53 posts in category Interviews

Wise words from featured members and honored guests of our Speaker Series.

Member Spotlight: Kathleen Orosco

  Kathleen Orosco has been an an active and interested member since 2009, and at last we get to hear some of her writing! She has a very special message for members of the Club. My children Elizabeth Rose and Natalie Anne are no doubt the most important to me in my life, but guess who is next?  Yes, CWC Berkeley—the dedication of its members and their participation has meant a lot to me in ways that can’t be completely described. I keep all of you in my best thoughts ...

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Member Spotlight: Jordan Pastor

  Meet Jordan Pastor at our meeting today! Get tickets here Jordan Pastor is a self-published psychological adventure thriller fiction author, poet, and seasonal music journalist for the Eurovision Song Contest. He is the author of the novels Never Say Forgotten, Never Say Forgiven, and Red Elk. His recently published projects include the romance novelette Sunsets Near and Far, as well as his first poetry collection, titled Jackpot. Jordan has a particular fascin...

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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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A Sneak Peek of our Sneak Peek: Highlights from Interviews with some of the Authors at this Saturday’s Book Launch

What’s it like to write a book? What inspires a writer along their epic journey towards crafting a masterpiece? Here is a sampling of our authors’ thoughts as they write and publicize their books. Meet all of them and more at our free reading this Saturday, June 16th: Sneak Peek 2022. Visit our 2022 Books Shop on Bookshop.org Meet a Few of the Authors from this Saturday's Event Vivian Pisano Living in Two Worlds “In Living in Two Worlds the author unpacks, with ...

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Jessi Honard and co-author Parks

Jessi Honard’s Unrelenting Approach to Writing

Jessi Honard Jessi Honard recently joined CWC. She has been a regular participant in the Wednesday evening Berkeley Writers Circle since the pandemic began, and in that context, I’ve had the pleasure of reading her writing on many occasions. She writes intriguing, believable characters in fascinating and credible alternative realities. Sometimes those realities entail an extraordinary capability, or a strange aspect of an otherwise normal reality. At times those realities are in the ...

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What Does A Poet Do After Last Call?

Write poetry, of course! The poems in Randall McNair's third volume of Bar Poems, Last Call, are sardonic, wry, heartfelt, and poignant. McNair captures the ineffable in his latest collection. Sandy Bliss: Folks who have read all three of the books (so far) in the Bar Poem series have remarked that the poems in Last Call are from a moodier, or more somber or depressed frame of mind than the poems in your earlier volumes. That’s an intriguing observation. Do you agree? How would ...

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Terry Tierney Takes His Readers on a Lucky Ride

Terry Tierney is January's Featured Member of the California Writers Club-Berkeley Branch. He'll tell us about his writing life, and read excerpts from his newly published novel, Lucky Ride, when the CWC-BB meets on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm. Terry says, "Lucky Ride followed the traditional road trip model—until I realized Flash’s story was more than merely a road trip."

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Member Amarjit Pannu’s novel is a love story set during India’s struggle for independence [Interview]

Author Amarjit Pannu will be the featured member at our October 17th meeting. Mark your calendars! Amarjit Pannu’s book Splintered Waters: Tryst with Destiny was published in March of this year by Austin Macauley Publishers of London, Cambridge, New York, and Sharjah. She will be the featured member at the Sunday October 17th meeting, so mark your calendars. While Splintered Waters is her English-language debut in fiction, she has published two widely acclaimed books of short stories in ...

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Interview with Annalisa Parent, author of Storytelling for Pantsers

Our speaker for Sunday September 19th Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscience principles, she applies these same principles to her work with writers to create confidence, writing flow, and success. Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise your Novel ...

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Interview with Featured Member Lily Iona-MacKenzie

Lily Iona MacKenzie Raised on the Canadian Prairies, under cumulous clouds that bloomed everywhere in Alberta’s big sky, Lily Iona MacKenzie soon realized that all objects are in motion, waiting for stories to illuminate them. They were herfirst creative writing instructors, scudding across the heavenly blue, constantly changing shape: one minute an elephant, bruised and brooding. The next morphing into a rabbit or a castle. She soon realized that all objects are in motion, waiting for ...

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