Craft & Career Support

Being a professional writer is a trade like any other trade, requiring an understanding of the industry as well as the art.

The CWC supports writers at every level of professionalism and provides means for its members to learn together, hone their craft, practice their business skills, network and support one another.

Our groups are a great benefit for our members. Non-members may audit a group before joining with approval from the group leader. 

Every month after our meeting, we hold a marketing meeting and a craft discussion group, one hour each, open to members and prospective members.

Marketing Support Group

Meet on the Third Sunday Monthly

One of our club’s best perks is a support group for the hardest part of writing: marketing your work. Leaders and experts teach the latest marketing skills, and members hold each other accountable to their goals. The marketing group meets from 3-4pm after our monthly meetings.

Craft Support Group

Meets on the Third Sunday Monthly

Led by Terry Tierney, Henry Hitz, Tim Jollymore, or another of our published members, this group discusses a different question each month about voice, time, character, process, the approaches are endless! Meets from 4-5pm after our monthly meetings.

Craft Support Group




Poetrope Poetry Group

Meets Third Tuesdays

“Poetrope” meets second Thursday evenings in Berkeley for inspiration, perspiration, and association. We share a poem written by another poet who inspires, and then do timed writing. Poets may share what they’ve written if they feel inclined. Watch for zoom link in our calendar. Contact Leena Prasad at leena at fishridingabike dot com.

Wolf Pack Writers Climate Action Group

The Wolf Pack Writers Action Group welcomes writers beyond the CWC who are committed to using their writing skills to fight climate change. Our purpose is to supporting one another, write together, and share knowledge and writing opportunities.

Our members sponsor occasional climate write-ins in at local venues in partnership with environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and 100K Trees for Humanity.

Younger Writers Group

“Voices Breaking Barriers” is a creative writers critique group based in the Oakland/Berkeley area. We are writing short stories and novels of any genre, and character-driven non-fiction story-telling such as memoir (not poetry). We discuss and assist writers on storyline, character, author’s voice, character’s narrative voice, language, and structure.

We especially seek voices that strive to break through barriers to be heard, and younger writers who reveal our present and speak to our future. We express our deepest concerns and truths, and are wide open to learning the craft of writing, and listening to and learning from critiques.

We focus on communicating with readers and getting published. Please contact Bruce Shiguera at bshiguera at comcast dot net.

Google Groups

Our online member forum is a way to connect with other club members for support, and is especially great for those who can’t make it to meetings. Click here to request membership!

On Hiatus

Five Page Group

Meets Third Saturdays

Our Five-Page Group is on hiatus until further notice.

Our longest-running critique group reviews prose-fiction, nonfiction, query letters, proposals. Meets year-round on 3rd Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m., in the 2nd-floor meeting room of the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618. Attendance averages 16 people. Eight manuscripts are reviewed in the order of arrival after manuscripts left over from the previous meeting are reviewed. First-timers are welcome to bring a submission or simply sit in.

Bring 15 copies of up to five pages, numbered, double-spaced, with indented paragraphs. On first page provide title and author’s name, and note if submission is fiction or nonfiction. If the pages submitted are part of a larger work and not the beginning, include a brief one-paragraph synopsis.  Participants read silently on-site, marking pages, and discussion follows. Readers sign the drafts they have worked on. More information at writefox at aol dot com.

Publishing Pathways 

A mentoring program for Northern California members.

Would you like to form or revive new CWC group?

Members of our branch can start groups to suit their interests or needs. Please write to us at our berkeley.cwc gmail address with meeting time, meeting place and the critique process you plan to use. We will provide guidelines and an insurance form.

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