California Writers Club NEWS

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.

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.