43 posts in category Interviews

Wise words from featured members and honored guests of our Speaker Series.

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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Planning your Novel: an Interview with Beth Barany

Today we have an interview with our April Keynote Speaker, Beth Barany. An award-winning novelist, Master NLP Practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers, Beth Barany specializes in helping genre fiction writers experience clarity so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away. She runs Barany School of Fiction, an online school for fiction ...

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Interview with Victoria Zackheim, Author of The Bone Weaver and This Sunday's Guest Speaker

This Sunday's keynote speaker Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver, and edited six anthologies, including the bestselling The Other Woman. She teaches creative nonfiction in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and is a frequent speaker and instructor at writers’ conferences and organizational events in the US, France, Mexico and Canada. Many of her works have been adapted for stage and screen, so we've asked her a few questions about that in preparation for her presentation on the topic: “From Print to Performance: Adapting Books to Film and Theater” Clickthrough to read our interview with Victoria Zackheim.

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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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An Interview with This Sunday's Speaker, Albert Flynn DeSilver, on Writing as a Path to Awakening

This Sunday, Jan. 20th, Albert Flynn DeSilver will show us how to take our writing to that next mysterious level. What happens when life gets in the way? How does our writing practice open us up emotionally, psychologically, and even spiritually? DeSilver will teach us the steps we can take to stay focused, to stave off fear, doubt, and procrastination. He'll also tackle issues with editing, completion, agents, and publication.

But first get to know poet, memoirist, and novelist, Albert Flynn DeSilver in this conversation he had with our speaker chair.

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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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Interview with Pat Ravasio

Literary publicist and CWC member Cristina Deptula interviews our November speaker, Patricia Ravasio. Ravasio is the author of The Girl from Spaceship Earth, a book about Buckminster Fuller. She will speak to the Berkeley CWC about pushing past your comfort zones, finding your voice, and writing with a mission. 

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See you Sunday! + Interview with Historical Fiction Novelist Linda McCabe

Our October speaker, Linda McCabe, is inspired by classical works, particularly the story of Orlando Furioso, a 16th century Italian work that is connected to the 10th century French "Song of Roland." What do laboratory science, magical creatures, Harry Potter, a Muslim/Christian holy war, Kick-ass heroines and beta readers have to do with each other? Our speaker chair Cristina Deptula did a lengthy interview on her website Lois Lane Investigates Authors, and we've excerpted some highlights here.

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