events

East Sierra (In-Person): STEM, Graphic Novels, and Traditional Print

Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church 633 W. Las Flores, Ridgecrest, CA

KAREN BLAKE LOOKS AT STEM, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND TRADITIONAL PRINT January 5, 2023 Award-winning writer and poet, and also a STEM game and book publisher, Karen Blake will give the Ridge Writers January 5, 2023 program that starts at 6:30 p.m, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores. Pubic invited. Admission free. Masks requested. […]

Orange Co (In-Person): Where Have the Bad Guys Gone? Writing Good Antagonists

Anaheim Packing House 440 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Next Meeting January 07, 2023 9:00am - 9:30am Networking 9:30am - 11:00am Guest Speaker Speaker Ash Bishop Topic “Where Have the Bad Guys Gone? Writing Good Antagonists" The first novel from Ash Bishop is hard to resist from the mesmerizing cover art to the storyline that immediately gets under your skin. But it’s the ability […]

Coastal Dunes (Hybrid): Wrangling Ideas, Goal Setting and Beyond

Nipomo Library 918 West Tefft Street,, Nipomo, CA

We have switched to an RSVP system for our Zoom meetings. If you’re NOT currently a member of Coastal Dunes CWC, and you’d like to attend our next meeting via Zoom, use our Contact Form to request the Zoom link (put “Zoom link” in the Subject line.) Our next meeting is Saturday, January 7, 2023, […]

San Fernando (Zoom): The First Drafts Club

January 7th - Angie Chatman The First Drafts Club   The San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club is pleased to welcome freelance writer, editor and story teller, Angie Chapman as the keynote speaker on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 pm via Zoom, with a presentation titled “The First Drafts Club”. Angie Chatman […]

Sacramento (Zoom): Crafting a Strong Story Premise

Crafting a Strong Story Premise Wednesday, January 11 2-4 p.m. on Zoom   CWC-Sac member C. S .Lakin is teaching an intensive workshop online (Zoom) on January 11, 2-4 p.m. on crafting a strong story premise. In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn what a premise is, how to write a dynamic one-sentence story concept, and come up […]

Napa (in-Person): Podcasts as Platform: Making the Most of the Newest, Hottest Medium

Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists 1625 Salvador Ave, Napa, CA

January Meeting  WHEN      Wednesday, January 11, 7-9 p.m. WHERE   Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave. Napa “Podcasts as Platform: Making the Most of the Newest, Hottest Medium” Napa Valley Writers will feature  Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, who hosts a bimonthly podcast, The Morning Glory Project: Stories of Determination. The MGP, now in its fourth year, […]

High Desert (In-Person): The Future of News Reporting

Community Church at Jess Ranch 11537 Apple Valley Rd,, Apple Valley, CA

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 10 AM ​AT THE COMMUNITY CHURCH AT JESS RANCH RENE DE LA CRUZ ​THE FUTURE OF NEWS REPORTING Beginning the New Year of 2023, the HDCWC is proud to present longtime High Desert resident and Daily Press reporter, Rene De La Cruz. Self-described as News Reporter, Pastor, Podcaster, Videographer, American. Dodgers/Packers/StarWars/Tacos Fan, […]

Mt. Diablo (In-Person): The Magic of Storytelling through the Art of the Screenplay

Zio Fraedo's Restaurant 611 Gregory Ln, Pleasant Hill, CA

CWC Mt. Diablo Presents: Paul Zeidman “The Magic of Storytelling through the Art of the Screenplay” January 14, 2023 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Our Feature Presentation Paul Zeidman was born and raised in the suburban wilds of southern New Jersey. He began writing at a very early age. Little did he realize that his […]

San Joaquin (Zoom): Learn About Copyediting

The next meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Writers Club will take place on Zoom on Saturday, January 14 at noon. Pam Van Allen does copyediting and line editing for short stories, novels, and memoir. Some authors are apprehensive about having their work edited because the process seems mysterious. In this presentation, Pam will demonstrate […]

Long Beach (Zoom): How to Quit Your Day Job: Writing for Fun and Profit

January 14, 2023 Anne Cleeland "How to Quit Your Day Job: Writing for Fun and Profit" Anne Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard mystery series that is featured in the Amazon top 100 best sellers. Her 15 Doyle & Acton Scotland Yard series includes her latest title, Christmas with Acton & Doyle. She also writes a historical series […]

Berkeley (Zoom): Sipping the Elixir—An Overview of the Heroines Journey

“Sipping the Elixir” with Gail Carriger on January 15th, 2023   An Overview of the Heroines Journey What is the Heroine’s Journey (as opposed to the Hero’s), and what aspects make for compelling narrative and voracious readers? Where do these elements originate and how do we write them? This presentation by a highly successful writer […]

Mendocino (Zoom): Anthology Readings

2023 WMC ANTHOLOGY READINGS      Sunday, January 15, 3 p.m. Zoom In celebration of the upcoming release of Common Ground, the following authors will read five minute excerpts from their stories and poems: windflower, Earlene Gleisner, Maureen Eppstein, Susan Lundgren, Mary-Ellen Campbell, Fran Schwartz, Naty Osa, Nancy Wallace-Nelson, windflower, Sallie Reynolds, Maureen Eppstein, Sharon Gilligan, […]

Central Coast (Hybrid): Setting That Works – How Memorable Setting Can Advance Plot, Reveal Character, Echo Theme, and More.

Pacific Grove's Juice n' Java 599 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

January 17, 2023 John Byrne Barry Setting That Works - How Memorable Setting Can Advance Plot, Reveal Character, Echo Theme, and More. The primary job for setting is to immerse readers in the scene, but the most memorable settings do more than that — they advance your story, echo your theme, and convey mood and […]

Writers of Kern (In-Person): Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner

Hodel’s Country Dining 5917 Knudsen Drive, Bakersfield, CA

Pop in at one of our monthly meetings/workshops to see what Writers of Kern is all about. 21 January 2023 | Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner | TBA Not a member? No problem! We’d love to have you. When: The 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:15-11:15 am. Join us 30 minutes early for breakfast and writer’s fellowship, […]

SF Peninsula (In-Person): How to Read Your Writing to an Audience

Sequoia Yacht Club 441 Seaport Ct., Redwood City, CA

How to Read Your Writing to an Audience with Sam Kauffman Do your knees shake when you’re asked to speak in public? Does your mouth go dry when asked to read your writing in public? Do your lips stick to your teeth as you are about to read for an audience? Does your mind take what seems […]

Redwood (Zoom): Alka Joshi – My 10-Year Journey to Overnight Success

THIS MEETING WILL BE ON ZOOM ONLY Join us on Saturday, January 21, at 1 p.m. Registration link below. Saturday, January 21, 2023 1 – 2:30 p.m. ALKA JOSHI - MY 10-YEAR JOURNEY TO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS In a highly anticipated presentation, Alka Joshi, the bestselling author of The Henna Artist (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club […]

Sacramento (In-Person): Deepen Your Travel Experiences and Improve Your Writing with a Muse Board

Arden-Dimick Library 891 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA

Free Monthly Meeting (includes Q&A)  Saturday, January 21, 2023  1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Arden Dimick Library 891 Watt Avenue Sacramento, CA (Note: a recording of this meeting will be posted on the Meeting Archive tab) with Jill Hedgecock Awarding-Winning Novelist and Freelance Writer Travel broadens your life perspective, creating a muse board reveals the details—both […]

Tri-Valley (In-Person): Emotional Mastery for Fiction Writers Workshop

Las Positas College 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore, CA

Workshop with Suzanne Lakin, Novelist & Writing Coach, January 21, 2023 December 18, 2022 Suzanne Lakin will present a special three-hour workshop on “Emotional Mastery for Fiction Writers” at the Tri-Valley Writers January 21, 2023 meeting. The emotional landscape of fiction is the greatest challenge for writers, yet it is perhaps the most important element […]

Marin (Zoom): Podcasts as Platform: Making the Most of the Newest, Honest Medium

Betsy Fasbinder, award-winning author and host of a bimonthly podcast, will be speaking on Podcasts as Platform: Making the Most of the Newest, Hottest Medium. Podcasting is a huge opportunity for writers, whether as host, listener, or featured guest. Betsy reveals how to create your own podcast and how to be a sought-after guest on […]

South Bay (In-Person): Powerful Plotting Workshop

Headen-Inmn Hisoicl Houe Mueum 1509 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA

Powerful Plotting Workshop : Jan 28, 2023 from 9:00AM-2:30PM by Tatyana Grinenko | Dec 13, 2022 | Workshop, Writing Powerful Plotting Workshop with Jordan Rosenfeld  Getting down the bones or “architecture” of plot is an essential part of writing a compelling story. You may know where you want the story to go, but getting there […]

Inland Empire (In-Person): IECWC Published Author Panel

Ovitt Family Community Library 215 E. C Street, Ontario, CA

What to Expect at Our Next Meeting Saturday, January 28, 2023 Annual IECWC Published Author Panel Join us as our members, who published books in 2022, speak of the process and answer questions.