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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SAVE THE DATE! July 25th is the CWC Annual Picnic at Joaquin Miller Park! 1-4p.m.

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CWC-Picnic

 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions

Lit Cake Contest
(How to Win the Coveted Golden Fork Award!)

Jack London Award Winners

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

A “Writerly Event” — August 2nd

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Open Mic for Members 800px-Gerry_Adams_reading_into_mic– Bring a Work in Progress

Details: Come to share orally part of a story, article, essay, memoir, or other prose. You will have a few minutes to read a section (depending on how many participate). Time will be allotted to accommodate as many people as possible. If you want to read, sign in when you arrive.

  • Plot problems?
  • Weak character?
  • Undeveloped scene?
  • Unenticing opening?
  • Unclear purpose in your nonfiction?
  • Other problems?

This is an opportunity to use a microphone and let other writers hear a part of your work. Listeners often hear problems in a work that the writer may miss. You can ask for feedback or not (your choice). If you want to read without feedback, that’s fine. If you choose to receive some feedback, you get to hear what listeners think works in your piece (positive feedback first), and what doesn’t (suggestions for improvement). The feedback is given in a supportive environment with other writers who are working to improve their writing.

OR

Maybe you have a finished piece and you want to share a snippet of your success with us. That’s fine too.

When: Saturday, August 2

Where: Oakland Public Library – Main, 125 14th Street, Bradley C. Walters Community Room (same location as our 3rd Sunday meetings), entrance directly to meeting room from Madison Street

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Break time for mingling and refreshments

Hope to see you there!

It’s Picnic Season! July 19th Statewide Event @ Joaquin Miller Park

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Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 8.55.08 AMOn July 19th, writers from all over California will flock to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories, wondering: WHO will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award this year? 

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments are provided by the club. Please bring a dish to share. Bring something to read at the Open Mic. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for your annual pilgrimage to the cascades!

Who: Members from all over the state (personal guests are welcome).

When:  Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.

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One of last year’s funniest “LitCakes” by Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261

Add the event to your Google Calendar!  

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“Is a Critique Group Right for You?” A Forum for CWC Writers & Guests – March 16th 2014

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Our speaker series will feature something new this month! Vicki Hudson, author of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique and sponsor of the SFWC Emerging Writer Scholarship, will be moderating a panel that features leaders of four of our club’s critique groups. David Baker  and Anne Fox (5-page group), Walter Price (Middle Grades/YA), and Bruce Shigeura (Sixteen Eyes group) will talk about their experiences as group leaders.

Come and learn more about what CWC has to offer!

Vicki Hudson writes short stories, longer fiction, and narrative non- fiction. Her book, No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique, is for writers looking for information on what to consider when forming or joining a writers’ group and for writers seeking tools for critiquing work in progress.

“Everyone has a story. No one else can tell your story. The process of creating, refining and ultimately releasing it into the wild that is pub- lication in the world needs to be a respectful one.”

Vicki Hudson earned an MFA from Saint Mary’s College in creative writing/nonfiction. In 2007, she was a Fellow at the inaugural Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat. Her website is www.vickihudson.com.

About our Panel:

Our panelists lead critique groups for CWC’s Berkeley branch. David Baker and Anne Fox run the Five- Page Group, which meets year- round on the third Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m., in the 2nd-floor meeting room of the Rockridge library in Oakland. This group reviews fiction, nonfiction, query letters, proposals, etc.

Walter Price hosts writers of middle- grade and young-adult fiction at his house once a month on Wednesday evenings.

Bruce Shigeura runs the Sixteen Eyes Group, whose members write novels, short stories, and narrative nonfiction. They meet every other Thursday, 7–9 p.m. in cafés or members’ homes in Oakland or Berkeley.

Click here for information about location and time.

Open House – “LitCake” party on October 20th

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Are you heading to LitQuake? Please join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club for a feast of literary desserts in Oakland the day after it’s over.

 Sunday, October 20th

2-4 p.m.

in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room at the Oakland Public Library

125 14th St., Oakland, CA

Schedule of Events

2pm – 2:30 p.m. Mingling and judging of LitCake Entires

2:30 p.m. California Writers Week presentation & LitCake prizes

2:45 p.m. The Cutting of the Cakes!

3:00 p.m. Delicious Readings by California Writers Club members, special guests, and local celebrity foodies.

To enter our LitCake Contest, bring any dessert with a literary theme. Read complete LitCake Rules here.

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CWC Statewide Picnic in Oakland – July 20th

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recipeIn lieu of a general meeting in July, the Berkeley Branch of the CWC invites members to welcome our colleagues from all over California to our own historic Joaquin Miller Park. 

As the legend of the 1909 founding of CWC goes, Joaquin Miller used to invite his writing friends, including Jack London, Gertrude Stein, and John Muir to his home for picnics, literary discussions, and bohemian theatrics in the flat area that is now the Fire Circle. In the 1930s the CWC helped to create Joaquin Miller Park as it is today.

The picnic, open to all CWC members and their guests, combines eating, reading, networking, camaraderie and our popular “Lit Cake” competition! The festivities begin with a potluck picnic. CWC will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side dish to share and your own beverages. Feel free to participate in our Open Mic and Literary Cake Decorating Contest!

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>>Lit Cake Rules<<

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