22 posts in category Featured Member

Recognizing authors who are giving back and getting things done.

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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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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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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