California Writers Club NEWS

Upcoming Events — Northern California Leadership Conference, California Writers Week, NaNoWriMo, and Elk Grove Writers Conference

Here are some upcoming events of possible interest to California Writers Club members and leaders:


  • September 29, 2018. CWC Northern California Leadership Conference (Members only) Check with the Branch NorCal representative.
  • October 1, 2018. CWC Tri-Valley Branch in collaboration with the Pleasanton Library. “Open Mic Night with My Friends.” 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed. Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue. Readers sign up from 6:00-6:15 p.m. For more information, please contact Jordan Bernal.
  • October 6, 2018. The High Desert Branch of CWC presents the 7th Annual HOWL AT THE MOON Conference. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Guest presenter Marilyn Atlas will present “Dating Your Character,” a fun but effective approach to character development for writers. James Woody Conference Center, 13467 Navajo Road, Apple Valley, CA $45 for CWC members, $55 non-members, $25 students. Visit
  • October 6, 2018. San Fernando Valley Branch presents, “When Good Writers Turn Bad in Bed.” 1-3 p.m. Internationally respected editor and author Jonathan Beckman will give a lecture about how to avoid writing crude, tasteless, redundant and perfunctory sex scenes. Examples of the best and worst sex scene writing will be discussed at this PG rated presentation. Join us at the Motion Picture & TV Fund, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, California, Saban Community Room. Free for Members, $5 suggested donation for guests.
  • October 15-20, 2018. California Writers Week was established in 2003 by the California Writers Club. The California State Assembly officially declared the third week in October each year as California Writers Week, and it is also endorsed by the California Library Association. We invite all authors and readers to celebrate with us. Read more at
  • November 1, 2018. National Novel Writing Month.
    Ready to draft your novel in a month? Track your progress, get pep talks and support and meet fellow writers onine and in person. Go to
  • November 3, 2018. Central Coast Writers sponsors a workshop: “Ten Key Scenes That Frame Up Your Novel” with writing coach C.S. Lakin. Monterey Peninsula College, Sam Karas Room. Registration starts at 8:30; workshop from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Open to the public. $40.00 CWC members and $60.00 non-members. 
  • October 27, 2018. Elk Grove Writers Conference, “Writers Helping Writers.” The Holiday Inn, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. $50 includes breakfast and a box lunch.  9175 W. Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove CA 95758. Several members from various NorCal CWC branches are planning to attend this conference. Register at
  • February 23 & 24, 2019. Dickens Fest in Riverside. 400 Main Street, Riverside CA 92501. Celebrating the life and works of Charles Dickens and his impact on society, this Victorian themed festival has food, gifts, costumes and decor, actors, musicians and literary masters gathering for your enjoyment. CWC SoCal sponsors a booth, members can rest while working a shift or just stop by and say hello. More at

Seeking Submissions for 2019 Literary Review

We’re looking for your best work—fiction, poetry, memoir and essay—for publication in the 2019 California Writers Club Literary Review. Submissions are open to current members of California Writers Club and will be accepted from September 1 through November 30, 2018.

Works will be reviewed and selected for possible publication by a panel of acquisition editors through a blind judging process. You will be notified by email as to whether your piece will be included in the 2019 Literary Review shortly before publication in May/June of 2019.

See Submission Guidelines and FAQ.

You’ve Written a Book, so What’s Next? How About Writer’s World September 8 in San Rafael?

Sponsored by BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) Redwood Writers (CWC), Book Marketing Mentor and Pro Audiovoices, Writer’s World provides Bay Area authors with a unique opportunity to find the support services for independent publishing they need to take their next steps forward.

Get up close and personal with representatives from regional writer/publisher organizations and meet publishing professionals with services designed to help produce your print book or ebook or audiobook; to distribute your book globally and locally; to market your book in each format so your can get it out there to your target audience; to print your book either offset or on demand; to help you turn your content into a digital ebook; to record your own audiobook or have it recorded by a professional narrator; and to provide other products and services for the writers, authors, and small publishers in the Bay Area.

Keynote address is by Lee Wind, Marketing and Programming Director of IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association): “I Published a Book” is Not a Marketing Plan. (See interview with Lee here.)

Q&A is a BAIPA favorite: come ask any question related to independent publishing and all the experts and those with experience that may be helpful will do our best to get you answers and will share the benefit of our experience. We’re here to learn together!

Workshops include:

  • Improving Your Writer/Author Blog and Website: Why Changes are Critical Now with Lee Foster, Foster Travel
  • Getting Started with Audiobooks with Becky Parker Geist, Pro Audio Voices
  • Building Your Email List to Grow Your Book Sales with Judy Baker, Book Marketing Mentor
  • Write a Killer Book Blurb with John Byrne Barry, author of Wasted: A Green Noir Mystery, and Bones in the Wash

Learn more and register at Tickets are $65.

2018 Literary Review Available

If you’re a member, you should have received your copy of the 2018 Literary Review, or you will soon. You can read the digital version on our Publications page or click on the cover page below. Congratulations to all the contributors and editors and designers and proofreaders that made it happen.

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.

Register at

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.

See more at Submit to the CWC Bulletin.