California Writers Club NEWS

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
For more, visit

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.)

Send to:

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.

The 2017 Literary Review Is Hot off the Press!

Such excitement in CWC-land — the 2017 Literary Review has been delivered to the USPS in San Jose and is starting to show up in our members’ mailboxes! Congratulations to all of our members whose work was selected for publication and to Editor Dave LaRoche for the countless hours he poured into our annual literary magazine, as well as to Secretary Elisabeth Tuck and VP Donna McCrohan-Rosenthal for contributing their eagle eyes in proofreading.

I encourage all you branch presidents to make a big deal out of your members who were selected for publication. Give them a shout-out at your next meeting and recognition in the branch newsletter and on your website. Some 200 works were submitted and only 41 made it through the acquisitions process, so it is truly an honor to be included, a recognition of literary excellence.

Some of you may recall one of my goals was to have the magazine in the hands of our members bythe end of May, before many branches go on hiatus for the summer. Dave and his team did everything in their power to meet this commitment, but in the end, there were unavoidable delays in creating and adjusting the final press proofs. I fully support Dave in his decision not to proceed with printing until the publication was as perfect as it could be. And for those branches that ordered extra copies, the hard-working Bob Isbill will be shipping them in the next couple of days.

Exciting Opportunity for CWC Members at Bay Area Book Festival June 3 and 4 in Berkeley — Sell Your Book(s) at CWC Booth

Here’s a note from Carole Bumpus, president of the CWC–San Francisco Peninsula Branch and NorCal chair.

Bay Area Book Festival LogoThe California Writers Club-NorCal Group takes great pleasure in announcing an exciting opportunity just for you, our members. CWC-NorCal Group has once again reserved a booth at the third annual Bay Area Book Festival, and is offering the opportunity for CWC members to sell their books at the booth—at no cost!

The Bay Area Book Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, in downtown Berkeley in and around Civic Center Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. Each year, this free event draws some 50,000 people, 300 author/speakers and 160 vendors. This year, CWC will be one of the exhibitors.

Details are still being worked out, but here is what we can tell you:

  • CWC members are invited to sell their books and/or promote their writing-related business at our booth at no cost to the member.  Your brochures and books on the table will suffice; no large promo posters.  (We are at the booth to mainly promote CWC.)
  • You must have a current seller’s permit from the State Board of Equalization if you plan to actually sell anything.
  • You must be present in the booth and handle all details of making the sale. No dropping off books and expecting others to sell them for you!
  • Shifts will be set up on two-hour intervals. You must remove yourself, your books, and all other promotional materials at the end of your two-hour shift.  
  • Shift assignments will be made either on a first-come, first-served basis or by lottery, depending on demand. You may not sign up for more than one shift unless and until all other interested CWC members are accommodated.
  • You may use your shift to promote a writing-related business (editing, book design, PR, etc.) in lieu of selling books.
  • This opportunity is available only to current members of CWC.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, add your name to the master list by sending an email to Tim Jollymore with the Berkeley Branch.  His email address is: . Even if you have already signed up or indicated interest to someone at your home branch, please add your name to this master list. Put “Bay Area Book Festival” in the Subject field and indicate your home branch in the body of the email.

CWC-Marin Hosts “The Writer’s Life” Conference April 2 at Book Passage–Corte Madera

Join CWC-Marin for a daylong conference covering fiction and nonfiction writing, with three literary agents available for five-minute pitches. Morning coffee and rolls are included, along with a bag lunch, in the registration. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Presenters include keynote speaker Constance Hale on “The Seven Stages of Manuscript Grief,” Linda Watanabe McFerrin on “Writing About Places Real and Imagined,” Tanya Egan Gibson, Robert Pimm, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Mary C. Moore, David Colin Carr, and more.

Special final week price for CWC members: $99.

Find out more at

Tri-Valley Writers to Host Conference April 22 in Pleasanton

The Tri-Valley Writers Conference, a full day event on the art and business of writing, will take place Saturday, April 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Pleasanton at the Four Points by Sheraton.

Attendees can share their passion for writing and network with writers and industry leaders. The conference features three tracks: Craft, Marketing and Publishing. Registration costs are $165 for California Writing Club (CWC) members and $190 for non-members. The fee for students aged 14-22 with student ID is $80.

Presenters include Jim Azevedo of Smashwords; Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary Agency; Victoria Zackheim, author of The Bone Weaver and editor of six anthologies; Dave Denny, two-year term as Poet Laureate of Cupertino; Joel Friedlander, founder of The Self-Publishing Roadmap; and other experts. For a complete list of presenters, go to

The keynote speaker will be New York Times and international bestselling author Anne Perry. She is noted for her memorable characters and exploration of social and ethical issues. Two of her series — one featuring Thomas Pitt, one featuring William Monk — have been published worldwide. She has a third successful series based around World War I. Among her other novels are the Byzantium novel The Sheen on the Silk and fantasies that reflect her spiritual convictions: Tathea and Come Armageddon. Perry has published nearly 85 novels with more than 28 million copies in print. None of her titles has ever been out of print.

The Times, a newspaper/list publication associated with the Mystery Page Turners, has listed Perry as among “100 Masters of Crime” of the 20th Century. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro. Perry also won an Edgar award in 2000 for her short story “Heroes.” Perry resides in Los Angeles.

Fees may be paid online or by check in the mail. For more information and to register, visit

The conference registration deadline is April 10. For more information about the CWC Tri-Valley Branch, contact Patricia Boyle at or visit