About Us

Mission Statement

The Mt. Diablo CWC Branch is one of over twenty branches of the California Writers Club (CWC), a statewide, nonprofit organization. We are dedicated to educating members and the public, via speakers, workshops, and special programs, in the art and craft of writing, publishing, and marketing their works. In addition, the Mt. Diablo Branch is proud to encourage young writers in our community through our annual county-wide, middle school writing contest.

As an organization of professional writers, we encourage our members to:

  • dedicate themselves to their writing
  • hone their craft
  • support each other’s work and publishing successes at all levels
  • become actively involved in the organization
  • embrace a positive spirit of cooperation

Both published and non-published guests and the public are welcome at branch meetings.

The California Writers Club Central Board, comprised of representatives from each branch, provides unity and cohesiveness among the approximately 1,500 members that compose the statewide branches.

 

Your Board

We look forward to connecting with you.  For information, please contact us via the form at the bottom of this page.

  • President: Marlene Dotterer
  • Vice-President: Bob O’Brien
  • Treasurer: Lucy Hart
  • Secretary: Judith Ingram

Committee Chairs and Other Responsibilities

  • Branch Historian:
  • Central Board Representative:  Elisabeth Tuck
  • Event Logistics:  Danard Emanuelson
  • Membership:  Marlene Dotterer
  • Newsletter:  Elisabeth Tuck
  • Norcal representative:  Leslie Rupley
  • Online Coordinator:  Andrew Benzie
  • Programs/Workshops:  Elisabeth Tuck, Lyn Roberts, Jill Hedgecock, Al Garrotto
  • Publicity:  Ann Damaschino
  • Reservations:  Robin Gigoux
  • Young Writers Contest:  Bob O’Brien, Marlene Dotterer
  • Writers’ Tables:  Lee Paulson

Advisory Board Members

David George, Judith Marshall, Al Garrotto

Contact us through the form below.

 

Branch Awards

The biennial Jack London Award, bestowed by the Mt. Diablo and other branches, honors outstanding members who have been particularly instrumental in helping our branch further its mission.  A plaque recognizes this service “above and beyond.” Recent awardees are listed on the California Writers Club Awards site.  A full list of our branch winners is below.

Our annual Distinguished Service Awardrecognizes extraordinary commitment and effort on an important branch project during that year.  Our list of awardees is below.

Jack London Awardees

  • 2015 Barbara Bentley
  • 2013 Judith Marshall
  • 2011 David George
  • 2009 Joanne Brown
  • 2007 Camille Minichino
  • 2005 Al Villaire
  • 2004 Danard Emanuelson
  • 2003 Jack Russ
  • 2002 Denise Kahn
  • 2001 Alfred J. Garrotto
  • 2000 Bev Lauderdale
  • 1999 Liz Koehler-Pentacoff
  • 1998 Ray Martell
  • 1997 Joan Brennan
  • 1995 Pat Edwards
  • 1993 Ted Fuller
  • 1991 Mercedes Gardner
  • 1989 Helen McGrath

Distinguished Service Awardees

  • 2015 Lyn Roberts
  • 2014 Christa Fairfield & Jill Hedgecock
  • 2013 Barbara Bentley
  • 2012 Judith Marshall
  • 2011 Aline Soules
  • 2010 Catherine Accardi
  • 2009 Alfred J. Garrotto
  • 2008 Joanne Brown
  • 2007 Jack Russ
  • 2006 Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
  • 2005 B. Lynn Goodwin
  • 2004 Agnes Moore
  • 2003 Igal Levy
  • 2002 Hunter Anderson
  • 2001 Laura Fischer
  • 2000 Al Villaire
  • 1999 Adena Reed

 

Branch Presidents

The presidents list for the Mt. Diablo Branch includes members who were not only active in their writing careers but also active in the club. Many of the presidents were also nominated for the Jack London Award for service.

PRESIDENT

  • 2015-2016, Elisabeth Tuck
  • 2014-2015, Sean Hazlett
  • 2013-2014, Elisabeth Tuck
  • 2012-2013, Elisabeth Tuck
  • 2011-2012, Elisabeth Tuck
  • 2010-2011, Lee Paulson
  • 2009-2010, Bill Stong (January-October), David George (October-December)
  • 2008-2009, David George
  • 2007-2008, Jack Russ
  • 2006-2007, Alfred J. Garrotto
  • 2004-2006, Jack Russ
  • 2003-2004, Laura Fischer
  • 2001-2003, Camille Minichino
  • 1999-2001, Alfred J. Garrotto
  • 1998-1999, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
  • 1995-1997, E.T. Hoffman
  • 1993-1995, Pat Edwards
  • 1992-1993, Jim Scala
  • 1991-1992, Cena Richeson
  • 1990-1991, Ted Fuller
  • 1989-1990, Pat Haas
  • 1987-1989, J. Lloyd Luff
  • 1987, Ken Davis