East Sierra (In-Person): Crossing the Lines and Dotting the Tease: When Fiction Mirrors Memoirs

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

JEANNIE BARROGA CROSSES THE LINES, DOTS THE TEASE AT OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING Award-winning playwright and author of “Turn Right at the Water Buffalo” Jeannie Barroga will speak about “Crossing the Lines and Dotting the Tease: When Fiction Mirrors Memoirs” for our general meeting, Thursday, September 1, in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 […]

Orange Co. (In-Person): Author’s Journey Series

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

Kaira Rouda “Author’s Journey Series" Kaira Rouda has led one of those “seen everything” types of lives you might expect a USA Today best-selling author to have: newspaper reporter, columnist, marketing executive, and entrepreneur. The characters of her salacious novels are left in the wake of a twisting and turning psychological thrill ride – every […]

High Desert (In-Person): How I Became a Storyteller

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

JOHN BEYER ​"HOW I BECAME A STORYTELLER" John R. Beyer is currently writing a weekly travel column (1500 words and photographs) for USA Today Network. In 2020, one of his columns won a prestigious CNPA award. His pieces are about traveling with a humorous spin on them. Also, he has four novels published under his […]

Coastal Dunes (Hybrid): Screenwriting

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, September 10, 2022, […]

Mt. Diablo (In-Person): Rewrite! A Jounalist Turns Author

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

CWC Mt. Diablo Presents Duffy Jennings: Rewrite! A Jounalist Turns Author September 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm PDT Add to calendar *In Person at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant. *This is not a hybrid meeting. Featured Speaker Duffy Jennings After his newspaper career, Duffy Jennings served as vice president of public relations for the San […]

San Fernando Valley (Zoom): Writing Setting: From Italy to Britain

September 10th - Christobel Kent Writing Setting: From Italy to Britain     The San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club is pleased to welcome bestselling author Christobel Kent as the keynote speaker on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 pm via Zoom, with a presentation titled “Writing Setting: From Italy to Britain.” Kent […]

Long Beach (Hybrid): What’s the Point? Story, Subtext and Plot.

Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library 4055 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA

"What's the Point? Story, Subtext and Plot." GAYLE CARLINE is the award-winning author of the Peri Minneopa Mystery series, as well as a weekly columnist for the Placentia News-Times. When she’s not writing, she teaches workshops at conferences about writing and publishing.   In this post-pandemic time,  we are testing hybrid (in-person and Zoom) meetings.  […]

South Bay (Zoom): Crafting Short Stories, With a Focus on Journal/Contest Submissions

Crafting Short Stories, With a Focus on Journal/Contest Submissions, with Brent van Staalduinen A short story is the epitome of literary economy. Less is more. Edgar Allen Poe once wrote, “A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” No room for fluff or filler. Just pure narrative propulsion that […]

Napa (In-Person): How to Get Over Yourself and Write

Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists 1625 Salvador Ave, Napa, CA

How to Get Over Yourself and Write Barry Martin On September 14, we feature Barry Martin, Managing Director of Lucky Penny Productions and “Wine Country Live” Producer and Co-Host on KVYN-FM. Barry Martin was born and raised in the Ozarks. He studied theatre in college, then began working as an on-air radio talent at age […]

Writers of Kern (In-Person): Carla Marting

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

17 September 2022 | Featured Speaker: Carla Marting | A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words When: The 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:15-11:15 am. Join us 30 minutes early for breakfast and writer’s fellowship, January, February, April and June-November. Where: Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Fee: $10 for members, $15 […]

Sacramento (Hybrid): I Write To Introduce You To The World

Arden-Dimick Library 891 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA

I Write To Introduce You To The World Free Monthly Meeting Live and Zoom presentation (includes Q&A)  Saturday, September 17, 2022  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arden-Dimick Library 891 Watt Avenue Sacramento, CA – OR – Click here to register for Zoom with Jacquelyn Smithson Howard Poet-Author-Ghostwriter-Editor-Publisher The lessons are the blessings. I help people […]

SF Peninsula (Hybrid): A Legal Guide for Writers: Get Your Questions Answered

A Legal Guide for Writers: Get Your Questions Answered Bob is the Book Publishing Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. From 2002 until 2007 he served as Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the Forum’s quarterly publication. Bob has co-authored books, chapters, and numerous articles on legal and […]

Redwood (Hybrid): You’ve Written a Book, What’s Next?: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, & Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes

Finley Communiy Center 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA

You've Written a Book, What's Next?: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, & Ways to Translate "No" to "Yes" with Deborah Halverson Deborah Halverson shows beginners as well as advanced writers—published and pre-published—how to perfect their submission package and strategy. This presentation includes a master handout, sample query letters, and a quick-reference sheet for translating editorial feedback. […]

Tri-Valley (In-Person): The Fourth Column

Kevin Fisher-Paulson, Author and SF Chronicle Columnist, September 17, 2022 Kevin Fisher-Paulson will present “The Fourth Column” at the Tri-Valley Writers Saturday, September 17, 2022 meeting. Every writer has one column in them. The trick is to be the kind of writer who has one column in them every week. Kevin will discuss the craft of writing […]

Berkeley (Zoom): Breaking the Book

“Breaking the Book” with Michael Lucker on September 18th, 2022 Wanna turn your book into a movie? Now you can! But adaptation is a craft unto itself. Step one is: Breaking the Book. Distilling 400 single spaced pages into 100 double-spaced. What do you use? What do you lose? Join us for an hour of fun-filled […]

Mendocino (Zoom): Self-Editing Techniques to Ease Your Writerly Journey

September Speaker Ericka Lutz Sunday, September 18, 3:00 p.m. Zoom Self-Editing Techniques to Ease Your Writerly Journey Like a sword that cuts but cannot cut itself; Like an eye that sees but cannot see itself. –      Zenrin-kushu The difference between an amateur and professional-level writer often comes down to willingness to revise. But editing your […]

North State (Hybrid): Point of View/Deep POV

Chico Veteran's Hall 54 Rio Lindo Ave., Chico, CA

Erin Lindsay McCabe, “Point of View/Deep POV.” Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m., are hybrid events, and are free to all. In-person at Chico Veterans Hall, 554 Rio Linda Ave., Chico. To request the Zoom link, send an email to no later than 5:00 p.m. the Sunday prior to the meeting.

Central Coast (In-Person): All My Thoughts Are Second Thoughts

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

September 20, 2022 Karen Joy Fowler All My Thoughts Are Second Thoughts Karen Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels, including Sarah Canary, which won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian and The Jane Austen Book Club, a NY Times bestseller. She has also published three short story collections, two of which won the World […]

Inland Empire (In-Person): Life After Sending a Submission

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

Saturday, September 24, 2022 Life After Sending a Submission … This year, a handful of Inland Empire members sent manuscripts to The Literary Review, our state-wide club magazine. They waited over six months for a panel of judges to evaluate their work. As usual, less than 50% of overall submissions were accepted. Every year, the […]

Marin (Zoom): Book Mapping

Topic: Book Mapping – Be Your Own Developmental Editor A book map is a “big picture” overview of a book, broken down chapter by chapter and scene by scene, usually in the form of a table. It allows you to look objectively at an entire story, all at once. In this workshop, you will learn: […]