April 19th SPEAKER—”Think Like an Editor” with Tanya Egan Gibson

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Small Press Editors flyer

Learn Self-Editing and Revision Tips at our First Meeting via Zoom

As work-intensive as it can be to put our ideas into words, doing so is only the beginning of the writing process. Revision (“re-seeing”) is what allows us to mold our raw material into art. But where to start? And how do you know when you’re (ever) finished? Tanya Egan Gibson will share with you the process of how a freelance editor assesses a manuscript, marks it up, and comes up with a plan for revision, distilling the process into 7 tips to help you bring an editor’s eye and experience to your own work.

About our Guest Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson
Our April Speaker Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is a freelance editor, writing coach, and the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading.

Her short fiction for adults and young adults has been published in Carve and Cicada and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has written for magazines such as The Writer, Parents, and Writer’s Digest, including an article, “10 Things Your Editor Might Not Tell You—But Should,” which has been reprinted over the years in several special issues. She has been in California Writers Club for nearly twenty years and was a founding member of the Marin Branch. Learn more at TanyaEganGibson.com.

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Quarantine Meeting Schedule…Take the Poll!

Tanya’s novel

Being stuck in our homes is a great time to get some writing done. It’s productive and therapeutic. Our club is here to help our members keep focused on meeting our writing goals. So we will continue our speaker program this spring, getting together, as usual, on the third Sunday of the month but not in person.

We are still sorting out how best to manage our Sunday schedule in terms of these new changes. Would you be interested in a long day on Zoom? We’d love to get your thoughts in the poll when you RSVP to our Facebook event.

Speaking of getting your thoughts, this is the meeting where we announce our candidates for next year’s board. Bobbie Kinkead is still taking nominations, and will also call for nominations from the floor.

Get Your Ticket

We will be processing our meeting fees on TicketSource prior to the online meeting. After you get your ticket, we’ll email you the link to the Zoom meeting, which you can access day-of via phone or computer. The “room will open” at the usual 12:30 for introductions and a short tutorial on how to use Zoom.

As usual, tickets for CWC members are $5 and guests are $10. However, we are also offering a sliding scale option for writers who have been facing hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Additionally, those who have already purchased a full-year of events, funding our Jack and Jenny fund, can choose the (free) pre-paid option.

Get your ticket now.

Our featured reader is Terry Tierny.

3/15 WORKSHOP—”Journalology” with Terry Tierney

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SPECIAL EVENT: Journalology: Submitting Your Work to Literary Journals 3-5p.m. at our meeting location in Preservation Park.

At our next monthly meeting, we have a unique offering in lieu of our 4pm CRAFT GROUP. Craft group leader Terry Tierney will be offering a 2-hour, hands-on workshop on the literary submission process to kick-start our club’s new identified goals of supporting writers in this crucial task.

PRICE: Included with meeting: $10 public/$5 members More info here.

Literary journals are the proto-stars of the literary universe. Most famous authors appear first in journals, and established authors often use journals to “try out” new or experimental work. Many journals are open to new authors and genre-stretching creative work that might not have a chance with mainstream publishers. This includes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. There are thousands of online and print journals looking for contributors, and all you need is one editor to like your submission. By publishing in journals you can kick off your literary career, build up some credits, and experience the thrill of publication. This workshop will discuss how to research journals, prepare your work for submission, and track your submissions, along with some useful tips.

Terry Tierney is a writer who hails from the Midwest, but has planted roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. After serving in the Seabees, he completed his BA and MA at Binghamton University, and earned a PhD in Victorian Literature at Emory University. He taught college composition and creative writing courses, and survived several Silicon Valley startups as a software engineer. Tierney’s work has appeared in over fifty publications. His poetry collection, The Poet’s Garage, will be published in May by Unsolicited Press. His irreverent Vietnam-era road novel Lucky Ride (Unsolicited Press), is set to release in 2022.

Learn more about Terry at terrytierney.com.

3/15 – PANEL DISCUSSION with Bay Area Small Press Editors

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March small press editors event

What’s the difference between working with a small press and a large mainstream publisher? Should I submit my work to a small press? Do local publishers want local authors? Why pitch to a small press if I can be a small press?

Our writers have a lot of questions around getting published, and are curious about how small presses fit into the publishing ecosystem. Fortunately, Oakland is full of wonderful small-press publishers! We’ve invited three of them to help writers answer these questions… and many more!

On Sunday, March 15th, please come and meet:

Daniel Zarazua of Pochino Press

 Daniel draws upon a diverse background that includes 20 years as an educator, DJ, and photographer. His work has taken him across six continents, working with artists including Underground Resistance and the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, as well as organizations such as the Rock Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan. In 2015 he served as a cultural diplomat to El Salvador. His writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Hyphen, The Detroit Metro Times, Sydney’s Cyclic Defrost, and La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades.

Damoe; Zarazua

Daniel is a co-founder of Pochino Press, which focuses on underrepresented voices, particularly those that draw upon multiple cultures and perspectives to create new sensibilities. Since its founding in 2013, Pochino Press has published nearly 20 publications, including Ethiopian children’s books and a collection of short stories set in San Francisco’s Mission District. While being Oakland-based, the press has worked with creatives from across Africa, Asia, Central America, and the United States.

Pochino Press strives to be responsive to its authors’ and artists’ needs and is committed to being an active member of its community, including writing workshops for youth and hosting events at local businesses such as barber shops.

Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press

Jennifer Joseph has been publisher/editor of award-winning, internationally distributed Manic D Press since its founding in 1984. She has been a guest lecturer at the Library of Congress, the AWP Conference, Rice University, CalArts, Mills College, and San Francisco State University, among other venues. She has also appeared on CSPAN’s BookTV in a panel discussion about West Coast publishing presented by the National Writers Union, and on Michael Krasny’s Forum on KQED radio.

Manic D Press

J.K. Fowler of Nomadic Press

Nomadic Press logo

 J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as the Director of Communications for Peace and Partnerships at the Oakland Peace Center. He serves on the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, is Co-Chair on the board of North Atlantic Books, sits on the board of the Oakland Peace Center and Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board, has taught anthropology and sociology at Rutgers University, and has guest lectured at Mills College. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Oakland Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook SF, Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere, has performed across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, and has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, KPOO, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and travels this world with a Kelpie named Stella. He is currently working on a book on events and publishing tentatively titled Making Space.

JK Fowler of Nomadic Press
JK Fowler of Nomadic Press

Nomadic Press

Full Schedule of Events

Preservation Park
Preservation Park, where we have our meetings

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Small Press Panel
2:00 Announcements & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • April 19th – Author/Editor Tanya Egan Gibson (featured member Lynn Fraley)
  • May 17th – Agent Andy Ross ( featured member Nicole Berg) 
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

2/29 – “Call of the Wild” History Walk & Reading with CWC Writers

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On February 29th, we’re excited to celebrate the release of The Call of the Wild, a new movie based on Jack London’s classic novel, with an outing for our club! An author talk, a history walk, and a reading at the place where Jack London learned to write will showcase our club. Get some friends together and see the show before or after!

Prior to the 1:20pm screening, Dirk Wales will be present at the theater to display, discuss and sell his book, Jack London’s Dog, about the animal who inspired Call of the Wild. Dirk Wales is the author of several children’s books, including the best-selling A Lucky Dog.

At 4pm (time may change slightly), we’ll gather at the Jack London statue near the movie theater, and walk the wolf tracks to Jack London’s cabin.

Captain Kristen Caven chats with the spirit of Jack London. Meet at the statue near Lungomare.

CWC Historian Linda Brown will lead us in a walking tour of Jack London Square

Learn the History of the Film in the Location Where It was Inspired

Learn about Jack London at Heinold’s, which inspired scenes from the novel.

As we walk to Heinolds’ First and Last Chance Saloon (48 Webster Street, Oakland), CWC Berkeley historian Linda Brown will provide details on the life of Jack London.

(If you’re not familiar with London’s work, this is a great chance to learn about the complicated man who was a strident socialist, animal rights activist, union organizer and founding light of the California Writers Club.)

Jack London's Dog book cover
Author of the illustrated children’s book Jack London’s Dog will share the inspiration behind his work.

A piece of history, Heinold’s was built from the remnants of a whaling ship and the bar is tilted from surviving the 1906 quake. Known as “Jack London’s Rendezvous,” it was in this bar that Jack London that decided to be a writer, and Heinold helped pay his tuition.

Hear the Writers of Today at Oakland’s Most Legendary Bar

After the walk, grab a beer and enjoy a literary reading featuring local writers who are members of the California Writers Club with pieces focused on California history, animals, and adventure.

Schedule of Events

1pm: Appearance by Dirk Wales, author of Jack London’s Dog in the Jack London Cinema Lobby

Jack London studying at Heinold’s, 1886.

1:20: First showing of The Call of the Wild

4:00: Meet at the Jack London Statue by Lungomare restaurant. Dirk Wales reads from Jack London’s Dog before CWC Berkeley historian Linda Brown’s History Tour.

4:30: Beer & readings at Heinold’s Saloon. Author book sales!

7:00: Evening showing of The Call of the Wild

Getting There

The Regal theater is at 100 Washington Street, Oakland.

The Statue is on the waterfront near the seating are

Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon is at 48 Webster Street, Oakland (Jack London Square).

Call of the Wild Trailer

The film stars Harrison Ford, trailer below.

Come hear today’s voices!

Featured readers include:

Henry Hitz 
Terry Tierney 
Fred Dodsworth 
Judith Offer 
Keith Mark Gaboury 
Kristen Caven 

To learn more about Dirk Wales’ books, go to http://www.greatplainspress.com

Your trusted web mistress, Karma Bennett, ready for adventure!

February 16th SPEAKER—Jan Steckel on Poetry and Activism

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Jan Steckel, award-winning poet and activist

On February 16th the California Writers Club – Berkeley branch welcomes award-winning poet and activist Jan Steckel as a featured guest of the club. Steckel will speak on how poets and writers can affect change through their writing. She will speak on advocacy, representation, and documenting social conditions. Steckel has experience to share on using your writing to inspire empathy and using your notoriety to draw attention to injustice. She will share the ways poets and writers can participate in acts of resistance and move others to action.

Steckel will briefly survey activist poets of the past. Many poets who rarely wrote overtly political poetry have felt moved to do so over the last few years. Online and print venues for political poetry have recently multiplied; a list of 22 journals that publish poetry about current events, including poems that take a political stance, will be provided. Local and national organizations of activist poets and publishers and ways to be an activist poet will be discussed.

About February Guest Jan Steckel

Jan Steckel
February CWC-Berkeley speaker
Jan Steckel

 

Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. She is an activist for bisexual people’s, disabled people’s and immigrants’ rights. Her latest book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018) won two Rainbow Awards (for LGBT Poetry and Best Bisexual Book) and was a finalist for the poetry category of the Bi Book Awards. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Rise Up Review, Poetry Reading the News, The New Verse News, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, California and works as a medical editor. Learn more at JanSteckel.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Full Schedule of Events

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Raffle & Announcements
1:30 Featured Member: Henry Hitz
1:45 Keynote Speaker: Jan Steckel
2:30 Book Sales & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 Byeeee!

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

We meet in Robinson Classroom ‘B’ 

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • February 22 – New Member Orientation
  • March 15th – Panel: Small Press Publishers
  • April 21st – Tanya Egan Gibson feat. Lynn Fraley
  • May 17th – Andy Ross feat. Nicole Berg
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch at Great Good Place for Books, Oakland

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

Full Schedule of Events

Preservation Park
Preservation Park, where we have our meetings

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Small Press Panel
2:00 Announcements & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • April 19th – Author/Editor Tanya Egan Gibson (featured member Lynn Fraley)
  • May 17th – Agent Andy Ross ( featured member Nicole Berg) 
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

1/19/20 — General Membership Meeting

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Gust of Wind

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 association.

After our announcements & featured reader, The meeting will have three parts:

Where We’ve Been

Historians Therese Pipe and Linda Brown will do a brief (10-minute) presentation on the history of the California Writers Club. If you don’t know much about us, this is a MUST-SEE! This club has been operating, and run by volunteers, for  110 years.

Where We’re At

As the century swings into gear, we employ various technologies to run the intricate business machinery of our metaphorical sailing ship. But the ship is only as strong as it’s sailors. President Kristen will give an overview of who pulls the ropes and pushes the oars, and help you see YOUR place in the crowd & crew.

Where We’re Going

Reflecting on the overview, club leaders will host breakout groups where we will all brainstorm about: 1) something the club is doing well, 2) what we get from the club, 3) what we want from the club, 4) what we can each contribute to the club, and 5) the club’s greatest concerns.

We’ll close by sharing priorities from each group, and selecting task groups for our crucial next steps and future.

We are a Participatory Democracy (or better yet, a DO-ocracy!), so do plan to come to this important group event and participate—this is YOUR club. Until then, please give some thought to these existential questions:

  • Who/what is the CWC?

  • What do we all, as a group, want to do?

  • Why does having a club matter to you?

  • What are you willing to contribute so that you get the benefit you need?

We are an eclectic assembly of strong writers who are all very interesting people. So…

  • How can we best work together to help each other and ourselves?

Here’s the day’s schedule. (If you’re attending the 5-page group the day before, we still hope to hear from you!) Please send notes to berkeley.cwc@gmail.com if you cannot attend.

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Raffle & Announcements
1:30 Featured Member: Judith Offer, poet & playwright
1:45 CWC past & future PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION
2:45 Break & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group (Kymberlie Ingalls)
4:00 Craft Group (Terry Tierney)

Happy New Year to all writers, editors, publishers, publicists who follow this blog. Please take time to savor all of your writing and personal accomplishments! I look forward to us all giving each other energy on our writing goals for 2020.

Kristen Caven


$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE AN EXTRA RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

Our Winter Social Is December 15th

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Berkeley CA Writers Club annual winter social

A Sunday Afternoon Salon 

Sunday, December 15th

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Please join us for our Winter Social! We’ll be gathering at the home of a soon-to-be-famous writer for an afternoon salon.

& Open House

Members know Rancho Deluxe is a home in the Dimond District, but since this is a private house party we can’t post the address publicly. Members received an email with the address, and are welcome to bring guests. If you’re not a member and you’d like to attend, drop an email to our president and request an invite.

What to bring:

  • A holiday or literary-themed dessert or beverage
  • an inspiring passage to read or song to perform (instruments welcome!)
  • a guitar or musical instrument if you feel like jamming
  • gently-used and unwrapped books to share (one for the gift grab and one to donate)
  • a guest who loves writers or is a writer or wants to be one!

See you at the salon! Happy winter holidays!

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