29 posts in category Featured Member

Recognizing authors who are giving back and getting things done.

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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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 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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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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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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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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