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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10/15 SPEAKER— "Said and Unsaid: Dialogue in Fiction and Memoir" with Laurie Ann Doyle

10/15 SPEAKER— "Said and Unsaid: Dialogue in Fiction and Memoir" with Laurie Ann Doyle

Is dialogue meant to reveal or conceal? Strong dialogue in fiction and memoir actually accomplishes both, revealing the characters by what is said and not said. October’s featured speaker Laurie Ann Doyle will share excerpts from masters of dialogue, examining how artfully crafted speech, gesture, and silence helps the writer not only develop character, but…

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Sept 17th: How to Craft a Book that Sells, with Nina Amir

Sept 17th: How to Craft a Book that Sells, with Nina Amir

ATTENTION: NEW VENUE!  ****We’ve moved! See below for our new location!**** The average book today sells only about 250 copies per year and 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book before you write a word. As you do, you develop an Author…

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JUNE 18: How to Turn Your Book into an Audiobook with Howard Van Es

JUNE 18: How to Turn Your Book into an Audiobook with Howard Van Es

Our June meeting will feature Howard Van Es, president of Let's Write Books, Inc. He's going to talk to us about audiobooks. The market for audiobooks is exploding due to the growing number of computers, smartphones, and tablets, which make it easy for the consumer to purchase and instantly listen to their favorite books. Interestingly,…

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May 21: How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines and Websites with LeeAnne Krusemark

May 21: How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines and Websites with LeeAnne Krusemark

SUN MAY 21 – To write and get paid for it online or in magazines usually begins with a pitch or query.  At our May 21st meeting, LeeAnne Krusemark will talk about when to prepare each and how to find opportunities that pay. And while getting paid is great, she’ll also talk about other options…

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What They Never Told Me about Being a Writer

What They Never Told Me about Being a Writer

Are you ready to get serious about your writing career? Whether it’s your first book or your fiftieth, whether you write poems or parables, penny dreadfuls or pensive memoirs, every kind of writer is welcome at the oldest organization for writers west of the Mississippi. This month in addition to our regular marketing and craft…

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Get Inside Your Reader's Brain with Novelist and Scientist Ransom Stephens

Get Inside Your Reader's Brain with Novelist and Scientist Ransom Stephens

The Neuroscience of Reading How to Make Readers Laugh and Cry Neuroscience is like looking under the hood to see how It works. When you know how readers process your writing you can figure out what grabs readers, what bores them, and why. In this presentation, we’ll investigate how to write in ways that administer…

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4 Publicity Tips from Sunday's Speaker, Cristina Deptula

4 Publicity Tips from Sunday's Speaker, Cristina Deptula

This Sunday at Connexion in Jack London Square, publicist Cristina Deptula is going to give us tips on creatively reaching traditional media. Rather than a passive lecture, Cristina is looking forward to having an interactive discussion, based on the best advice for the authors in the room. I asked Cristina to give us some general tips on…

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Feb 19: Creatively Reaching Traditional Media with Publicist Cristina Deptula

Feb 19: Creatively Reaching Traditional Media with Publicist Cristina Deptula

Cristina Deptula is a former journalist and founder of the literary publicity company Authors, Large and Small. On February 19th, she will share practical advice on getting your work reviewed in traditional media like newspapers, literary magazines and radio shows. She will also offer advice on promoting your book through bookstores, reading groups, festivals and…

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“Learning from Leonardo” with Fritjof Capra on November 17th

  We are so proud to host world-renowned physicist and author Fritjof Capra at our November Meeting! Leonardo da Vinci, the great master painter and genius of the Renaissance, has been the subject of hundreds of scholarly and popular books. However, there are surprisingly few books about Leonardo’s science. Moreover, many authors who have discussed…

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September 2013 Write Angles

The September issue of Write Angles has news from CWC's Central Board; lots of photos from CWC's annual picnic; a tribute to one of our members who recently died; and more.

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“Building a Platform for Your New Book” with Brooke Warner, September 15th

Are you ready to write the book you’ve been longing to complete and get published? Come to the California Writers Club meeting on Sunday, September 15th at 2pm at the Oakland Public Library. Our speaker, Brooke Warner, is the author of What’s Your Book? — an aspiring author’s go-to guide (with five stars on Amazon) for completing the…

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“Inventing Zorgos” – June 16th’s Speakers are Louise Hart and Kristen Caven

When their editor called authors Louise Hart and Kristen Caven to announce the new title for their book, they were stunned. What is the antidote to bullying? Come listen to this mother- daughter writing team talk about their long journey through the publishing world. Since their first book was published in 1989, they’ve been published,…

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See you Sunday! Julia Flynn Siler on the Last Hawaiian Queen

We are looking forward to this Sunday’s meeting! Julia Flynn Siler is a prize-winning author and journalist. Grove/Atlantic published Lost Kingdom in early 2013. Her first book was The New York Times bestseller, The House of Mondavi. As a veteran correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, Ms. Flynn Siler spent more than two decades in Europe and the United States before being…

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‘Hawaii’s Last Queen” Julia Flynn Siler to speak on Sunday, May 19th

We are delighted to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Julia Flynn Siler to our Speaker Series! Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure brings to life the clash between a vulnerable Polynesian people and expanding capitalist powers. At the center of the story is Lili’uokalani, the last queen…

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See You Sunday! Featuring dynamic duo Lloyd Lofthouse and Alon Shalev.

We’re so proud to feature our very own Lloyd Lofthouse as our speaker this Sunday. Lloyd, the author of the award-winning My Splendid Concubine historical novels and much more, has years of experience in successful self-publishing. He is also a generous mentor to the club, keeping up the club’s marketing blog as a dual member…

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“You CAN Get Published” with Lloyd Lofthouse on April 21st

Need help getting your writing into print? Lloyd Lofthouse, our featured speaker for the April 21 meeting, is a good person to ask for advice. A past president of CWC’s Berkeley Branch, he helped launch our marketing group and has mentored fellow writers interested in self- publishing. Lloyd’s own self-published work has attracted recognition. His…

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See You Sunday!

See you this Sunday at the Oakland Public Library!  Angie Chau, author of Quiet As The Come, will be speaking about something common to all of us, The Immigrant Experience. Chau’s work has been widely published, appearing in the Indiana Review, the Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and many other magazines and reviews. Her book has been reviewed by Sandra…

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Sunday, 3/17 SPEAKER: “Capturing the Immigrant Experience” with ANGIE CHAU

Three families of refugees from the war in Vietnam occupy three bedrooms in a San Francisco Victorian. Their struggles to rebuild their lives tie together in Angie Chau’s debut short-story collection, Quiet As They Come, which the San Francisco Chronicle has called “a powerful mix of tragedy and kindness, of miscommuni- cations and all-too-painful empathy.”…

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“A Weaver’s Path to Publication” with Kathleen Curtis Wilson – 2/17/13

Our next speaker, Kathleen Curtis Wilson, wrote Textile Art from Southern Appalachia: the quiet work of women, and guest-curated a multi-venue international exhibition by the same name for the American Textile History Museum. The exhibition traveled to three southern venues, and concluded a two-year tour at the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh. As a Visiting…

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Happy Jack London’s Birthday!

Dear CWC-BB Members,        Happy Jack London’s birthday! In the most recent edition of Write Angles, the calendar lists his birthday incorrectly. I wanted to make sure everyone knows that Jack London was born on January 12. Thank you, Linda Brown, for catching that error and setting us straight.        While I’ve got your attention…be…

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