Magic of Memoir—SPECIAL for CWC members

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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: brooke@warnercoaching.com

SATURDAY

Getting Started with Your Memoir

  • Find your category and themes, create a structure that works, and discover techniques to get started.

5 Key Elements of a Successful Memoir

  • Straight to the point, here’s what you need to master: scenes, narration, theme, characterization, and takeaway. We are going to hit the ground running.

How to Map Your Memoir

  • This session is focused on proven strategies to turn your memories into scenes.

THE MAGIC OF MEMOIR: Why We Write Memoir

  • Three courageous panelists (all published memoirists) talk about this craft we all love—and what keeps them coming back for more.

SATURDAY, 7-9 PM

RECEPTION AT DESCO (nearby bar)

  • Join Linda Joy, Brooke, and your fellow memoirists for drinks and conversation at Desco, just two blocks from the Oakland Marriott.

Register Today | CWC Member Discount Link

“An awe-inspiring weekend! The valuable information and resources were amazing. The connections, inspiration and motivation invaluable.” —Jean Wells, Magic of Memoir 2015
“The event was really well planned—everything ran smoothly and I learned so much. I was challenged to rethink structure and to really get at my truth.” —Marianne Rossi, Magic of Memoir 2015

SUNDAY

Scene Intensive

  • There is nothing more important in memoir writing than mastering scenes. Understanding scene is the key to writing your whole book—and this intensive is geared toward locking in this skill set for good.

Writing Exercise

  • This one-hour writing session opens with a prompt and is designed to get you practicing some of the elements of craft you will have absorbed during the weekend.

Platform and Pitching

  • How important is platform really? This session will explore why agents and publishers care so much about author platform—and why it’s easier than you might think to start building the foundation of your own right away.

PITCH-A-THON!

  • Yep, we’re doing it. A real-live pitching session to practice your skills on agents. Participants will be drawn from a pool of interested memoirists.

WHAT AGENTS ARE LOOKING FOR: Agents Talk about the Secrets to Getting Published

  • Three agents talk about what they’re looking for—and give tips to help memoirists better prepare themselves for the experience of shopping to the pros.

Raffle

  • We’ll be giving away tons of great prizes, including a Kindle Fire, consulting time, and many other valuable prizes for writers. You get 2 free raffle tickets when you register for the Summit!

Register Today | CWC Member Discount Link

“I learned how difficult and brave it is to write your best work. A great experience all around!” —Lori Nicholson, Magic of Memoir 2015

PANELS & INSTRUCTORS

We are excited to announce a talented and experienced roster of guests who will be joining us for two lively panels about the writing process and getting publishing your memoir.SATURDAY PANEL: THE MAGIC OF MEMOIR: WHY WE WRITE MEMOIR

SUNDAY PANEL: WHAT AGENTS ARE LOOKING FOR: AGENTS TALK ABOUT THE SECRETS TO GETTING PUBLISHED

READ MORE ABOUT ALL THE PRESENTERS.

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

LINDA JOY MYERS, PhD
ljm-bio-photo_smLinda Joy Myers is the president and founder of theNational Association of Memoir Writers. She is the author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Becoming Whole, and the award-winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, which won the BAPIA Gold Medal prize. Her workbook Journey of Memoir was published by She Writes Press in 2013.
BROOKE WARNER
Warner-headshotBrooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press,president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Green-Light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and How to Sell Your Memoir. She sits on three boards: the Independent Book Publishers Association; the National Association of Memoir Writers; and the Bay Area Book Festival. She blogs for Huffington Post and SheWrites.com.
“Linda Joy and Brooke give such value. I learned that you can take steps that will cut years off the memoir writing process.” —Peggy Thomson, Magic of Memoir 2015

CWC at Local Book Festivals

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obf-logoCWC’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.

 


babflogowithchronlogoCome 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.

This Saturday May 17th – WRITING IN THE PARK!

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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.

Learn more and see flyer with map at http://www.fojmp.org and http://www.cwc-berkeley.org

RSVP to Linda Brown at BrownCalifornia@aol.com or 510-530-1261

NOTE: 

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.

“Is a Critique Group Right for You?” A Forum for CWC Writers & Guests – March 16th 2014

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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.

WRITE ANGLES – February, 2014

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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


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CWC Notecards are here!

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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.

Happy Holidays!

CWC Logo Card by CWCBerkeley
Look at California Cards online at Zazzle.com

75% off Cards – use code LASTMINCARDS  – check comments for other codes

See You Sunday for LITCAKE!

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Screen shot 2013-09-14 at 9.36.36 AMWe 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!

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