April 19th SPEAKER—”Think Like an Editor” with Tanya Egan Gibson

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Learn Self-Editing and Revision Tips at our First Meeting via Zoom

As work-intensive as it can be to put our ideas into words, doing so is only the beginning of the writing process. Revision (“re-seeing”) is what allows us to mold our raw material into art. But where to start? And how do you know when you’re (ever) finished? Tanya Egan Gibson will share with you the process of how a freelance editor assesses a manuscript, marks it up, and comes up with a plan for revision, distilling the process into 7 tips to help you bring an editor’s eye and experience to your own work.

About our Guest Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson
Our April Speaker Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is a freelance editor, writing coach, and the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading.

Her short fiction for adults and young adults has been published in Carve and Cicada and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has written for magazines such as The Writer, Parents, and Writer’s Digest, including an article, “10 Things Your Editor Might Not Tell You—But Should,” which has been reprinted over the years in several special issues. She has been in California Writers Club for nearly twenty years and was a founding member of the Marin Branch. Learn more at TanyaEganGibson.com.

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Quarantine Meeting Schedule…Take the Poll!

Tanya’s novel

Being stuck in our homes is a great time to get some writing done. It’s productive and therapeutic. Our club is here to help our members keep focused on meeting our writing goals. So we will continue our speaker program this spring, getting together, as usual, on the third Sunday of the month but not in person.

We are still sorting out how best to manage our Sunday schedule in terms of these new changes. Would you be interested in a long day on Zoom? We’d love to get your thoughts in the poll when you RSVP to our Facebook event.

Speaking of getting your thoughts, this is the meeting where we announce our candidates for next year’s board. Bobbie Kinkead is still taking nominations, and will also call for nominations from the floor.

Get Your Ticket

We will be processing our meeting fees on TicketSource prior to the online meeting. After you get your ticket, we’ll email you the link to the Zoom meeting, which you can access day-of via phone or computer. The “room will open” at the usual 12:30 for introductions and a short tutorial on how to use Zoom.

As usual, tickets for CWC members are $5 and guests are $10. However, we are also offering a sliding scale option for writers who have been facing hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Additionally, those who have already purchased a full-year of events, funding our Jack and Jenny fund, can choose the (free) pre-paid option.

Get your ticket now.

Our featured reader is Terry Tierny.

WORKSHOP: “Revise for Publication” with Jordan Rosenfeld on 11/8/14

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So you want to be published? It’s been said that after the wild creative outpouring, the real writing happens in the art of revision. Your best chance to attract readers is through a strong “re-seeing” of your work, to craft the work so it appeals to readers of all stripes.

Writers who learn to love revision are more likely to write publishable work that wins readers and leads to deeper satisfaction in the writer’s craft. This workshop will help publication-oriented writers learn to demystify key areas of revision, from the micro to the macro. Rosenfeld will teach how to actually enjoy revision by breaking it down into simple, successful “waves” and easy-to-use tools you’ll use over and over in future works of many genres.

Jordan is the author of the suspense novels Forged in Grace and Night Oracle, and the forthcoming Women in Red, as well as the writing guides Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and, with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life.

She teaches an ongoing series of online writing courses and webinars on the subjects of scenes, revision, plot, and tension-building. Visit www.jordanrosenfeld.net for information.

Saturday, November 8, 2014  • 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Members $12 | Non-Members $29

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