Meet Poet and Featured Member Ananya Dhawan
Poet Ananya Dhawan Ananya Dhawan is a young, spirited woman who has grew up in an around the Northern Hills in India. She is in love with the written word and spends most of her time immersed in books. Writing for her is a meditative experience. She likes to push her limits and challenge herself. Ananya holds a Masters in English Literature, and a certificate each in language skills and ...
Kristen Caven Made a Movie
Kristen Caven, our featured member at Sunday's meeting, needs no introduction to this club. After she retired from the president’s position last June, she dove back into her writing with a vengeance. Although Kristen has a novel to sell about women’s rights and realities, and a memoir to polish about a transformative trip to Italy, she spent the summer rewriting a play about her German ...
Kubrick’s Mysterious Symbols: an Interview with Featured Member Nicole Berg
At this Sunday's final meeting before our summer break, the Berkeley California Writers Club celebrates author and film critic Nicole Berg. Berg's fist book Discovering Kubrick’s Symbolism is now available for pre-sale from McFarland Books. This is her second year in the CWC. She says, "I really enjoy getting to know the other members here." Berg's career began in animation, gaming, & ...
"A Chance to Have My Say"— Get to Know Playwright/Poet Judith Offer
Member Judith Offer will be our featured reader this Sunday, January 19th. Judith is celebrating her one-year anniversary of being in the California Writers Club! She is an Oakland poet and playwright. 18 of her plays have been professionally produced, most in community theatres in the Bay Area. Her themes are women’s issues, American history, and the various cultural groups that populate Oakland.
Meet Historical Fiction Writer Lucille Belucci
Lucille Belucci Lucille Belucci is not the most talkative member of Berkeley CWC, so you may not have realized yet what a delight she is. You may know our February Featured Member as the soft-spoken woman who runs the raffle, but she's also the quietly feisty author of the historical fiction novel The Year of the Rat. Originally from Shanghai, on February 17th Lucille will share a story ...
A Few Questions for Software Pioneer and Author, Gary Durbin
This month's featured CWC member is Gary Durbin, a retired serial entrepreneur and software industry pioneer. Instead of writing computer code and starting software companies, he now writes, hikes, and advises young entrepreneurs. He has published short stories and his first novel, Nano-Uncertainty.
Some Writing Advice from October's Featured Member, Art Deco Novelist Alice Jurow
Sunday, October 21st we'll be featuring a short reading from our featured member, Alice Jurow. Alice has a degree in Aesthetic Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and is not afraid to use it. Her obsession with the 1920s has led to a long-standing involvement with the Art Deco Society of California, and she was the editor of the society’s Sophisticate magazine for 12 years. Some of her publications include the North American Review, Archetype, and Bark. Vamps of ‘29 is her first published novel; she is working on a sequel. Alice lives in Berkeley with her human and feline family. We asked Alice Jurow about the the most important piece of writing advice that she could give to other writers.
Featured Member: Poet Fred Dodsworth
Fred Dodsworth will open for Amos White's The Art of Giving Live Readings tomorrow. We asked him a few questions... this is what he said! What’s the most important piece of writing advice that you could give to other writers? It’s hard to start writing but if you don’t start everything anyone might tell you about writing become wasted words. What one thing has helped promote your writing ...
Making the Most of Nature in Your Writing: Interview with Featured Member Judith Newton
A conversation with CWC members Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Memoir Writers Association and Judith Newton, Professor Emerita, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at UC Davis. Newton is our Featured Member for May, and her new book Oink comes out this month. They discussed using nature in their writing.
Writing Tips from our April Featured Member, Karma Bennett
Editor's note: Today we start a new series that presents interviews with Berkeley CWC members who are to be featured at our events. These interviews are presented by Jason Yiu. Our first featured member is Karma Bennett, who is not only the featured member at this Sunday's meeting, she's also our Berkeley branch president. Now I turn it over to Jason. Karma Bennett has experience in many fields ...