Programs & Events
NOTE: All forthcoming meetings will be held on Zoom unless noted otherwise.
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The California Writers Club offers a multitude of activities and programs for its members and for the public.
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.
We also offer monthly Workshops for writers by professionals, with special rates for members.
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.
We promote various Writers Conferences and our members can get discounts to several.
East Bay historian and newspaper publisher Dennis Evanosky will contrast the role of the journalist with the role of the nonfiction writer. He will address the differences between the deadline-driven reporting of news for a newspaper and the longer-term, research-driven writing for a non-fiction book. He will also speak about receiving unsolicited articles for the…
At our September meeting the Author Enablers, Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark, will share their entertaining lecture, Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now. Based on their book of the same name, their lecture will walk participants through the publishing process from idea to bookshelf and beyond. Attendees…
Bring “a blanket and a basket of chow” and come hang out with all your writer friends! When: Saturday, July 30, 1-4:00 pm Where: The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, about 1/2 mile above Highway 13 on Joaquin Miller Road. The Fire Circle is inside the park, slightly north of Joaquin Miller’s Abbey and…
At our June meeting (open to the public), award-winning Mystery author Cara Black will discuss using a keen eye to create a sense of place and setting in fiction, and how to evoke the sights, sounds and scents to pull the reader into the unique atmosphere of the created world. Cara Black lives in San…
Winners of our 5th Grade Story Contest will be announced in June!
Since Oprah scolded James Frey, writers have been concerned with defining their genre. They worry about hurting the family, whether their memories are “right,” and also express concern about what to include—should they mention secrets, lies, and the dark stories that they’ve been taught should not be told, or be silent? What stories whisper in…