29 posts in category From the President

“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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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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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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See You Sunday! Kickoff with September Williams + GARK!

Don't miss our speaker series kick-off! The Wind In Our Sails Some words from your captain president Kids are back in school, and what that means for me is my husband, a teacher who blogs (or a blogger who teaches?) is back in school. Which means, with no one to talk to, and the music of my choice on in the background, words are now flying from my fingers for hours at a time! I hope your summer was productive or, on the flip side, a nice break. We're ready to start up our monthly ...

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Write Angles: May 2019

Read the entire newsletter here The Wind In Your SailsSome words from your captain/presidentIn the big book of work-life balance, writing fits in both categories for most of us. In Chapter seven of my memoir, Perfectly Revolting: My Glamorous Cartooning Career, "Doodling for Dollars," I write: There are five or six ways to have art in your life when you’re living in the real world.1) drawing for free2) drawing on the job3) drawing as a job4) drawing off the clock5) getting successfully ...

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See You Sunday + Monday is EarthDay

SUNDAY! Bring a notebook or laptop and get clear on your next novel! MONDAY! IT'S TIME. Post your climate commitment statements online, add #wolfpackwriters. Get and give inspiration. SUNDAY: Members craft & marketing groups start at 12pm; networking from 2-2:30. Our speakers begin at 3 and ... we wrap things up at 4. Catch our speaker, the amazing Beth Barany, online! Dial in after the meeting right here!. MONDAY: Members of the Wolf Pack Writers Action ...

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Write Angles: April 2019

Read the entire newsletter here The Wind In Your SailsSome words from your captain/presidentIt's spring and today for some reason I am thinking about eggs. Eggs! There are good ones and bad ones; they come before and after chickens; they are delicate and ubiquitous, beautiful in form, mysterious in their inscrutability, and downright miraculous in their function. Eggs are potent symbols in literature, and inspiring poetry prompts! They are both delicious and nutritious. (Also, have ...

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Write Angles: March 2019

Read the entire newsletter here The Wind in Your Sails I woke up one morning and thought: What if I woke up one morning knowing we only had twelve years to save the planet? What else could I do that I'm not doing now? At the CWC Berkeley board meeting this month, there were five talented writers sitting around the table going through the painstaking business of keeping this club going. As I struggled to get to the end of the agenda before we all had to rush off, this agitated inner ...

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See you Sunday!

We are so excited to welcome Aquelia Lewis-Ross as our speaker on Sunday. Come and get inspired by this energetic and open-hearted poet, radio producer, journalist, activist, community storyteller. We'll talk about the healing power of poetry to bring up emotions that need to be heard. Aqueila has been reading all over the East Bay of late, often in support of a good cause or to illuminate social injustices, and usually with an adorable baby on her hip! Here's all the details... Lucille ...

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