36 posts by Kristen Caven

CWC Summer Social—July 23rd at Heinold's

There will be no statewide picnic in Joaquin Miller Park this year, our club's original "home base," but we will once again be holding an "open house" for all "California Writers." (That's a lot of "quotation marks." We writers sure know how to use our tools, don't we?) Join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club at Jack London's favorite hangout, Heinold's First and Last Chance ...

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Write this Summer!

Summertime... may the writing be easy! While The California Writers Club is on break for the summer, I hope you will keep writing. We writers have things to say, words to wrangle, and a world full of plot twists in need of happy endings.   Hello, I'm Kristen Caven, the new president of the Berkeley Branch. I have been a member for 11 years, and fondly remember our "Captain," AL Levenson, who ...

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Open House – “LitCake” party on October 20th

Are you heading to LitQuake? Please join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club for a feast of literary desserts in Oakland the day after it's over.  Sunday, October 20th 2-4 p.m. in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room at the Oakland Public Library 125 14th St., Oakland, CA Schedule of Events 2pm – 2:30 p.m. Mingling and judging of LitCake Entires 2:30 p.m. California ...

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See you Sunday!

We're all very excited to get together again after our summer break.  At 2pm, Brooke Warner will talk about getting our platforms polished, but there's a lot of other club activity tomorrow, too! At 10am, the Executive Board will meet at Lake Chalet. Please come if you would like to join the board. We are desperately in need of a treasurer or co-treasurer, and a membership co-chair. At 12pm, ...

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“Building a Platform for Your New Book” with Brooke Warner, September 15th

Are you ready to write the book you’ve been longing to complete and get published? Come to the California Writers Club meeting on Sunday, September 15th at 2pm at the Oakland Public Library. Our speaker, Brooke Warner, is the author of What’s Your Book? — an aspiring author’s go-to guide (with five stars on Amazon) for completing the dream of becoming a published author. One of the ...

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Announcing our 5th Grade Contest Winners!

The winners of our 27th Annual 5th Grade Story Contest have been selected! Click here to see the list of our winners, in alphabetical order. ONE of these is the grand prize winner... come to the Awards Ceremony on June 2nd to find out which one! Thank you to member Debby Frisch, author of A Mango for the Teacher, for your organizing this wonderful contest year after year!

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5th Grade Story Contest Reopens to Alameda County Public Schools

This year, as we've switched from mailing flyers to schools to emailing schools, we received entries from Contra Costa County schools and local independent schools but NO submissions from Alameda County public schools! To remedy this, we are reopening the contest just to fifth graders in Alameda County public schools with a deadline of April 17. Please urge your local Alameda County public ...

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“A Weaver’s Path to Publication” with Kathleen Curtis Wilson – 2/17/13

Our next speaker, Kathleen Curtis Wilson, wrote Textile Art from Southern Appalachia: the quiet work of women, and guest-curated a multi-venue international exhibition by the same name for the American Textile History Museum. The exhibition traveled to three southern venues, and concluded a two-year tour at the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh. As a Visiting Scholar and Honorary ...

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Announcing the 27th Annual 5th Grade Story Contest!

Please tell all the 5th grade teachers you know in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that our contest is open! Students can win cash prizes, and the winning story is posted on our website. Deadline is March 15th, 2013. Click here to download the flyer. See our contest page here for more information.

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CWC Annual Picnic is this Saturday!

The Berkeley branch doesn’t meet until September, but we can still get together for food and fun. The annual CWC picnic invites members from all over California to gather at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. Bring a side dish to share and don’t forget about the literary baking contest. You will not be judged on the taste of your baked goods, just the literary cleverness attached. Not to brag, ...

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