119 posts in category Events

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

Sage Cohen Workshop

Focus and Finish the Writing that Matters with Sage Cohen

Join us on Sunday, February 21st, as Sage Cohen, author of The Productive Writer, shares her tips for writing When you don’t know what matters most in your writing life, it’s hard to focus—and finish. In this live 60-minute keynote address, you will identify your top priority writing project. Then, you’ll create a simple strategic plan for achieving it. Sage will share ten key productivity strategies will help you work smarter, accomplish more, and cross each finish line faster. ...

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Deep Revision with Laurel Yourke

Join is January 17th when author and award-winning writing professor Dr. Laurel Yourke will show us her deep revision techniques. “'Vision' is the heart of revision—it’s not just polishing or substituting one word for another.," Yourke says. "Instead, look at revision as viewing at your own words in a completely new way: re-envisioning them." Yourke will organize her keynote around these five steps: What is the essence of your story, poem, or book?What is deep structure, and how ...

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Cracking Open The Poetic Voice: a Workshop with Paul Corman-Roberts

Join us January 28th at 7 p.m. for a Narrative Journey that Will Help Fiction and Non-fiction Writers Alike Find Your Poetic Voice with Paul Corman-Roberts This 2+ hour workshop led by Paul Corman-Roberts is a series of close narrative readings and generative exercises designed to help not just poets but also prose and fiction writers the opportunity to expand the voices within their own imaginations. Find your authentic voice without appropriating or using language that sounds ...

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Winter Social Will Have More than Talking Heads

December 19th our Virtual Party will Have Writing Games, Performance, Dancing, a Virtual Tour and More Every Winter Social is different...but this year has all others beat. We are nine months into a pandemic that's showing no signs of letting up...and yet we have hope. And as terrible as this year's events have been, there have been surprising bright spots. The theme for this season's event is "Gifts of 2020." Appropriate attire for a Zoom party. One of the gifts of our situation is ...

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Jill Lublin Guerrilla Publicity

Get Known Everywhere for Authors featuring Jill Lublin: November 15th

Many authors have a great message but haven't learned how to use a book to leverage expertise and generate revenue. As an author, it is important to understand the real purpose of publicity - to boost credibility and amplify your visibility. If you want to be known as an author of influence, you’ve got to get noticed by the media. Based on her international bestseller, “Guerrilla Publicity”, 4x Best Selling author and publicity expert, Jill Lublin, shares simple strategies and doable ...

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The Amazing Life of Feisty Ina Coolbrith, America’s First Poet Laurate – October 18th

Writers often need courage, whether it is to meet a national event, a personal challenge, or just to face a blank page. In these instances we can look to our own history to find the inner strength to face our most profound challenges. At the culmination of California Writer's Week, historical author Aleta George will give us the details on the fierce and iconic Ina Coolbrith. Ina Coolbrith was not only California's first poet laurate and Oakland's first public librarian, she was also one of the founders of the California Writers Club. But these factoids merely scratch the surface of this ground-breaking rebel. Author and journalist Aleta George will share the moments in Ina Coolbrith's life when she was called upon to respond with courage and other fascinating stories of Coolbrith in the East Bay. Learn more or get your tickets now.

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Finding & Working with an Agent with Literary Agent Andy Ross – September 20th

Our speaker series returns on Sunday, September 20th with Oakland literary agent Andy Ross. Ross will detail the steps you need to take before beginning work with a literary agent. Ross will help you determine whether your project is right for commercial publishers and he'll explain how to write effective query letters and book proposals. You'll learn how to research the best agent for your book. He'll even go over how agents negotiate book contracts.

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Summer Social Sunday August 16th at 1 p.m.

In years past, we've had a picnic in the park for our summer social. Of course we're committed to having all our meetings online for the duration of the pandemic. So here's what you can expect for our social: the breakout rooms, zoom link, and more.

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Meet 20+ new BOOKSTARS and enjoy your summer reading!

https://youtu.be/pmAPQxDCEEE 20+ Authors from the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club read from 20+ new books on 6/20/2020 Purchase all these titles at Our Bookshop! (Profits go to our members of color who are severely impacted by the Covid crisis.)  Hello Universe Lovers & Oakland, I'm Not Dead by Keith Mark Gaboury A Waltz in Tennessee by Francine Howard Tell Me, Signora by Ann Harleman Expect Betrayal by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth Into the Black by Beth Barany ...

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“20 in 20″—CWC Berkeley Book Launch June 20th

On Saturday, June 20th, we honor our 21 members who have published a new title in the past year. A wide range of literary genres will be featured, including thriller, mystery, non-fiction memoir, media criticism, fantasy, and poetry. 

    The virtual celebration will take place at 2 p.m., and will include a variety of insights and ideas for readers and writers alike. Each author will present and read from their book, and answer one question. Join us for an engaging experience and a stack of new books to read during shelter-in-place! 

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