Subscribe to our Speaker Series & Support our Writers Equity Fund

Subscribe today to help other writers! Pre-pay meeting fees with ONE CLICK NOW is the time to subscribe to our monthly speaker series! All members who donate $40 to our Virginia Prentiss Equity Fund come FREE to an entire annual speaker series from September through May. DONATE TODAY! About the Virginia Prentiss Fund The Virginia Prentiss Fund is named for Jack London's patroness, Virginia/Ginny/Jenny Prentiss. You all know who Jack London is, but did you know ...

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Member Amarjit Pannu’s novel is a love story set during India’s struggle for independence [Interview]

Author Amarjit Pannu will be the featured member at our October 17th meeting. Mark your calendars! Amarjit Pannu’s book Splintered Waters: Tryst with Destiny was published in March of this year by Austin Macauley Publishers of London, Cambridge, New York, and Sharjah. She will be the featured member at the Sunday October 17th meeting, so mark your calendars. While Splintered Waters is her English-language debut in fiction, she has published two widely acclaimed books of short stories in ...

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Researching a Historical Figure: Bringing Charmian Kittredge London to the Page

  October 17th as Iris Jamahl Dunkle Takes us Into the Life of a Trailblazer, Author, and Adventurer At our Sunday, October 17th meeting, award-winning literary biographer Iris Jamahl Dunkle will take us on the adventure of Charmian Kittredge London's life. We'll learn about her time living in Oakland and Berkeley, working in San Francisco, and her career as a writer. Dunkle will talk about the process she went through discovering her life: one that had been shadowed by her ...

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Interview with Annalisa Parent, author of Storytelling for Pantsers

Our speaker for Sunday September 19th Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscience principles, she applies these same principles to her work with writers to create confidence, writing flow, and success. Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise your Novel ...

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“A Blanket and a Basket of Chow”— a Picnic Celebration of California Writers on October 9th

Cascade Flows, Singalong, Picnic, Readings & Poet Laureate Celebration. Join us! Seeking inspiration at Joaquin Miller Park Join us for a special celebration on the afternoon of October 9th, 2021 in Joaquin Miller Park! A ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials and the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park at noon will mark the completion of phase one of the water feature restoration. As the flow returns to the Woodminister Cascade, our writer in residence, Kristen Caven will lead a ...

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5 Insider Secrets to Show-Stopping Novel Beginnings

Join Us on Zoom September 19th to Learn Annalisa's Parent's Insider Tips to Get Readers Hooked on your Novel You know you’ve got a great story idea, but how do you make it so great that it rises from slush pile to publication? Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent has helped hundreds of writers to improve their craft and to become published authors. She knows the inside tricks to get your writing publication-ready. In this workshop, she will walk you through a straightforward system ...

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Interview with Featured Member Lily Iona-MacKenzie

Lily Iona MacKenzie Raised on the Canadian Prairies, under cumulous clouds that bloomed everywhere in Alberta’s big sky, Lily Iona MacKenzie soon realized that all objects are in motion, waiting for stories to illuminate them. They were herfirst creative writing instructors, scudding across the heavenly blue, constantly changing shape: one minute an elephant, bruised and brooding. The next morphing into a rabbit or a castle. She soon realized that all objects are in motion, waiting for ...

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Announcing our new Writer-in-Residence Program at Joaquin Miller Park

October 9th: Cascade Flows, Picnic & Poet Laureate. Join us! seeking inspiration at Joaquin Miller Park The history of the California Writers Club and Joaquin Miller Park are deeply intertwined, as the Club was formed by civic-minded literary figures who would gather on the land when it belonged to poet Joaquin Miller, who called it “The Hights” (his spelling). CWC, which formed in Oakland in 1909 and was incorporated in 1913, was instrumental in the city’s purchase of Miller...

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Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/20

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 reading begins around 3:30. The event is free and you can register your ticket here. This year, we ...

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Interview with our Race as Context Panelists

We're so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique conversation between Alex Sato, Gabriel Campbell, Jhon Valdes Klinger, and Kim Shuck, moderated by member Ellen McBarnette. This diverse and talented group of writers and poets will share their perspectives on race as context, and inspire discussion and exploration for others. We sent them some questions and their answers were so fantastic we really would rather bind them up and publish them as a book. Below are just a few of the highlights.

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