A “Writerly Event” — August 2nd

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Open Mic for Members 800px-Gerry_Adams_reading_into_mic– Bring a Work in Progress

Details: Come to share orally part of a story, article, essay, memoir, or other prose. You will have a few minutes to read a section (depending on how many participate). Time will be allotted to accommodate as many people as possible. If you want to read, sign in when you arrive.

  • Plot problems?
  • Weak character?
  • Undeveloped scene?
  • Unenticing opening?
  • Unclear purpose in your nonfiction?
  • Other problems?

This is an opportunity to use a microphone and let other writers hear a part of your work. Listeners often hear problems in a work that the writer may miss. You can ask for feedback or not (your choice). If you want to read without feedback, that’s fine. If you choose to receive some feedback, you get to hear what listeners think works in your piece (positive feedback first), and what doesn’t (suggestions for improvement). The feedback is given in a supportive environment with other writers who are working to improve their writing.


Maybe you have a finished piece and you want to share a snippet of your success with us. That’s fine too.

When: Saturday, August 2

Where: Oakland Public Library – Main, 125 14th Street, Bradley C. Walters Community Room (same location as our 3rd Sunday meetings), entrance directly to meeting room from Madison Street

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Break time for mingling and refreshments

Hope to see you there!

January’s Write Angles

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Here is January’s Write Angles for your enjoyment. Note: although both the workshop and speaker flyers (pages 8 & 9) list the dates as being in 2012, both dates are actually in 2013. Sorry about that. We are actually advertising events that are happening in the future and not writing about the past!

Write Angles January 2013.pdf

Dave Sawle to Present Workshop on Developing Your Publishing Platform

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Saturday, February 2, 2013 1 – 4 p.m.

Clubhouse 1425 Oregon Street, Berkeley 94702

This workshop, “Developing Publishing Platforms with Help from the Four-Step Method,” is designed to develop a publishing platform for writers to assist in book publishing, promotion, and sales. Website design, possible methods of increasing website traffic, and methods of predicting website traffic and book sales are discussed.

Other issues to be discussed include foresight and the subconscious and their impact on forecasting web traffic, book sales, and the importance of a website. Peter Drucker and his article Managing Oneself as well as the Four-Step Method of prediction will be included. Examples such as the site Foresight Improvement.com and other possible scenarios will be discussed.

Brought up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Dave developed an early interest in planning for the future. An engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, as well as strategic planning at several companies (Aerojet General, MB Associates, and the Pentagon) helped reinforce the interest.

To Register: Pay at door or send a check ($9 for members, $29 for nonmembers). Please include your e-mail address so we can confirm your reservation. Make check to CWC-BB and send to Attn: Workshops, 1425 Oregon Street, Berkeley, CA 94702. Call Shereen Rahman 510-845-3425 with questions.

Sign up Today!

Complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies.

February 4 WORKSHOP – “Writing from the Male Point of View” with Sascha Illyvich


Learn to write from the Male Mindset, as cross-gender writing can be difficult but an important process to understand for a writer of any genre, particularly romance. 

Sascha Illyvich started writing twelve years ago, releasing poetry and an occasional short erotica story before focusing on fetish romance, paranormal romance, and various subgenres.  His erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. He edits for Sizzler Editions Intoxication Erotic Romance line and is part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre.

Sascha hosts the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and writes for Sizzler Editions and Total E-bound.  Readers can find his work at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

November 5 – Nonfiction: News vs. Research – mini-workshop with Dennis Evanosky

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click to open flyerEast Bay historian and newspaper publisher Dennis Evanosky will contrast the role of the journalist with the role of the nonfiction writer. He will address the differences between the deadline-driven reporting of news for a newspaper and the longer-term, research-driven writing for a non-fiction book. He will also speak about receiving unsolicited articles for the newspaper, and how writers can best earn a spot on a newspaper page. He will suggest best practices for writing and submitting news releases and queries for both books and newspapers. Workshop Flyer

To Register: Send a check to the CWC for $9 (members) or $29 (non-members—be sure to include e-mail address) to CWC-BB Attn: Workshops, PO Box 6447, Alameda, CA 94501.  Call Barbara Ruffner at 510-845-1617 with questions.

Location: Independence Plaza, 703 Atlantic, Alameda (94501)

Saturday, November 5, 2011 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

October 1 Workshop: Radio Days with Barry Boland

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click here to download flyerBack by popular demand! Radio personality Barry Boland talks about how writers can provide free content for the media by promoting their books.

“Your voice is like a book jacket,” says Boland, and listeners will form a rapid impression of you and your work within a few minutes. This workshop will help you understand the medium, and improve your vocal delivery and chances for success.

During this workshop you will learn how to mark copy, and you will
simulate interviews. You will also learn on-air etiquette: what NOT to do, and the two things you must do once off-air.

Barry Boland, learned the basics of radio at KUSP-FM station (NPR) Santa Cruz, CA.  He hosted jazz, classical music, and public affairs programs.  He created,
produced, and booked guests and authors on a show called, “About Men.”  On KSCO-AM in Santa Cruz, he hosted a morning drive time broadcast.  On KBOQ-FM in Monterey, he hosted an evening program of classical music.

This is a repeat of a workshop that was widely attended last year – come get skills that every writer should know!

Barry Boland flyers 10-2-11

Truth or Lie: Writing on the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction – Linda Joy Myers – May 8th

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Since Oprah scolded James Frey, writers have been concerned with defining their genre. They worry about hurting the family, whether their memories are “right,” and also express concern about what to include—should they mention secrets, lies, and the dark stories that they’ve been taught should not be told, or be silent? What stories whisper in your ear, what stories do you want to write…even if no one reads them?

In this hands-on workshop, we will draw upon writing exercises, such as turning point and timeline exercise, and discuss the important fictional tools that will help you create a world in your memoir. There will be time to write and share some of your memoir vignettes.

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is the President and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and past president of the California Writers Club, Marin branch. Author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, and the award winning memoir Don’tCall Me Mother, Linda has won prizes for her work in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Through her workshops, coaching, and speaking engagements, Linda inspires people to capture their stories.  www.namw.org.

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