74 posts in category Speakers

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

March small press editors event

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

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? Learn about it in our panel discussion with small press editors.

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

See the new Jack London movie and learn about its history at the location where London became a writer.

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February 16th SPEAKER—Jan Steckel on Poetry and Activism

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 effect 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.

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"We're All in Freefall" — Interview with 11/17 featured author Lily Iona MacKenzie

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 ...

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

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 ...

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10/20 SPEAKER – "How Writers Can Avoid Legal Trouble" with Nicholas Jollymore, esq

Writers can get into legal trouble without knowing it. Learn best practices and get the basics about libel, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, subpoenas, confidential sources, and the California Shield Law from Literary Lawyer Nicholas J. Jollymore.  About Nick Jollymore Nick Jollymore has run a legal practice out of a home office since he moved to San Francisco in 2010.  Prior to that he was a litigator at Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) in New York, a staff lawyer at ...

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Interview with Featured Member Gark Mavigan

Get to know he first featured member of our 2019-2020 speaker series: poet and hip-hop artist Gark Mavigan. Originally from Stockton, he was a founding member of the city's first slam team to compete the world's largest youth poetry slam. He has performed at The White House and the National Poetry Slam, sharing stages with the likes of Common, DMC (of Run DMC), Watsky, and MC Jin.

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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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