Writing Memoir with Laila El-Sissi Nov 20th

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The Road to Writing Memoir with Laila El-Sissi

November 20th, Laila El-Sissi will guide us through her journey in writing a memoir about arranged marriage in Egypt. Topics include:

  • how to transcend cultural barriers in your writing
  • working with editors—how not to get flustered or discouraged or ripped off!
  • creating fictional characters to tell nonfictional stories

Laila El-Sissi will offer frank discussion on the challenges writers face and how to be clear in your conscience about presenting the true story.

Marketing and Craft Support Groups

Whether or not you ever plan to write a memoir, every CWC meeting offers a chance for you to improve your writing and our book sales.

Craft Support for Writers 12-1 p.m.

Our craft support group is a space for writers to discuss challenges in their manuscripts. Your best friend and your sweetie are sick of hearing about that story, essay, character or plot you just ite figure out. Here’s a space where you can crack open your toughest issues, and become a better writer.

Marketing Support for Writers 1-2 p.m.

In our Marketing Support Group, we discuss and problem-solve various issues with book marketing and publicity. Not clear on social media? Wondering what you should blog about? Curious about press releases? Bring your book marketing questions and our experienced authors will help you get to the bottom of it.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, November 20th, at
Connexion in Jack London Square

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. –Break & Book Sales
2:30-3 p.m. — Club Business & Announcements
3 p.m. – CWC featured member
3:15-4 p.m. – Martha Alderson

* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

Welcome to The Club!

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The Berkeley Branch is the founding branch of the oldest professional writers’ club West of the Missisippi.

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.

Our events are open to the public!

Our programs begin on September 18th with a

PITCH SLAM!

Hosted by historical novelist Francine Howard

We are accepting new members!  Click here to commit to your writing career.

Statewide Picnic Saturday!

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The CWC Annual Picnic is this weekend! Are you excited?

Writers club members from all over the state will be joining us on July 23rd at Joaquin Miller Park. Members and their guests will

  • Eat, drink, and catch up with fellow writers
  • Read at the open mic (3 minutes or less, please)
  • Win fabulous prizes… and/or the coveted Golden Fork Award with your clever literary dessert!

Plus: bring a book for the member share basket… take a book to read and review!

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments are provided by the club. Locals, please bring a side dish to share and/or pitch in… sign up here!

CWC Picnic Flyer 2016

Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions
Lit Cake Contest

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

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Members are also invited to stay for the after-party, a social gathering to network with writers belonging to other East Bay literary communities. To Build a Fire with The Heart of The Muse is part of the 2016 Jack London Legacy Celebration. Guests are invited to bring readings by early CWC authors (Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Ina Coolbrith, etc.), or works inspired by them. More info/RSVP on Facebook! 

Sunday 6/19 and lots of other tidbits!

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Hi, everyone! Happy almost summer vacation!

Remember that there are no meetings in July and August, but we’re hoping to still bring you some activities so keep an eye out via email, our site and Meetup. We also always want to hear from you, and what you’d like to see happen in our club in the coming year. Because it’s our club. Please send us your feedback and wishlist!

One such activity is the CWC Annual Picnic – it’s July 23rd. This is a members only event, plus our families. It’s a chance to meet members of other branches throughout the state, and just to hang out in a relaxed setting for some fun and celebrating our art. After the picnic, the fun doesn’t stop – there’s an evening ahead of more literary greatness, and it’s open to all so invite your friends and make it a party! Get all you need to know here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/05/23/save-the-date-july-23-gatherings-at-joaquin-miller-park/

Back to what’s currently happening, this Sunday we’ll be getting some tips on shopping for an editor with David Colin Carr. Come hear what he has to say, and come a little early to discuss craft topics and sit in on the marketing group too. It all starts at noon. Details here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/06/01/speaker-619-precisely-what-editors-do-with-david-colin-carr/

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the team that has kept us going this past year and years before. Volunteerism is what keeps us going, we couldn’t have done this without you. And thank you to all who showed up to represent the CWC at the Oakland Book Fair in May, and the Bay Area Book Festival. You can find the highlights here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/05/31/cwc-at-local-book-festivals/

Be sure to read the winners too of our annual 5th Grade Writers Contest. It makes for great summer reading: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/06/06/writers-of-tomorrow/

And to introduce our new slate of officers; Karma Bennett – President, Francine Howard – Vice President, Henry Hitz – Treasurer, and David Simmons – Secretary.

As you take some time to consider and share your thoughts, please take the time to renew your membership. Your dues allow the club – locally and statewide – to bring us the valuable resources that you’ve come to expect. It’s still just $45 for the year, $25 for dual members but $65 if you miss the deadline. So, send in your renewal now because we need you to keep our community strong.

Whew! I think that’s everything. Hope to see you Sunday.

Writers of Tomorrow

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Congratulations to the winners of the 30th Annual
CWC 5th grade story contest!

Read “I Survived” by Irene H. O., our first-place winner.

The stories we receive are tremendous, year after year. Read more about our contest winners and check out all of our past winners.

Thank you to member Joanna Phoenix for your wonderful administration of this contest!

Congratulations 5th Grade Story Winners!

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May 15 SPEAKER— “Increase Your Exposure” with Brian Schwartz of SelfPublish.org

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Brian Schwartz of www.selfpublish.org

Learn what it takes to create effective author profiles pages at Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and more. Tap into simple ways to promote your work and enable others help spread the word about your book. This month’s speaker, Brian Schwartz, explains why you need to establish a presence on social media and how to get links from high traffic sites like Wikipedia, Youtube, and Reddit.

The former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Brian Schwartz has assisted hundreds of authors self- publish since 2009. He has authored and published two books: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times and Finding Speaking Success (Wise Media Group). He was featured in Wild Ink: Successful Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market (Prufrock Press) and wrote a column for the Northern Colorado Business Report from 2012-2013. His YouTube Channel has over 100,000 views. As a recognized expert in digital publishing and book marketing, Brian is a popular speaker at Writers’ conferences around the country. Brian is the founder of SelfPublish.org, a community dedicated to helping authors succeed as publishers by raising the standards of self-publishing.

Visit www.SelfPublish.org for more information.

$10 Public ~ $5 for CWC Members

Our featured CWC author this month is Chris Harris.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, May 15th, 2016:

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. –Break & Book Sales
2:30-3 p.m. — ELECTION
3 p.m. – CWC member Chris Harris
3:15-4 p.m. – Brian Schwartz

* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

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