67 posts in category Speakers

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

9/15/19 – SPEAKER: "Causes Cross Genres" with September Williams

Causes Cross Genres: Infusing Facts into Fiction with September Williams is the first event in our annual speaker series. Some people find understanding through technical language and academic conveyance. But almost all people can learn through well-constructed Aristotelian Plot Curves.  Using accurate scientific, medical or other precise technical information to inform fictional narratives is not for the faint of heart. It does not ...

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5/19 PANEL: "The Working Writer"

Meet the panelists who will be featured in our final event before the summer hiatus: "The Working Writer" The panel explores work life balance issues for professional writers. Our panel will feature three writers with different relationships to work. Thaddeus Howze makes a living with his writing. Paul Corman-Roberts makes a living doing something related to his writing. Peggy Dougherty, now retired, made a living doing something completely UNrelated to her writing. How do you make a living from your writing? This panel will guide writers at all stages of their career to find the best answer to that question. Click through to learn about our panelists and don't forget to RSVP on Facebook.

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April 21st— "Plan Your Novel Like a Pro" with Beth Barany

At our April meeting Beth Barany will help you brainstorm the steps to create your novel—from character development to plot structure to story themes and world building—so you can start writing your novel with clarity and confidence.We’ll do bite-sized exercises step-by-step to help you stretch your imagination and get excited about the writing process.If you have never written a novel, still feel lost on how to go from brilliant idea to The End, or always hit that sagging middle and lose focus, this event will help you dream up exciting ways to torture—er, challenge—your characters all the way to the resolution of the story.

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SPEAKER 3/17/19— "From Print to Performance: Adapting Books to Film and Theater" with Victoria Zackheim

March 17th acclaimed writer of The Bone Weaver and other bestsellers will share her substantial knowledge on how to get your works adapted to film and theater. We will also have a reading from featured member Leena Prasad.

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Write Angles: February 2019

read the entire newsletter here The Wind In Your Sails Some words from your president February is the month of love, and it's also Black History Month, a time to expand our focus on who has really shaped the world. The California Writers Club, going strong (or strong-ish) since 1909 (yes, it's our 110th birthday), has been traditionally made up of mostly white writers, but we represent many cultures now, and the future is what we make it. Muses don't discriminate based on color, race, or ...

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Aqueila Lewis-Ross Shares the Power of Poetry February 17th

Poetry is defined as “a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions.” But poetry is also the most powerful tool that we can use for self-healing when our emotions are already stirred. Reading and writing poetry can even help us to survive when we have lost everything. At our February event, Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross will talk about the relationship between poetry and survival, starting from her own experience of using poetry to find ...

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SPEAKER 11/18: "Mission: Utopia—Writing to Share an Urgent Vision" with Pat Ravasio

As a young journalist, Patricia Ravasio was electrified by a day with iconic American genius and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), who urged her to share the vision of his urgent messages with the world, hoping to help humanity awaken in time. When Fuller’s dire predictions came true on 9/11, Ravasio realized she must face up to her commitment, and began her writing journey in earnest. Her memoir, The Girl from Spaceship Earth, launched on 9/11/17 to celebrate the Buckminster ...

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Sept 16th Marty Nemko at Preservation Park

SPEAKER 9/16—Marty Nemko, "The Arc of My Career"

In his road to redemption, Joe has become a successful writer, editor and anthologist.  He will speak to how the truth will set us free in any genre, and any project.  Clifford will share the lessons he has learned, insecurities about his success, and his insights of utilizing our struggles to become our strengths.

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CWC Author BOOK LAUNCH June 16th!

June 16th we gather to celebrate the CWC authors published this year and last. Our final meeting before the summer break, don't miss this chance to meet and mix with fellow writers.

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The Road to Redemption: From Homelessness to Publishing

In his road to redemption, Joe has become a successful writer, editor and anthologist.  He will speak to how the truth will set us free in any genre, and any project.  Clifford will share the lessons he has learned, insecurities about his success, and his insights of utilizing our struggles to become our strengths.

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