May 12: Art in the Park: Writer/Artist Mini-Retreat in the Oakland Hills

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art in the park retreat at Joaquin Miller Park

Join Your Fellow Writers at Joaquin Miller Park

…And Bring Your Artist Friends Too

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Writers & artists, come for a day of quiet creativity in Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate Oakland Art Month. We’ll meet informally at the historic “home base” of our writer’s club, and generate new work with inspiration from the “minister of the woods.”

Who: Sketch artists, painters, literary and performing artists living in or visiting Oakland.

What: A generative gathering in community ~ includes a short history of “The Hights,” Joaquin Miller’s arts retreat in the Oakland Hills, an optional Literary History Hike, and time to write and to hang out.

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Come for all or part of it!

Where: Joaquin Miller Park ~ Park on Joaquin Miller Drive and meet at the Fire Circle.

3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, California 94602

Bring paper and pens, your laptop, or easels and paints, and a sack lunch and drink. Sharing is wonderful!

RSVP on Facebook or just meet us there.

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SAVE THE DATE! July 25th is the CWC Annual Picnic at Joaquin Miller Park! 1-4p.m.

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CWC-Picnic

 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions

Lit Cake Contest
(How to Win the Coveted Golden Fork Award!)

Jack London Award Winners

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

This Saturday May 17th – WRITING IN THE PARK!

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Join the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate their fifth annual meeting, and stay for a CWC writerly event, Writing in the Park.

Learn about the CWC’s role in creating the Park, especially the Woodminister area, which includes the California Writers Memorial Grove.

Local historian and former CWC member Dennis Evanosky will speak on “The Great Redwood Grab.”

click to open/print pdf

click to open/print pdf

Where: Joaquin Miller Park
Baywood Picnic Area in the Meadow
Above Highway 13 off of Joaquin Miller Road Internet Directions: 3590 Sanborn Drive

When: Saturday, May 17
Following the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park annual meeting

  • Annual meeting starts at 11:00 am.
  • Potluck picnic and walk follows
  • CWC writing event will likely start about 1:00 pm.

Why: Joaquin Miller Park is the birthplace of the CWC! Win a prize for your story about the Park

Cost: Free. Donations are always appreciated.
Who: Anyone who appreciates Joaquin Miller Park and/or loves to write. To attend, membership is not required.

Learn more and see flyer with map at http://www.fojmp.org and http://www.cwc-berkeley.org

RSVP to Linda Brown at BrownCalifornia@aol.com or 510-530-1261

NOTE: 

While the Baywood Picnic Area is ADA accessible, the City plans to close the gates at the end of the FoJMP meeting. If CWC members cannot walk the 0.1 mile up to the parking lot at the Ranger Station, let Linda know. We will hold the writerly event at the Ranger Station instead of the Meadow.

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)

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<<

>>Picnic Map Directions<<

>>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