July 6, 2016
Member Discount, Member Events, Of Interest
The MAGIC OF MEMOIR 2016 conference is happening October 15-16 in beautiful downtown Oakland at the Marriott Hotel—overlooking San Francisco and the Bay—an amazing venue with panoramic views and fantastic food.
This conference is being co-led by memoir experts Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers. They also have two expert panels—with renowned memoirists and three agents who will give individuated attention and advice as part of the Pitch-a-thon. Read all about it on MagicOfMemoir.com.
One of the best things about an event like this is the networking and connection with fellow memoirists. Last year’s participants made friends for life, and Brooke and Linda Joy are excited to offer CWC members this deep discount on the weekend.
Don’t hesitate to be in touch with Brooke Warner directly if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Magic of Memoir
October 15 & 16, 2016 at the
Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA
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.
May 13, 2014
Announcements, Contests, Events, Of Interest
contest, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, writer event
Join the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate their fifth annual meeting, and stay for a CWC writerly event, Writing in the Park.
Learn about the CWC’s role in creating the Park, especially the Woodminister area, which includes the California Writers Memorial Grove.
Local historian and former CWC member Dennis Evanosky will speak on “The Great Redwood Grab.”
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Where: Joaquin Miller Park
Baywood Picnic Area in the Meadow
Above Highway 13 off of Joaquin Miller Road Internet Directions: 3590 Sanborn Drive
When: Saturday, May 17
Following the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park annual meeting
- Annual meeting starts at 11:00 am.
- Potluck picnic and walk follows
- CWC writing event will likely start about 1:00 pm.
Why: Joaquin Miller Park is the birthplace of the CWC! Win a prize for your story about the Park
Cost: Free. Donations are always appreciated.
Who: Anyone who appreciates Joaquin Miller Park and/or loves to write. To attend, membership is not required.
While the Baywood Picnic Area is ADA accessible, the City plans to close the gates at the end of the FoJMP meeting. If CWC members cannot walk the 0.1 mile up to the parking lot at the Ranger Station, let Linda know. We will hold the writerly event at the Ranger Station instead of the Meadow.
February 24, 2014
Of Interest, Speakers
critique groups, CWC Berkeley, vicki hudson, writers groups, writers' club
Our speaker series will feature something new this month! Vicki Hudson, author of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique and sponsor of the SFWC Emerging Writer Scholarship, will be moderating a panel that features leaders of four of our club’s critique groups. David Baker and Anne Fox (5-page group), Walter Price (Middle Grades/YA), and Bruce Shigeura (Sixteen Eyes group) will talk about their experiences as group leaders.
Come and learn more about what CWC has to offer!
Vicki Hudson writes short stories, longer fiction, and narrative non- fiction. Her book, No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique, is for writers looking for information on what to consider when forming or joining a writers’ group and for writers seeking tools for critiquing work in progress.
“Everyone has a story. No one else can tell your story. The process of creating, refining and ultimately releasing it into the wild that is pub- lication in the world needs to be a respectful one.”
Vicki Hudson earned an MFA from Saint Mary’s College in creative writing/nonfiction. In 2007, she was a Fellow at the inaugural Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat. Her website is www.vickihudson.com.
About our Panel:
Our panelists lead critique groups for CWC’s Berkeley branch. David Baker and Anne Fox run the Five- Page Group, which meets year- round on the third Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m., in the 2nd-floor meeting room of the Rockridge library in Oakland. This group reviews fiction, nonfiction, query letters, proposals, etc.
Walter Price hosts writers of middle- grade and young-adult fiction at his house once a month on Wednesday evenings.
Bruce Shigeura runs the Sixteen Eyes Group, whose members write novels, short stories, and narrative nonfiction. They meet every other Thursday, 7–9 p.m. in cafés or members’ homes in Oakland or Berkeley.
Click here for information about location and time.
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
December 18, 2013
Announcements, Of Interest
And just barely in time for the holidays!
There will be deep discounts in our new Zazzle Store between now and the New Year. Members all over California should stock up on cards for sending those all-important Thank You Notes that Caroline See says are the key to success in Making a Literary Life.
The Berkeley Branch gets 20% of all cards sold, so this is a little fundraiser for our club.
CWC Logo Card by CWCBerkeley
Look at California Cards online at Zazzle.com
75% off Cards – use code LASTMINCARDS – check comments for other codes
October 17, 2013
Events, Of Interest
california writers week, Haggis Hunt, Judy Newton
We hope everyone is planning on joining us this Sunday for our first annual open house, celebrating California Writers Week and featuring our statewide tradition of Literary Desserts!
On the lineup of local writers, we will feature our members:
- Judy Newton, reading from her new memoir A Taste of Home;
- Liz Wagele on mineral water and salt;
- Gurnam Brard with a flavorful excerpt from East of Indus;
- Lucille Bellucci on Brazilian food;
- David Simmons with a wild story about a haggis hunt;
- Tanya Grove reading from Debby Frisch’s A Mango for the Teacher;
- and Kristen Caven, our emcee, on Vintage Cookbooks.
We will also have a reading by our special guest William Rodarmor, editor of A French Feast.
There are a few spots open for members and local food writers! Please sign up to read here.
Please bring a dessert to share, preferably with a literary theme! We will be giving out prizes for creativity, and our celebrity food judge, Stan Dodson, will be giving a prize from La Farine Bakery.
For more information click HERE!