March 13, 2017
Club Information, Member News, Of Interest
CWC, Events, writing conferences
CWC Berkeley member John Byrne Barry alerted us to the CWC Marin Conference on April 2.
The day-long conference will cover fiction and nonfiction writing, with three literary agents available for five-minute pitches. Registration includes morning coffee and rolls, along with a bag lunch. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.
Presenters include keynote speaker Constance Hale on “The Seven Stages of Manuscript Grief,” Linda Watanabe McFerrin on “Writing About Places Real and Imagined,” Tanya Egan Gibson, Robert Pimm, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Krissa Lagos, Mary C. Moore, and David Colin Carr.
Find out more at cwcmarin.com/writerslife.
January 30, 2017
book launch, kristen caven, Romance, venice
Long-time member Kristen Caven has published four books since she joined the CWC. One of her measures of creative success is a great launch party, and her next one promises to be unforgettable. On February 11th, she will be debuting a limited-print edition of an erotic/paranormal/spiritual romance at an elegant and extravagant costume party.
The Vesuvian Affair (Mystic Editions) takes place at a sci-fi-themed Carnevale party in Venice, where flickering lights, outrageous costumes, and flowing alcohol create a beautiful but unsteady reality. An American schoolteacher has become possessed by a nature spirit, and a Wiccan priestess tries to protect her from the psychological toll of consummation.
As in most of Caven’s fiction, the narrator becomes real and the author becomes a character. The lines will blur even further when this award-winning playwright appears as Cosima Zanardi, international woman of mystery. The Prosecco (not Champagne) reception at the finale of a private Carnevale-themed party, is open to the public. Costumes and masks are admired but not required.
When: Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 5-6p.m.
Where: The Bellevue Club in Oakland, 525 Bellevue Avenue (across from the playground at Lake Merritt)
How much: $20 in advance covers admission, a collectible book, and a glass of bubbly. Purchase the “Venetian Affair” package at www.generousmuse.org. (If you love dressing up, then get the “Venetian Adventure” package and come at 2pm.) Please note you are coming and invite a friend on the Facebook Event page!
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May 31, 2016
Club Information, Member Events, Member News, Of Interest
CWC’s presence was felt for the first time at the Oakland Book Festival on May 22nd. Fairies sang songs for the kids on one end of Frank Ogawa Plaza, and at the other end, words flowed from poets. In between, publishers, writing clubs, the library and even an art store smiled and talked with people stopping by their booths, and inside City Hall, ideas flowed. A dozen or so writers from our club gathered at our very large booth, which was overflowing with literature created by our members.
JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Anne Berlak, Sheryl Boutte, Stephen Cataldo, Henry Hitz, Francine Howard, Solari Jenkins, Tim Jollymore, Ginny Graham Scott and Helen Sullivan all displayed books, and the group was wonderfully supported by volunteer Kathleen Orozco. Linda Brown was around, too, supporting the Jack London Legacy event. The 100-Year Call of the Wild, the Litquake-sponsored panel discussion, was well-attended, including several club members.
Come visit us next weekend, June 4 & 5th, at the Bay Area Book Festival in Downtown Berkeley! The CWC state booth will be on “Writer’s Row” (Center Street) just off of Shattuck. Get a program guide, see what’s happening, and figure out how to get there at www.bayareabookfest.org. Berkeley Branch members Tim Jollymore (Sat 10-12), JoAnn Ainsworth (Sat 4-6), Kristen Caven (Sun 10-12), and Ann Berlak (Sun 12-2) will be selling their books, but stop and meet writers from other branches all day both days! Berkeley Branch membership forms will be available.
July 22, 2014
Events, Member Events, Member News, Workshops
California Writers Club, feedback, reading, writers' club
Open Mic for Members – Bring a Work in Progress
Details: Come to share orally part of a story, article, essay, memoir, or other prose. You will have a few minutes to read a section (depending on how many participate). Time will be allotted to accommodate as many people as possible. If you want to read, sign in when you arrive.
- Plot problems?
- Weak character?
- Undeveloped scene?
- Unenticing opening?
- Unclear purpose in your nonfiction?
- Other problems?
This is an opportunity to use a microphone and let other writers hear a part of your work. Listeners often hear problems in a work that the writer may miss. You can ask for feedback or not (your choice). If you want to read without feedback, that’s fine. If you choose to receive some feedback, you get to hear what listeners think works in your piece (positive feedback first), and what doesn’t (suggestions for improvement). The feedback is given in a supportive environment with other writers who are working to improve their writing.
Maybe you have a finished piece and you want to share a snippet of your success with us. That’s fine too.
When: Saturday, August 2
Where: Oakland Public Library – Main, 125 14th Street, Bradley C. Walters Community Room (same location as our 3rd Sunday meetings), entrance directly to meeting room from Madison Street
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Break time for mingling and refreshments
Hope to see you there!
April 22, 2014
Events, Member News
Annual Picnic, CWC, hijinks, Joaquin Miller Park, litcake, Open Mic, writers picnic
Watch for your invite to the CWC Statewide picnic in July! This wonderful tradition brings writers from all over California to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories.
Pick something you’d like to read to the group, and start your dreaming and scheming for our celebrated LitCake contest, too… some talented decorator will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award!
When: Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.
- Bring a dish to share
- Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments provided by the CWC
- Watch for info about the Open Mic
Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261
Add the event to your Google Calendar!
The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)
February 1, 2014
Announcements, Club Information, From the President, Member News, Of Interest, Write Angles
In this month’s Write Angles:
Building a New Board • Mary-Rose Hayes • Call for Personal Narratives • Poetry • Book Review • Central Board Report • Other Branches • Taking Stock of our Club • Tidbits • Member News • Member Marketplace
January 16, 2014
Member News, Speakers
blogging, kymberlie ingalls, personality
Learn How to Present Yourself
–David Baker on Kymberlie Ingalls, excerpted from Write Angles
Literary agents want to hear about our platform and expect to be directed to our blog. Should we conceive of one presenting the electrifying premise of our work, excerpts that stimulate the reader’s curiosity, and laudatory comments submitted by reviewers? Yes, but Kymberlie Ingalls can help us do much more.
Ingalls, our featured speaker for the January 19 meeting, is a writer, freelance editor, and class instructor who has been blogging since 1997. She currently has several sites in operation. One of them includes a section titled “My Former Self,” in which she recalls starting out as a disk jockey during her brief career in radio: “So many switches” on the mixing board—“big ones that lit up bright orange, small metal ones that did who the hell knows what.” Only a few seconds left until. . . “I had to say something into that bulky microphone that would be heard by thousands of listeners. Crap was all I could think. The song was wailing to a close. Oh man! I’m up! Is this the right switch? Ah, hell, here goes nothing!”
Obviously, Ingalls knows how to build tension. A literary agent would also see that she knows what she’s writing about and takes her work seriously. After reading her concluding promise to “make those rock ‘n’ roll fantasies come true,” the agent would sense as well that Ingalls loves music and treasures the connection between the DJ and the listener.
Introducing a different blog, “Stories in the Key of Me,” she writes: “This is my playground, where I get to frolic with language, tease with words,
and flirt with the reader’s mind in the form of memoir, prose, and flash fiction.” In another, “Neuroticy = Societal Madness,” Ingalls takes aim at hypocrisy in present-day America. Her “Bay Area Collective” is a venue for local events, news, and stories that interest her.
What does it all add up to? Not only agents but potential readers want to know who we are as writers. At the January meeting, we’ll find out how to present ourselves.
The location of the talk is the Oakland Public Library (enter on Madison Street); see flyer for meeting schedule.