129 posts in category Announcements

“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022

Wanna turn your book into a movie? Now you can! But adaptation is a craft unto itself. Step one is: Breaking the Book. Distilling 400 single spaced pages into 100 double-spaced. What do you use? What do you lose? Join us for an hour of fun-filled discussion learning how to crack the spine on your novel and mine the essentials for turning it into a powerful, sellable, two-hour movie.  About Michael Lucker Keynote Speaker Michael Lucker Michael is a professional screenwriter ...

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2/27 WORKSHOP – “The Narrative Gateway: Poems That Tell Stories” with Paul Corman Roberts

Whether the narrative poem is situated in the classical omniscient third person or the lyrical “I,” it has always served as one of the most popular and accessible forms of verse that opens the windows of the world up to more readers than perhaps any other form of poetry. In this workshop we will compare and contrast modern and postmodern narrative stylings that border on flash fiction, and we will generate writing through close reading prompts and editing prompts that take “poetry” to ...

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Half-Year Membership Special

Writers, are you ready to commit to your writing? The California Writers Club (CWC) is one of the oldest and largest writers’ clubs in America.  We have a proud heritage going back to our founding in 1909. Organized into local branches, the club has over 1,800 members in 22 branches spread across our state. Our mission is to provide education and support for writers in our communities. Our motto is “Writers Helping Writers.” Join the club for half-price! between January 1 and ...

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“Write in the Hights*” – Monthly Retreat

  A unique writing retreat in a secluded public park  Our Writer in Residence at Joaquin Miller Park hosts a mid-month writing retreat for the public. Come any time during the day, take a walk and explore, and find a picnic table anywhere to clear your mind and put some words on paper. If you'd like to meet other writers, meet up at the Ranger Station - inside or outside - at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm to make connections and share your work.  The history of the CWC is ...

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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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Rainy ravine at Joaquin Miller Park

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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2O/2O/2O2O Literary Sampler

WAIT! Before this wonderful year ends (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha), we FINALLY (and proudly) announce this literary sampler representing some of our members’ best writings. Two poets, two memoirists, and two novelists share writings on new transformations. We start with poems by Keith Gaboury about leaving the past and seeing in new ways, and poems about "Drumpf" and his damage done by Judith Offer. In the memoir samples, we hit bottom with Tim Jollymore, and then we meet Cindy Rasicot’s ...

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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! Commit to your writing career. Save Save

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