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Membership Benefits

Meet other writers with similar interests for fellowship and networking.  Exchange experiences about every part of the writing process. Anyone may attend our monthly meetings and workshops, but only members can:

  • Get half off of entry price for every event in our Speaker Series
  • Attend exclusive members-only socials
  • Make a monthly commitment to Book Marketing Success and Craft Discussion groups
  • Receive discounts on writer workshops
  • Read your work at CWC-sponsored literary events
  • Publish in and receive the monthly newsletter of the Berkeley Branch, Write Angles
  • Advertise your services to other writers
  • Receive the statewide California Writers Club literary magazine, The CWC Literary Review
  • Publish in branch and statewide anthologies
  • Get your website listed on our published members page and member blog pages.
  • Be considered for the Jack London or Ina Coolbrith Award, or CWC Writer in Residence
  • Submit to club contests such as the Anne Fox 1-page prize ($250 first prize)
  • Co-work in the Poet’s Nest and retreats in beautiful Joaquin Miller Park
  • Share your news in Write Angles, on the CWC Facebook Page and Twitter
  • Stay connected and post your events in our club calendar
  • Brush up presentation skills and get a professional interview as a CWC Featured Member
  • Join other members at the San Francisco Writers Conference
  • Receive discounts on writers conferences, classes, and speakers around the state and elsewhere
  • Be a part of a historic association of civic-minded professional writers who have a holiday and a theater named in our honor.
  • Give and receive the greatest benefit of friendship with smart, creative, world-shaping people like yourself!
Level Price  

Guest (non-member)

This account is only for paying for events through the website, to handle your transaction and send you the zoom link/ticket. It does not provide CWC membership. It's free forever, naturally.

The price for membership is $0.00 now. Select

New Member

Membership is open to published and non-published writers, and writing industry professionals.

The price for membership is $65.00 now and then $45.00 per Year. Select

Renewing Member

For members in good standing between June 1st and September 1st.

The price for membership is $45.00 per Year. Select

Dual Member

Members of other branches can join the Berkeley Branch for a discounted annual fee. Dual Members are accorded the same rights and duties as regular members.

The price for membership is $25.00 per Year. Select

Student Member

Student memberships are offered to writers from the ages of eight through 22, or any writers who are a verified full-time student at an accredited school. Student members aren't eligible to vote or hold office (exceptions may be made by the central board.).

The price for membership is $35.00 now and then $20.00 per Year. Select

VP: Virginia Prentiss Member (Renewal)

This is a regular membership plus includes a subscription to all events for the fiscal year. Any events not attended provide a $5 donation to the Virginia Prentiss Fund for writers in need.

The price for membership is $80.00 per Year. Select

Lifetime Member

Branches shall accord life membership only to active members. Life members shall be exempt from any further payment of dues but otherwise shall have all the duties and privileges of active membership.

The price for membership is $675.00 now. Select
CWC Membership Year

NOTE: The membership renewal window is May-September. After September 30, members who have not renewed must join as new members at the new member fee of $65, or in January at the half-year price of $42.50. New members may join at any time. There is a half-year-discount for members joining after January 1st.

Other Membership Categories

Active members who are no longer writing can stay in the club with voting rights as a member emeritus or emerita. Patron members are people who have made a substantial gift or contribution to the club (they can not vote or hold office unless they are also an active or associate member.). Honorary members are writers of eminence who bring honor to the club. They shall not pay dues, hold office, or vote. Speakers and workshop chairs may become Courtesy members for one year, and have no voting or officer rights. 

More Reasons to Join the CWC

  • Motivate yourself. Use your regular attendance at support/critique groups as a commitment to a personal deadline.
  • Elevate your credibility with publishers and agents. Add California Writers Club to your resume and list of working credits.
  • The support and friendship of other writers makes your writing practices and presence a habit.
  • Meaningful volunteer work helping writers of all ages.