San Francisco Peninsula Writer
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April 2020 | California Writers Club
President's Message
Dear CWC Members,

The world has turned upside down in the month since I last penned a message for this space.

It’s impossible to write this without acknowledging some of the losses of the last month and the grief that accompanies them. There is the great and tragic loss of lives. There is the loss of choice and opportunity for so many health care and other essential workers, who must continue their jobs under circumstances of almost unimaginable strain and uncertainty. There are smaller, personal losses: freedom to move about, the ability to gather in groups, the chance to hug a friend. For writers, there are canceled book launches, delayed publication, and the loss of the mental space for creativity.

Our branch has lost the ability to meet in person. We lost the opportunity to host another workshop, which was to have taken place this past weekend. And we lost the Literary Stage, along with the Literary Arts Contest, when The San Mateo Exposition and Fair Association made the inevitable decision to cancel the San Mateo County Fair.

This is our new reality.

Yet a ledger containing only losses would be a grim ledger indeed. And I have been amazed by all we have gained, despite—or in some cases because of—our losses.

We have learned new ways to gather. We have deepened connections with current friends and rediscovered old ones, sometimes far away. We have flocked to online gathering spots, shared resources for staying home sane while staying sane home, and witnessed—or been the actors in—extraordinary feats of generosity. As writers, we have attended online readings, writing sessions, and open mics.

Since we made the decision to hold our March meeting online, the CWC SF Peninsula Board has been busy (virtually, of course) adjusting our programs and offerings to this new reality. As you will see below, we’ve moved many events online, including our weekly Shut Up & Write sessions ( the next one is April 9) and Writers Helping Writers (the next ones are April 8 and April 15).

The increased need for human connection has followed a growth curve not unlike that of the virus. We need each other now more than ever. In addition to participating in our vents online, I encourage you to check out our branch on Facebook and Twitter to continue making CWC part of your routine.

  • On Facebook, we share opportunities for submissions, upcoming contests, and members’ good news. You’re welcome to post to the page yourself.
  • Our Twitter feed is less developed, but we’d love to make it more active. See the information below about using it.
  • Our MeetUp group is where we announce many of our activities and (now online) events. To be notified whenever we post a new event, you can join MeetUp.

Finally, I want to put out a call for you to contribute. Let us know: What are you working on? How has COVID-19 affected your writing? What has helped you get through the day/night? Have you discovered any new activities or online gatherings you want to let the club know about? You can contribute here and we’ll gather and curate some of your ideas to share. Just fill out the form here to let us know.

I’ll end with a virtual hug and fervent hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe.

P.S. I wish I could send you all a few rolls of toilet paper...

To comply with county health department orders, the CWC Peninsula Branch monthly meetings for April, May and June will be held via Zoom.

April 18 meeting - Click here to register

The Bay Area Book Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday May 2 & 3 has been cancelled. Thank you to CWC members who volunteered to staff our booth!

Due to Covid-19 we have made the decision to cancel the May 21 Bay Area Generations Literary Salon as it would not lend itself well to a virtual version. We hope to be back on track for our next Literary Salon on August 20. Check our website and FB pages for submission information as we get closer.
Recurring Events - NOW ONLINE!
As the name implies, we sit quietly and write. If you'd like to participate, join  Shut Up & Write Silicon Valley on MeetUp  to RSVP (look for Shut Up & Write/CWC SF Peninsula). For now, we're doing this virtually... an hour and a half of writing after a half hour of check-in and chat. RSVP via MeetUp to receive the link to join.

Every Tuesday
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
April 7 - RSVP via MeetUp
April 14 - RSVP via MeetUp
April 21- RSVP via MeetUp

Every Thursday
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
April 9 - RSVP via MeetUp
April 16 - RSVP via MeetUp
April 23 - RSVP via MeetUp
Join your writing peers as they lead free workshops on the techniques of writing. For now, these events are virtual.

2nd Wednesday of every month
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 8
The Power of Scrivener for Writers

3rd Wednesday of every month
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
April 15
Editing Memoir and Personal Stories

On hiatus

4th Tuesday of every month
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Never Miss a Thing
See more events listed on our calendar .

To be notified of upcoming events, join the CWC group on MeetUp .

Building a Club Twitter List for Support
Tired of Zoom? Tired of phone calls? Use Twitter to keep in touch! Here's a presentation to help you get started: download the Think Tank presentation here . It covers a fraction of what’s available on Twitter, andwe can help each other to improve.

The club twitter account is @CWCSFPeninsula . Follow that account to see upcoming events from the club and select outside events. When you look at the profile of the account, follow the list link and you’ll see the California Writers Club list.

Click the big, blue subscribe button, and you too can hear about, and support, other club members. Send an email to and we will add you to the list so people can find you as well.
Resources for Members
Critique Groups
Looking for critique group partners? We can help! Please contact Lisa Meltzer Penn .
Resources for Writers
Check out the Writers' Corner  page on the SF Peninsula CWC website, where you'll find a list of resources to help you write and get published. Listings include publications and small presses founded or edited by branch members, literary magazines where members' work is published, local writing conferences and contests, and local writing organizations. 

There is also a list of branch members who provide writing-related services for a fee: editing, coaching, and more. 

Board Members
Executive Board
President: Audrey Kalman
Vice President: Geri Spieler
Secretary: Korie Pelka
Treasurer: Jean Morrow

Additional Voting Positions
Membership Chair: Mark Dooley
Marketing & Outreach Chair: Linda Glave
Fault Zone Editor-in-Chief: Laurel Anne Hill 
Immediate Past President: Lisa Meltzer Penn 
State Board Rep: Carole Bumpus
NorCal Rep: Carole Bumpus     
Committee/Individual Contributor Positions
Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Meltzer Penn
Memberships: Tim Flood, Margaret Nalbach
Web Manager: Mindy Yang
Newsletter Editor: OPEN
Newsletter Production: Corinna Sherman
Hospitality: Megan McDonald
Think Tank/Writers Helping Writers: Geri Spieler 
Parliamentarian: Alisha Willis
SMCF Literary Stage Coordinator: Megan McDonald
SMCF Literary Stage Manager: Laurel Ann Hill
SMCF Literary Stage Exhibits Coordinator: Sue Barizon 
Critique Group Contact: Lisa Meltzer Penn

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