Programs & Events

NOTE: All forthcoming meetings will be held on Zoom unless noted otherwise.

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“Intergenerational Dialogue” with Lyndsey Ellis on October 16th, 2022

“Intergenerational Dialogue” with Lyndsey Ellis on October 16th, 2022

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“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022

“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022

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Summer Social for Members – Sunday, 8 / 21

Summer Social for Members – Sunday, 8 / 21

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A Sneak Peek of our Sneak Peek: Highlights from Interviews with some of the Authors at this Saturday’s Book Launch

A Sneak Peek of our Sneak Peek: Highlights from Interviews with some of the Authors at this Saturday’s Book Launch

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Local Author Showcase at our Annual New Book Celebration on June 18, 2022

Local Author Showcase at our Annual New Book Celebration on June 18, 2022

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The California Writers Club offers a multitude of activities and programs for its members and for the public.

Writers Groups

Our ongoing Critique Groups help writers practice and polish their craft. We have a climate action group, the Wolf Pack Writers, and a poetry group, Poetrope. See Groups for more info.

Speaker Programs

Our informative and interesting Speaker Programs are the focus of our monthly Meetings. These meetings are open to the public.

Workshops

We also offer monthly Workshops for writers by professionals, with special rates for members.

Contests

Two annual Contests: the 5th Grade Writing Contest and the Write On! Story Contest (formerly the WestSide Story Contest), celebrate local writers. Occasionally we hold a poetry contest at year’s end as well.

Our contests are currently on hiatus. If you’d be interested to help organize the next one, please contact us.

Conferences

We promote various Writers Conferences and our members can get discounts to several.

Recent Events

“Intergenerational Dialogue” with Lyndsey Ellis on October 16th, 2022

“Intergenerational Dialogue” with Lyndsey Ellis on October 16th, 2022

The 3rd week of October is California Writers Week! This year we celebrate California’s deep, historical diversity with an exciting conversation with an up-and-coming West Coast & Midwest author. Regardless of race and class, many attitudes, behaviors, and belief systems stem from values hat are specific to our age groups. Exploring intergenerational exchanges helps us…

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“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022

“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…

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Summer Social for Members – Sunday, 8 / 21

Summer Social for Members – Sunday, 8 / 21

Hello Berkeley Branch Members, On August 21st, after the Board Retreat, we will have our first in-person Summer Social in several years. The Summer Social will be a great time for writers of all genres to come together in-person for conversation, music, and inspiration. For those who wish to play, there is a pool table.…

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A Sneak Peek of our Sneak Peek: Highlights from Interviews with some of the Authors at this Saturday’s Book Launch

A Sneak Peek of our Sneak Peek: Highlights from Interviews with some of the Authors at this Saturday’s Book Launch

What’s it like to write a book? What inspires a writer along their epic journey towards crafting a masterpiece? Here is a sampling of our authors’ thoughts as they write and publicize their books. Meet all of them and more at our free reading this Saturday, June 16th: Sneak Peek 2022. Visit our 2022 Books…

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Local Author Showcase at our Annual New Book Celebration on June 18, 2022

Local Author Showcase at our Annual New Book Celebration on June 18, 2022

On Saturday, June 18th, the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club will honor its members who have published a new title in the past year. This is a proud moment for this century-old writing club, highlighting the diverse literary accomplishments and talents of this notable group. A wide range of literary genres will be…

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Taking Your Book from Unknown Entity to Bestseller – A conversation on May 15, 2022

Taking Your Book from Unknown Entity to Bestseller – A conversation on May 15, 2022

On May 15th, our annual book marketing panel will feature Quinn Ward (Six-Figure-Selling Author), Keri-Rae Barnum (Director of New Shelves Books), and Jane Ubell-Meyer (BedsideReading.com). The conversation will be moderated by Karma Bennett, Berkeley Branch president. Feel free to join for a chance to meet our panelists. Board Election this Sunday Members take note that…

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