Programs & Events

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

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“A Blanket and a Basket of Chow”— a Picnic Celebration of California Writers on October 9th

“A Blanket and a Basket of Chow”— a Picnic Celebration of California Writers on October 9th

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5 Insider Secrets to Show-Stopping Novel Beginnings

5 Insider Secrets to Show-Stopping Novel Beginnings

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Announcing our new Writer-in-Residence Program at Joaquin Miller Park

Announcing our new Writer-in-Residence Program at Joaquin Miller Park

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Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/20

Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/20

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Race as Context: BIPOC California Writers on How Race Informs Writing—May 16th PANEL

Race as Context: BIPOC California Writers on How Race Informs Writing—May 16th PANEL

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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 Blanket and a Basket of Chow”— a Picnic Celebration of California Writers on October 9th

“A Blanket and a Basket of Chow”— a Picnic Celebration of California Writers on October 9th

Cascade Flows, Singalong, Picnic, Readings & Poet Laureate Celebration. Join us! Join us for a special celebration on the afternoon of October 9th, 2021 in Joaquin Miller Park! A ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials and the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park at noon will mark the completion of phase one of the water feature restoration.…

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5 Insider Secrets to Show-Stopping Novel Beginnings

5 Insider Secrets to Show-Stopping Novel Beginnings

Join Us on Zoom September 19th to Learn Annalisa’s Parent’s Insider Tips to Get Readers Hooked on your Novel You know you’ve got a great story idea, but how do you make it so great that it rises from slush pile to publication? Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent has helped hundreds of writers to…

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Announcing our new Writer-in-Residence Program at Joaquin Miller Park

Announcing our new Writer-in-Residence Program at Joaquin Miller Park

October 9th: Cascade Flows, Picnic & Poet Laureate. Join us! The history of the California Writers Club and Joaquin Miller Park are deeply intertwined, as the Club was formed by civic-minded literary figures who would gather on the land when it belonged to poet Joaquin Miller, who called it “The Hights” (his spelling). CWC, which…

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Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/20

Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/20

The California Writer’s Club is hosting its annual launch party for member authors who were published in 2020-2021. Join us to hear eight fresh voices span genres from women’s fiction to thrillers, and self-help. A unique opportunity to absorb the vibrant local lit scene and get some great new books! The Zoom will open at…

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Race as Context: BIPOC California Writers on How Race Informs Writing—May 16th PANEL

Race as Context: BIPOC California Writers on How Race Informs Writing—May 16th PANEL

We are so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique opportunity for members to join in this timely discussion. Panelists are California BIPOC writers from many vantage points including:  A Millenial with his first complete manuscript. Authors with years of experience helping others in their craft. A recent award-winning MFA graduate newly arrived…

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Learn WordPress: a Workshop with Karma Bennett

Learn WordPress: a Workshop with Karma Bennett

At last month’s meeting we gave you tips on improving your website, now we’ll teach the skills to do it, in a hands-on workshop on WordPress. The workshop will be held over Zoom, so you can beautify your website from the comfort of your own computer. What Is WordPress? WordPress is a way for you…

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