See You Sunday! Bookstore Owners Panel

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No one knows the book biz like the people who handle books every day. Come and hear what local bookstore owners have to say about their life behind the counter, in the stacks, reading the industry rags and catalogs catalogs catalogs. How does YOUR book fit in to the bookstore universe? Bring questions and be prepared to take lots of notes! Now here’s President Kristen’s column from this month’s newsletter….

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The Wind in Your Sails

Some words from your president

One of my happiest moments as a writer was my first book launch at Laurel Bookstore. There were so many lumps and bumps to the process, but Luan was so encouraging. “Fun will not be denied,” she declared! I learned so much from her, and continue to learn. Now you can, too!

Instead of having one speaker at our March 18th meeting, we’ll have three local bookstore owners. Our speaker chair, Kymberlie Ingalls, will be moderating a conversation between Luan Stauss of Laurel Bookstore, Kathleen Caldwell of A Great Good Place for Books, and Bob Fisher of Walden Pond.  All of these beloved business leaders are incredibly supportive of local authors!

We’ll be talking about their roles as bookstore owners/buyers, and their relationship with authors. They will offer tips and advice for writers who wish to cultivate a relationship with a bookstore, how they deal with Amazon authors, and much more.

Then mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16th, when all of our club authors will celebrate recently published titles at our end-of-year party at Laurel Bookstore!

Between now and then, we will continue to grow our club in leaps and bounds. (Did you know we started the year with 60 members and now have 90?) It’s time to select the new leaders who will help our branch work smoothly and happily next year. What are your skills and how can they help the club? What would you like to learn? Hosting events? Talking to people? Are you any good at writing? There are lots of jobs for that! Contact Nomination Committee chair Christine Volker for information.

Sail On,

Kristen Caven

Kristen at the Helm… hang on!

 

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#GivingTuesday and giving back

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Thank you to an anonymous donor who has offered a $200 challenge grant for our branch of the California Writers Club! Let’s maximize this contribution to energize our mission to support and educate writers. Our continued work brings fresh voices to literary culture and creates a stronger arts community in the East Bay.

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Our ongoing fundraising program is our monthly raffle. One lucky person who attends our monthly meetings wins a book by one of our authors! Another lucky person wins a bottle of wine or specialty consumable. Club authors, please donate a book or a bottle. One raffle ticket is FREE with meeting fee ($5 members/$10 public) and more are for sale for $1 each or 6 for $5.

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A small sample of our member offerings!

Our members donate books, time, writing, and money to help other nonprofits.

  • One of our members just donated in the name of CWC to Chapter 510 & the Land of Make Believe, which supports youth writing and voices. Another of our members started a support group to nurture young writers.
  • Several members have been published in anthologies that are fundraisers, like this one with proceeds going to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and the ACLU.
  • Our president, Kristen Caven, arranged the donation of 3000 copies of her book to parent organizations to help understand and end bullying.
  • Our speaker chair, Kymberlie Ingalls, is hosting an annual comedy show and auction to fundraise for Toys for Tots and the Bay Area Collective… Donate toys and books and get your tickets now ($20) for this fun, Sunday, December 10 event at PF Changs in Walnut Creek!

 

Please post other donation opportunities in the comments. Happy Giving Tuesday!

See you Sunday at Preservation Park!

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Laurie.porch.color.croppedAward-winning author and creative writing teacher Laurie Ann Doyle will be speaking about the nuances of writing dialogue at our October meeting.

Our meeting will end a little earlier this month, as we have to be out by 4 sharp, but until then it will be a hive of mental activity and conversation about the mysterious work of writing.

Come for the whole meeting or part of it! Cover charge for the whole afternoon is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

12:00–1:00 – Craft Support Group
1:00–2:00 – Marketing Group
2:00–2:15 – Break, Book Sale
2:15–2:45 – Business & Announcements
2:45–3:00 – CWC Featured member Karma Bennett reads & introduces…
3:00–3:45 – Featured Speaker Laurie Ann Doyle, Said and Unsaid: Dialogue in Fiction and Memoir.

MEMBERS:
Please Sign up to bring a snack or volunteer – this month, or any month!
Don’t forget to bring a headshot and a book cover. We will decorate the space with US! Always bring books to sell or trade!
Have you renewed your membership? Do it today at this link or bring a check on Sunday.

GUESTS:
Would you like to join the club? We welcome writers of every genre, both published and aspiring, plus industry professionals such as agents, publicists, and editors. Come to the meeting and introduce yourself! You can join at the meeting or online beforehand…just bring your receipt to get the member price.

EVERYONE:
Say you are coming on Meetup!
Get club announcements by clicking the “follow by email” link on the right side of the web page, www.cwc-berkeley.org.

The meeting is at 1204 Preservation Parkway in Downtown Oakland, just a few blocks from BART. We will be meeting downstairs in the Robinson Classrooms. See our website for more details.

Whatever your genre or your project, it’s great to have a community of colleagues. We look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Sail On!

Kristen Caven
www.kristencaven.com

President 2017-2018
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CWC Summer Social—July 23rd at Heinold’s

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There will be no statewide picnic in Joaquin Miller Park this year, our club’s original “home base,” but we will once again be holding an “open house” for all “California Writers.”

(That’s a lot of “quotation marks.” We writers sure know how to use our tools, don’t we?)

Join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club at Jack London’s favorite hangout, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon in Jack London Square, from 3:30-5:30pm on Sunday, July 23rd. No-host bar & lots and lots of writers.

We welcome all California Writers, and invite you to come and see if joining the club will benefit your writing career.

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P.S. Although this is an “open house,” Jack London’s cabin won’t actually be open but you can learn about this important founding member of our branch.

Write this Summer!

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Summertime… may the writing be easy! While The California Writers Club is on break for the summer, I hope you will keep writing. We writers have things to say, words to wrangle, and a world full of plot twists in need of happy endings.

 

Hello, I’m Kristen Caven, the new president of the Berkeley Branch.

I have been a member for 11 years, and fondly remember our “Captain,” AL Levenson, who “discovered” my design business, Cowgirl Creative, and asked me for help with this website and our newsletter, Write Angles, and taught me a lot about friendly leadership. My mission as a writer is to “bring forth the treasures hidden within” and, as a human, to help others do the same.

This summer, you can:

If you’d like to contribute to the club,* contact me or another board member.

 

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Nearly a yard of books by our club authors!

 

We need a newsletter editor! And people to work the door at meetings! And someone to administer our 5th grade story contest! And a new, BART-able, accessible space to feature our monthly speaker program

Join the CWC!

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Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 1.01.03 PMNow is the best time to join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club!

Our membership year *officially* begins in July, so why not start a few months early?  Join because we have great speakers every month. Join because we’re having a party this summer.  Join because it just plain feels great to be part of a professional writing club!

You can join renew online, at the June meeting, or send in a check by the end of July. There is even an auto-renew link on PayPal!

Here are your quick links!

More details here. It’s going to be a great year for the club!

See you tomorrow for the Snowflake Method!

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Screen shot 2014-12-22 at 9.15.18 PMFor our first meeting in the new year, we are looking forward to hearing Sarah Sundin speak on how she uses Randy Ingermanson’s famous Snowflake Method to help develop the stories for her books. We are considering starting a critique group to help each other use these techniques for our writing projects—find Dave Sawle at the meeting or contact him via email.

Doors open at 1pm when the Marketing Group meets to kick-off 2015.  (Non-members are invited to audit any of our support/critique groups before joining the club).

Announcements and club business happens at 2pm, then some more networking. At 2:40, member Lucille Bellucci will speak about her recent writing experiences, and Sundin speaks at 3pm. Click here for directions to the library.

Come write with us!

p.s. Happy Birthday, AL!

 

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