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, Signora by Ann Harleman Expect Betrayal by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth Into the Black by Beth Barany ...

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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! "Book Launch Presenting All CWC Berkeley Authors with New Books" Click here to commit to your writing career. Save Save

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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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Summer Social Sunday August 16th at 1 p.m.

In years past, we've had a picnic in the park for our summer social. Of course we're committed to having all our meetings online for the duration of the pandemic. So here's what you can expect for our social: the breakout rooms, zoom link, and more.

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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 Wales, Fred Dodsworth, and Jan Steckel"Power" - books by Mike Verant, Kristen Caven, Gini Graham ...

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“20 in 20″—CWC Berkeley Book Launch June 20th

On Saturday, June 20th, we honor our 21 members who have published a new title in the past year. A wide range of literary genres will be featured, including thriller, mystery, non-fiction memoir, media criticism, fantasy, and poetry. 

    The virtual celebration will take place at 2 p.m., and will include a variety of insights and ideas for readers and writers alike. Each author will present and read from their book, and answer one question. Join us for an engaging experience and a stack of new books to read during shelter-in-place! 

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“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 of philosophizing, reporting, and cajoling for the sake of her historic writing community. The Wind ...

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Kubrick’s Mysterious Symbols: an Interview with Featured Member Nicole Berg

At this Sunday's final meeting before our summer break, the Berkeley California Writers Club celebrates author and film critic Nicole Berg. Berg's fist book Discovering Kubrick’s Symbolism is now available for pre-sale from McFarland Books. This is her second year in the CWC. She says, "I really enjoy getting to know the other members here." Berg's career began in animation, gaming, & software industries such as Walt Disney, DIC, Sierra, Symantec, and a number of dot coms during the ...

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May 17th SPEAKER—Paul Shirley—”Writing Like an Athlete to Build Creative Focus”

Building an Athlete's Discipline and Focus into Your Writing Practice In the midst of a global pandemic, when there's so much time on our hands staying at home, writers are having trouble getting things done. Paul Shirley, a former professional basketball player, will speak about how he applied an athlete's focus to his writing career, and has since helped hundreds of writers achieve their goals through building habits, routines and systems that work for them. The founder of Writers ...

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