“Sipping the Elixir” with Gail Carriger on January 15th, 2023

  An Overview of the Heroines Journey What is the Heroine’s Journey (as opposed to the Hero’s), and what aspects make for compelling narrative and voracious readers? Where do these elements originate and how do we write them? This presentation by a highly successful writer of unconventional female protagonists explains all. Gail Carriger, author of The Heroines's Journey, covers briefly what this journey is, how it works, one source myth, one pop-culture example, and how it can be ...

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Carolyn Lee Arnold Wants You to Be Brave!

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker gives us a glimpse at 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. Carolyn Lee Arnold will take the Member Spotlight before our next speaker, “Writing as Play” with Jorjeana Marie on February 19th, 2023. Get tickets here. Carolyn gives informed dating advice ...

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“Writing as Play” with Jorjeana Marie on February 19th, 2023

Have Fun and Boost your Productivity with Playful Approaches to Writing If you are like many other writers and occasionally get stuck or feel uninspired with a formerly passionate project, you might consider approaching the task of writing in a fun new way. In this interactive workshop, television writer and award-winning voice actress, Jorjeana Marie, will share tips and tricks to help you get started writing, boost your writing output, and have fun in the process.   If ...

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“Story is My Life” for Bobbie Kinkead

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. Bobbie Kinkead will take the Member Spotlight before our January speaker, Gail Carriger on "The Heroine's Journey". Get tickets here. Bobbie has always created stories Bobbie Kinkead's father had a pile ...

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Sail into 2023 writing strong with SIX+++ January Events with the CWC!

We're starting our new year with a gust of energy! Here's what you want to know about what's happening with the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club! All of our members should try to make it to one or more of these events—let's get networked, connected, and focused on our writing goals! If you're not a member yet, this is a great time to join with our half-year membership special! January 14th from 11am - 5pm: Write In @ OMCA Check out our monthly write-in at the Oakland ...

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Kathleen Orosco writes about Jackie Kennedy

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker gives us a glimpse at 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. 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 Elizab...

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“Story Telling Crossover” with Chris Hennessy on November 20th, 2022

Incorporating video into your writing projects Attendees of this event will learn: The How and Why of incorporating film & video into your writing projects— How your writing skills can help you craft an award-winning film;How to make quality film/video projects at little or no cost;How to use film/video to get a book deal with a traditional publisher;How to pre-promote your book during writing to create buzz. (e.g., get published in newspaper, miscellaneous publications, TV ...

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Curious Writer: Jordan Pastor

  Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker gives us a glimpse at 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. 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 journa...

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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 unfortunately, a technical obstacle kept the fountain and hillside creek dry. A year to the date ...

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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 intergenerational exchanges helps us to better understand ourselves and each other as our life experiences ...

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