Posts Tagged ‘2014’

What Chronicle Books Looks for in Proposals!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


Chronicle Books Editor Bridget Watson Payne will present “The Power of Words and Images” at the next luncheon meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Ms. Payne will discuss what she looks for in a winning book proposal, how to discover unique areas of writing and book publishing, the interaction of words and images in illustrated books, collaborations, and how to turn personal interests and passions into books.

Bridget Watson Payne has worked in publishing for over a decade with hundreds of authors, artists, and photographers. Her authors include Julia Rothman, Danny Gregory and Yoko Ono. Her own books are: This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram, and New York Jackie: Pictures From Her Life in the City.

Sign-in is from 11:30 am to noon, buffet luncheon from noon to 1:00 pm, and speaker at 1:00 pm. The cost is $20 for CWC members, $25 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, September 10. Contact Robin Gigoux at [email protected], or phone 925-933-9670. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is:

San Francisco Bay Area Free Writing Portfolio Workshop for Eighth Grade Students!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Nov 23,2013, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM @
Creative Writing classroom on the SOTA Campus (555 Portola Drive) San Francisco School of the Arts
If you’re in eighth grade and want to assemble a strong portfolio of creative writing that highlights your unique voice, this workshop is for you. 826 Valencia is teaming up with SOTA’s Creative Writing department to offer a class that will help you refine a portfolio that you can use for applying to SOTA or other schools or summer programs. The deadline for the SOTA application is December 6, so this class arrives just in time to offer you feedback on your work, answer your questions about the application process, and help you get through any writer’s block or feeling stuck.

Two current SOTA seniors, Giorgia Peckman and Frances Saux, and Writer-in-Residence Maia Ipp will lead the class with 826 Valencia’s Molly Parent and a crew of SOTA 10th-12th graders. To learn more about SOTA’s Creative Writing department, including the application process, check out

What to bring to the workshop: a portfolio of your writing that you’d like to share and receive feedback about; if you plan to apply to SOTA for Creative Writing, this would include 3 short stories; 10 poems; and a 5-10 page one-act play. Bring as many pieces of writing as you have ready for feedback (in any draft stage)! We don’t expect you to arrive with a complete portfolio.

Taught By: Maia Ipp, Giorgia Peckman and Frances Saux

One-on-One Portfolio Help with Creative Writing Students & Staff Tuesday, November 19 or Thursday, November 21@ 826 Valencia St.
Free, but registration is required
November 19 and November 21, from 6 pm to 8 pm both nights

What to bring: One or two pieces of writing for your portfolio on which you’d like feedback. You can bring them as hard copies, on a thumb drive, or in an email to yourself.

Parents, students, or teachers: For more information, please contact Maia Ipp at [email protected] or Molly Parent at [email protected]

Heads up, Contra Costa Middle School Students!

Next year’s California Young Writers Contest will have a new category. We have received a grant to include a special prize for humor! Sharpen your pencils and start practicing now! And note the free writing workshop where you can ask questions, receive hand-printed guidelines, and interact with other young writers will be Feb. 1, 2014 9-Noon at the downtown Walnut Creek Library. Teachers, why not give your students extra credit for their attendance?