21 posts by CWC Berkeley

“Write in the Hights*” – Monthly Retreat

  A unique writing retreat in a secluded public park  Our Writer in Residence at Joaquin Miller Park hosts a mid-month writing retreat for the public. Come any time during the day, take a walk and explore, and find a picnic table anywhere to clear your mind and put some words on paper. If you'd like to meet other writers, meet up at the Ranger Station - inside or outside - at 9am, ...

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“A Blanket and a Basket of Chow”— a Picnic Celebration of California Writers on October 9th

Cascade Flows, Singalong, Picnic, Readings & Poet Laureate Celebration. Join us! Seeking inspiration at Joaquin Miller Park Join us for a special celebration on the afternoon of October 9th, 2021 in Joaquin Miller Park! A ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials and the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park at noon will mark the completion of phase one of the water feature restoration. ...

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Interview with Featured Member Lily Iona-MacKenzie

Lily Iona MacKenzie Raised on the Canadian Prairies, under cumulous clouds that bloomed everywhere in Alberta’s big sky, Lily Iona MacKenzie soon realized that all objects are in motion, waiting for stories to illuminate them. They were herfirst creative writing instructors, scudding across the heavenly blue, constantly changing shape: one minute an elephant, bruised and brooding. The next ...

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Rainy ravine at Joaquin Miller Park

Announcing our new Writer-in-Residence Program at Joaquin Miller Park

October 9th: Cascade Flows, Picnic & Poet Laureate. Join us! seeking inspiration at Joaquin Miller Park The history of the California Writers Club and Joaquin Miller Park are deeply intertwined, as the Club was formed by civic-minded literary figures who would gather on the land when it belonged to poet Joaquin Miller, who called it “The Hights” (his spelling). CWC, which formed in ...

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Kristen Caven Dirndl Diaspora Octoberfest

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 ...

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The Amazing Life of Feisty Ina Coolbrith, America’s First Poet Laurate – October 18th

Writers often need courage, whether it is to meet a national event, a personal challenge, or just to face a blank page. In these instances we can look to our own history to find the inner strength to face our most profound challenges. At the culmination of California Writer's Week, historical author Aleta George will give us the details on the fierce and iconic Ina Coolbrith. Ina Coolbrith was not only California's first poet laurate and Oakland's first public librarian, she was also one of the founders of the California Writers Club. But these factoids merely scratch the surface of this ground-breaking rebel. Author and journalist Aleta George will share the moments in Ina Coolbrith's life when she was called upon to respond with courage and other fascinating stories of Coolbrith in the East Bay. Learn more or get your tickets now.

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Finding & Working with an Agent with Literary Agent Andy Ross – September 20th

Our speaker series returns on Sunday, September 20th with Oakland literary agent Andy Ross. Ross will detail the steps you need to take before beginning work with a literary agent. Ross will help you determine whether your project is right for commercial publishers and he'll explain how to write effective query letters and book proposals. You'll learn how to research the best agent for your book. He'll even go over how agents negotiate book contracts.

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Meet 20+ new BOOKSTARS and enjoy your summer reading!

https://youtu.be/pmAPQxDCEEE 20+ Authors from the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club read from 20+ new books on 6/20/2020 Purchase all these titles at Our Bookshop! (Profits go to our members of color who are severely impacted by the Covid crisis.)  Hello Universe Lovers & Oakland, I'm Not Dead by Keith Mark Gaboury A Waltz in Tennessee by Francine Howard Tell Me, ...

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One Day Left on Auction Items!

Our seven book bundles, generously donated by our member authors Our book auction ends at the end of the month, when we hope to write a big fat check to one of our writers of color who is facing homelessness because of the Covid crisis. Please bid TODAY on one or more of these seven great "book bundles" at this link: https://cwc-berkeley.org/auctions/ "Words and Images" - books by Dirk ...

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Contest Reminder for Write Angles

All Berkeley branch members of CWC are encouraged to enter the monthly contest in Write Angles. The theme this month is poetry. So submit your poem of 32 lines or less to Lynne at writeangles@gmail.com no later than this Friday, February 15, with "WA Writers' Contest" in the subject line. The winner will be awarded a fabulous prize at our March meeting. Good luck to all of you!

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