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

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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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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10 Ways to Make Your Website Sticky – Linda Lee – May 15

Linda Lee is the next CWC Speaker on May 15, 2011 – 10 Ways to Make Your Website Sticky (and keep readers coming back for more) So you have a website or a blog, now what? How can people find you?  What are they looking for?  How do you build up regular readers or followers? …

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“Status Update” with Matt Stewart 4/17/11

Matt Stewart will be speaking at the next CWC meeting on April 17, 2011. Matt will help demystify social media (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) to build a fan base and market for your work and address the latest trends in digital publishing (Kindle, iPad, Nook) that have made publishing infinitely more complicated—and rich with opportunities.…

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A concise list of previous CWC Berkeley Speakers

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