Speakers Series

Notable speakers are the highlight of our monthly meetings. We showcase industry leaders — writers, editors, publishers, agents, and teachers of all kinds — who inform our members and guests about topics related to the art and craft of writing, the publishing industry, and the business of writing.

The “Member Spotlight” features members sharing their good works. We recognize published and emerging CWC members with a few minutes at the mic before each speaker to talk about their journey, read their work, and answer questions. Contact us if you are a member and are ready for your literal fifteen minutes of fame!

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Interviews with Recent Speakers

Interview with Annalisa Parent, author of Storytelling for Pantsers

Our speaker for Sunday September 19th Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and

Interview with our Race as Context Panelists

We’re so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique conversation between Alex Sato, Gabriel Campbell, Jhon

More Speaker Interviews

Speaker Series Events

“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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January’s Write Angles

Here is January’s Write Angles for your enjoyment. Note: although both the workshop and speaker flyers (pages 8 & 9) list the dates as being in 2012, both dates are actually in 2013. Sorry about that. We are actually advertising events that are happening in the future and not writing about the past! Write Angles…

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David Mitroff to Speak on Leveraging New Technology (January 20, 2013)

Business consultant and social media expert David Mitroff will speak at the January 20 meeting.

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November 18 speaker-Scenes for the Novel and the Screen With James Dalessandro

Whether you’re writing a novel or a screenplay, the scene is the thing. Join author James Dalessandro as he shows us how to move from one scene to the next. That he understands scene craft and pacing should come as no surprise: he is the author of four books and a screenwriter who has been hired…

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Write Angles Awards First Contest Winner

Congratulations to one of our newest members, Helene Knox, who won Write Angles's October Writing Contest.

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September Speaker Mamatas Sheds Light on Freytag’s Triangle

Join author and teacher Nick Mamatas as he discusses and clarifies Freytag’s Triangle.

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June 17th SPEAKER — “Sci-Fi Speaks!” with AYIZE JAMA-EVERETT

Join acclaimed science-fiction  author Ayize Jama-Everett  as he delves into the history of the pulp genre and considers  its relationship to  literature, gender, and race.  Focusing mostly on  science  fiction, Ayize will lecture on the connection between pulp novels of the early 19th century and the comic-book age of the thirties, which in turn impacted…

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April 15th SPEAKER — “Poetry Alive with Change!” with Emeryville’s Poet Laureate JANELL MOON

Emeryville’s poet laureate Janell Moon will show by example the varying forms in which poetry is now written, including poems from her lyrical-narrative collection, Riding Free in a Blue Studebaker (Main Street Rag), and her poetry-prose memoir, Salt and Paper (RAW ArT PRESS). Also, considered will be the fascinating work in the forthcoming book of…

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March 18th SPEAKER — “Writing Novels for the Young Adult Market” with LAURIE MCLEAN

The healthiest segment of fiction these days is the young -adult market for teens aged 13-19. If you want to sell a book to this tough crowd, you have to know the teen voice, teen dreams and fears, the teen hive mind. Who better to be your guide than literary agent Laurie McLean, who has…

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March 3 WORKSHOP — “Social Media Branding for Authors” with Beth and Ezra Barany

Saturday, March 3, 2012 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. In this hands-on workshop with best-selling and award-winning authors (and happily married couple!) Beth and Ezra Barany, we will help you take the first steps to attract your right readers and build your fan base of raving fans so you can sell more books. In this conversation…

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February 19th Speaker — Writing a “True Life” Novel with Fred Setterberg

Fred Setterberg, the author of Lunch Bucket Paradise (Heyday Books), will talk about writing autobiographical fiction in the form of a novel at our next CWC branch meeting. Fred Setterberg has also written The Roads Taken: Travels Through America’s Literary Landscapes, winner of the AWP prize in creative nonfiction.  He co-wrote Under the Dragon:  California’s…

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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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A concise list of previous CWC Berkeley Speakers

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