June 4, 2016
June 1, 2016
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:
- developing great/logical structure
- rich and efficient language
- keeping the writing flowing
- connecting to agents or designers and production people
- How to choose an editor
- What to expect from the experience
- 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
Click here for more information about location and time.
May 31, 2016
CWC’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.
Come 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.
April 15, 2016
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 shewrites.com.
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: www.warnercoaching.com
Independence Plaza, 703 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda (94501). Map & Directions
April 14, 2016
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.
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: http://www.chessdesalls.com/ 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.