California Writers Club NEWS

CWC-Marin Hosts Marin Writers Conference 2018 on April 22

The Marin Branch is hosting Marin Writers Conference 2018 on April 22, featuring a keynote by Michael Larsen, a first-page editing workshop by editor Mary Rakow, a self-publishing panel with David Kudler and Ruth Schwartz from Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA), and pitching sessions with agents — Kimberly Cameron, Dorian Maffei, Peter Beren, Carlisle Weber, and Jennifer March Suloway.

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Updated Submission Standards for CWC Bulletin

In continuing with our coverage for all 22 branches, as editor-in-chief, I’d like to update our submissions process so the least amount of errors and omissions will keep all readers informed.

I’ve added a second set of eyes as a reviewer for content. Her name is Angie Horn and she is also my proofreader. It will be her job to check on submissions and tally up the content including photos that come in from all over the state. Together we can double-check entries and compare notes.

All submissions sent to me at should meet some basic requirements to make our jobs easier.

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Congratulations to 2017 Award Recipients

On Sunday, July 23, branch presidents, Central Board representatives, and guests gathered at the Holiday Inn Oakland Airport to applaud 19 honorees receiving the 2017 Jack London Award. Given biennially, this award recognizes superior and sustained service to the California Writers Club. Also presented was the Ina Coolbrith Award to Bob Isbill of the High Desert Branch for his exemplary service to the entire club. Without the dedication of volunteers such as these, the club would not be able to operate.  Congratulations to the Jack London awardees:

  • Berkeley — Kristen Caven
  • Central Coast — Laurie Sheehan
  • Coastal Dunes — Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
  • East Sierra — Juliane DiBlasi Black
  • Fremont Area Writers — Shirley Ferrante
  • High Desert — Jenny Margotta
  • Long Beach — Allene Symons
  • Mt. Diablo — Elisabeth Tuck
  • North State Writers — T.E. Watson, F.S.A. Scot
  • Orange County — Jonathan Yanez
  • Redwood Writers — Sandy Baker
  • Sacramento Writers — Gini Grossenbacher
  • San Fernando Valley — Mary R. Freeman
  • San Francisco Peninsula — Bill Baynes
  • San Joaquin Valley Writers — June Gillam
  • South Bay Writers — Sally A. Minor
  • Tri-Valley Writers — Deborah Jordon Bernal
  • Writers of Kern — Dan McGuire
  • Writers of Mendocino Coast — Amie McGee

Here are the Jack London Award Winners.

And here’s Bob Isbill receiving the Ina Coolbrith Award.

See a full list of awards going back to 1973 here.

Coastal Dunes Branch President Johnson to Present at 33rd Annual Central Coast Writers Conference

Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference, which will be held September 28-30, offers panels, networking, private critique sessions, publishers, and
agents, highlighted by workshops in all genres. Coastal Dunes Branch president Jenna Elizabeth Johnson will hold two sessions — one on building an anthology and the other on self-publishing. CWC’s Coastal Dunes will also have a booth with ample information and resources, and with their new anthology Shifting Sands available. Cuesta College is located between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay
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East Sierra Branch Calls for “Weird” Indie Film Shorts and Stories

Dedicated to encouraging creative writers and storytellers, the East Sierra Branch of the CWC will host two related events Sept. 22-23, 2017, during Weird Weekend  (“celebrating the stranger side of the desert — lost gold mines, aliens, haunted hideouts, bigfoot sightings — truth optional”) with an indie film shorts festival on Friday and the Third Annual Weird Storytelling Competition on Saturday afternoon.

For these, filmmakers and storytellers interested in participating must sign-up in advance with Red Rock Books (760-375-3454). Prizes will be awarded and bragging rights inevitable. The weekend will conclude Saturday evening with “The Silent City,” set in Ridgecrest 2063 A.D., a Mastery Mystery Productions interactive mystery by C.R. Rowenson. For more information, visit and

Promote Your Book in Next CWC Bulletin Coming in August

Special Pricing for CWC members!


$60 this issue only

Not only can you promote your book to all CWC members, you can save $60.  You don’t even need to design the ad. Rusty LaGrange will, for free. What we need for a 5” x 7” color display ad is a short bio, short book synopsis (in MSWord), and headshot and book cover (jpg only, no pdfs.)

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Send check for $60.00 made payable to
20258 Hwy 18 STE 430 PMB 281
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Use PayPal “Option 2”
Want to know more? Contact Bob Isbill, CWC Advertising & Promotions, at or  (760) 221-6367.