59 posts by Kristen Caven

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Poets on Earth: Environmental Write-In, Reading, and Open Mic

ATTN: Wolfpack Writers! Let's howl! We interrupt our regularly scheduled speaker series with an urgent call to gather and raise our voices! From Earthday.org: "We have just over a decade to halve our emissions to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change on our food supply, national security, global health, extreme weather, and more."There is simply no time to ...

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“Hiring a Virtual Assistant” with Mia Borja on February 18th, 2024

How 10 Hours a Month Will Change Your Career (and Your Life) As a writer’s business grows, so do the overwhelming number of tasks. Any writer who is struggling with productivity will find something interesting in Mia Borja’s talk on how a VA can help make their lives easier and more productive. If you are a writer who struggles with:Managing submissions to literary journals and contest...

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Ayodele Nzinga is Oakland’s First Poet Laureate

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Ayodele Nzinga will take the Member Spotlight before our January speaker, Kevin Fisher-Paulson. Get ...

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Sarah Abbett is Uniquely Unique.

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Sarah Abbett will take the Member Spotlight before our November speaker, Susan Neufeld Paul. Get tickets ...

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Christening The California Writers Circle

“Going Through a Stage” A public service announcement  from the  Joaquin Miller Park Writer-in-Residence for the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park is now being called the California Writers Circle. It is visible and shareable on Google Maps, and a great place to meet for picnics, meetings, and literary readings. It is exactly 247 steps ...

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Sandy Bliss’s motto was “Equanimity Through Adversity”

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. This month, three of her colleagues will bring Sandy Bliss to the Member Spotlight before our September ...

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October Events with the CWC

With California Writers Week being the 3rd week in October, we've got such an exciting lineup this year of events that celebrate the legacy and inspiration of California Writers... that it's practically a mini-literary festival! Sunday, October 15, 1-3pm Ink Flow and Focus with Bronwyn Emery After our monthly meeting, our speaker this month will be Bronwyn Emery. Bronwyn started a vibrant ...

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Meet Kazue Watanabe

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Kazue Watanabe will take the Member Spotlight before our April speaker, John Curl. Get tickets here. I was ...

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The Creative Side of Research — A Workshop with Amy Shea — 4/22/23

In The Creative Side of Research: The Anatomy of a Creative Essay, essayist and writing teacher Amy Shea shares the power of incorporating research into your narrative nonfiction, longform essay, and creative nonfiction.  April 22, 2023, 10-12am on Zoom How does a writer decide when, how, and how much research to include in a creative essay? In this workshop, discussion will focus on ...

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Kenneth Lipman is Writing about the Circumcision Decision

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Kenneth Lipman will take the Member Spotlight before our March speaker, Ericka McIntyre. Get tickets ...

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