3/15 WORKSHOP—”Journalology” with Terry Tierney

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SPECIAL EVENT: Journalology: Submitting Your Work to Literary Journals 3-5p.m. at our meeting location in Preservation Park.

At our next monthly meeting, we have a unique offering in lieu of our 4pm CRAFT GROUP. Craft group leader Terry Tierney will be offering a 2-hour, hands-on workshop on the literary submission process to kick-start our club’s new identified goals of supporting writers in this crucial task.

PRICE: Included with meeting: $10 public/$5 members More info here.

Literary journals are the proto-stars of the literary universe. Most famous authors appear first in journals, and established authors often use journals to “try out” new or experimental work. Many journals are open to new authors and genre-stretching creative work that might not have a chance with mainstream publishers. This includes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. There are thousands of online and print journals looking for contributors, and all you need is one editor to like your submission. By publishing in journals you can kick off your literary career, build up some credits, and experience the thrill of publication. This workshop will discuss how to research journals, prepare your work for submission, and track your submissions, along with some useful tips.

Terry Tierney is a writer who hails from the Midwest, but has planted roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. After serving in the Seabees, he completed his BA and MA at Binghamton University, and earned a PhD in Victorian Literature at Emory University. He taught college composition and creative writing courses, and survived several Silicon Valley startups as a software engineer. Tierney’s work has appeared in over fifty publications. His poetry collection, The Poet’s Garage, will be published in May by Unsolicited Press. His irreverent Vietnam-era road novel Lucky Ride (Unsolicited Press), is set to release in 2022.

Learn more about Terry at terrytierney.com.

#GivingTuesday and giving back

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Thank you to an anonymous donor who has offered a $200 challenge grant for our branch of the California Writers Club! Let’s maximize this contribution to energize our mission to support and educate writers. Our continued work brings fresh voices to literary culture and creates a stronger arts community in the East Bay.

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Our ongoing fundraising program is our monthly raffle. One lucky person who attends our monthly meetings wins a book by one of our authors! Another lucky person wins a bottle of wine or specialty consumable. Club authors, please donate a book or a bottle. One raffle ticket is FREE with meeting fee ($5 members/$10 public) and more are for sale for $1 each or 6 for $5.

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A small sample of our member offerings!

Our members donate books, time, writing, and money to help other nonprofits.

  • One of our members just donated in the name of CWC to Chapter 510 & the Land of Make Believe, which supports youth writing and voices. Another of our members started a support group to nurture young writers.
  • Several members have been published in anthologies that are fundraisers, like this one with proceeds going to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and the ACLU.
  • Our president, Kristen Caven, arranged the donation of 3000 copies of her book to parent organizations to help understand and end bullying.
  • Our speaker chair, Kymberlie Ingalls, is hosting an annual comedy show and auction to fundraise for Toys for Tots and the Bay Area Collective… Donate toys and books and get your tickets now ($20) for this fun, Sunday, December 10 event at PF Changs in Walnut Creek!

 

Please post other donation opportunities in the comments. Happy Giving Tuesday!

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