131 posts in category Events

Workshops, writerly socials, readings, book launches and the Speaker Series at our monthly meetings.

“Story Telling Crossover” with Chris Hennessy on November 20th, 2022

Incorporating video into your writing projects Attendees of this event will learn: The How and Why of incorporating film & video into your writing projects— How your writing skills can help you craft an award-winning film;How to make quality film/video projects at little or no cost;How to use film/video to get a book deal with a traditional publisher;How to pre-promote your book during writing to create buzz. (e.g., get published in newspaper, miscellaneous publications, TV ...

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“A Reading in the Redwoods” & Open Mic with Ayodele Nzinga, 10/21/22

The third week of every October is California Writers Week, and this year our community event features Oakland's first Poet Laureate, Ayodele "Wordslanger" Nzinga, who accepted an honorary membership to the CWC at last year's historic celebration of California writers, From Ina to Ayodele. At that event, we celebrated the restoration of the water feature in the Woodminster Cascade, although unfortunately, a technical obstacle kept the fountain and hillside creek dry. A year to the date ...

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“Intergenerational Dialogue” with Lyndsey Ellis on October 16th, 2022

The 3rd week of October is California Writers Week! This year we celebrate California's deep, historical diversity with an exciting conversation with an up-and-coming West Coast & Midwest author. The Nuances of Writing Cultural Complexity Regardless of race and class, many attitudes, behaviors, and belief systems stem from values hat are specific to our age groups. Exploring intergenerational exchanges helps us to better understand ourselves and each other as our life experiences ...

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“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022

Wanna turn your book into a movie? Now you can! But adaptation is a craft unto itself. Step one is: Breaking the Book. Distilling 400 single spaced pages into 100 double-spaced. What do you use? What do you lose? Join us for an hour of fun-filled discussion learning how to crack the spine on your novel and mine the essentials for turning it into a powerful, sellable, two-hour movie.  About Michael Lucker Keynote Speaker Michael Lucker Michael is a professional screenwriter ...

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Summer Social for Members – Sunday, 8 / 21

Hello Berkeley Branch Members, On August 21st, after the Board Retreat, we will have our first in-person Summer Social in several years. The Summer Social will be a great time for writers of all genres to come together in-person for conversation, music, and inspiration. For those who wish to play, there is a pool table. We'll of course read "Columbus" by Joaquin Miller. After we all arrive and mingle in open-ended conversations, we'll group members into each genre guild where they can ...

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A Sneak Peek of our Sneak Peek: Highlights from Interviews with some of the Authors at this Saturday’s Book Launch

What’s it like to write a book? What inspires a writer along their epic journey towards crafting a masterpiece? Here is a sampling of our authors’ thoughts as they write and publicize their books. Meet all of them and more at our free reading this Saturday, June 16th: Sneak Peek 2022. Visit our 2022 Books Shop on Bookshop.org Meet a Few of the Authors from this Saturday's Event Vivian Pisano Living in Two Worlds “In Living in Two Worlds the author unpacks, with ...

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Local Author Showcase at our Annual New Book Celebration on June 18, 2022

On Saturday, June 18th, the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club will honor its members who have published a new title in the past year. This is a proud moment for this century-old writing club, highlighting the diverse literary accomplishments and talents of this notable group. A wide range of literary genres will be featured, including historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, non-fiction, and poetry. The virtual celebration will take place starting at 1:30pm with the final Club ...

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Taking Your Book from Unknown Entity to Bestseller – A conversation on May 15, 2022

On May 15th, our annual book marketing panel will feature Quinn Ward (Six-Figure-Selling Author), Keri-Rae Barnum (Director of New Shelves Books), and Jane Ubell-Meyer (BedsideReading.com). The conversation will be moderated by Karma Bennett, Berkeley Branch president. Feel free to join for a chance to meet our panelists. Board Election this Sunday Members take note that this Sunday we will be electing next year's board prior to the panel (see schedule below). We have a lot of people ...

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CWC at the Hayward Lit Hop this Saturday

Don't miss this amazing lineup of Berkeley Branch Poets at the "Embodied" reading at the first annual Hayward Lit Hop, which was also started by a member of our branch, Cristina Deptula. We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience.—but spiritual beings having a physical experience. We'll be sharing our stories of pain and transcendence, sense and sensation through a literary lens. Your fingers on the keyboard. Your breath after a fright. The fight against the flesh, the flow ...

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“Sustainable Storytelling” with Kristen Caven April 24, 2022

Some of us write to process difficult times in our lives. Some of us write to help others out of difficulty. Some of us do the job of sending our characters to hell and back! In this interactive storytelling workshop, novelist/playwright/cartoonist/psychology writer Kristen Caven will teach four positive psychology principles of post-traumatic growth that will energize your writing, inspire your readers, and actually help you live longer (so you can finish all your work)! After this short ...

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