15 posts in category Speaker Series Interviews

Interviews with industry professionals who speak as a guest of the club.

Interview with our Race as Context Panelists

We're so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique conversation between Alex Sato, Gabriel Campbell, Jhon Valdes Klinger, and Kim Shuck, moderated by member Ellen McBarnette. This diverse and talented group of writers and poets will share their perspectives on race as context, and inspire discussion and exploration for others. We sent them some questions and their answers were so fantastic we really would rather bind them up and publish them as a book. Below are just a few of the highlights.

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Sage Cohen Workshop

An Interview with Sage Cohen, Keynote Speaker

Our February speaker Sage Cohen Meet Sage Cohen, Author of Fierce on the Page and The Productive Writer Sage Cohen is convinced that there are many ways to be productive in your writing. The key is to have fun experimenting with different methods until you find the one that inspires you. In her workshop with CWC-Berkeley this month, Sage Cohen will be discussing her top 10 strategies that will help you complete your project. In this interview, Sage shares her thoughts on writing ...

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Top 10 Guerrilla Publicity Hints from this Sunday’s Guest Jill Lublin

This Sunday, Jill Lublin will teach us how to get known everywhere. To whet your appetite, here are her top ten tips from her best-selling book, Guerrilla Marketing.

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Interview with award-winning activist poet, Jan Steckel (meet her Sunday!)

Get to know award-winning poet and activist Jan Steckel in advance of her speaking at Sunday's meeting.

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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 September Feature September Williams

Today we have an in-depth interview with the first speaker in the launch of our speaker series: physician-writer, bioethicist, and filmmaker September Williams, M.D. She seeks a better understanding of and between ourselves and her work offers resilience for those who are suffering. She's the author of The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Issues in Human Milk Banking, which is representative of her nonfiction works covering health disparities, bioethics, and film, and a fiction writer as well. Chasing Mercury is a romance-suspense-memoir about families committed to human and environmental rights, and the first book of the "Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy." The upcoming sequels are Weighing Lead and Mining Gold.

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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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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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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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