46 posts in category Interviews

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

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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Interview with our Race as Context Panelists

We're so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique conversation between Alex Sato, Gabriel Campbell, Jhon Valdes Klinger, and Kim Shuck, moderated by member Ellen McBarnette. This diverse and talented group of writers and poets will share their perspectives on race as context, and inspire discussion and exploration for others. We sent them some questions and their answers were so fantastic we really would rather bind them up and publish them as a book. Below are just a few of the highlights.

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Q&A with Speculative Fiction Writer Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and activist. His speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He's author of Hayward's Reach and Broken Glass. He is also the creator of a series of articles called Writing Craft: Mastering the Urge to Write. Thaddeus is a writer and editor for two magazines, the Good Men Project, a men's magazine challenging social norms for men in modern society. He ...

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Sage Cohen Workshop

An Interview with Sage Cohen, Keynote Speaker

Our February speaker Sage Cohen Meet Sage Cohen, Author of Fierce on the Page and The Productive Writer Sage Cohen is convinced that there are many ways to be productive in your writing. The key is to have fun experimenting with different methods until you find the one that inspires you. In her workshop with CWC-Berkeley this month, Sage Cohen will be discussing her top 10 strategies that will help you complete your project. In this interview, Sage shares her thoughts on writing ...

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An Interview with Poet Paul Corman-Roberts, Poet and Founder of Beast Crawl

Get to Know the Featured Member who is Leading our Cracking Open the Poetic Voice Workshop We're excited to introduce January's featured member, and the leader of our next workshop, Paul Corman-Roberts. His second full-length collection Bone Moon Palace will be released by Nomadic Press Winter 2021, as well as the chapbook 19th Street Station from Fashion For Collapse Publications. Previous collections include Notes From An Orgy (Paper Press, 2014) and We Shoot Typewriters (Nomadic Press, ...

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"real writing occurs when you edit" Terry Tierney

What’s It Like to Get Nominated for a Pushcart Prize? Terry Tierney Shares His Experience

Terry Tierney Nominated for The Pushcart Prize Diane Swan Interviews Terry Tierney for the Details Terry Tierney The Poet’s Garage by Terry Tierney was released in May of this year by Unsolicited Press and in November of 2020 was nominated for a Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses!  Our newsletter editor Diane Swan probed Terry and he was happy to shares all the details on how one gets nominated for this prestigious prize. What Is the Pushcart Prize? The ...

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Meet Poet and Featured Member Ananya Dhawan

Poet Ananya Dhawan Ananya Dhawan is a young, spirited woman who has grew up in an around the Northern Hills in India. She is in love with the written word and spends most of her time immersed in books. Writing for her is a meditative experience. She likes to push her limits and challenge herself. Ananya holds a Masters in English Literature, and a certificate each in language skills and creative writing from the British Council, New Delhi. She loves writing poetry in her spare time and has ...

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Kristen Caven Dirndl Diaspora Octoberfest

Kristen Caven Made a Movie

Kristen Caven, our featured member at Sunday's meeting, needs no introduction to this club. After she retired from the president’s position last June, she dove back into her writing with a vengeance. Although Kristen has a novel to sell about women’s rights and realities, and a memoir to polish about a transformative trip to Italy, she spent the summer rewriting a play about her German heritage with an imaginative twist.  In The Dirndl Diaspora, seamstress Savannah James is on the ...

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