Speakers Series

Speakers are the highlight of our monthly meetings. We showcase industry leaders: authors, editors, publishers, and teachers who may inform writers about topics related to the art and craft of writing, the publishing industry, and the business of writing.

The “Opening Act” features members sharing their good works. We recognize  published and emerging CWC members with a few minutes at the mic before each speaker. Contact us if you are a member and would like to read at a meeting!

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Speaker Series Events

SPEAKER 3/17/19— "From Print to Performance: Adapting Books to Film and Theater" with Victoria Zackheim

SPEAKER 3/17/19— "From Print to Performance: Adapting Books to Film and Theater" with Victoria Zackheim

March 17th acclaimed writer of The Bone Weaver and other bestsellers will share her substantial knowledge on how to get your works adapted to film and theater. We will also have a reading from featured member Leena Prasad.

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Write Angles: February 2019

read the entire newsletter here The Wind In Your Sails Some words from your president February is the month of love, and it’s also Black History Month, a time to expand our focus on who has really shaped the world. The California Writers Club, going strong (or strong-ish) since 1909 (yes, it’s our 110th birthday),…

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Aqueila Lewis-Ross Shares the Power of Poetry February 17th

Aqueila Lewis-Ross Shares the Power of Poetry February 17th

Poetry is defined as “a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions.” But poetry is also the most powerful tool that we can use for self-healing when our emotions are already stirred. Reading and writing poetry can even help us to survive when we have lost everything.…

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SPEAKER 11/18: "Mission: Utopia—Writing to Share an Urgent Vision" with Pat Ravasio

As a young journalist, Patricia Ravasio was electrified by a day with iconic American genius and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), who urged her to share the vision of his urgent messages with the world, hoping to help humanity awaken in time. When Fuller’s dire predictions came true on 9/11, Ravasio realized she must face up to her…

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SPEAKER 9/16—Marty Nemko, "The Arc of My Career"

SPEAKER 9/16—Marty Nemko, "The Arc of My Career"

In his road to redemption, Joe has become a successful writer, editor and anthologist.  He will speak to how the truth will set us free in any genre, and any project.  Clifford will share the lessons he has learned, insecurities about his success, and his insights of utilizing our struggles to become our strengths.

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CWC Author BOOK LAUNCH June 16th!

CWC Author BOOK LAUNCH June 16th!

June 16th we gather to celebrate the CWC authors published this year and last. Our final meeting before the summer break, don't miss this chance to meet and mix with fellow writers.

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The Road to Redemption: From Homelessness to Publishing

The Road to Redemption: From Homelessness to Publishing

In his road to redemption, Joe has become a successful writer, editor and anthologist.  He will speak to how the truth will set us free in any genre, and any project.  Clifford will share the lessons he has learned, insecurities about his success, and his insights of utilizing our struggles to become our strengths.

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Featured Member: Poet Fred Dodsworth

Featured Member: Poet Fred Dodsworth

Fred Dodsworth will open for Amos White’s The Art of Giving Live Readings tomorrow. We asked him a few questions… this is what he said! What’s the most important piece of writing advice that you could give to other writers? It’s hard to start writing but if you don’t start everything anyone might tell you…

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An Interview with This Sunday's Guest, Amos White

An Interview with This Sunday's Guest, Amos White

Five Questions for Haiku Poet Amos White Amos White is an awarded American haiku poet and author, producer and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. Amos is published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. He is Founder and Host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive…

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April 15th: The Art of Giving Live Readings with Amos White

April 15th: The Art of Giving Live Readings with Amos White

Come hear this engaging and educational speaker to learn how the subtleties of tone and time can move an audience with but a word. At the presentation you will learn: * How to perform like a pro * How to find open mics readings * The dos & don'ts of reading etiquette * How to…

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Save the date for our April 15th Event on Giving Live Readings

Save the date for our April 15th Event on Giving Live Readings

For poetry month we welcome Amos White to speak to the Berkeley CWC on joining and succeeding at giving public readings. Amos White will share with us tips on securing public readings, as well as how to make a big splash once you walk on stage. If you’ve ever met Amos White, you’ll know why…

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See You Sunday! Bookstore Owners Panel

See You Sunday! Bookstore Owners Panel

No one knows the book biz like the people who handle books every day. Come and hear what local bookstore owners have to say about their life behind the counter, in the stacks, reading the industry rags and catalogs catalogs catalogs. How does YOUR book fit in to the bookstore universe? Bring questions and be…

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March 18th: Bookstore Owners Panel Discussion

March 18th: Bookstore Owners Panel Discussion

No matter what kind of writing you do, you want to be in bookstores. But how do the buyers for those book stores decide what to carry? There are 100,000 new books published every year, that's an enormous amount of competition for a limited amount of shelf space. Did  you know that stores like Barnes…

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An Interview with Sunday's Speaker, Jacqueline Luckett

Jacqueline Luckett Gives Us a Preview on Writing Great Characters Grounded in Reality This Sunday in Preservation Park, Jacqueline Luckett will speak to the club on writing stronger characters. Luckett's two novels are Passing Love and Searching for Tina Turner, and she writes essays in the Huffington Post and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011.

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Feb 18th: "Grounding Our Characters to the Real World" with Jacqueline Luckett

Our members have told us that want more opportunities to improve their craft, and we listened. on Sunday, February 18th, novelist Jacqueline Luckett will help us improve our character writing in her feature lecture, "Grounding Our Characters to the Real World." In the real world, we’re eager to learn as much as we can about…

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Jan 21: How to be a Publishing Success Story with Literary Agent Ted Weinstein

Literary Agent Ted Weinstein Knows a Secret: All Publishing Is Self-Publishing After a year of dramatic changes in book publishing, the larger media world, and the entire nation, authors must be more entrepreneurial than ever to maximize their chances of success. At our Sunday, January 21st meeting, literary agent Ted Weinstein will give an overview…

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Interview with Joel Friedlander on Indie Publishing

Berkeley CWC volunteer Cristina Deptula caught up with the speaker of this Sunday’s meeting for some questions about independent publishing. If you don’t know Joel, he is an award-winning book designer, blogger, and writer. He speaks regularly at industry events and is the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion and coauthor of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. Joel…

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Nov 19th: Author Platform, Branding, and Monetization with Joel Friedlander

Nov 19th: Author Platform, Branding, and Monetization with Joel Friedlander

Are you confused by all the talk about “building your platform,” about “author branding,” or how authors today make money from their work? At our November meeting, Joel Friedlander will walk us through how to establish a following and build a career for your work. You’ll learn how to: use your expertise to build a valuable…

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An Interview with Sunday's Speaker: Laurie Ann Doyle, Dialogue and You

An Interview with Sunday's Speaker: Laurie Ann Doyle, Dialogue and You

We caught up with Laurie Ann Doyle before she speaks for the club this Sunday. At our monthly meeting, she’ll be talking all about writing better dialogue. Doyle knows her stuff: she’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award. Her work has been published in The Los Angeles…

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See you Sunday at Preservation Park!

See you Sunday at Preservation Park!

Award-winning author and creative writing teacher Laurie Ann Doyle will be speaking about the nuances of writing dialogue at our October meeting. Our meeting will end a little earlier this month, as we have to be out by 4 sharp, but until then it will be a hive of mental activity and conversation about the…

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A concise list of previous CWC Berkeley Speakers

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