91 posts in category Speakers

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

“Hiring a Virtual Assistant” with Mia Borja on February 18th, 2024

How 10 Hours a Month Will Change Your Career (and Your Life) As a writer’s business grows, so do the overwhelming number of tasks. Any writer who is struggling with productivity will find something interesting in Mia Borja’s talk on how a VA can help make their lives easier and more productive. If you are a writer who struggles with:Managing submissions to literary journals and contestsSocial media & marketingCreating artwork & imagesCreating and keeping your website up to ...

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“Open Your Soul Without Spilling It All” with Kevin Fisher-Paulson, LIVE January 21st, 2024

We are excited to welcome TWO great speakers as we experimenting with a return to the real world in January, meeting in Downtown Oakland at 1955 Broadway, right outside the 19th Street BART Station. You can also dial into the meeting LIVE with Google Meet. Advance tickets recommended; walk-ins welcome. Working with Word Limits Every writer has one column in him. The trick is to be the kind of writer who has one column in him every week. Kevin Fisher-Paulson talks about the craft of ...

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“Grant Writing 101” with Susan Neufeld Paul on November 19th, 2023

Find the money that is looking for YOU. You may know how to write poetry, fiction, and non-fiction...but grant writing is an art in itself. Penning genre bestsellers isn't the only way to earn a living as a writer! The nonprofit philanthropic world knows that art is too often undervalued, and steps in to sustain artists and writers in pursuing their goals. Arts grants create visibility and validation as well as a safety net for creators. But how can writers get their hands on unrest...

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“Ink Flow and Focus” with Bronwyn Emery on October 15th, 2023

The Secret to Productive Writing Sessions Writing in the company of other writers can have unexpected and extraordinary results, including the banishment of procrastination, the silencing of the inner editor, and the elimination of that hesitancy that hits when it’s time to work on a challenging passage. The prevailing belief is that it takes isolation and insulation to produce great work and high word counts, but Bronwyn Emery has discovered that writers who share writing space ...

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“Writing as Play” with Jorjeana Marie on September 17th, 2023

Have Fun and Boost your Productivity with Playful Approaches to Writing If you are like many other writers and occasionally get stuck or feel uninspired with a formerly passionate project, you might consider approaching the task of writing in a fun new way. In this interactive workshop, television writer and award-winning voice actress, Jorjeana Marie, will share tips and tricks to help you get started writing, boost your writing output, and have fun in the process.   If ...

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“Building Your Author Platform” with Jay Hartlove on May 21st, 2023

You’ve written and published your book. Congratulations! What tools should you use to not only reach your audience, but build a loyal fan base that can translate your efforts into SALES? Come discuss the important business practices of advertising, web sites, email newsletters, social media, and making appearances with genre writer Jay Hartlove. About Jay Hartlove Jay Hartlove is the multiple award-winning author of the supernatural thriller Goddess Rising Trilogy, about which horror ...

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“The Craft and Career of Activist Writing” with John Curl on April 16th, 2023

If your basic inspiration as a writer is to change the world in positive ways, you are an activist writer. Since writing springs from every aspect of a person's life, an activist writer needs broad experiences, in work life and personal life. Activist writers need to be creative to find venues for their writing and to find ways to connect with their natural audiences. Since this kind of writing rarely generates an adequate income, most activist writers also need another source of income. ...

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“Editing Your Manuscript” with Ericka McIntyre

The Whys, Whats, and Hows In this talk, freelance editor and former Writer’s Digest 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 ...

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“Sipping the Elixir” with Gail Carriger on January 15th, 2023

  An Overview of the Heroines Journey What is the Heroine’s Journey (as opposed to the Hero’s), and what aspects make for compelling narrative and voracious readers? Where do these elements originate and how do we write them? This presentation by a highly successful writer of unconventional female protagonists explains all. Gail Carriger, author of The Heroines's Journey, covers briefly what this journey is, how it works, one source myth, one pop-culture example, and how it can be ...

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“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 ...

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