CWC Marin One-Day Writing Conference April 2

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CWC Berkeley member John Byrne Barry alerted us to the CWC Marin Conference on April 2.

The day-long conference will cover fiction and nonfiction writing, with three literary agents available for five-minute pitches. Registration includes morning coffee and rolls, along with a bag lunch. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Presenters include keynote speaker Constance Hale on “The Seven Stages of Manuscript Grief,” Linda Watanabe McFerrin on “Writing About Places Real and Imagined,” Tanya Egan Gibson, Robert Pimm, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Krissa Lagos, Mary C. Moore, and David Colin Carr.

Find out more at cwcmarin.com/writerslife.

Flyer for April 2 CWC Marin event

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!

5th Grade Awards Ceremony—June 7th, 2015

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Please join us on Sunday, June 7th, at the Oakland Public Library, in celebrating our community’s young writers! The winners of the California Writers Club – Berkeley Branch will be awarded with prizes and praise, and selected winners will read their stories.

Where: Oakland Public Library Main Branch, Bradley C. Walters Community Room. (location info)

When: 2-4pm, Sunday, June 7th

Who: Students, Teachers, Families

This event is free and open to the public! Please invite your friends and family in celebrating the creativity of our children and the triumph of our teachers.

For more information, click here or write to 5th.cwc.berkeley@gmail.com.

See you there!

Save the Date! Our Annual Picnic is Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Watch for your invite to the CWC Statewide picnic in July! This wonderful tradition brings writers from all over California to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories.

Pick something you’d like to read to the group, and start your dreaming and scheming for our celebrated LitCake contest, too… some talented decorator will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award!

When:  Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.

What else?

  • Bring a dish to share
  • Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments provided by the CWC
  • Watch for info about the Open Mic

Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261

Add the event to your Google Calendar!  

The Coveted Golden Fork Award

The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)

September 2013 Write Angles

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Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.

The September issue of Write Angles has news from CWC’s Central Board; lots of photos from CWC’s annual picnic; a tribute to one of our members who recently died; an article from our past president, Al Levenson; a call for submissions; and information about our upcoming speaker, Brooke Warner.

And be sure to see the article about the upcoming writing conference at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. The conference director is our very own Charlotte Cook. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Write Angles September 2013.pdf

CWC Statewide Picnic in Oakland – July 20th

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recipeIn lieu of a general meeting in July, the Berkeley Branch of the CWC invites members to welcome our colleagues from all over California to our own historic Joaquin Miller Park. 

As the legend of the 1909 founding of CWC goes, Joaquin Miller used to invite his writing friends, including Jack London, Gertrude Stein, and John Muir to his home for picnics, literary discussions, and bohemian theatrics in the flat area that is now the Fire Circle. In the 1930s the CWC helped to create Joaquin Miller Park as it is today.

The picnic, open to all CWC members and their guests, combines eating, reading, networking, camaraderie and our popular “Lit Cake” competition! The festivities begin with a potluck picnic. CWC will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side dish to share and your own beverages. Feel free to participate in our Open Mic and Literary Cake Decorating Contest!

>>Picnic Particulars<<

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>>Lit Cake Rules<<

CWC Annual Picnic is this Saturday!

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The Berkeley branch doesn’t meet until September, but we can still get together for food and fun. The annual CWC picnic invites members from all over California to gather at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.

Bring a side dish to share and don’t forget about the literary baking contest. You will not be judged on the taste of your baked goods, just the literary cleverness attached. Not to brag, but I tied for first place at last year’s picnic. (Okay, so there were only two entries…) Here’s my version of the very hungry caterpillar.

I hope to see you there!
Click here for map: http://calwriters.org//wp-content/uploads/2012/JM_Park_Maps.pdf

California Writers Club Annual Picnic

Saturday, July 21, 2012 • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. • Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

Barbecue • Potluck • Open mic • Literary Cake Contest

Free admission • Open to all CWC members, family and friends

Details, directions and ADA accessibility: www.calwriters.org

RSVP: Linda Brown (Berkeley) BrownCalifornia@aol.com

Tanya Grove
President, CWC-BB
www.cwc-berkeley.org