45 posts by Kristen Caven

Member Spotlight: Kathleen Orosco

  Kathleen Orosco has been an an active and interested member since 2009, and at last we get to hear some of her writing! She has a very special message for members of the Club. My children Elizabeth Rose and Natalie Anne are no doubt the most important to me in my life, but guess who is next?  Yes, CWC Berkeley—the dedication of its members and their participation has ...

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Member Spotlight: Jordan Pastor

  Meet Jordan Pastor at our meeting today! Get tickets here Jordan Pastor is a self-published psychological adventure thriller fiction author, poet, and seasonal music journalist for the Eurovision Song Contest. He is the author of the novels Never Say Forgotten, Never Say Forgiven, and Red Elk. His recently published projects include the romance novelette Sunsets Near and ...

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“A Reading in the Redwoods” & Open Mic with Ayodele Nzinga, 10/21/22

The third week of every October is California Writers Week, and this year our community event features Oakland's first Poet Laureate, Ayodele "Wordslanger" Nzinga, who accepted an honorary membership to the CWC at last year's historic celebration of California writers, From Ina to Ayodele. At that event, we celebrated the restoration of the water feature in the Woodminster Cascade, although ...

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“Intergenerational Dialogue” with Lyndsey Ellis on October 16th, 2022

The 3rd week of October is California Writers Week! This year we celebrate California's deep, historical diversity with an exciting conversation with an up-and-coming West Coast & Midwest author. The Nuances of Writing Cultural Complexity Regardless of race and class, many attitudes, behaviors, and belief systems stem from values hat are specific to our age groups. Exploring ...

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CWC at the Hayward Lit Hop this Saturday

Don't miss this amazing lineup of Berkeley Branch Poets at the "Embodied" reading at the first annual Hayward Lit Hop, which was also started by a member of our branch, Cristina Deptula. We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience.—but spiritual beings having a physical experience. We'll be sharing our stories of pain and transcendence, sense and sensation through a literary ...

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Honor the Earth with Sustainable Storytelling & Literary Action 4/24/22

Join us April 24th for a festival of outdoor lit in Joaquin Miller Park! Our April meeting will be set among a day full of springtime activities and networking. All events are free except the meeting/speaker series, for which we ask that you purchase a ticket. (Free tickets are available for those who need them. 10-12 p.m. Earth Day in the Park Come work with Friends of Joaquin ...

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2/27 WORKSHOP – “The Narrative Gateway: Poems That Tell Stories” with Paul Corman Roberts

Whether the narrative poem is situated in the classical omniscient third person or the lyrical “I,” it has always served as one of the most popular and accessible forms of verse that opens the windows of the world up to more readers than perhaps any other form of poetry. In this workshop we will compare and contrast modern and postmodern narrative stylings that border on flash fiction, and ...

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Half-Year Membership Special

Writers, are you ready to commit to your writing? The California Writers Club (CWC) is one of the oldest and largest writers’ clubs in America.  We have a proud heritage going back to our founding in 1909. Organized into local branches, the club has over 1,800 members in 22 branches spread across our state. Our mission is to provide education and support for writers in our communities. ...

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Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/21

The California Writer's Club is hosting its annual launch party for member authors who were published in 2020-2021. Join us to hear eight fresh voices span genres from women's fiction to thrillers, and self-help. A unique opportunity to absorb the vibrant local lit scene and get some great new books! The Zoom will open at 3:00 p.m. on June 19th. We will install the new 2021 board before the ...

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Race as Context: BIPOC California Writers on How Race Informs Writing—May 16th PANEL

We are so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique opportunity for members to join in this timely discussion. Panelists are California BIPOC writers from many vantage points including:  A Millenial with his first complete manuscript. Authors with years of experience helping others in their craft. A recent award-winning MFA graduate newly arrived to Califo...

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