See You Sunday – agent Laurie McLean on YA

Don’t forget! This Sunday, March 18, Laurie McLean (an agent with the Pomada-Larsen agency, the oldest in San Francisco) will speak on the hottest fiction market today.  Her topic:  Writing Novels for the Young Adult Market.

JoAnn Ainsworth will lead the Marketing Group discussion (for members only) at 1:00 pm on QR codes. (QR -Quick Response- codes are two-dimensional barcodes. Smart phones with QR readers can scan the code which is linked directly to a website or an author event web landing page.  Codes can be affixed to business cards, brochures, flyers or hand-outs.)

After the program, Debbie Frisch will ask for volunteers to help with judging the Fifth-Grade Story Contest entries.

Don’t forget, too, that Lloyd Lofthouse is our branch mentor for CWC-NorCal’s program to support published and soon-to-be-published authors.  Learn more at and contact Lloyd at  He is the mentor on self-publishing.  If you are looking for other publishing avenues, he can put members in touch with mentors in other branches.

Thanks in advance to the Marketing Group for moving the chairs and tables into the room before starting your meeting.

Save the Date for these programs and events:

Saturday, March 24-10:00 am-2:00 pm. Branch Board meeting in Berkeley at BookMatters.  Your ideas are welcome.  Please join us and RSVP to writeangles@gmail in order to get into the secure parking area and building access.

Sunday, April 15-Janell Moon, Emeryville poet laureate and former CWC-BB member will be our speaker.

Saturday, April 29-Five-Page support/critique group date changed  for this month and May due to a library need to reschedule.

Saturday, May 5-NorCal Leadership Conference in Sunnyvale. This all-day workshop is recommended for new Club leaders and volunteers who want to help improve our branch programs.   Highlights include:

-Sharing of branch success stories
-Grant-writing – an untapped source of funds
-Social media- how to use it and help your branch
-Planning for excellence-creating an action plan for your branch for the fiscal
year 2012-2-013 that begins July 1
– Growing your branch – attracting and retaining members
– Providing stellar services to members
– Socializing/networking

If you are interested, please RSVP to Kathleen Orosco, KKLO ‘at’ by Sunday and copy to me at BrownCalifornia ‘at’ NorCal needs a preliminary count by Monday.  More details will follow.

For your planning, I am coordinating carpools.  The cost is covered by our branch budget.

    Sunday, May 20-Fifth-Grade Story Contest Awards (Previously scheduled for
June 17).    Please plan to come and support and celebrate these young writers.

  Saturday May 26- Five-Page support/critique group date change this month.

       Sunday, June 17-Author and neuropsychologist Louann Brizendine M.D. – Last speaker program of the fiscal year
       Saturday, July 21-CWC-Statewide afternoon picnic in Joaquin Miller Park.
This year an “open mic” is added to the literary theme cake-decorating contest.
Watch for details.

      Sunday, July 22-CWC Central Board meets in Oakland at the Holiday Inn Express.

Flyers are on (or will be posted on) where you can sign up
for e-alerts.

See you Sunday…  and Write On!

Linda Brown

President, Berkeley Branch

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