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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Planning for November

lakinFor those who were at Amanda McTigue’s workshop today, what did you think? Terrific, wasn’t it?  Now, we’re setting up for the next event on Nov. 8:  Sizzling Scenes with C. S. Lakin.  Should be another terrific program.  Check out our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page and plan to come.  Don’t forget:  you can also “buy now” with PayPal and make your registration a snap.

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We’re on social media!

facebook_logoWe’ve just set up a Facebook page and a Twitter feed for those who prefer to get their information from social media.  Here are the connections.  Follow us!


Twitter:  @cwcmtd

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October workshop

AmandaMcTigue8x10We’re fortunate to have Amanda McTigue joining us on Oct. 11 to conduct a workshop on the subject of “voice” in our writing.  Visit our “Next Program” page to learn more about it.  This month, as a new feature, you will also be able to register online via PayPal in advance of the workshop.

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