1/17 SPEAKER—Michael Larsen “Thriving in the Golden Age for Writers”

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We are excited to kick off the new year with an old and dear friend  of CWC—literary agent Michael Larsen! As directors of the San Francisco Writers Conference, Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada know everything there is to know about dealing with publishers. Michael is as well-known for his comedic presentations almost as well as for his knowledge of the industry.

And we begin this year with great news: Larsen believes this is a “golden age” for writers!

Lots of “NEW” in 2016…

New HOURS: The author support group meets at noon. Our marketing group meets at 1pm. We start CWC Business at 2pm, and the speakers take the stage at 3.

New LOCATION: We are moving our meetings this year to ConneXionJLP near Jack London Square. It is a 13 minute walk from City Center BART, and there is parking on the street and in the garage by the movie theater. (The entrance on Fourth street is ADA accessible.) Check the map!

New FEES: To cover our costs for the new venue, which we believe will be a much more comfortable home-base for all the club’s needs, we will be asking members to pay $5 and non-members to pay $10.

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Kristen launched this book at the CWC!

Our featured CWC author this month is Kristen Caven, author of Perfectly Revolting and The Bullying Antidote. (Check out her end-of-year MUSEletter, recorded by Davie Simmons, at the CWC Holiday Social.)

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, January 17th, 2016:

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. – Club Business & Announcements
2:30-3 p.m. — Break & Book Sales
3 p.m. – CWC author Kristen Caven
3:15-4 p.m. – Elizabeth Pomada & Michael Larsen
* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

May we thrive as writers in 2016!

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March 18th SPEAKER — “Writing Novels for the Young Adult Market” with LAURIE MCLEAN

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The healthiest segment of fiction these days is the young -adult market for teens aged 13-19. If you want to sell a book to this tough crowd, you have to know the teen voice, teen dreams and fears, the teen hive mind. Who better to be your guide than literary agent Laurie McLean, who has YA success aplenty.

At Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco, Northern California’s oldest literary agency, founded in 1972, Laurie represents adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, nouveau westerns, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, etc.) as well as middle-grade and young-adult books. She looks for great writing, first and foremost, followed by memorable characters, a searing storyline, and solid world building.

For more than 20 years, Laurie ran a  multimillion-dollar eponymous public relations agency in California’s Silicon Valley. She is passionate about marketing, publicity, negotiating, editing, and a host of other business-critical areas. She is also a novelist herself, so she can empathize with the author’s journey to and through publication.

Check out her blog, http://www.agentsavant.com, for tales of the agenting life, and http://www.larsenpomada.com for valuable information and links, plus her submission guidelines. Query her at query@agentsavant.com.

Laurie is also the dean of the new San Francisco Writers University at http://www.SFWritersU.com and on the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference.

2:00 p.m. at the Oakland Public Library

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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