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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The Art of Suspense

From:  South Bay Writers
California Writers Club-South Bay Branch
April 14, 2014
Author Margaret Lucke
margaret_luckeTHE ART OF SUSPENSE:

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

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

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Short Story contest–CWC SF/Peninsula Branch

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

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It’s time for the Young Writers Contest

Yes, the moment is here.  Click on “Young Writers” to reach our contest page where you’ll find information about

  1. the upcoming workshop for young writers on Feb. 1 (plus poetry prompts)
  2. a flyer about the contest to post or to share
  3. 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!

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David George becomes CWC President

Our branch is proud to announce that David George became President of the entire CWC, taking over the “gavel” from Bob Garfinkle.Image  David has a long history of volunteering both in our branch and in the CWC at large.  He has held positions as President of our branch, Treasurer of our branch (currently), and in NorCal.  How lucky we are to have him as part of our Mt. Diablo branch.  Congratulations, David.

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Revised Member Web Pages

Over the fall, as promised, I revamped the member web pages, essentially consolidating information for each author into one composite entry.  I have based this revamp on a combination of existing entries and amazon listings (when available).  We now have the following:

  • Members A-D
  • Members E-J
  • Members K-Q
  • Members R-Z

I’ve sent separate emails to a few of you seeking information, seeking copyright authorization/permission to include book cover pictures, or seeking .jpg files.  As you respond to these requests, I will update the pages accordingly.

In addition, some members may not be represented.  If you were not on the previous member pages or if I could not find an entry for you in amazon, I did not include you.  If this is inaccurate, please contact me and we’ll work it out.

As a final note, WordPress sometimes “re-spaces” content when line spaces are blank.  I’ve tried to manipulate the pages to allow appropriate space between author entries, but that is not guaranteed to be stable and entries may shift.  I don’t intend to do anything further at this point because I want to see what content changes are needed first.  That will cause shifts, anyway, and I would like to see the needed corrections settle down before struggling with this aspect of WordPress any further.

Please check your entries by clicking on the appropriate Members’ page for your surname. Let me know of any issues and I’ll address them as much as possible in the new year.

The goal has been to showcase our members’ accomplishments more effectively and I hope this has been achieved.

Aline, Online Coordinator

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