81 posts in category Speakers

Our speaker series is the highlight of Berkeley CWC meetings (third Sunday monthly).

“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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“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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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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“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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Honor the Earth with Sustainable Storytelling & Literary Action 4/24/22

Join us April 24th for a festival of outdoor lit in Joaquin Miller Park! Our April meeting will be set among a day full of springtime activities and networking. All events are free except the meeting/speaker series, for which we ask that you purchase a ticket. (Free tickets are available for those who need them. 10-12 p.m. Earth Day in the Park Come work with Friends of Joaquin Miller Park featuring a CWC Wolf-Pack write-in. Dale Risden, president of Friends of Joaquin Miller ...

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Editing Your Manuscript – The Whys, Whats and Hows (March 20, 2022)

In this talk, freelance editor and Writer’s Digest writer and editor and former Editor-in-Chief Ericka McIntyre will explain to authors what the different types of editing are, when and why you need each for your work, and how to find quality editors. She’ll also talk about the types of editing you can potentially do yourself and those that you should always seek professional help with. Self-publishers will get insights on why professional editing is critical to their success, and how ...

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Agent 101: How to Land the Agent of your Dreams with Amy Collins [Feb. 20th]

Why do some authors get an agent and others do not? Why do some manuscripts and pitches garner huge advances and a juicy publishing contract and others just languish? It is possible to create a successful career as an author, but there are hard truths about what it really takes to "make it." Authors who have been querying agents or submitting manuscripts and not getting offers will appreciate this session in how to improve their chances of getting an agent or a publishing contract. This ...

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Writing Dialogue that Sings with Jane K. Cleland

Sunday, January 16th We Level up Our Dialogue Skills Dialogue is one of three narrative tools to move the plot along and reveal character (in addition to description and action). Each character must speak with a unique voice—an amalgam of style, tone, intonation, and word choices. (And it must be formatted and punctuated properly). This Sunday, Jane K. Cleland will show you what you need to write dialogue that rings with truth. About Jane K. Cleland Jane K. Cleland writes both ...

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