Programs & Events

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

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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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Learn WordPress: a Workshop with Karma Bennett

Learn WordPress: a Workshop with Karma Bennett

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April 18th Join Emily Cotler on Author Websites that Really Work

April 18th Join Emily Cotler on Author Websites that Really Work

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How to Submit Your Poetry—a Workshop with Keith Mark Gaboury

How to Submit Your Poetry—a Workshop with Keith Mark Gaboury

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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

November 5 – Nonfiction: News vs. Research – mini-workshop with Dennis Evanosky

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…

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September 18th – “Write That Book Already” with Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry

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…

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July 30 – CWC Annual Picnic in Joaquin Miller Park

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…

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June 15 – “How to Pull the Reader into Your Created World” with Cara Black

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…

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5th Grade Story Contest Awards Ceremony – June 4th

Winners of our 5th Grade Story Contest will be announced in June!

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Truth or Lie: Writing on the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction – Linda Joy Myers – May 8th

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…

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