May 17th SPEAKER—Paul Shirley—”Writing Like an Athlete to Build Creative Focus”

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Building an Athlete’s Discipline and Focus into Your Writing Practice

In the midst of a global pandemic, when there’s so much time on our hands staying at home, writers are having trouble getting things done. Paul Shirley, a former professional basketball player, will speak about how he applied an athlete’s focus to his writing career, and has since helped hundreds of writers achieve their goals through building habits, routines and systems that work for them. The founder of Writers Blok, a co-working space for writers in Los Angeles with an online “writing gym,” Paul has words of wisdom for writers of all genres.

About Paul Shirley

Paul Shirley is a nationally-known sports writer who blogs for ESPN and has written for Slate, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and Esquire. His first humorous memoir, Can I Keep My Jersey? (Random House) had a foreword by Chuck Klosterman, and Stories I Tell On Dates (Fourth Bar Books), evolved into a popular podcast. Paul founded Writers Blok because he hated writing alone and thought there might be others like him. Now he is dreaming of starting an L.A. branch of the CWC!

Get to know Paul Shirley’s writing on his website paul-shirley.com, and let him get you motivated through Writers Blok. (Check out Facebook and Instagram). CWC members and friends can sign up for an affordable Writers Blok membership at this link, and help our club as well.

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Full Schedule of Events

12:00 pm Zoom Hosts log in
12:30 “Doors open” & breakout rooms
1:00 Meeting & announcements – including our ELECTION, which will have instant results.
1:30 Featured reader: Nicole Berg
1:45 Keynote: Paul Shirley
2:30 Break & Networking
3:00 Marketing Support Group
4:00 Craft Group

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

We will be processing our meeting fees on TicketSource prior to the online meeting. After you get your ticket, we’ll email you the link to the Zoom meeting, which you can access day-of via phone or computer. The “room will open” at the usual 12:30 for socializing and practice using Zoom.

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* As usual, tickets for CWC members are $5 and guests are $10. At this time, we are also offering a sliding scale option for any amount from $0 to $10. Additionally, those who have already purchased a full-year of events, funding our Jack and Jenny fund, can choose the (free) pre-paid option.

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April 19th SPEAKER—”Think Like an Editor” with Tanya Egan Gibson

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Learn Self-Editing and Revision Tips at our First Meeting via Zoom

As work-intensive as it can be to put our ideas into words, doing so is only the beginning of the writing process. Revision (“re-seeing”) is what allows us to mold our raw material into art. But where to start? And how do you know when you’re (ever) finished? Tanya Egan Gibson will share with you the process of how a freelance editor assesses a manuscript, marks it up, and comes up with a plan for revision, distilling the process into 7 tips to help you bring an editor’s eye and experience to your own work.

About our Guest Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson
Our April Speaker Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is a freelance editor, writing coach, and the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading.

Her short fiction for adults and young adults has been published in Carve and Cicada and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has written for magazines such as The Writer, Parents, and Writer’s Digest, including an article, “10 Things Your Editor Might Not Tell You—But Should,” which has been reprinted over the years in several special issues. She has been in California Writers Club for nearly twenty years and was a founding member of the Marin Branch. Learn more at TanyaEganGibson.com.

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Quarantine Meeting Schedule…Take the Poll!

Tanya’s novel

Being stuck in our homes is a great time to get some writing done. It’s productive and therapeutic. Our club is here to help our members keep focused on meeting our writing goals. So we will continue our speaker program this spring, getting together, as usual, on the third Sunday of the month but not in person.

We are still sorting out how best to manage our Sunday schedule in terms of these new changes. Would you be interested in a long day on Zoom? We’d love to get your thoughts in the poll when you RSVP to our Facebook event.

Speaking of getting your thoughts, this is the meeting where we announce our candidates for next year’s board. Bobbie Kinkead is still taking nominations, and will also call for nominations from the floor.

Get Your Ticket

We will be processing our meeting fees on TicketSource prior to the online meeting. After you get your ticket, we’ll email you the link to the Zoom meeting, which you can access day-of via phone or computer. The “room will open” at the usual 12:30 for introductions and a short tutorial on how to use Zoom.

As usual, tickets for CWC members are $5 and guests are $10. However, we are also offering a sliding scale option for writers who have been facing hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Additionally, those who have already purchased a full-year of events, funding our Jack and Jenny fund, can choose the (free) pre-paid option.

Get your ticket now.

Our featured reader is Terry Tierny.

3/15 – PANEL DISCUSSION with Bay Area Small Press Editors

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March small press editors event

What’s the difference between working with a small press and a large mainstream publisher? Should I submit my work to a small press? Do local publishers want local authors? Why pitch to a small press if I can be a small press?

Our writers have a lot of questions around getting published, and are curious about how small presses fit into the publishing ecosystem. Fortunately, Oakland is full of wonderful small-press publishers! We’ve invited three of them to help writers answer these questions… and many more!

On Sunday, March 15th, please come and meet:

Daniel Zarazua of Pochino Press

 Daniel draws upon a diverse background that includes 20 years as an educator, DJ, and photographer. His work has taken him across six continents, working with artists including Underground Resistance and the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, as well as organizations such as the Rock Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan. In 2015 he served as a cultural diplomat to El Salvador. His writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Hyphen, The Detroit Metro Times, Sydney’s Cyclic Defrost, and La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades.

Damoe; Zarazua

Daniel is a co-founder of Pochino Press, which focuses on underrepresented voices, particularly those that draw upon multiple cultures and perspectives to create new sensibilities. Since its founding in 2013, Pochino Press has published nearly 20 publications, including Ethiopian children’s books and a collection of short stories set in San Francisco’s Mission District. While being Oakland-based, the press has worked with creatives from across Africa, Asia, Central America, and the United States.

Pochino Press strives to be responsive to its authors’ and artists’ needs and is committed to being an active member of its community, including writing workshops for youth and hosting events at local businesses such as barber shops.

Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press

Jennifer Joseph has been publisher/editor of award-winning, internationally distributed Manic D Press since its founding in 1984. She has been a guest lecturer at the Library of Congress, the AWP Conference, Rice University, CalArts, Mills College, and San Francisco State University, among other venues. She has also appeared on CSPAN’s BookTV in a panel discussion about West Coast publishing presented by the National Writers Union, and on Michael Krasny’s Forum on KQED radio.

Manic D Press

J.K. Fowler of Nomadic Press

Nomadic Press logo

 J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as the Director of Communications for Peace and Partnerships at the Oakland Peace Center. He serves on the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, is Co-Chair on the board of North Atlantic Books, sits on the board of the Oakland Peace Center and Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board, has taught anthropology and sociology at Rutgers University, and has guest lectured at Mills College. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Oakland Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook SF, Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere, has performed across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, and has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, KPOO, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and travels this world with a Kelpie named Stella. He is currently working on a book on events and publishing tentatively titled Making Space.

JK Fowler of Nomadic Press
JK Fowler of Nomadic Press

Nomadic Press

Full Schedule of Events

Preservation Park
Preservation Park, where we have our meetings

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Small Press Panel
2:00 Announcements & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • April 19th – Author/Editor Tanya Egan Gibson (featured member Lynn Fraley)
  • May 17th – Agent Andy Ross ( featured member Nicole Berg) 
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

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

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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!

February 16th SPEAKER—Jan Steckel on Poetry and Activism

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Jan Steckel, award-winning poet and activist

On February 16th the California Writers Club – Berkeley branch welcomes award-winning poet and activist Jan Steckel as a featured guest of the club. Steckel will speak on how poets and writers can affect change through their writing. She will speak on advocacy, representation, and documenting social conditions. Steckel has experience to share on using your writing to inspire empathy and using your notoriety to draw attention to injustice. She will share the ways poets and writers can participate in acts of resistance and move others to action.

Steckel will briefly survey activist poets of the past. Many poets who rarely wrote overtly political poetry have felt moved to do so over the last few years. Online and print venues for political poetry have recently multiplied; a list of 22 journals that publish poetry about current events, including poems that take a political stance, will be provided. Local and national organizations of activist poets and publishers and ways to be an activist poet will be discussed.

About February Guest Jan Steckel

Jan Steckel
February CWC-Berkeley speaker
Jan Steckel

 

Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. She is an activist for bisexual people’s, disabled people’s and immigrants’ rights. Her latest book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018) won two Rainbow Awards (for LGBT Poetry and Best Bisexual Book) and was a finalist for the poetry category of the Bi Book Awards. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Rise Up Review, Poetry Reading the News, The New Verse News, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, California and works as a medical editor. Learn more at JanSteckel.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Full Schedule of Events

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Raffle & Announcements
1:30 Featured Member: Henry Hitz
1:45 Keynote Speaker: Jan Steckel
2:30 Book Sales & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 Byeeee!

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

We meet in Robinson Classroom ‘B’ 

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • February 22 – New Member Orientation
  • March 15th – Panel: Small Press Publishers
  • April 21st – Tanya Egan Gibson feat. Lynn Fraley
  • May 17th – Andy Ross feat. Nicole Berg
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch at Great Good Place for Books, Oakland

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

Full Schedule of Events

Preservation Park
Preservation Park, where we have our meetings

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Small Press Panel
2:00 Announcements & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • April 19th – Author/Editor Tanya Egan Gibson (featured member Lynn Fraley)
  • May 17th – Agent Andy Ross ( featured member Nicole Berg) 
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

“We’re All in Freefall” — Interview with 11/17 featured author Lily Iona MacKenzie

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In Freefall: A Divine Comedy, Lily Iona MacKenzie zeroes in on a fundamental truth: We’re all in freefall, and that’s the real divine comedy. No matter how old we are, we’re still trying to “find ourselves” and discover what we want out of life.

Meet Lily Iona MacKenzie, a new member this season, at the November 17th meeting, opening for Joan Gelfland.

Lily writes:

I don’t have hayseed clinging to my trousers, but growing up on a Canadian farm gave me a unique foundation as a writer. I sprouted under cumulous clouds that bloomed everywhere in Alberta’s big sky. They were my first creative writing instructors, scudding across the heavenly blue, constantly changing shape: one minute an elephant, bruised and brooding. The next morphing into a rabbit or a castle. These billowing masses gave me a unique view of life on earth.

I continue to seek instruction from clouds. Just as they provide the earth with much-needed water, I believe that stories have a similar function, preparing the mind to receive new ideas. Also, conditions inside a cloud are not static—water droplets are constantly forming and re-evaporating. Stories, too, change, depending on who is reading them, each one giving life to its readers.

A high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in my early years, I supported myself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored me into the States). I also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco; briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (I was the first woman to work on the SF docks and almost got my legs broken); founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County; co-created The Story Shoppe, a weekly radio program for children that aired on KTIM in Marin; and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in Creative writing and one in the Humanities). I have published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 160 American and Canadian venues. Fling!, one of my novels, was published in July 2015 by Pen-L Publishing. Curva Peligrosa, another novel, was published in September 2017. Freefall: A Divine Comedy was released in January 2019. Tillie: Portrait of a Canadian Girl in Training, featuring the same main character as in Freefall, will come out in 2020. My poetry collection All This was published in 2011. I also taught writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) for over 30 years and was vice-president of USF’s part-time faculty union. I currently teach creative writing at USF’s Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning. When not writing, I paint and travel with my husband.

Find Lily at https://lilyionamackenzie.com.

Lily answers a few questions about her writing, and then gives advice to writers!

An enchanting story about old friends reuniting as they struggle with thoughts on aging, religion, motherhood, men, art, and death, with plenty of surprises and laughs along the way. A Divine Comedy, indeed!

Freefall’s subtitle is A Divine Comedy. Dante’s epic poem of that same name also involves lots of travelling, and lots of soul-searching. Dante’s poem, however, has three parts: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Did you see the four women in your novel as going through a similar time sequence, reaching a kind of paradise at the end of a hellish journey? Or did you mean to suggest a different process? 

I actually wasn’t thinking about Dante’s poem when I wrote this novel. The title came to me much later, and then I realized the narrative was a kind of divine comedy, though I wasn’t trying to imitate Dante’s excellent work. To me it’s Divine because I believe that all life on earth is divine, and the comedy part Isn’t comic in the slapstick sense but in the humor thats implicit in being human. We all face different challenges in our lives. If we’re lucky, we can see through the darkness to the wry aspect of how little control we have over anything. 

But the characters in Freefall, as those in Dante’s work, do travel, and they also do a fair amount of soul searching. And while they don’t reach a kind of paradise at the novel’s end, they have come to a new understanding of themselves and each other.  

“Tillie Bloom,” the main character’s name, is similar to Molly Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Was that intentional? Tillie certainly “blooms” in other ways throughout the novel. Did you choose this striking name purposely?

Yes, I deliberately chose Bloom as Tillie’s last name. Tillie renames herself “Bloom” after reading Ulysses. She didn’t want her previous husband’s name, and she doesn’t have a father. So, she chose Bloom because he lives so much in his senses. And just as Bloom is searching for a son, Tillie is searching for a father. 

Freefall has more than a touch of magical realism in it. Is this a style you use in your other books? What attracts you to this style of writing? 

Reality is both magical and “real,” if by real we mean something that isn’t imagined. Language by its very nature is magical, transforming our everyday reality in multiple ways, carrying us aloft on the wings of thought. When I call on magical realism in my fiction, I do it because it opens me up to a fuller understanding of our world, both internally and externally. I believe it captures a fuller view of what’s going on in our lives than realism can do. 

You describe writing as “your addiction” and “compulsion,” but your website also features several of your watercolor paintings. Then, too, Tillie herself is an artist. Is visual art also a passion of yours? What does painting allow you to do that writing doesn’t, and vice versa? 

If I could reincarnate, it would be BOTH as a visual and literary artist. What I produce when I’m playing with water color or acrylics or oils is not unlike what happens when I write poetry or prose. I start out with no expectations, no plan, and I follow wherever the unconscious leads me. I never know where I’ll end up, and that’s much of the pleasure for me in creating, whether as a visual artist or as a writer. In each case, I’m open to what I’ll discover and what will discover me. I’m passionate about art, and museums are my temples.  

In addition to writing yourself, you also teach and coach writing. What are the advantages of working with a private teacher/editor versus taking a class or joining a critique group?

In a class, at least how I teach it, students receive responses from multiple viewpoints (other class members), though they usually aren’t professional/trained writers. Therefore, the feedback can be uneven, and the writer needs to weigh each comment and decide for herself which ones seem to offer an opening into her work. 

With a private teacher, you hope that s/he will be able to accommodate many different approaches to writing poetry/prose so s/he can offer a wide range of possibilities in his/her critiques. Otherwise, there’s a danger that the teacher/editor will abort whatever in the person as a writer is trying to bloom. 

You have another novel about Tillie in the works. Will we be hearing more about Tillie and her re-found friends as they reach their seventies and beyond? Or just more about Tillie?

The follow up to Freefall that I’m currently working on and will be published in 2010 doesn’t involve an older Tillie but a much younger one. Yet your question makes me wonder if I need to consider writing a novel that follows these women into their seventies and beyond!

Tillie: Portraits of a Canadian Girl in Training is a Bildungsroman that takes the reader back to the ‘50s, to a world that flashes green and red lights at women. This novel starts with three-year-old Tillie and follows her until she’s seventeen and struggling to find her place in the world 

 

Lily Talks to Fellow Writers:

Where are you in your writing career? Aspiring? Published? 

I’ve published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, and essays in over 160 American and Canadian venues. All This, a poetry collection, was published in 2011, and a poetry chapbook (No More Kings) will come out later this year. My novel Fling! was released in July 2015. Curva Peligrosa, another novel, was brought out in 2017. A third novel, Freefall: A Divine Comedy, was published on January 1, 2019. 

How long have you been part of CWC, and what does membership mean to you?

I just joined this past spring, and I’m looking forward to sharing the writing journey with other committed writers. We need to help each other find the appropriate paths that will connect us with our best readers!

What other things would you like people to know about you – writings, passions, etc?

I grew up on a Canadian farm that taught me how dependent the natural world and the animals that inhabit it are on we humans, and vice versa. While I’m not a backpacker or even a camper, I do have a passion for nature. I also love art in all of its forms: music, visual, etc. I’m always uplifted by great art! And I enjoy eating well!

How do you manage your writing life?

I think it’s the reverse! It manages me, since it’s as important to me as eating. Over the years, I’ve had to find ways to fit writing into my days. I’ve discovered that if I only commit to an hour a day religiously, I can produce a tremendous amount of material, as my publications indicate.

Please send a link to something people can read of yours!

My blog is a gateway to lots of samples: https://lilyionamackenzie.com

 

Full Schedule of Events

Please NOTE NEW SCHEDULE

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Raffle & Announcements
1:30 Featured Member: Lily Iona McKenzie
1:45 Keynote Speaker: Joan Gelfland
2:30 Book Sales & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

Say you’re coming on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • December 15th – Winter Social
  • January 19th – TBA
  • February 16th – Jan Steckel
  • March 15th – Panel TBA
  • April 21st – Tanya Egan Gibson
  • May 17th – Andy Ross
  • June 16th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

11/17 SPEAKER – “You Can Be a Winning Writer” with Joan Gelfland

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In this participatory workshop, author Joan Gelfand will discuss her 4 C’s approach to becoming a successful author. Joan will discuss how to incorporate craft, commitment, community, and confidence into a writing practice. Joan and her clients have produced significant results by incorporating this approach into their own writing practices. 

Accompanied by a thirty-minute Power Point, Joan will open the workshop for questions about writing and publishing challenges. Based on “You Can Be a Winning Writer” published by Mango Press, this workshop has been presented to California Writer’s Club and other venues to enthusiastic audiences including:  the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, Dominican College Low Residency MFA, San Francisco Public Libraries, Osher Lifelong Learning, Books, Inc., Creative Light Factory and other writer’s clubs, groups and conferences. 

Joan Gelfand’s reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in over 100 national and international literary journals and magazines including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, PANK! Kalliope, The Toronto Review, Levure Litteraire and Chicken Soup for the Soul. 

The author of three well-reviewed poetry collections and an award-winning chapbook of short fiction, Joan’s novel “Fear to Shred” takes place in a Silicon Valley startup. Mastadon Press will publish the novel in 2020.

Past President of the Women’s National Book Association, Joan is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards. 

“The Ferlinghetti School of Poetics,” a poetry film based on Joan’s poem was featured at the 4th Annual Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece and won Certificate of Merit in a juried art show at the International Association for the Study of Dreams. It has since showed at nine international film festivals and won Best Poetry Film at the World Film Festival. unknown.jpgA graduate of Mills College MFA in Creative Writing, Joan has been speaking on the 4 C’s approach for over ten years. You can find her at http://joangelfand.com, on twitter at @joangelfand, facebook as JoanGelfand, and on Instagram as joangelfand.

Full Schedule of Events

Please NOTE NEW SCHEDULE

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Raffle & Announcements
1:30 Featured Member: Lily Iona McKenzie
1:45 Keynote Speaker: Joan Gelfland
2:30 Book Sales & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

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SAVE THE DATES!
Our Forthcoming Events:

  • December 15th – Winter Social
  • January 19th – TBA
  • February 16thJan Steckel
  • March 15th – Panel TBA
  • April 21stTanya Egan Gibson
  • May 17thAndy Ross
  • June 16th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

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