32 posts in category Member Spotlight

Our Featured Member program is now called “Member Spotlight.” At our monthly speaker series, we start by spending 15 minutes with one of our own, learning how they got to this point, hearing them read from their works, and asking questions. Each of them is interviewed for a blog post, and here they all are!

Ayodele Nzinga is Oakland’s First Poet Laureate

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Ayodele Nzinga will take the Member Spotlight before our January speaker, Kevin Fisher-Paulson. Get tickets here. Oakland’s Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD, is a Transformative Artist Educator and ...

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Sarah Abbett is Uniquely Unique.

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Sarah Abbett will take the Member Spotlight before our November speaker, Susan Neufeld Paul. Get tickets here. A second generation Bay Area native, Sarah Abbett grew up loving reading; writing ...

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Sandy Bliss’s motto was “Equanimity Through Adversity”

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. This month, three of her colleagues will bring Sandy Bliss to the Member Spotlight before our September speaker, Bronwyn Emery. Get tickets here. When community organizer Sandy Bredt joined the ...

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Meet Kazue Watanabe

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Kazue Watanabe will take the Member Spotlight before our April speaker, John Curl. Get tickets here. I was born in Hokkaido, a northern island in Japan. I came to the United States by myself in 1994, to ...

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Kenneth Lipman author of health books

Kenneth Lipman is Writing about the Circumcision Decision

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Kenneth Lipman will take the Member Spotlight before our March speaker, Ericka McIntyre. Get tickets here. Kenneth Lipman has been working on a memoir, Dancing with Chronic Fatigue (read a sample ...

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Carolyn Lee Arnold Wants You to Be Brave!

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker gives us a glimpse at what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Carolyn Lee Arnold will take the Member Spotlight before our next speaker, “Writing as Play” with Jorjeana Marie on February 19th, 2023. Get tickets here. Carolyn gives informed dating advice ...

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bobbie kinckaid

“Story is My Life” for Bobbie Kinkead

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. Bobbie Kinkead will take the Member Spotlight before our January speaker, Gail Carriger on "The Heroine's Journey". Get tickets here. Bobbie has always created stories Bobbie Kinkead's father had a pile ...

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Kathleen Orosco writes about Jackie Kennedy

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker gives us a glimpse at what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. 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 Elizab...

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Curious Writer: Jordan Pastor

  Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker gives us a glimpse at what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. 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 journa...

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Jessi Honard and co-author Parks

Jessi Honard’s Unrelenting Approach to Writing

Our long-standing tradition of giving a member the mic before our keynote speaker helps us get to know what our colleagues are working on. Our 5+5+5 guidelines (5 minutes of backstory, 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes of Q&A) help emerging writers polish their professional skills. 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 ...

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