May is always a “banner” program because we celebrate our young writers and enjoy, together, a program on writing. Ellen Klages will talk on “Building a Story from the Ground Up” and we will enjoy watching our young writers receive their awards.
For details, please see our Next Program page.
After a fabulous March workshop on character, we are gearing up for our next program with speaker Jordan Rosenfeld. To be held on April 12, Jordan will share her expertise on plot. For details, click on our Next Program and Events calendar page. As an added bonus, there will be a Writers Table on book covers with Andrew Benzie.
We all know how great Martha Engber is as a presenter and workshop leader. South Bay Writers’ Spring Workshop on March 30 (Sunday) will feature Martha on the subject: “Grow Your Great Character and Plot! A Workshop for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction.” It will be held at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose: 8:30 am (registration) to 4:00 pm (close); Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be served. For Registration, go to www.southbaywriters.com
The Tri Valley CWC branch and the San Ramon Library will host an evening on Thursday, March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Program: Writing in the Genres
Featuring our own Marlene Dotterer on sci fi/fantasy, along with Victoria Emmons on writing in the healthcare field and Steve Workman on short stories and the great American novel.
For more details, click on: TVW Writer Panel2014March
April 14, 2014
Author Margaret Lucke
THE ART OF SUSPENSE:
HOW TO KEEP YOUR READERS TURNING THE PAGES
Every great story is a suspense story, no matter its genre. Your skill at creating suspense is what keeps your readers coming back for more. This doesn’t mean you must hang readers on the edge of their seat or force them to bite their nails. Suspense is the artful tension you create between readers’ hopes and doubts, between their concern for your characters and their uncertainty about what lies ahead. It is the essential quality that makes your readers ask, “What happens next?” and keeps them turning pages. Author Margaret Lucke will explore techniques for creating suspense and weaving in conflict. Learn the secrets to earning that cherished accolade: “I couldn’t put it down.”
COST: $15 (includes $10 for dinner), Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose
GENERAL MEETING AGENDA
6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm General Meeting
7:00 pm Break
7:30 pm Speaker Presentation: Margaret Lucke
8:30 pm Networking & Dessert
9:00 pm Close
Call for Entries includes Non-Members
Fault Zone: Diverge, the fifth in the anthology series edited by the SF/Peninsula Branch of California Writers, will be published by Sand Hill Review Press in 2014. Non-members of SF/Peninsula Writers are eligible to participate by entering the Fault Zone short story contest.
Judging should be completed by mid-September. The prelaunch book party will be in early December and the book will be available on Amazon by January, 2015. The San Francisco/Peninsula Writers will be the contest judges.
First Prize is $250 and publication in our next Fault Zone anthology.
Second Prize is $100.
Third Prize is $50.
Contest Deadline: August 1, 2014
Reading fee: $15
Yes, the moment is here. Click on “Young Writers” to reach our contest page where you’ll find information about
- the upcoming workshop for young writers on Feb. 1 (plus poetry prompts)
- a flyer about the contest to post or to share
- the application and guidelines form in both pdf (for posting) and doc (for typing your application) formats.
Deadline: March 27, 2014
Can’t wait to read those poems!