May 12: Art in the Park: Writer/Artist Mini-Retreat in the Oakland Hills

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Join Your Fellow Writers at Joaquin Miller Park

…And Bring Your Artist Friends Too

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Writers & artists, come for a day of quiet creativity in Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate Oakland Art Month. We’ll meet informally at the historic “home base” of our writer’s club, and generate new work with inspiration from the “minister of the woods.”

Who: Sketch artists, painters, literary and performing artists living in or visiting Oakland.

What: A generative gathering in community ~ includes a short history of “The Hights,” Joaquin Miller’s arts retreat in the Oakland Hills, an optional Literary History Hike, and time to write and to hang out.

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Come for all or part of it!

Where: Joaquin Miller Park ~ Park on Joaquin Miller Drive and meet at the Fire Circle.

3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, California 94602

Bring paper and pens, your laptop, or easels and paints, and a sack lunch and drink. Sharing is wonderful!

RSVP on Facebook or just meet us there.

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12/17: Winter Social at the Bellevue Club

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Usually we prefer a flyer to have people in it, but these empty chairs are waiting to be filled with… YOU! Thanks to a caring patron of the arts, our holiday social is at one of the most beautiful venues in Oakland.

Instead of our regular meeting, on the third Sunday in December please join us at the historic Bellevue Club for a relaxing social event. We’ll be meeting a little later in the evening than we usually meet, to sip and enjoy the sunset on Lake Merritt. After the reception, stay for dinner in the club’s formal dining room. Building tours and an open mic will follow dinner. Please bring no more than two printed pages if you would like to read.

Meet us in the Wisteria Lounge at 5 PM by the elevator on the 4th floor for the members-only reception. Please invite your writer friends to join us for an elegant dinner at 6pm.

The cost for the member reception is $10+ donation, and a-la-carte dinner prices range from $15 to $35 with beverages. Lack of funds a problem? CWC members can contact the President to volunteer.

Reservations required—Register on Eventbrite!

Sunday December 17th: 5pm members, 6pm all writers

Here’s the event on FaceBook.

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Getting to the Bellevue Club (map)

525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

The Bellevue Club is nestled on the north side of Lake Merritt, across from the playground and the labrynth. Parking is free and safe in the Bellevue’s private lot—buzz to say you are coming for dinner. If you want to carpool, please contact one of the board members.

CWC Summer Social—July 23rd at Heinold’s

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There will be no statewide picnic in Joaquin Miller Park this year, our club’s original “home base,” but we will once again be holding an “open house” for all “California Writers.”

(That’s a lot of “quotation marks.” We writers sure know how to use our tools, don’t we?)

Join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club at Jack London’s favorite hangout, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon in Jack London Square, from 3:30-5:30pm on Sunday, July 23rd. No-host bar & lots and lots of writers.

We welcome all California Writers, and invite you to come and see if joining the club will benefit your writing career.

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P.S. Although this is an “open house,” Jack London’s cabin won’t actually be open but you can learn about this important founding member of our branch.

May 27: CWC Political Writers Sound Off

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An evening of Political Readings with CWC authors at Laurel Books

We’re excited to announce a new series with Laurel Bookstore, beginning with:

AN EVENING OF POLITICAL READINGS BY CWC AUTHORS

It’s been a while since we created a space for socializing, and we want to provide chances for our authors to read from and promote their latest works. So we’re partnering with Laurel Books to present themed readings. Each reader will read a short passage from their work, and when all of the works are finished, a book signing will follow. Since everyone we know is excited to talk about politics right now, that’s the theme we’re starting with.

The event is at 6 p.m.

Laurel Book Store is located at 1423 Broadway in Oakland.

Some of the topics will include bullying, racism, crowds, progressive strategy, the fight for a living wage, and (never surprisingly) president Trump.

Love politics? Hate politics? Come out and show your support! And let us know what theme you want us to do for our next reading in the series. Here are the readers we have signed up for the May 27th event.

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CWC Political Readers

Ransom Stephens
Al Sandine
Ann Berlak
Jim Beach
Gini Graham Scott
Stephen Cataldo
Mary Luersen
Kristen Caven
Karma Bennett
Henry Hitz

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SAVE THE DATE—July 23 Gatherings at Joaquin Miller Park!

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Club members from all over the state will be gathering again this summer at the birthplace of the CWC, Joaquin Miller Park. Berkeley Branch members are especially encouraged to participate in our annual LitCake Contest! (Because we have nearby kitchens, mostly.) You can win big prizes—especially the coveted Golden Fork award! Please bring a side dish to share and/or pitch in… sign up here!

CWC Picnic Flyer 2016

 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions
Lit Cake Contest

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

After the CWC members picnic, the CWC is co-hosting ANOTHER potluck with  salon, this one open to all East Bay writing communities. To Build a Fire with The Heart of The Muse is part of the 2016 Jack London Legacy Celebration. Guests are invited to bring readings by early CWC authors (Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Ina Coolbrith, etc.), or works inspired by them.

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Bring a main dish, side dish, or drinks to share! Dessert will be slices of leftover LitCake.

More information at www.heartofthemuse.com.

HOLIDAY SOCIAL! December 19th 2pm

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It’s that time of year! In lieu of a December speaker, we will enjoy one another’s company at our annual Holiday Social. This year it is at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland (right near BART) and is only $15! Members and guests only. Bring something cheery for the open mic!

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SAVE THE DATE! July 25th is the CWC Annual Picnic at Joaquin Miller Park! 1-4p.m.

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 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions

Lit Cake Contest
(How to Win the Coveted Golden Fork Award!)

Jack London Award Winners

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.