1/19/20 — General Membership Meeting
A Gust of Wind
Full membership meeting 1/19/20
“When Jack London said you have to go after inspiration with a club, I think he meant a writing club.” — Kristen Caven, author, president of CWC Berkeley 2017-2020
It’s time for us to hold council at a general meeting about the state of our branch. Please join us for a very special monthly meeting where, in lieu of a speaker + announcements, we’ll have a chance to talk together about what we want from each other our association.
After our announcements & featured reader, The meeting will have three parts:
Where We’ve Been
Historians Therese Pipe and Linda Brown will do a brief (10-minute) presentation on the history of the California Writers Club. If you don’t know much about us, this is a MUST-SEE! This club has been operating, and run by volunteers, for 110 years.
Where We’re At
As the century swings into gear, we employ various technologies to run the intricate business machinery of our metaphorical sailing ship. But the ship is only as strong as it’s sailors. President Kristen will give an overview of who pulls the ropes and pushes the oars, and help you see YOUR place in the crowd & crew.
Where We’re Going
Reflecting on the overview, club leaders will host breakout groups where we will all brainstorm about: 1) something the club is doing well, 2) what we get from the club, 3) what we want from the club, 4) what we can each contribute to the club, and 5) the club’s greatest concerns.
We’ll close by sharing priorities from each group, and selecting task groups for our crucial next steps and future.
We are a Participatory Democracy (or better yet, a DO-ocracy!), so do plan to come to this important group event and participate—this is YOUR club. Until then, please give some thought to these existential questions:
Who/what is the CWC?
What do we all, as a group, want to do?
Why does having a club matter to you?
What are you willing to contribute so that you get the benefit you need?
We are an eclectic assembly of strong writers who are all very interesting people. So…
How can we best work together to help each other and ourselves?
Here’s the day’s schedule. (If you’re attending the 5-page group the day before, we still hope to hear from you!) Please send notes to firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot attend.
12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Raffle & Announcements
1:30 Featured Member: Judith Offer, poet & playwright
1:45 CWC past & future PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION
2:45 Break & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group (Kymberlie Ingalls)
4:00 Craft Group (Terry Tierney)
Happy New Year to all writers, editors, publishers, publicists who follow this blog. Please take time to savor all of your writing and personal accomplishments! I look forward to us all giving each other energy on our writing goals for 2020.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members*
- Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
- Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket
PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE AN EXTRA RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!
* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.
Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.
- Preservation_Park_Map (good for printing)
- This map has an arrow to our building
- Here’s another cute map
- Google Map
SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:
- January 23rd – Wolf Pack WAG Write-In @Sierra Club
- February 16th – Jan Steckel
- March 15th – Panel Discussion: Small Press Publishers
- April 19th – Tanya Egan Gibson
- May 17th – Andy Ross
- June 20th – Member Book Launch
Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.