCBerkeley
Look at California Cards online at

75% off Cards – use code LASTMINCARDS  – check comments for other codes

See You Sunday for LITCAKE!

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Screen shot 2013-09-14 at 9.36.36 AMWe hope everyone is planning on joining us this Sunday for our first annual open house, celebrating California Writers Week and featuring our statewide tradition of Literary Desserts!

On the lineup of local writers, we will feature our members:

  • Judy Newton, reading from her new memoir A Taste of Home;
  • Liz Wagele on mineral water and salt;
  • Gurnam Brard with a flavorful excerpt from East of Indus;
  • Lucille Bellucci on Brazilian food;
  • David Simmons with a wild story about a haggis hunt;
  • Tanya Grove reading from Debby Frisch’s A Mango for the Teacher;
  • and Kristen Caven, our emcee, on Vintage Cookbooks.

We will also have a reading by our special guest William Rodarmor, editor of A French Feast.

There are a few spots open for members and local food writers! Please sign up to read here.

Please bring a dessert to share, preferably with a literary theme! We will be giving out prizes for creativity, and our celebrity food judge, Stan Dodson, will be giving a prize from La Farine Bakery.

For more information click HERE!

“Learning from Leonardo” with Fritjof Capra on November 17th

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We are so proud to host world-renowned physicist and author Fritjof Capra at our November Meeting!

Leonardo da Vinci, the great master painter and genius of the Renaissance, has been the subject of hundreds of scholarly and popular books. However, there are surprisingly few books about Leonardo’s science. Moreover, many authors who have discussed his scientific work have looked at it through Newtonian lenses, which has often prevented them from understanding its essential nature.

In this lecture, Fritjof Capra will present a novel interpretation of Leonardo’s science–from the perspective of twenty-first-century scientific thought. Studying Leonardo from this perspec- tive allows us to appreciate his unique synthesis of science and art, and the great relevance of his legacy to our time.

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and system theorist, is the author of seven international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections. His new book, Learning from Leonardo is being published by Berrett-Koehler and is coming out in November 2013. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley. He is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of UC Berkeley and also teaches at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in England. His website is


Our featured member author is John Putnam, who will be telling tales from the California Gold Rush.

See You Sunday – and at the SF Writer’s Conference!

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Member Kathleen Orozco at the booth


Kathleen Orozco with CWC-BB member Davie Simmons, “The Canadian Celtic Cowboy.”

Don’t forget this Sunday we’re featuring writer and weaver Kathleen Curtis Wilson, who talks about her path to publication. The meeting is from 2-4:30, with plenty of time for networking with other writers.

If you’re at the writer’s conference in San Francisco this weekend, please stop by the California Writers Club booth and say hello!

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