The Prolific Eric Elfman Joins Us Next Month

eric_elfmanEric Elfman, award-winning multi-book author, screenwriter, coach, and all-round busy writer, will join us on April 11 to present “How to Hook Them from the First Page.”  This is a not-to-be-missed program.  See details and sign up on our Next Program page.

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Storytellers Expo

Northern California Writers presents Storytellers Expo, March 20-22, 2015, at Santa Rosa Junior College.  This conference is geared toward authors & screenwriters.  Presenters include the President of BookBaby, the CEO of Smashwords, the founder of redBrick Agency, and authors and screenwriters.  Details at

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March workshop

rosenfeld_largeOur popular workshop series is back on March 14.  Jordan Rosenfeld will offer a craft workshop on “Writing the Page-Turner: Keep Your Readers Up Past Their Bedtime.”   She will cover plot/narrative, tension, sensory imagery, characters, and point of view.  This jam-packed workshop is just what you need to get you moving out of the winter doldrums. For details and to register, see our Next Program and Events Calendar page.

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Another youth contest

image_creative_writing_contestOur branch is not the only one that offers young writers a contest.  The Berkeley branch is sponsoring its 29th ANNUAL FIFTH GRADE STORY CONTEST for those fifth grade students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  The deadline is March 30 and the details are on the flyer.  Click and download the flyer here:  5thgradestorycontestflyer2015

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February meeting – we get better and better!

sheaAfter an informative and interesting talk by Jim Azevedo of Smashwords in January, we are re-focusing on craft for our February 14 program.  Susan C. Shea will speak on Writing What We Know: What Does That Mean?  Drawing on her experiences as a non-profit executive followed by a successful career as a writer of crime fiction, Susan will talk about how she writes what she knows—with a twist.  For details, click on our Next Program and Events Calendar page.

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January 10 program – best practices for self-publishing

jimazevedoJim Azevedo, Marketing Director of Smashwords, will reveal the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published Ebook authors at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. 

Jim will discuss metadata–what it is and how to use it–leveraging viral catalysts to make your book stand out, using pre-orders, creating covers, and addressing global market opportunities.  Click Next Program and Events Calendar for details and registration.

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Our special December program

andrew_benzieEach December, we feature “three of our own” wonderful and talented members.  dina_colemanThis year, on Dec. 13, Andrew Benzie, Dina Colman, and Melanie Denman will share top tips on publishing.  All three have chosen multiple publishing paths.  Should be a great program.  For more and to register (we now have PayPal), click on our Next Program page.melanie_denman

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