22 posts in category Featured Member

Recognizing authors who are giving back and getting things done.

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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Some Writing Advice from October's Featured Member, Art Deco Novelist Alice Jurow

Sunday, October 21st we'll be featuring a short reading from our featured member, Alice Jurow. Alice has a degree in Aesthetic Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and is not afraid to use it. Her obsession with the 1920s has led to a long-standing involvement with the Art Deco Society of California, and she was the editor of the society’s Sophisticate magazine for 12 years. Some of her publications include the North American Review, Archetype, and Bark. Vamps of ‘29 is her first published novel; she is working on a sequel. Alice lives in Berkeley with her human and feline family. We asked Alice Jurow about the the most important piece of writing advice that she could give to other writers.

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Patricia McBloom

Patricia McBroom Gives Us a Taste of Female Divinity in the Deep Human Past

As our featured member, this Sunday Patricia Bloom will be reading a short passage from her new manuscript: She Speaks: Female Divinity and Equality in the Deep Human Past. In this work she traces the transformation of the Goddess from an earth and mother figure into a warrior Goddess of the Bronze Age. The story demonstrates that a divine female goes hand-in-hand with gender equality. Says McBloom, "Today, the female half of humanity needs its sacred mirror. The book is also part memoir, with details of what it is like to live inside a story of evolution that is written almost entirely by men, even today."

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Five Questions for Laurie Panther, Tomorrow's Featured Member

Lately we've been doing interviews with the guest we asked to come speak to the club, but we also want you to have a chance to get to know our fellow Berkeley CWC members. It's not only our guests who have something to contribute, our members are capable, interesting and knowledgeable. Our meeting is mostly a chance for us to share our insights and struggles. That brings us to this month's featured member, Laurie Panther.

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Featured Member: Poet Fred Dodsworth

Fred Dodsworth will open for Amos White's The Art of Giving Live Readings tomorrow. We asked him a few questions... this is what he said! What’s the most important piece of writing advice that you could give to other writers? It’s hard to start writing but if you don’t start everything anyone might tell you about writing become wasted words. What one thing has helped promote your writing most? Actually taking the time to promote yourself. That means submitting everyplace you can. I ...

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An Interview with This Sunday's Guest, Amos White

Five Questions for Haiku Poet Amos White Amos White is an awarded American haiku poet and author, producer and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. Amos is published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. He is Founder and Host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive Producer and Host of Beyond Words: Jazz+Poetry show; Producer of the Oakland Haiku and Poetry Festival; President of Bay Area Generations ...

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An evening of Political Readings with CWC authors at Laurel Books

Spotlight on one of the Political Authors Reading at Saturday's Event: Stephen Cataldo

Stephen Cataldo is one of many CWC members who writes about politics. This Saturday, we're celebrating CWC political writers at An Evening of Political Readings at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland. Stephen Cataldo is a social entrepreneur with a strong passion in politics. He recently published his first book, Cognitive Politics: a Communications Workbook for Progressives [CognitivePolitics.org]. Before writing this book, Cataldo took on many environmental and social projects, such as founding SpaceShare and the carpool system for the American Holistic Nursing program.

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