• author and cartoonist Kristen Caven

"Lit in the Time of Corona"

POST UPDATE: PLEASE DO NOT COME TO OUR MEETING ON SUNDAY 3/15, BUT TUNE IN TO OUR LIVE STREAM AT 1PM HERE ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT.

Hello writers!

Many are asking if our meeting is canceled. The answer is NO, but we hope it will be a small group. We all need to work together to create “community immunity” against this virus, but we also recognize the importance of being together as we can, and doing our work. Books are everyone’s best friend in “self-isolation,” and great writing happens in isolation as well. To this end, we are still having all THREE of our events this busy weekend, with a few cautions and changes.

On Saturday, 3/14, our Wolf Pack WAG Write-In at The Local in Alameda with To Live and Write in Alameda and 100K Trees for Humanity will be “body optional.” Join us at the café, or stay where you are to write. Check in on our FaceBook event when you “arrive” (open your laptop at 2pm) and click the posted link for an information & inspiration document. You can work on whatever you like with us, with a focus on solving the climate crisis.

On Sunday, 3/15, our Panel on Small Press Editors will be recorded for YouTube and live-streamed on our Facebook Page. Our Marketing Success Group will meet online in our CWC Marketing Support Group. And we’ll change the time of our afternoon craft workshop, Journalology with Terry Tierney, to 3-5pm (instead of 4-6.)

At the meeting (which we expect to be well under 20 people), we’ll all keep space between ourselves, keep our hands clean, and try to only touch our own stuff. If you have any concerns or are feeling at all unwell, please stay home and take care of yourself! 

Now more than ever…
Sail On!

Kristen Caven
www.kristencaven.com

President 2017-2020
berkeley.cwc@gmail.com

CWC-Berkeley.org

3 Comments

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    Lloyd Lofthouse March 11, 2020 (8:00 pm)

    “Community Immunity” will come at a price. For instance, if everyone in just Oakland is exposed to the virus to develop immunity for that one city, about 14,500 of its citizens may die.
    Who wants to step up and volunteer?
    I belong to a writing critique group that meets every Wednesday morning at the VA medical campus in Martinez, California. Our peer counselor said that if we can’t meet in person, we will still meet through the internet from our homes to his office at the VA. There is an app for that.
    The Martinez VA already has booths set up across its medical campus checking the veterans and sending those that have the symptoms to a triage tent set up between two of the largest buildings.
    A carrier of COVID-19 does not have to have the symptoms caused by this virus to contaminate others. Carriers can be contagious for weeks before showing any symptoms [they do not even know they have it in their system] and just being in the same room sharing the same air exposes everyone else in that room.
    The most at-risk people are 55 and over, are smokers, and/or have heart disease, but that doesn’t mean everyone under 55 is safe. Younger people can die, too.

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      cwcbb March 29, 2020 (3:39 pm)

      Thank you for this post, Lloyd. We hope you and all of our members stay healthy. We are lucky to have so many online resources as we move into physical distance.

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    Kristen Caven March 13, 2020 (10:50 am)

    We are postponing the Write-in on Saturday for a month until we can get our virtual realities sorted out. Stay tuned for info about Sunday.

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