Our events are open to the public!
We will resume our speaker programs in September.
You can join the club this summer!
OVER 100 YEARS OF SERVING BAY AREA WRITERS
July 5, 2016
July 6, 2016
The MAGIC OF MEMOIR 2016 conference is happening October 15-16 in beautiful downtown Oakland at the Marriott Hotel—overlooking San Francisco and the Bay—an amazing venue with panoramic views and fantastic food.
This conference is being co-led by memoir experts Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers. They also have two expert panels—with renowned memoirists and three agents who will give individuated attention and advice as part of the Pitch-a-thon. Read all about it on MagicOfMemoir.com.
One of the best things about an event like this is the networking and connection with fellow memoirists. Last year’s participants made friends for life, and Brooke and Linda Joy are excited to offer CWC members this deep discount on the weekend.
Don’t hesitate to be in touch with Brooke Warner directly if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13, 2016
Hi, everyone! Happy almost summer vacation!
Remember that there are no meetings in July and August, but we’re hoping to still bring you some activities so keep an eye out via email, our site and Meetup. We also always want to hear from you, and what you’d like to see happen in our club in the coming year. Because it’s our club. Please send us your feedback and wishlist!
One such activity is the CWC Annual Picnic – it’s July 23rd. This is a members only event, plus our families. It’s a chance to meet members of other branches throughout the state, and just to hang out in a relaxed setting for some fun and celebrating our art. After the picnic, the fun doesn’t stop – there’s an evening ahead of more literary greatness, and it’s open to all so invite your friends and make it a party! Get all you need to know here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/05/23/save-the-date-july-23-gatherings-at-joaquin-miller-park/
Back to what’s currently happening, this Sunday we’ll be getting some tips on shopping for an editor with David Colin Carr. Come hear what he has to say, and come a little early to discuss craft topics and sit in on the marketing group too. It all starts at noon. Details here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/06/01/speaker-619-precisely-what-editors-do-with-david-colin-carr/
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the team that has kept us going this past year and years before. Volunteerism is what keeps us going, we couldn’t have done this without you. And thank you to all who showed up to represent the CWC at the Oakland Book Fair in May, and the Bay Area Book Festival. You can find the highlights here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/05/31/cwc-at-local-book-festivals/
Be sure to read the winners too of our annual 5th Grade Writers Contest. It makes for great summer reading: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/06/06/writers-of-tomorrow/
And to introduce our new slate of officers; Karma Bennett – President, Francine Howard – Vice President, Henry Hitz – Treasurer, and David Simmons – Secretary.
As you take some time to consider and share your thoughts, please take the time to renew your membership. Your dues allow the club – locally and statewide – to bring us the valuable resources that you’ve come to expect. It’s still just $45 for the year, $25 for dual members but $65 if you miss the deadline. So, send in your renewal now because we need you to keep our community strong.
Whew! I think that’s everything. Hope to see you Sunday.
June 6, 2016
Read “I Survived” by Irene H. O., our first-place winner.
Thank you to member Joanna Phoenix for your wonderful administration of this contest!
June 4, 2016
June 1, 2016
Every writer needs a good editor! Our last speaker of the year, editor/writing coach David Colin Carr will speak about how editors can provide support for every aspect of the writing process:
Please bring your challenges and questions.
David Colin Carr has been freelancing fiction and non-fiction since 1988 with writers as far flung as Beijing and Johannesburg, as well as doctoral candidates around the US. He works collaboratively with clients to bring forth their passion – with clarity and coherence, while preserving their distinctive voice. David values outlining to develop logical structure; strives for lively, efficient language; and uses humor to turn bad news into an exciting challenge. He is dedicated to projects that manifest the beauty of this planet and the mystery of our hearts – offering compassion, counseling skills, and creativity to bring forth the brilliance of both the writing and the collaborative relationship.
Our featured CWC author this month is John Byrne Barry.
Meeting Schedule for Sunday, June 19th, 2016:
12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. –Break & Book Sales
2:30-3 p.m. — Club Business & Announcements
3 p.m. – CWC member John Byrne Barry
3:15-4 p.m. – David Colin Carr
Click here for more information about location and time.