Programs & Events

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

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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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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

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CWC at the Hayward Lit Hop this Saturday

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“Sustainable Storytelling” with Kristen Caven April 24, 2022

“Sustainable Storytelling” with Kristen Caven April 24, 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

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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CWC at the Hayward Lit Hop this Saturday

Don’t miss this amazing lineup of Berkeley Branch Poets at the “Embodied” reading at the first annual Hayward Lit Hop, which was also started by a member of our branch, Cristina Deptula. We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience.—but spiritual beings having a physical experience. We’ll be sharing our stories of pain and…

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“Sustainable Storytelling” with Kristen Caven April 24, 2022

“Sustainable Storytelling” with Kristen Caven April 24, 2022

Some of us write to process difficult times in our lives. Some of us write to help others out of difficulty. Some of us do the job of sending our characters to hell and back! In this interactive storytelling workshop, novelist/playwright/cartoonist/psychology writer Kristen Caven will teach four positive psychology principles of post-traumatic growth that will…

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Honor the Earth with Sustainable Storytelling & Literary Action 4/24/22

Honor the Earth with Sustainable Storytelling & Literary Action 4/24/22

Join us April 24th for a festival of outdoor lit in Joaquin Miller Park! Our April meeting will be set among a day full of springtime activities and networking. All events are free except the meeting/speaker series, for which we ask that you purchase a ticket. (Free tickets are available for those who need them.…

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