July 6, 2016
Member Discount, Member Events, Of Interest
The MAGIC OF MEMOIR 2016 conference is happening October 15-16 in beautiful downtown Oakland at the Marriott Hotel—overlooking San Francisco and the Bay—an amazing venue with panoramic views and fantastic food.
This conference is being co-led by memoir experts Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers. They also have two expert panels—with renowned memoirists and three agents who will give individuated attention and advice as part of the Pitch-a-thon. Read all about it on MagicOfMemoir.com.
One of the best things about an event like this is the networking and connection with fellow memoirists. Last year’s participants made friends for life, and Brooke and Linda Joy are excited to offer CWC members this deep discount on the weekend.
Don’t hesitate to be in touch with Brooke Warner directly if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Magic of Memoir
October 15 & 16, 2016 at the
Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA
June 6, 2016
2016 winners, 5th Grade Story Contest, CWC, young writers
Congratulations to the winners of the 30th Annual
CWC 5th grade story contest!
Read “I Survived” by Irene H. O., our first-place winner.
The stories we receive are tremendous, year after year. Read more about our contest winners and check out all of our past winners.
Thank you to member Joanna Phoenix for your wonderful administration of this contest!
June 1, 2016
David Colin Carr (from baipa.org)
Every writer needs a good editor! Our last speaker of the year, editor/writing coach David Colin Carr will speak about how editors can provide support for every aspect of the writing process:
- developing great/logical structure
- rich and efficient language
- keeping the writing flowing
- connecting to agents or designers and production people
- How to choose an editor
- What to expect from the experience
- What you need to prepare
Please bring your challenges and questions.
David Colin Carr has been freelancing fiction and non-fiction since 1988 with writers as far flung as Beijing and Johannesburg, as well as doctoral candidates around the US. He works collaboratively with clients to bring forth their passion – with clarity and coherence, while preserving their distinctive voice. David values outlining to develop logical structure; strives for lively, efficient language; and uses humor to turn bad news into an exciting challenge. He is dedicated to projects that manifest the beauty of this planet and the mystery of our hearts – offering compassion, counseling skills, and creativity to bring forth the brilliance of both the writing and the collaborative relationship.
Our featured CWC author this month is John Byrne Barry.
Meeting Schedule for Sunday, June 19th, 2016:
12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. –Break & Book Sales
2:30-3 p.m. — Club Business & Announcements
3 p.m. – CWC member John Byrne Barry
3:15-4 p.m. – David Colin Carr
* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.
Click here for more information about location and time.
May 31, 2016
Club Information, Member Events, Member News, Of Interest
CWC’s presence was felt for the first time at the Oakland Book Festival on May 22nd. Fairies sang songs for the kids on one end of Frank Ogawa Plaza, and at the other end, words flowed from poets. In between, publishers, writing clubs, the library and even an art store smiled and talked with people stopping by their booths, and inside City Hall, ideas flowed. A dozen or so writers from our club gathered at our very large booth, which was overflowing with literature created by our members.
JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Anne Berlak, Sheryl Boutte, Stephen Cataldo, Henry Hitz, Francine Howard, Solari Jenkins, Tim Jollymore, Ginny Graham Scott and Helen Sullivan all displayed books, and the group was wonderfully supported by volunteer Kathleen Orozco. Linda Brown was around, too, supporting the Jack London Legacy event. The 100-Year Call of the Wild, the Litquake-sponsored panel discussion, was well-attended, including several club members.
Come visit us next weekend, June 4 & 5th, at the Bay Area Book Festival in Downtown Berkeley! The CWC state booth will be on “Writer’s Row” (Center Street) just off of Shattuck. Get a program guide, see what’s happening, and figure out how to get there at www.bayareabookfest.org. Berkeley Branch members Tim Jollymore (Sat 10-12), JoAnn Ainsworth (Sat 4-6), Kristen Caven (Sun 10-12), and Ann Berlak (Sun 12-2) will be selling their books, but stop and meet writers from other branches all day both days! Berkeley Branch membership forms will be available.