132 posts in category Announcements

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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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1/19/20 — General Membership Meeting

A Gust of Wind Full membership meeting 1/19/20 “When Jack London said you have to go after inspiration with a club, I think he meant a writing club.” -- Kristen Caven, author, president of CWC Berkeley 2017-2020 Dear Members, It’s time for us to hold council at a general meeting about the state of our branch. Please join us for a very special monthly meeting where, in lieu of a speaker + announcements, we’ll have a chance to talk together about what we want from each other our associ...

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CWC Writers at LitCrawl Saturday Night, 10/19

We are so proud of all of our members who are reading at or hosting at LitCrawl this year! One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco's Lit Crawl is a massive, one-night literary pub crawl throughout the city’s Mission District. Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world’s largest free pop-up literary event. Started in 2004, Lit Crawl cultivates a unique, resonant brand: smart and silly, worldly and wacky events presented in ...

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See You Sunday! CWC Speaker Series & Meeting 10/20/19

Our October meeting is just around the corner. Say you’re coming on Facebook! Writers can get into legal trouble without knowing it. Learn best practices and get the basics about libel, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, subpoenas, confidential sources, and the California Shield Law from Literary Lawyer Nicholas J. Jollymore. Come for the whole meeting or part of it! Cover charge for the whole afternoon is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.* Admission includes 1 free raffle ...

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