Congratulations 5th Grade Story Winners!

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

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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 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.

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

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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, a community dedicated to helping authors succeed as publishers by raising the standards of self-publishing.

Visit 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.

WORKSHOP 5/7 —”Green-Light It: Publish Your Book Successfully” with Brooke Warner

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So you’re finally ready to do it! Your manuscript is ready to become a book. You know there are multiple paths to publishing, so how do you approach your options?

In this information-packed workshop, expert and publisher Brooke Warner explains the current publishing landscape, and why the majority of authors today are becoming successful independently published authors – whether they initially pursue traditional publishing or not.

This 3 hour session will give you the confidence to green-light your own book, equipping you with a much needed understanding of what you need to know to help your book reach its readers.

Brooke Warner worked as an acquiring editor in the publishing industry for over 13 years. She left Seal Press in 2012 to pursue a coaching practice and to launch the hybrid She Writes Press with Kamy Wicoff, founder of

Brooke brings a wide range of disciplines and interests to coaching, and brings years of expertise to help authors get exactly what they want – an agent, a publisher, a completed book. “My job will be to support you and devise strategies to propel you forward and help you access your untapped, forgotten, or ignored passions and energies that will get you moving.”

Visit here for more information:


Independence Plaza, 703 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda (94501). Map & Directions


9:45 a.m. – check in
10 a.m. – workshop
11:30 a.m. – break
1 p.m. – conclusion


CWC Members: $20 Reserve Your Spot
Non-Members – $30 Reserve Your Spot

Sunday, 4/17 and other tidbits

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Hellooooo everyone! How are you in this month of April? My goodness, it’s really a third of the way into the year, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to telling you about some of my recent adventures in the May newsletter, and I’d love to hear about some of yours too.

This Sunday, we’re getting a historian and a poet all in one! Come hear Aleta George talk to us about CWC Founder and California’s first Poet Laureate Ina Coolbrith. The more, the merrier so let’s get together to support and socialize. If you haven’t checked out our Author Support Group that meets at 12pm, come on out. It’s best when we have a mix of experience and novice because we all learn from each other. The published authors may find they have common struggles in the ever changing world of publishing that perhaps someone new to the game has already figured out. for all the details

Marketing Group – this month we’re having a guest speaker from the South Bay branch who is going to come talk to us about her recent experience with BookBub, a discount e-book distribution site. Her name is Chess Desalls, and you can find out more about her on her site: She’s going to have great information that you’ll want to know.

We’re still looking for volunteers for key positions, and Jane Glendinning has done a fantastic job of reaching out to everyone to culminate a list of people you have nominated. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with her.

The CWC needs you! And it’s your golden opportunity. Please consider volunteering as a club representative at the Bay Area Book Festival in June. You can come talk with Kathleen Orosco, our current NorCal representative, or send her an email if you’d like more information. The best part, besides getting to meet industry professionals and other authors, is that you will be able to sell your book at the CWC booth (CA sellers permit required).

Guess what? We’re having a workshop! It’s going to be in Alameda (thank you, Vernon Dolphin, for being our gracious host) and will feature CWC favorite Brooke Warner of She Writes Press and Warner Coaching. She’s going to talk to us about the current landscape today of the industry, and you’ll be able to ask her all of your burning questions so come prepared. It’s going to be amazing, I promise. See the attached flyer. Our workshops are open to all CWC members as well as the public, so please spread the word. Let’s work on our platforms and social media – this is the way to do it. Network, share, and support.

I sure hope to see you at the workshop, and mostly I hope to see you this Sunday.

CWC – Workshop – Brooke Warner.pdf

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