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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Terry Tierney nominated for Pushcart Prize

Interview with Sunday’s Featured Member Terry Tierney

Terry Tierney, author of the forthcoming The Poet's Garag Terry Tierney is our featured member for the meeting this Sunday, April 19th. His first book of poetry The Poet’s Garage is due to be published in May by Unsolicited Press. Terry Tierney hails from the Midwest, but has planted roots in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife, their enthusiastic golden retriever and two inquisitive kittens. After serving in the Seabees, he completed his BA and MA at Binghamton ...

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WRITE-IN: “Write Global at the Local” with Wolf Pack WAG

To wit: hyper-local is hyper-global. Our writer's action group (wag) is co-hosting a virtual write-in on Thursday from 2-5. Originally scheduled to meet in Alameda the day before the Corona Crisis Lockdown, this is our first online write-in. Say you're coming and get the ZOOM link on the Event page. Our Wolf Pack Write-Ins create space for writers to take action on the climate crisis together. Whatever your genre, this is a space/time to work on your existing articles, stories, ...

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3/15 – Our first Virtual Meeting!

As the world shifts into a new gear... please join us ONLINE for our meeting tomorrow, not in person! You've seen the interviews with Jennifer Joseph of Manic D. Press, Daniel Zarazura of Pochino Press, and J.K. Fowler of Nomadic Press. Bear with us tomorrow as we attempt to bring them all together on the small screen! At 1pm, please open the Facebook Event and look for the Livecast event. https://www.facebook.com/events/500708377382765/permalink/644271793026422/ Feel free ...

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Interview with Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press

Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press Manic D Press was founded by Jennifer Joseph in 1984. An award-winning literary press based in San Francisco, California publishing fiction, poetry, pop culture, music, art, narrative-oriented comix, children's,and alternative travel books, Manic D represents a diverse group of unique writers and artists, with emphasis on those who have been shunned by the traditional publishing establishment for lacking commercial viability, regardless of their talent or ...

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author and cartoonist Kristen Caven

"Lit in the Time of Corona"

POST UPDATE: PLEASE DO NOT COME TO OUR MEETING ON SUNDAY 3/15, BUT TUNE IN TO OUR LIVE STREAM AT 1PM HERE ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT. Hello writers! Many are asking if our meeting is canceled. The answer is NO, but we hope it will be a small group. We all need to work together to create "community immunity" against this virus, but we also recognize the importance of being together as we can, and doing our work. Books are everyone's best friend in "self-isolation," and great writing happens in ...

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Damoe; Zarazua

An Interview with Pochino Press Editor Daniel Zarazua

Daniel Zarazua is co-founder of Pochino Press, alongside his sister Monica and wife Xiomara. "We all play an equal role, with Monica handling the editing duties, Xiomara the graphic design, and myself taking the lead on planning events," he says. Pochino Press have made their mark as a platform for underrepresented voices from places as diverse as Addis Ababa, Taipei, and their home-base of Oakland. Their publications tend to explore the hybridity of cultures and ideas that have come together to explore new ideas, perspectives, and ways of being. "We also draw upon our experiences as K-12 educators, community organizers, and other life experiences to inform our work and connect with others beyond the literary world," Zarazua said, "Central to our work is creating and contributing to a broader community, not just a literary one." Check out our interview with Dainel Zarazua

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3/15 WORKSHOP—"Journalology" with Terry Tierney

SPECIAL EVENT: Journalology: Submitting Your Work to Literary Journals 3-5p.m. at our meeting location in Preservation Park. At our next monthly meeting, we have a unique offering in lieu of our 4pm CRAFT GROUP. Craft group leader Terry Tierney will be offering a 2-hour, hands-on workshop on the literary submission process to kick-start our club's new identified goals of supporting writers in this crucial task. PRICE: Included with meeting: $10 public/$5 members More info here. Lit...

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March small press editors event

3/15 – PANEL DISCUSSION with Bay Area Small Press Editors

What's the difference between working with a small press and a large mainstream publisher? Should I submit my work to a small press? Do local publishers want local authors? Why pitch to a small press if I can be a small press? Learn about it in our panel discussion with small press editors.

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2/29 – "Call of the Wild" History Walk & Reading with CWC Writers

See the new Jack London movie and learn about its history at the location where London became a writer.

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