Sunday 6/19 and lots of other tidbits!

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Hi, everyone! Happy almost summer vacation!

Remember that there are no meetings in July and August, but we’re hoping to still bring you some activities so keep an eye out via email, our site and Meetup. We also always want to hear from you, and what you’d like to see happen in our club in the coming year. Because it’s our club. Please send us your feedback and wishlist!

One such activity is the CWC Annual Picnic – it’s July 23rd. This is a members only event, plus our families. It’s a chance to meet members of other branches throughout the state, and just to hang out in a relaxed setting for some fun and celebrating our art. After the picnic, the fun doesn’t stop – there’s an evening ahead of more literary greatness, and it’s open to all so invite your friends and make it a party! Get all you need to know here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/05/23/save-the-date-july-23-gatherings-at-joaquin-miller-park/

Back to what’s currently happening, this Sunday we’ll be getting some tips on shopping for an editor with David Colin Carr. Come hear what he has to say, and come a little early to discuss craft topics and sit in on the marketing group too. It all starts at noon. Details here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/06/01/speaker-619-precisely-what-editors-do-with-david-colin-carr/

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the team that has kept us going this past year and years before. Volunteerism is what keeps us going, we couldn’t have done this without you. And thank you to all who showed up to represent the CWC at the Oakland Book Fair in May, and the Bay Area Book Festival. You can find the highlights here: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/05/31/cwc-at-local-book-festivals/

Be sure to read the winners too of our annual 5th Grade Writers Contest. It makes for great summer reading: https://cwc-berkeley.org/2016/06/06/writers-of-tomorrow/

And to introduce our new slate of officers; Karma Bennett – President, Francine Howard – Vice President, Henry Hitz – Treasurer, and David Simmons – Secretary.

As you take some time to consider and share your thoughts, please take the time to renew your membership. Your dues allow the club – locally and statewide – to bring us the valuable resources that you’ve come to expect. It’s still just $45 for the year, $25 for dual members but $65 if you miss the deadline. So, send in your renewal now because we need you to keep our community strong.

Whew! I think that’s everything. Hope to see you Sunday.

Writers of Tomorrow

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Congratulations to the winners of the 30th Annual
CWC 5th grade story contest!

Read “I Survived” by Irene H. O., our first-place winner.

The stories we receive are tremendous, year after year. Read more about our contest winners and check out all of our past winners.

Thank you to member Joanna Phoenix for your wonderful administration of this contest!

Congratulations 5th Grade Story Winners!

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SPEAKER 6/19—”Precisely: What Editors Do” with David Colin Carr

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David Colin Carr (from baipa.org)

Every writer needs a good editor! Our last speaker of the year, editor/writing coach David Colin Carr will speak about how editors can provide support for every aspect of the writing process:

  • outlining
  • developing great/logical structure
  • voicing
  • rich and efficient language
  • keeping the writing flowing
  • proofreading
  • connecting to agents or designers and production people
  • How to choose an editor
  • What to expect from the experience
  • Costs
  • What you need to prepare

Please bring your challenges and questions.

David Colin Carr has been freelancing fiction and non-fiction since 1988 with writers as far flung as Beijing and Johannesburg, as well as doctoral candidates around the US. He works collaboratively with clients to bring forth their passion – with clarity and coherence, while preserving their distinctive voice. David values outlining to develop logical structure; strives for lively, efficient language; and uses humor to turn bad news into an exciting challenge. He is dedicated to projects that manifest the beauty of this planet and the mystery of our hearts – offering compassion, counseling skills, and creativity to bring forth the brilliance of both the writing and the collaborative relationship.

$10 Public ~ $5 for CWC Members

 

Our featured CWC author this month is John Byrne Barry.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, June 19th, 2016:

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. –Break & Book Sales
2:30-3 p.m. — Club Business & Announcements
3 p.m. – CWC member John Byrne Barry
3:15-4 p.m. – David Colin Carr

* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

CWC at Local Book Festivals

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obf-logoCWC’s presence was felt for the first time at the Oakland Book Festival on May 22nd. Fairies sang songs for the kids on one end of Frank Ogawa Plaza, and at the other end, words flowed from poets. In between, publishers, writing clubs, the library and even an art store smiled and talked with people stopping by their booths, and inside City Hall, ideas flowed. A dozen or so writers from our club gathered at our very large booth, which was overflowing with literature created by our members.

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Anne Berlak, Sheryl Boutte, Stephen Cataldo, Henry Hitz, Francine Howard, Solari Jenkins, Tim Jollymore, Ginny Graham Scott and Helen Sullivan all displayed books, and the group was wonderfully supported by volunteer Kathleen Orozco.  Linda Brown was around, too, supporting the Jack London Legacy event. The 100-Year Call of the Wild, the Litquake-sponsored panel discussion, was well-attended, including several club members.

 


babflogowithchronlogoCome visit us next weekend, June 4 & 5th, at the Bay Area Book Festival in Downtown Berkeley! The CWC state booth will be on “Writer’s Row” (Center Street) just off of Shattuck. Get a program guide, see what’s happening, and figure out how to get there at www.bayareabookfest.org. Berkeley Branch members Tim Jollymore (Sat 10-12), JoAnn Ainsworth (Sat 4-6), Kristen Caven (Sun 10-12), and Ann Berlak (Sun 12-2) will be selling their books, but stop and meet writers from other branches all day both days! Berkeley Branch membership forms will be available.

SAVE THE DATE—July 23 Gatherings at Joaquin Miller Park!

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Club members from all over the state will be gathering again this summer at the birthplace of the CWC, Joaquin Miller Park. Berkeley Branch members are especially encouraged to participate in our annual LitCake Contest! (Because we have nearby kitchens, mostly.) You can win big prizes—especially the coveted Golden Fork award! Please bring a side dish to share and/or pitch in… sign up here!

CWC Picnic Flyer 2016

 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions
Lit Cake Contest

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

After the CWC members picnic, the CWC is co-hosting ANOTHER potluck with  salon, this one open to all East Bay writing communities. To Build a Fire with The Heart of The Muse is part of the 2016 Jack London Legacy Celebration. Guests are invited to bring readings by early CWC authors (Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Ina Coolbrith, etc.), or works inspired by them.

To Build a Fire

Bring a main dish, side dish, or drinks to share! Dessert will be slices of leftover LitCake.

More information at www.heartofthemuse.com.

May 15 SPEAKER— “Increase Your Exposure” with Brian Schwartz of SelfPublish.org

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Brian Schwartz of www.selfpublish.org

Learn what it takes to create effective author profiles pages at Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and more. Tap into simple ways to promote your work and enable others help spread the word about your book. This month’s speaker, Brian Schwartz, explains why you need to establish a presence on social media and how to get links from high traffic sites like Wikipedia, Youtube, and Reddit.

The former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Brian Schwartz has assisted hundreds of authors self- publish since 2009. He has authored and published two books: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times and Finding Speaking Success (Wise Media Group). He was featured in Wild Ink: Successful Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market (Prufrock Press) and wrote a column for the Northern Colorado Business Report from 2012-2013. His YouTube Channel has over 100,000 views. As a recognized expert in digital publishing and book marketing, Brian is a popular speaker at Writers’ conferences around the country. Brian is the founder of SelfPublish.org, a community dedicated to helping authors succeed as publishers by raising the standards of self-publishing.

Visit www.SelfPublish.org for more information.

$10 Public ~ $5 for CWC Members

Our featured CWC author this month is Chris Harris.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, May 15th, 2016:

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. –Break & Book Sales
2:30-3 p.m. — ELECTION
3 p.m. – CWC member Chris Harris
3:15-4 p.m. – Brian Schwartz

* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

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