President's Message
Happy Holidays to you, each one! May the joy which the season imparts flow your way! As we celebrate with family and friends, let us be reminded of those who have so little, and count ourselves most fortunate to have, at least, each other: a company of writerly souls who come together and embrace each other's literary contributions.

And on that note, I, along with your entire CWC San Francisco Peninsula Branch Board, invite you to two such literary celebrations. The first, our first-ever branch bookselling and book signing event with Barnes & Noble, will take place at the B&N store at the Hillsdale Mall on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This special event, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, allows some of our authors to sell and sign their books, while encouraging the sale of all B&N books for holiday buying. In fact, 10 percent of the proceeds from every book sold in the store, online, or in any other B&N store across the country from December 3 through 8, using our special promotion code 12030052, will go to our branch to help fulfill our future goals of community outreach. Come help us celebrate, and buy plenty of books. And be sure to send this promotional code to your family and friends to take advantage of this special offer.

Then, on the following day, December 4, we will continue to celebrate our branch and our author members at our annual holiday party. Held this year at the Sequoia Yacht Club, Redwood City, from 3-6 p.m., w e are offering an afternoon of camaraderie, conviviality, possible comedy, and canap├ęs. Come, share and sell your books, and prepare a short 3-5 minute excerpt from your book, a poem, a piece of satire, a song, or a short skit in our Open Mic forum. All of this, as we come together over drinks and food, enjoying the company and familiarity of friends. Please let me know if you are coming and if you are bringing a guest.  

This holiday event will replace our regular December meeting, so be sure to join us. We look forward to sharing this special holiday time as we share our talents with each other.
Again, have a good and safe holiday season! In this thought-provoking time, may your thoughts and your writing encompass your passion and, through your expression, may you receive balm for the coming days in the New Year!
Use this special code to make your B&N purchase: 12030052
--Carole Bumpus, SF Peninsula Branch President

December 4th Program
Let's Party!

California Writers Club
Sequoia Yacht Club
441 Seaport Court
Redwood City
January 21, 2017
Guest Speaker: Joel Friedlander
Kickstart Your Year by Getting Published  
Wondering how to get your words out into the world? 
Mark your calendar for the January 2017 meeting of the CWC SF Peninsula when Joel Friedlander, a.k.a. The Book Designer, presents a not-to-be-missed program for authors entitled "Kickstart your Year by Getting Published: Author Platform, Branding, and Monetization."

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
California Writers Club
Sequoia Yacht Club
441 Seaport Court
Redwood City
FREE to first-timers. $10 members. $15 nonmembers.  
$10 students with ID. 
November Program Recap:
Creating an Effective Marketing Strategy  for Your Book ( LeeAnne Krusemark) 
by Lisa Meltzer Penn

LeeAnne Krusemark spoke about marketing your book or ebook. She started us off with a very short writing exercise to demonstrate how everyone has their own distinct voice, and went on to review the various types of publishing--traditional, self-publishing, print-on-demand, and ebooks. Regardless of which type you choose, you will need to drive people to your author page or website and interact on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc. (pick three).
Start networking in a real way, not just "selling" your book. Send out review copies (easy to do electronically) and take advantage of local media opportunities. "Local media likes local stories. They need content." "It's all about how you present yourself. Use what you have." And remember, don't take rejection letters personally. They mean you are actively sending out your work, and that's a good thing.  
CWC SF Peninsula Calendar

Saturday, December 3
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
CWC Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Hillsdale Shopping Center 
11 West Hillsdale Blvd. 
San Mateo, CA 94403 

Sunday, December 4
3 - 6 p.m. Branch Holiday Party,
Open Mic & Book Sales
California Writers Club
441 Seaport Court
Redwood City

Upcoming Meetings

January 18, 2017 - Open Mic 
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open Mic at  Reach & Teach 
144 W. 25th Avenue, San Mateo. FREE

January 21, 2017 - Speaker 
Joel Friedlander presents: Kickstart Your Year by Getting Published: Author Platform, Branding, and Monetization

January 21 - Think Tank
FREE. MEMBERS ONLY. After the January program, Megan Ashley will be leading the Think Tank: "Can you have a character of a different culture in your work and write it well?"  Maximum of 10 members. 

SF Peninsula Branch now meets at:
441 Seaport Court
Redwood City 
$10 members. $15 nonmembers.
$10 students with ID.

at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair
December 3-8, 2016 

We're holding a Book Fair in conjunction with Barnes & Noble during the first week of December.  The SF Peninsula CWC branch will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from any book purchased at any Barnes & Noble store or online at between Saturday, December 3 and Thursday, December 8.  But there's a catch. Buyers must use a special code -- 12030052 -- for our club to get credit for the purchase.

Club members will staff a welcome table and sign books on Saturday, December 3, at the Barnes & Noble at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo.


San Mateo Critique Group

2nd and 4th Friday each month, 10:30 to noon.
The Peninsula Regent, 1 Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, rear of the large meeting room opposite the elevator.  

Bring at least 5 copies of your no-longer-than-6-page manuscript to hand out. For more info, contact Karen Hartley at or (408) 315-0271.

Start Working on Your San Mateo County Fair Literary Entries Now!

It's that time of the year again: the 2017 San Mateo County Fair is just around the corner. We're getting everything ready so that you can participate in the contests and enjoy our numerous Literary Stage events. We should have the contest registration open and ready to accept your submissions sometime in January, so be smart and prepare your literary entries sooner rather than later!

Currently you can go to and sign up for the newsletter that will tell you all about the Fair. Keep checking the COMPETE option in the green banner at the top of the website page to know when to upload our contest guidelines. In the meanwhile, make an early New Year's Resolution to create your best work. If you win a contest (first, second, third, or honorable mention) you will be published in our annual Carry the Light anthology (thanks to Sand Hill Review Press), so edit, and then edit again!

One change: as many of you know, the premier magazine  Parenting on the Peninsula has closed its doors. The POP was a loyal contest sponsor and we thank everyone involved, especially the managing editor Lyne-Marie Thomas. She sent me this heartfelt email: "Dear Bardi, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and hope that the literary contest keeps going for many years to come. I will miss reading the entries, choosing the winners, and rewarding the authors with a publication in POP."

Don't get caught in an April's Fool deadline dilemma Get ready, get set, go!
Bardi Rosman Koodrin
Literary Director for the San Mateo County Fair                                                                                         

Member Feedback from the October 2016 Meeting
  • I liked the round tables at the church better than the long rectangle tables here. Sitting "theater" or "conference" style doesn't let you easily see, converse, connect with others. Also, other clubs have author book table to display/sell our books, does this club? Thanks. And more book sale/signings would be nice. (We've added seats on the other side of the table so members can face each other. There is now a table to display our books.)
  • Meetings with agents and publishers.
  • The mic is a little too loud today (but okay for the speaker). Great handling of announcements and new visitor intros. Need better intro of today's Think Tank.
    (We're working on that.)
  • Excellent speaker!!
  • More talks on writers' works and literary lives by the writers themselves. Fewer or no talks on how to sell (to me, boring and fruitless). --Stan Gedzelman
  • I am still very new to the CWC so I'm still learning what it's all about. I really like the idea of the pre-meeting "round tables" to meet and discuss ideas with others in my genre. --Megan Clancy
  • I am interested in networking with members who are freelance writers because I am launching my own freelance writing business and would like to explore tricks of the trade. Can we use CWC Facebook page for this sort of networking? --Eva Barrows
  • Carole, you led a great meeting--very friendly and inclusive. Members are friendly and I have felt nicely included. I love the speakers--very inspiring. 
  • I like this club. It got me into print with Fault Zone and Carry the Light. Mention the Open Mic on third Wednesday. 
We're asking for input so we can make our meetings work better for everyone and also provide opportunities to connect with other members. 

Thank you so much for your honest feedback. We're listening to you!

Think Tank

Coming Up After the January 2017 Meeting
   "Can you have a character of a different culture in your work and write it well?"   Coordinator: Megan Ashley 
Think Tank: November Recap
  Speed  Writing/Slow Editing
 by Kirst e n Weiss
Getting more words on the page is a challenge for many writers. At the November Think Tank, participants discussed methods for increasing daily word count and the additional editing required once the first draft is completed. Tips for writing more and faster included:  
  • Setting word count goals
  • Sending your inner critic on vacation and avoid ANY editing while writing the first draft
  • Spending a few minutes before you start work to hand-write a stream-of-consciousness "download" of the random stuff in your head. This keeps daily to-do's and worries from disrupting your writing
  • Defending your writing time to avoid interruptions and task switching
Speed writing typically requires more editing once the first draft is complete. Participants discussed focusing each round of edits on a different facet of the work--for example, looking for pacing in one edit, fixing plot holes and typos in another, and using editing tools such as the Hemingway App. By focusing on different issues in each round of edits, writers can avoid getting "into  the weeds" and develop a finished work they can b e proud of.
Women's National Book Association - San Francisco Chapter Presents a Special Centennial Program Event

The Woman Warrior in All of Us:
Maxine Hong Kingston in Conversation with Vanessa Hua

When:   Saturday, January 7, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  
Where:  The Women's Building, Andre Lorde Room, 2nd Floor
              3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Cost:     Members Discounted Price:  $15
              Non-Members:     $20
              Door Price:    $25
              Limited to the first 70 confirmed tickets
Admission includes a glass of wine (21 and over) and refreshments.
Books sales and signing to follow with titles by Kingston and Hua.
To kick off the WNBA Centennial's Regional Lecture Series, the San Francisco Chapter will honor the contributions of Maxine Hong Kingston on the 40th anniversary of her seminal work,  The Woman Warrior.
The Fun of Recording an Audio Novel
by Martin F. Sorensen

The number one virtue required if you're planning to make an audio recording of your novel is patience. I've recorded two novels. The first, Window on Pike Place, was published as a print book by Sand Hill Review Press earlier this year, and just this month was published as an audio book on Amazon's . The second, Searching for Julia, is finished, but I found when recording it (which is, you know, just reading it out loud), that there were typos to correct. So that was an unexpected benefit of recording -- another go at proofreading.
Window on Pike Place is 541.86 recorded minutes in 37 chapters, plus opening credits and closing credits (these have to be separate files). So, 9 hours for a 300-page book. The longest chapter is 27 minutes, the shortest is 4. Anything over half an hour has to be broken into Part A and Part B. So it was basically 9 hours of recording. Of course that amount of time requires patience, but the hard part is just like the writing: you have to listen to it again for mistakes (the equivalent of typos (that would be...wordos?), or too much time between words, or getting hung up on pronunciation. Sometimes, in the morning, I just couldn't say something right and then I'd start laughing and make it even worse.
Patience is really required in editing the audio. You have a recorded file in front of you on the computer screen, say 27 minutes worth in a long chapter, and it's in wave form. It's like working with a tape recorder. Have you ever tried to find something on a tape recorder or a videotape? It's searching slowly back and forth, and the same goes for a digital recording. And it's in seconds, or half-seconds, and it's the slowest experience in the world to listen to it and watch that line move to the right. You think it will never get to the end. Reading is fast. Listening is slow.
But as Audible points out (you can learn lots about it at, it's a different artistic creation from the printed book. So that's a reward in and of itself. I'm now an  artiste.
None of this touches on the equipment and steps required to do the recording. Maybe that's another article...

Marty Sorensen is the author of the novel Window On Pike Place (Sand Hill Review Press) and is currently finishing the novel Searching for Julia . In 2000 he founded the Sand Hill Review with poetry editor Janice Dabney, and was joined in 2009 by art editor Joyce Savre and fiction editors Elise Frances Miller, Jim Hanna, Wendy Walter, and Tina Gibson. In 2005, he retired from Stanford University. He is a co-founder with Tory Hartmann of The Sand Hill Review Press. 
Member News
Excitement for  Brian M. Oldham , in the final editing process of his new book The Consequences of War. In addition to editing, he's made connections in his marketing efforts, and has secured a professional artist who designed a shocking but wonderful cover for the book. Brian is happy to share his experience to encourage others working on or finishing, or trying to market a first novel. You can contact him at (916) 712-1609.
James Hanna's short story "Cheating the Jail Out of Time" appears in Literally Stories. This is a tale about the final days of a criminal sociopath. It is included in Hanna's anthology: A Second, Less Capable Head and Other Rogue Stories (available on Amazon).
Audrey Kalman
had another flash fiction piece,
shortlisted in the Mash Stories Competition (which, alas, is being discontinued, though the stories will live on).
Congratulations to 
Karen Hartley,
whose poem "Tickling the Ivories"
appeared in CWC South Bay's November 2016 Writers' Talk.

Congratulations, everyone!

Submission Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Submission deadline for
Fault Zone  has been extended.  New deadline for members and non-members is December 31, 2016 .

CWC Members - Click here for Fault Zone submission guidelines    
Non-CWC Members - Click here for Fault Zone submission guidelines
To submit for either, use the Submittable link.

CWC Literary Review 2017 deadline: November 30, 2016. Click here for guidelines .  

Chicken Soup for the Soul. You will be paid $200 ($100 for devotionals) and receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. Several categories of books are open, with deadlines between now and January 31, 2017.

38th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards is accepting submissions January 1 to April 30, 2017:
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Nimrod submissions.  

Nimrod International Journal is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore ideas of home--both leaving home and finding home--for their  Spring/Summer 2017 issue,  Leaving Home, Finding Home.

Imitation Fruit Literary Journal, an annual online publication, is looking for fun and upbeat short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork. Send up to 5 poems or 15 pages of prose. Submission deadline is April 1st of each year and publication is in late Fall. For more information, please see the submissions page at

Frankenstein Your Writing:
How to Repurpose What You've Already Written

by Eva Barrows
T oo often I run across a literary journal that I'd love to submit to, but find the submission deadline is a week away! I want to submit something new, something fresh, to journals, but often feel I don't have enough time to pull it off. Recently it dawned on me that I can Frankenstein my work. What I mean is, I can repurpose something I've already written and use pieces of this work to create something entirely new!
I have several sketch comedy scripts that I've spent a lot of time crafting, but these aren't suitable for literary journals. Lucky for me, I also write short stories and it should be easy to turn these sketches into stories. Well, okay, I'm finding that it's not "easy," but I have a lot more to work with at this point than if I were starting out fresh. I might actually meet the journal deadline.

1)  When repurposing your work, you need to figure out what part of it to use again to make something new. With a poem, you could use an idea or a mood, or anything else that sparks your imagination, to create either another poem or some other type of writing altogether. For me, the comedy sketch already has snappy dialog and a story arc that I can re-use. I'm halfway there!


2) The next step is to build upon the element(s) you are repurposing. This is when a new being is created (insert evil genius laugh here). Without actors acting out the lines I wrote, my comedy piece is missing internal thoughts, some action, and grounding emotions. If you're taking a snippet of a previous idea for your new baby, then a lot more creation will need to happen, but you're still better off than starting from nothing.


3)  After you have a fresh draft of something new, the normal editing process that you are familiar with takes place. This is where my draft is currently, patiently waiting for me to finish breathing life into it.


I am enjoying the process of working with something that I wrote a while ago. I had figured that since I didn't have an outlet for the sketch that it was doomed to stay in hard drive limbo. But now I realize I can just tweak it and there's a real possibility for it to take on a new life as a short story.

Eva Barrows is a CWC Peninsula member. Visit her website

Guidelines for Submitting Articles to This Newsletter  
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We often have room for one or two short  articles. 
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  • Edit and proofread carefully before you submit.
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