California Writers Club NEWS

Update on The Literary Review

We plan to bring out the next edition of The Literary Review, our annual literary magazine, in early autumn 2020.

To do that, we need members to volunteer as judges, proofers, and a submissions manager. To join the team, please let us know through your branch president or branch rep, and identify yourself by name, branch affiliation, and a little about your qualifications for the mission.

We hope to open the submission window in early December.

CWC-South Joins Museum Benefit Coming to Bishop

CWC-South joins with Imagination Lab, Bishop, CA, for museum benefit on Sunday, October 27, 2019

With the assistance of a small grant from the Southern Region of the California Writers Club (CWC-South), the Imagination Lab in Bishop, CA, invites the public to a fundraising party on Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will explore and hope to benefit the idea of a new museum or annex to a local museum for High Sierra or Eastern California Artists–poets, painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, jewelry makers, woodworkers, and more.

Entertainers/presenters include Marilyn Blake Philip, educator, journalist, author, and member of the Eastside Writing Circle; Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, journalist, columnist, author, and president of the statewide CWC; Jennifer Crittenden, publisher (Whistling Rabbit Press) and award-winning author; and Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott,  who with lifelong friend and fellow songwriter Larry Long, has  traveled extensively throughout the U.S., hitchhiking, hopping freights, and in the mid-seventies rolling along in the Lone Prairie Schooner and the Red Caboose. Adding Neil Gelvin and Dale Cannon, they formed the group “Nevada Swing,” and embarked on a bi-centennial North American tour. In recent years, Pete has frequently performed at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, OK; the Elko National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and the Millpond Music Festival, Larry Fest in Wisconsin, and the Minneapolis Monarch Festival.

Festivities unfold with “all this and goodies to eat also!” at 621 West Line, Bishop. For details: 60-872-2446.

Celebrate California Writers Week

Third Week in October

In response to a campaign spearheaded by the California Writers Club in 2003, the California State Assembly declared the third week in October as California Writers Week.

CWC branches observe this annual event with programs and exhibits throughout their communities, such as the East Sierra Branch’s display at the Kern County Ridgecrest Branch Library all month, while the High Desert Branch will herald CWW through its participation in Hesperia’s High Desert Book Festival, Saturday, October 12. Check your local branch website for sponsored and related activities. Read more.

Dedicated Members Honored July 21, 2019

California Writers Club recognized 20 dedicated members during the July 21, 2019 awards ceremony in Oakland, CA. Nineteen received the Jack London Service Award for outstanding volunteer service at the branch level and one took home the Ina Coolbrith Award for service at the state level. The Jack London and Ina Coolbrith Awards are the highest honors bestowed upon a member by the CWC.

Each honoree exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism. Jack London Awardees: Karma Bennett (Berkeley), Clarissa Conn (Central Coast Writers), John E. Anderson (East Sierra), Jan Small (Fremont Area Writers), Dr. Mary Langer Thompson (High Desert), Sam Nichols (Inland Empire), Frank Kerns (Long Beach), John Byrne Barry (Marin), Marlene Dotterer (Mt. Diablo), Sarita Lopez (Napa Valley Writers), Kathleen Hiatt (North State Writers), Robbi Sommers Bryant (Redwood Writers), Jenifer Rowe (Sacramento), Laurel Ann Hill (San Francisco Peninsula), Rita Keeley Brown (San Fernando Valley), Anthony Marinelli (San Joaquin Valley Writers), Carolyn Donnell (South Bay Writers), G. Karl Kumfert (Tri-Valley), and Janet D, Skirbinski (Writers of Kern).

Ina Coolbrith Award: Donna McCrohan Rosenthal (East Sierra).

Dickens Fest in Riverside Coming in February

Here’s an upcoming events of possible interest to California Writers Club members and leaders:

  • 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

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.