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.

MEMOIR WORKSHOP February 7th with Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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Kevin Fisher-Paulson, the author of A Song for Lost Angels, will present a workshop on the art of memoir, or How-to-Tell-the- Truth-About-Your Life-and- Still-Keep-People-Reading. The author talks about the examined life, how he found himself and his meaning through telling his unique story to the world.

Practical techniques are discussed about “mining” one’s own life, and finding the voice, the words and the atmosphere to give it meaning.

Join us for this dynamic experience with Kevin, who will immediately make you feel at home and work closely with us to better our writing. While targeting memoir storytellers, these tools will be helpful to any author who has a story to tell, whether through fictionalized characters or our own lives.

Kevin Fisher-Paulson is the author of A Song for Lost Angels. He is also included in When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press.

He has also produced theater work for the Next Wave Festival, Theater Rhinoceros, The National AIDS Theater Festival and written for the NPR Perspective Series. He studied writing at the University of Notre Dame, with continued coursework at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon.

When not writing, Kevin serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

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Members $12 | Non-Members $29

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March 3 WORKSHOP — “Social Media Branding for Authors” with Beth and Ezra Barany

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Saturday, March 3, 2012
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop with best-selling and award-winning authors (and happily married couple!) Beth and Ezra Barany, we will help you take the first steps to attract your right readers and build your fan base of raving fans so you can sell more books.

In this conversation you will:
• Discover your Clear Message to attract your right readers
• Define your unique author identity to start the conversation
• Uncover the key to successful marketing and branding: the Success Mindset
• Learn what to say on the various social media  to attract your right readers and more of them.

Beth Barany, writer’s coach and author of The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book, and the bestselling Overcome Writer’s Block, and Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, runs an active online community for authors who use journaling for self-development. She has helped authors get their books written and edited, published and marketed, into the hands of their readers for over 10 years; five of her clients’ books have been best-sellers. Author and consultant, Ezra Barany, helps authors design and promote their books so they can have the success they desire. When it comes to social media, Ezra uses Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to market his award winning and Amazon bestselling suspense novel The Torah Codes.

To Register: Send a check made out to CWC-BB for $13 (members) or  $29 (nonmembers)  to: Attn: Workshops, PO Box 6447, Alameda, C, 94501. Be sure to include an email address!