Planning for fall 2014

Even as we end our 2013-2014 season with a fabulous program by Mary Mackey, our Board is planning our next season.  We have a planning meeting in July, but we have bridget_watson_paynealready lined up the first program of the new season.  On Sept. 13, Bridget Watson Payne, editor at Chronicle Books, will speak to us on “The Power of Words and Images.”  See details on our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page, where you can also see the dates of our summer events.  Check it out and have a wonderful summer.


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June program–grand finale for our 2013-2014 season

MaryMackeyMary Mackey will round out our season by presenting on “How to Travel Like a Writer.”  Timely, in light of our summer hiatus, she will discuss what it means to travel like a writer and how your unique perspective from your travels is critical to your writing.  For details, see our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page.  See you on Sat., June 14.

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Kudos to Melanie Denman

Melanie has received a 2014 bronze IPPY for Regional Southern Fiction from Independent Publisher Book Awards for her novel, Visiting the Sins.  Congratulations, Melanie.


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Ellen Klages on Building a Story and the Ellen Klages and the Young Writers Contest Winners

ellen_klagesMay 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.

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April program for our Mt. Diablo Members

JordanpinkheadshotAfter 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.

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South Bay Writers March Event

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

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Tri-Valley Writers and San Ramon Public Library Team Up

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


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