“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022
Wanna turn your book into a movie? Now you can! But adaptation is a craft unto itself. Step one is: Breaking the Book. Distilling 400 single spaced pages into 100 double-spaced. What do you use? What do you lose? Join us for an hour of fun-filled discussion learning how to crack the spine on your novel and mine the essentials for turning it into a powerful, sellable, two-hour movie. About Michael Lucker Keynote Speaker Michael Lucker Michael is a professional screenwriter ...
Interview with Annalisa Parent, author of Storytelling for Pantsers
Our speaker for Sunday September 19th Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscience principles, she applies these same principles to her work with writers to create confidence, writing flow, and success. Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise your Novel ...
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.
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 ...
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.
Interview with September Keynote 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.
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 ...
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.
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.