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


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!

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!

Winter Social for CWC Members

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Sunday December 16th

Feast & Share Your Best Holiday Writing

CWC Writers! It’s time to gather for our our second Winter Social at the swankiest club in town! Cover charge for members & guests is $10, but if you pre-purchased our discount meeting package this year, entry is included.

Reception at 5, Dinner at 6 & 7 p.m.

We’ll bring the wine for the reception at 5 p.m., and additionally you can purchase dinner seatings for 6 or 7 p.m. There are two options for the three-course dinner: red snapper or Indian tagine over quinoa (vegan).

Bring Writing of Good Cheer for our Contest!

Polish up your best holiday writing for our party contest! Fresh or previously published poems, short stories (under 1000 words), songs, skits, and letters of good cheer, especially about “the gifty part of the year” are what we are after!

MEMBERS: RSVP & Get Your Ticket today!

Pre-purchase your ticket and dinner via Paypal, or RSVP and pay at the door. Members may invite up to 4 guests.

Please dress to fit the opulence of the Bellevue and the spirit of the season—no jeans! 

CWC Summer Social TOMORROW!

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Club members, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow, July 22nd, 2018, at our summer social! Guests of members are also welcome to check out our community and see how you can get involved.

At 5pm, we will do our annual reading of “Columbus,” from whence our motto, “Sail On,” was crafted.

Thank you to Fred Dodsworth! We are excited for our first “house party” in many, many years.

cwc summer social 2018

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

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art in the park retreat at Joaquin Miller Park

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.

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.


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.

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