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

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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Do you have a suggestion for a speaker?  We are always on the lookout for lively presenters, people with unique perspectives.  Send us your suggestions!