15 posts tagged featured members

Member Amarjit Pannu’s novel is a love story set during India’s struggle for independence [Interview]

Author Amarjit Pannu will be the featured member at our October 17th meeting. Mark your calendars! Amarjit Pannu’s book Splintered Waters: Tryst with Destiny was published in March of this year by Austin Macauley Publishers of London, Cambridge, New York, and Sharjah. She will be the featured member at the Sunday October 17th meeting, so mark your calendars. While Splintered Waters is her ...

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Meet Poet and Featured Member Ananya Dhawan

Poet Ananya Dhawan Ananya Dhawan is a young, spirited woman who has grew up in an around the Northern Hills in India. She is in love with the written word and spends most of her time immersed in books. Writing for her is a meditative experience. She likes to push her limits and challenge herself. Ananya holds a Masters in English Literature, and a certificate each in language skills and ...

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Kristen Caven Dirndl Diaspora Octoberfest

Kristen Caven Made a Movie

Kristen Caven, our featured member at Sunday's meeting, needs no introduction to this club. After she retired from the president’s position last June, she dove back into her writing with a vengeance. Although Kristen has a novel to sell about women’s rights and realities, and a memoir to polish about a transformative trip to Italy, she spent the summer rewriting a play about her German ...

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Kubrick’s Mysterious Symbols: an Interview with Featured Member Nicole Berg

At this Sunday's final meeting before our summer break, the Berkeley California Writers Club celebrates author and film critic Nicole Berg. Berg's fist book Discovering Kubrick’s Symbolism is now available for pre-sale from McFarland Books. This is her second year in the CWC. She says, "I really enjoy getting to know the other members here." Berg's career began in animation, gaming, & ...

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Judith Offer playwright poet

"A Chance to Have My Say"— Get to Know Playwright/Poet Judith Offer

Member Judith Offer will be our featured reader this Sunday, January 19th. Judith is celebrating her one-year anniversary of being in the California Writers Club! She is an Oakland poet and playwright. 18 of her plays have been professionally produced, most in community theatres in the Bay Area. Her themes are women’s issues, American history, and the various cultural groups that populate Oakland.

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Meet Historical Fiction Writer Lucille Belucci

Lucille Belucci Lucille Belucci is not the most talkative member of Berkeley CWC, so you may not have realized yet what a delight she is. You may know our February Featured Member as the soft-spoken woman who runs the raffle, but she's also the quietly feisty author of the historical fiction novel The Year of the Rat.  Originally from Shanghai, on February 17th Lucille will share a story ...

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A Few Questions for Software Pioneer and Author, Gary Durbin

This month's featured CWC member is Gary Durbin, a retired serial entrepreneur and software industry pioneer. Instead of writing computer code and starting software companies, he now writes, hikes, and advises young entrepreneurs. He has published short stories and his first novel, Nano-Uncertainty.

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Some Writing Advice from October's Featured Member, Art Deco Novelist Alice Jurow

Sunday, October 21st we'll be featuring a short reading from our featured member, Alice Jurow. Alice has a degree in Aesthetic Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and is not afraid to use it. Her obsession with the 1920s has led to a long-standing involvement with the Art Deco Society of California, and she was the editor of the society’s Sophisticate magazine for 12 years. Some of her publications include the North American Review, Archetype, and Bark. Vamps of ‘29 is her first published novel; she is working on a sequel. Alice lives in Berkeley with her human and feline family. We asked Alice Jurow about the the most important piece of writing advice that she could give to other writers.

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Patricia McBloom

Patricia McBroom Gives Us a Taste of Female Divinity in the Deep Human Past

As our featured member, this Sunday Patricia Bloom will be reading a short passage from her new manuscript: She Speaks: Female Divinity and Equality in the Deep Human Past. In this work she traces the transformation of the Goddess from an earth and mother figure into a warrior Goddess of the Bronze Age. The story demonstrates that a divine female goes hand-in-hand with gender equality. Says McBloom, "Today, the female half of humanity needs its sacred mirror. The book is also part memoir, with details of what it is like to live inside a story of evolution that is written almost entirely by men, even today."

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Five Questions for Laurie Panther, Tomorrow's Featured Member

Lately we've been doing interviews with the guest we asked to come speak to the club, but we also want you to have a chance to get to know our fellow Berkeley CWC members. It's not only our guests who have something to contribute, our members are capable, interesting and knowledgeable. Our meeting is mostly a chance for us to share our insights and struggles. That brings us to this month's featured member, Laurie Panther.

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