142 posts by Berkeley CWC

“The Wind In Our Sails” by Kristen Caven

As a parting gift to the CWC, president Kristen Caven has published her funny and topical collected messages to the club. From her first installment, "Herding Cats," in which she has a dream to teach cats (writers) to dance in formation, to her last, "Taking a Knee," in which she reflects on current events and the importance of lifting the voices of our members of color, Caven shares three years ...

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Welcome to the Club!

CWC Berkeley Branch welcomes all California Writers Club members and guests to our monthly speaker program and affordable workshops on the art and business of writing. June 20th, 2020 Our next meeting will take place on ZOOM. Register today! Commit to your writing career. Save Save

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WRITE-IN: “Write Global at the Local” with Wolf Pack WAG

To wit: hyper-local is hyper-global. Our writer's action group (wag) is co-hosting a virtual write-in on Thursday from 2-5. Originally scheduled to meet in Alameda the day before the Corona Crisis Lockdown, this is our first online write-in. Say you're coming and get the ZOOM link on the Event page. Our Wolf Pack Write-Ins create space for writers to take action on the climate crisis ...

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3/15 – Our first Virtual Meeting!

As the world shifts into a new gear... please join us ONLINE for our meeting tomorrow, not in person! You've seen the interviews with Jennifer Joseph of Manic D. Press, Daniel Zarazura of Pochino Press, and J.K. Fowler of Nomadic Press. Bear with us tomorrow as we attempt to bring them all together on the small screen! At 1pm, please open the Facebook Event and look for the ...

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author and cartoonist Kristen Caven

"Lit in the Time of Corona"

POST UPDATE: PLEASE DO NOT COME TO OUR MEETING ON SUNDAY 3/15, BUT TUNE IN TO OUR LIVE STREAM AT 1PM HERE ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT. Hello writers! Many are asking if our meeting is canceled. The answer is NO, but we hope it will be a small group. We all need to work together to create "community immunity" against this virus, but we also recognize the importance of being together as we can, and ...

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Judith Offer playwright poet

"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.

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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 Dear Members, 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 + ...

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"We're All in Freefall" — Interview with 11/17 featured author Lily Iona MacKenzie

In Freefall: A Divine Comedy, Lily Iona MacKenzie zeroes in on a fundamental truth: We’re all in freefall, and that’s the real divine comedy. No matter how old we are, we’re still trying to “find ourselves” and discover what we want out of life. Meet Lily Iona MacKenzie, a new member this season, at the November 17th meeting, opening for Joan Gelfland. Lily writes: I don’t have ...

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11/17 SPEAKER – "You Can Be a Winning Writer" with Joan Gelfland

In this participatory workshop, author Joan Gelfand will discuss her 4 C’s approach to becoming a successful author. Joan will discuss how to incorporate craft, commitment, community, and confidence into a writing practice. Joan and her clients have produced significant results by incorporating this approach into their own writing practices. Accompanied by a thirty-minute Power Point, Joan ...

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CWC Writers at LitCrawl Saturday Night, 10/19

We are so proud of all of our members who are reading at or hosting at LitCrawl this year! One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco's Lit Crawl is a massive, one-night literary pub crawl throughout the city’s Mission District. Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world’s largest free pop-up literary event. Started in 2004, ...

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