18 posts in category Featured Member

Recognizing authors who are giving back and getting things done.

Judith Offer playwright poet

"A Chance to Have My Say"— Get to Know Playwright/Poet Judith Offer

Member Judith Offer will be our featured reader this Sunday, January 19th. Judith is celebrating her one-year anniversary of being in the California Writers Club! She is an Oakland poet and playwright. 18 of her plays have been professionally produced, most in community theatres in the Bay Area. Her themes are women’s issues, American history, and the various cultural groups that populate Oakland.

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An Interview with our November Guest, Author Joan Gelfand

Four questions for Joan Gelfand, an author whose reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in over 100 national and international literary journals and magazines.

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Interview with featured author Tim Jollymore (meet him this Sunday)

In this interview, this Sunday's featured member Tim Jollymore draws on experience and insight to share his take on what writing and “the writing boom” is about. This author of five books contemplates the bigger writerly questions, such as: What steps to take and reflections to make are needed before one can understand what path to follow?

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Setting That Works: an Interview with John Byrne Barry

Tonight at six we welcome novelist John Byrne Barry to lead us in a workshop, "Setting that Works," at WeWork in Oakland. Today Cristina Deptula of Authors Large & Small asked us a few questions about setting in anticipation of his workshop. John Byrne Barry writes novels, designs websites and book covers, and leads bicycle tours in San Francisco. He is author of two “page-turners with a conscience”—Wasted: Murder in the Recycle Berkeley Yard, and Bones in the Wash: Politics is ...

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On Being a Working Writer: an Interview with Peggy Dougherty

This Sunday, we're hosting a panel on the working writer, to engage our members in conversation about finding balance and inspiration with our writing careers. In celebration of our final event in this year's speaker series, we have asked some questions of panelist Peggy Dougherty. Peggy is an award-winning playwright whose plays have had had thirty-eight productions. Her plays (all comedies) have been performed in New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Houston, San Francisco, ...

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Three Questions for Political Writer Kacey Carpenter

Kacey Carpenter is a community organizer, volunteer, technology innovator, parent, author, and our April Featured Member. Carpenter published his first book, My Journey with Bernie and is working on his second book, Ready, Set, Go Playbook for Candidates, Campaigns, and Causes. In today's post, we ask him three questions about the writer's life.

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A Few Words about Haiku Poet Leena Prasad

Leena Prasad writes to find comfort in her foibles and her triumphs, to take snapshots of her thoughts and emotions, to explore the beauty and the ugliness of the world, to leave a legacy… and, most of all, to connect by finding resonance with her readers. Leena will be our featured reader on Sunday before Keynote speaker Victoria Zackheim. Here's a little bit about her: Born in India, Leena grew up in Louisiana, lived in San Francisco for 15 years now lives in El Cerrito with her husband ...

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Meet Historical Fiction Writer Lucille Belucci

Lucille Belucci Lucille Belucci is not the most talkative member of Berkeley CWC, so you may not have realized yet what a delight she is. You may know our February Featured Member as the soft-spoken woman who runs the raffle, but she's also the quietly feisty author of the historical fiction novel The Year of the Rat.  Originally from Shanghai, on February 17th Lucille will share a story about how her early life affected her behavior one day in Hong Kong. In Lucille's long writing career, ...

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Kay Tolman

Meet Historical Fiction Writer Kay Tolman

Writing and promotional advice from Kay Tolman. Get to know our January featured member and find out what kinds of writers she is hoping to meet.

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A Few Questions for Software Pioneer and Author, Gary Durbin

This month's featured CWC member is Gary Durbin, a retired serial entrepreneur and software industry pioneer. Instead of writing computer code and starting software companies, he now writes, hikes, and advises young entrepreneurs. He has published short stories and his first novel, Nano-Uncertainty.

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