The Road to Redemption: From Homelessness to Publishing
Joe Clifford was born in Berlin, CT, before discovering Jack Kerouac and Syd Barrett (literally) and setting out for San Francisco to be a rock and roll star.
It didn’t work out.
After a ten-year heroin and methamphetamine addiction, which culminated with felony arrests, overdoses, and homelessness, Clifford finally had enough and decided to turn his life around. He found his light as he fought through the darkness to recovery. Skating the edge of insanity is a concept that this author is familiar with and lays it all bare in his memoir, Junkie Love. 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.
About Joe Clifford
Joe is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and the author of several books, including Junkie Love and the Jay Porter Thriller Series, as well as editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen and Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash. Joe’s writing can be found at JoeClifford.com.
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Be sure to arrive early to participate in the Craft and Marketing groups. These are interactive conversations where you can talk to other writers to resolve the issues in your writing and your writers career. Make the commitment to be join us every third Sunday; your writing career is important and you deserve this.
12:00–1:00 – Craft Support Group
1:00–2:00 – Marketing Group
2:00–2:30 – Break, Book Sale
2:30–3:00 – Announcements
3:00–3:15 – CWC Featured member Laurie Panther
3:15–4:00 – Featured Speaker Joe Clifford
Meetings are $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.
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