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.

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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!

 

5th Grade Story Contest Winners Announced!

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The Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club congratulates the writers and their teachers for the hard work, creativity, and excellence expressed in the prize-winning short stories.

We invite the fifth-grade students, their families, teachers, and friends to celebrate at an awards ceremony, where all winners will be awarded certificates, and the following prizes will be handed out:

 1st Place will receive $100
2nd Place will receive $75
3rd Place will receive $50
Seven 4th-Place winners will receive $20
The teacher of the 1st-place winner will receive $50

 Students will be invited to read aloud their prize-winning stories before the prizes are awarded. Refreshments will be served.

When: 2:00 to 4:00, Sunday, June 15

Where: Bradley C. Walters Community Room, Oakland Public Library 125 14th Street (wheelchair accessible)

 CWC-BB 5th Grade Story Contest Prize-winners 

(Listed in order of date received)

“Living Under a Secret” by Kiana T.

Teacher: Ann Clark

School: Burton Valley, Lafayette

 

“Annabelle’s Story” by Tree P.

Teacher: Tammy Gaylord

School: Burton Valley, Lafayette

 

“Memory or Not” by Noemi R.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“Only Three Words” by Mira K.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“The Note” by Charlie J.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“First Day” by Jasmine R.

Teacher: Shaun Fuller

School: Kennedy, Newark

 

“Fair Weather Friends” by Maya Jane S.

Teacher: Ben Ladue

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“The Bully” by Sophie C.

Teacher: Gray Buetzow

School: Twin Creeks, San Ramon

 

“The Night Before Halloween” by Clementine B.

Teachers: Nicole Mills & Eric Hooper

School: St. Paul’s Episcopal, Oakland

 

“The White Owl Takes Flight” by Sydney R.

Teacher: Will Green

School: Bentley, Oakland

March Issue of Write Angles Is Out!

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This issue has enough reading material to last you through the month! The March issue of Write Angles has the results of the member survey, a preview of our critique group forum, a member profile, contest news, a book review, a map of CWC branches statewide, bios of Central Board officers, creative personal narratives submitted by readers, one author’s writing journey, and more.

I’m also attaching the latest member survey for those of you who didn’t get a chance to fill one out already. Please take a few minutes to give feedback and send it back to me at Berkeley-cwc@gmail.com.

And I hope to see you at both of our March events—the critique group forum at our regular meeting spot in the basement of the Oakland main library at 2:00 on Sunday, March 16, and a social gathering at the Albatross in Berkeley at 5:00 on Friday, March 28.

Happy reading!

Write Angles March 2014.pdf
CWC-BB_Member_Survey_spring_2014-af.doc

See You Sunday! Mary-Rose Hayes & Writers Hangout

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Hey, all you CWC folks!

This Sunday the Berkeley Branch proudly presents British-born author Mary-Rose Hayes, who has written nine novels, including the best-seller Amethyst, two political thrillers coauthored with
Senator Barbara Boxer, and her latest, What She Had to Do.

Here’s the schedule for Sunday’s meeting:

1:00 p.m. Library doors open, Marketing Group meets, Meeting Setup
2:00 p.m. Refreshments & Networking
2:30 p.m. Business & Announcements
2:45 p.m. CWC-BB Member Reading
3:00 p.m. Featured Speaker – Mary-Rose Hayes

As always, the meeting will be in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room in the basement of Oakland Library’s main branch (125 14th St.) Light refreshments will be served. Entrance also on Madison between 13th and 14th Streets.

And speaking of refreshments…come swig a pint of beer, eat some popcorn, play a board game, and maybe even throw a few darts with (not at!) other writers at the Albatross Pub (1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley). We’ll gather in the back at 5:00 on Friday, March 28. It’s a no-host, cash-only purely social event that promises to be lots of fun! Bring your spouses, friends, family members (21 and over), agents, even casual acquaintances. All are welcome.


Tanya Grove
President, CWC-BB
http://www.cwc-berkeley.org

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