SAT: Jack London Family Lore and Tree Rededication

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Did you miss some of the Jack London Legacy Celebration 2016 events last year? Did you know that Jack London is a California Writers Club (CWC) co-founder? (Whether he was an actual founder or an honorary founder is lost in the mists of history. Historical records describe him as both.) Regardless, he inspires us all and the CWC initiated last year’s Jack London Celebration.

Please join our Celebration partners at the Jack London Tree Rededication Ceremony this Saturday. Jack’s great-great granddaughter Tarnel Abbott will share family lore.

Laurel Bookstore owner and Celebration partner Luan Stauss will then host a reception. She is always looking for authors to read at her store. If you do not know her, this is a great way to meet her.

Rededication of the Jack London Oak Tree

in Frank Ogawa Plaza

Saturday January 28th 11 a.m.

followed by a reception at Laurel Bookstore

 

Jan 15: Best-Selling Writer Joshua Mohr’s Innovative Approach to Plot and Character

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The Kiss between Plot and Character
with Best-Seller Joshua Mohr

Sunday Jan 15th 12-4 p.m.

Learn an exciting new approach to writing from an author whose books have been praised by The New York Times, The SF Chronicle, and O magazine. Josh Mohr’s unique voice won him the Northern California Book Award. This Sunday he teaches what he calls plaracterization (plot + characterization).

The best plots aren’t controlled by the author. They spring from the characters themselves. The writer masterminds all things, yes, but the more we as writers realize that our characters are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses, the better prepared we are to traverse plaracterization. The third Sunday in January, let Josh Mohr show you how to apply this technique to your own writing.

About Joshua Mohrbest-sellinga author Josh Mohr

JOSHUA MOHR is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life recently won the Northern California Book Award. He is the executive editor at Decant Editorial, and his first book of nonfiction, a memoir called Sirens, is due out January 2017. Check out his site joshuamohr.net for more info.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, Jan 15th, at
Connexion in Jack London Square

MEETING SCHEDULE

12:00–1:00 – Author Support Group
1:00–2:00 – Craft Support Group

Simultaneously

12:30–2:00 – Social Hour
2:00–2:30 – Break, Book Sale
2:30–3:00 – Announcements
3:00–3:15 – CWC Featured Member: Bobbie Kinkead
3:15–4:30 – Joshua Mohr

Admission

CWC Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

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

Click here for more information about location and time.

Here’s a flyer for this event you can download and share: cwc-flyer-joshua-mohr-edited

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Writing Memoir with Laila El-Sissi Nov 20th

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The Road to Writing Memoir with Laila El-Sissi

November 20th, Laila El-Sissi will guide us through her journey in writing a memoir about arranged marriage in Egypt. Topics include:

  • how to transcend cultural barriers in your writing
  • working with editors—how not to get flustered or discouraged or ripped off!
  • creating fictional characters to tell nonfictional stories

Laila El-Sissi will offer frank discussion on the challenges writers face and how to be clear in your conscience about presenting the true story.

Marketing and Craft Support Groups

Whether or not you ever plan to write a memoir, every CWC meeting offers a chance for you to improve your writing and our book sales.

Craft Support for Writers 12-1 p.m.

Our craft support group is a space for writers to discuss challenges in their manuscripts. Your best friend and your sweetie are sick of hearing about that story, essay, character or plot you just ite figure out. Here’s a space where you can crack open your toughest issues, and become a better writer.

Marketing Support for Writers 1-2 p.m.

In our Marketing Support Group, we discuss and problem-solve various issues with book marketing and publicity. Not clear on social media? Wondering what you should blog about? Curious about press releases? Bring your book marketing questions and our experienced authors will help you get to the bottom of it.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, November 20th, at
Connexion in Jack London Square

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 featured member
3:15-4 p.m. – Martha Alderson

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

Click here for more information about location and time.

Oct. 16th: The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson

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How to Best Use Major Moments to Create Excitement
and a Deep Emotional Bond with Your Readers

Martha Alderson plot whispererSunday Oct 16th We Plot, and
The Plot Whisperer Will Answer
Our Plot Quandries via Skype

Five major scenes or moments in a story carry energetic surges that are powerful enough to turn the dramatic action of the story in an entirely new direction, create an entirely new level of intensity in the story, and contribute to its thematic significance. Whenever possible, identify these four energetic markers early in the writing process.

At Sunday’s meeting Martha Alderson, AKA the Plot Whisperer, will show you how to identify and make the most of these crucial energetic markers in your plot. She’ll teach us to “show” plot and school us in the Universal Story.

About Sunday’s Speaker, Martha Alderson

Martha Alderson is a historical novelist and the best-selling author of The Plot Whisperer. More recently, she has expanded her work to include helping people transform their creative lives. She has authored 6 additional plot books, including her newest release Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scenes, and produced 4 online video programs for writers.

She just released her historical novel Parallel Lives. Martha takes readers and writers alike beyond the words and into the very heart of a story. She lives and writes in Santa Cruz and blogs about writing and a writer’s life at the award-winning Plot Whisperer blog.

A Tech Milestone for CWC!

We Gather, But Martha Skypes

Please note, we will gather at the usual location in Jack London Square, but our speaker will be answering our questions on the big video projection screen, via Skype. We’re excited about the ways we can use this technology to bring more and better speakers. Hate this idea? Love this idea? Then you’ll have to come to the meeting to let us know!

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, October 16th, at
Connexion in Jack London Square

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 featured member
3:15-4 p.m. – Martha Alderson

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

Click here for more information about location and time.

Click here to download a printable PDF flyer of this info

9/18 CWC EVENT—”Pitch Slam” with Francine Howard

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     WELCOMES YOU BACK

to a Brand New Year (2016-17)

with a

PITCH SLAM!

Well, maybe not a “slam” per se but this mini-workshop will be your chance to perfect that one minute speech that opens the door to publication!

WHO’S IT FOR? All Writers. Have you ever been asked, “What’s your novel, non- fiction book, magazine article, journalism piece about?” Sure you have. And how have you responded? “Uhh,” or worse yet, you ramble on for ten minutes while the ears of your listener long for a thick wad of cotton.

But I’ve Not Finished My Project Yet: Great! If you can crystalize the point of your project into one minute, your writing will flow both better and faster. You NEED a pitch.

WHY IS A PITCH IMPORTANT? If you want to publish your book, convince a newspaper editor to accept your article for publication, or complete your project, then you’ve got to convince that decision-maker of the strength/uniqueness of your special offering.

                                            We’re Here to Help!

WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 2016. Meeting 12:00-4:00 (Pitch Practice 3:00-4:00)

WHERE: ConneXion: Third Street, Jack London Square,Oakland

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Bestselling author, CWC Member Francine Thomas Howard

HOW DO YOU PREPARE? Come to the meeting with your pitch condensed to ONE minute. (Yes, I’ll have a stop watch.) After you’ve delivered your words of supreme intelligence, your fellow writers will give you feedback. You will remain silent. You can then judge if your pitch has conveyed your writing intentions.

WHO WILL MODERATE THIS FUN EVENT?” Me, Francine Thomas Howard. I’ve had a little bit of practice at this sort of thing. My latest traditionally published novel reached #3 (released August 1, 2016) in the paid Kindle Store and, yes, I had to pitch it.

ALL ATTENDEES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!

$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
3:15-4 p.m. – Pitch Slam!

* 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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Francine Thomas Howard is the author of four novels—three of them published by Lake Union, the historical fiction wing of traditionally-published Amazon Publishing.  Ms. Howard’s latest novel, The Daughter of Union County, won top billing as the lone representative for Historical Fiction in Amazon’s prestigious Kindle First program for July.  This program reaches millions of select readers on five continents.  Ms. Howard’s novel, touching on controversial topics—racial passing in turn-of-the-20th-century-Arkansas, oil and grab, mistreatment of women, betrayal, greed, and murder—ranked as high as #3 in the paid Kindle store.  Daughter sold over 17,000 copies in its first seven weeks to readers in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Denmark, and the United States.

Ms. Howard is current Vice President of the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club.   She credits lessons learned at a CWC-BB sponsored critique group as key to her pitch submission leading to her first Amazon contract.  Page from a Tennessee Journal, released March 2010, has sold nearly 35,000 copies and continues to sell monthly to readers around the world.  Though Ms. Howard is a novelist, she has also crafted a non-fiction pitch—one that landed her a literary agent.  She feels privileged to share lessons learned at the CWC-BB with her fellow writers.

Welcome to The Club!

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The Berkeley Branch is the founding branch of the oldest professional writers’ club West of the Missisippi.

CWC Berkeley Branch welcomes all California Writers Club members and guests to our monthly speaker program and affordable workshops on the art and business of writing.

Our events are open to the public!

Our next program is

We are accepting new members!  Click here to commit to your writing career.

Statewide Picnic Saturday!

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The CWC Annual Picnic is this weekend! Are you excited?

Writers club members from all over the state will be joining us on July 23rd at Joaquin Miller Park. Members and their guests will

  • Eat, drink, and catch up with fellow writers
  • Read at the open mic (3 minutes or less, please)
  • Win fabulous prizes… and/or the coveted Golden Fork Award with your clever literary dessert!

Plus: bring a book for the member share basket… take a book to read and review!

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments are provided by the club. Locals, 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.

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Members are also invited to stay for the after-party, a social gathering to network with writers belonging to other East Bay literary 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. More info/RSVP on Facebook! 

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