Posts Tagged ‘2016’

Memoir Author Tamim Ansary Discusses Writer’s Block

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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Tamim Ansary will present “Why Do We Write?” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

He will explain why writing is hard, why we do it anyway, what to do when the piece refuses to be written, and what’s the best that can happen?

Tamim Ansary is the author of the celebrated memoir, West of Kabul, East of New York, and writes fiction, non-fiction, history, and essays on politics, and a wide range of other subjects. He teaches through the Osher Institute, and runs a workshop on memoir writing.

Sign-in is from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm, luncheon 12:00 pm to 12:45, including a short business meeting, and speaker from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, April 6. To reserve, contact Robin at ragig@aol.com, leave a message at 925-933-9670, or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now” on the Mt. Diablo website, http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/next-program/. Add $2 transaction fee. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

The Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing Workshop/SF Bay Area

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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C.S.Lakin will present a workshop on “The fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing” at the next luncheon meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, California.

Ms. Lakin will discuss the following common flaws: overwriting, weak construction, POV violations, telling instead of showing, too much backstory, and description deficiencies and excesses.
C.S.Lakin is the author of twenty-two fiction and non-fiction books and is an award-winning blogger at LiveWriteThrive. She works full-time as a writing coach and book copyeditor, and is passionate about helping writers see success.
Check-in is from 8:30 to 9:00 am. The workshop is from 9:00am to 12:00pm, followed by a luncheon. The cost is $40 for CWC members, $50 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, March 9th. Contact Robin Gigoux at ragig@aol.com, or phone 925-933-9670. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

Enter Farmer’s Almanac’s 2016 Essay Contest!

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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The 2016 Essay Contest Topic

U.S. Readers:  “A New U.S. National Holiday We Need—and Why” 

Canadian Readers: “A New Canadian National Holiday We Need—and Why”

Cash prizes (first, $250; second, $150; third, $100) will be awarded for the best essay (in 200 words or less).

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2016. Winners will be contacted and published in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac and published on Almanac.com.

All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material.

Enter here:

http://www.almanac.com/content/2016-essay-contest

Path to Publication

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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Three local authors will share “The Path to Publication” at the next luncheon meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Lynne Goodwin will discuss setting goals and completing a first draft.

Al Garrotto will talk about editing, cutting and polishing your manuscript.

Anne Steiner will present strategies for marketing and creating your platform.

Sign-in begins at 11:15 am, with a seated luncheon from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm, and speakers at 1:00 pm.  The cost is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, December 9. Contact Robin at ragig@aol.com or leave a message at: 925-933-9670 or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now” on the Mt.Diablo website.: http://cwcmtdiablowriters,wordpress.com/next-program/.  Add $2 transaction fee. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters,wordpress.com