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 ...
The Amazing Life of Feisty Ina Coolbrith, America’s First Poet Laurate – October 18th
Writers often need courage, whether it is to meet a national event, a personal challenge, or just to face a blank page. In these instances we can look to our own history to find the inner strength to face our most profound challenges. At the culmination of California Writer's Week, historical author Aleta George will give us the details on the fierce and iconic Ina Coolbrith. Ina Coolbrith was not only California's first poet laurate and Oakland's first public librarian, she was also one of the founders of the California Writers Club. But these factoids merely scratch the surface of this ground-breaking rebel. Author and journalist Aleta George will share the moments in Ina Coolbrith's life when she was called upon to respond with courage and other fascinating stories of Coolbrith in the East Bay. Learn more or get your tickets now.
"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.
11/17 SPEAKER – "You Can Be a Winning Writer" with Joan Gelfland
In this participatory workshop, author Joan Gelfand will discuss her 4 C’s approach to becoming a successful author. Joan will discuss how to incorporate craft, commitment, community, and confidence into a writing practice. Joan and her clients have produced significant results by incorporating this approach into their own writing practices. Accompanied by a thirty-minute Power Point, Joan ...
April 15th: The Art of Giving Live Readings with Amos White
Come hear this engaging and educational speaker to learn how the subtleties of tone and time can move an audience with but a word. At the presentation you will learn: * How to perform like a pro * How to find open mics readings * The dos & don'ts of reading etiquette * How to host your own local literary readings
Save the date for our April 15th Event on Giving Live Readings
For poetry month we welcome Amos White to speak to the Berkeley CWC on joining and succeeding at giving public readings. Amos White will share with us tips on securing public readings, as well as how to make a big splash once you walk on stage. If you've ever met Amos White, you'll know why we asked him to speak for poetry month. He's active in the Bay Area literary scene, and he's a charming ...