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February 2020 | California Writers Club
President's Message
May the Best Candidate Win... But First, We Need Candidates!

It's hard to believe it's time to start thinking ahead to voting on our 2020-2021 slate of board candidates. The membership will receive the slate in March or April and voting will take place at the May meeting.

Two positions are open on the executive board: secretary and treasurer. I'm sad that our extremely capable members, Korie Pelka and Jean Morrow, will be stepping down from those roles, but I'm sure we have other members who can bring their ideas, energy, and expertise to the positions.

If you're one of them or would like to nominate someone, please contact our nominating committee.

Apart from electioneering, our branch has a busy spring planned, with monthly meetings and Think Tanks, Open Mics, Shut Up & Write events, the SF Writers Conference and Bay Area Generations in February, a special workshop and contest submissions in April, and the Literary Stage at the San Mateo County Fair in June. See below for the latest event information and stay tuned for details about submitting.

Happy writing,


P.S. Try some leapwriting? It's a leap year. While we can't actually manufacture more time, it feels as if a leap year gives us the gift of an extra day. Why not take that day (which happens to fall on a Saturday this year) and devote it to writing?

Upcoming Events
February Meeting: What I Never Intended to Write
Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00 AM
Alicia Ostriker
This workshop by Alicia Ostriker is an introduction to the art and fun of flashwriting. Working from prompts, participants will create several pieces in three minutes each. You will be surprised at the power and beauty of what you write "without thinking." Everyone will share what they have written, Alicia Ostriker will read a few of her own short poems that she wrote "without thinking," and we will discuss the process.

Alicia Ostriker has twice received the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award, among other honors. As a critic she is the author of S tealing the Language: the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the Bible. Her most recent collections of poems are Waiting for the Light and The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems 2002-2019. Her work has been translated into many languages including Hebrew and Arabic. She is currently the New York State Poet Laureate.
"Alicia Ostriker has become one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries whose iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to understanding our American selves." --Joyce Carol Oates

Think Tank after the meeting: Twitter can work as a support system for authors. Mark Dooley will lead a discussion on software, how to set up an account, and how to engage with other writers.
CWC Bay Area Generations Peninsula Literary Salon
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 PM
3 Plaza View Ln, Foster City, CA 94404
$10 suggested donation at the door

Please join us for this literary salon featuring curated works of Bay Area poets, writers and storytellers, powered by California Writers Club SF Peninsula Branch.

Bay Area Generations is an ongoing reading series that pairs readers of different generations to bring diverse voices and perspectives to the community. Since 2013, more than 400 notable authors, poets, writers, playwrights and musicians have read poetry and stories, or performed at this celebrated literary salon.
Workshop: 10 Key Scenes to Frame Your Novel
Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

In this four-hour workshop with C.S. Lakin, you’ll learn:
  • What the 5 major turning points are and where they’re placed in your novel
  • How to know exactly where to start your story and how to set up your premise
  • What the ten key scenes are that serve as the framework for your novel
  • What pinch points are and why you need them
  • How to craft those essential twists
  • Why your protagonist’s goal is the key to great storytelling
  • How to bring out your story’s themes

Price: $75.
See more events listed on our calendar .
Join the CWC group on MeetUp to be notified of our upcoming events.
Submission Deadlines
February 29, 2020 - Literary Review Submissions Due
The statewide Literary Review has begun accepting submissions. See the submission guidelines . The deadline for submissions is February 29, 2020. If you have questions regarding the Literary Review, contact Carole Bumpus .
Recurring Events
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).

Every Tuesday in Foster City
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Every Thursday in San Mateo
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join your writing peers as they lead free workshops on the techniques of writing.

2nd Wednesday of every month
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

3rd Wednesday of every month
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A monthly opportunity to read your work and hear the work of others. All are invited for this free event.

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

See more events listed on our calendar.
It's a Wrap!
CWC Writers on Stage in Readers' Theater: Women's Journeys
On Monday, February 3, CWC SF Peninsula offered its first Readers' Theater: Women's Journeys . Made possible by the generosity of Dragon Theater Productions in Redwood City, this not-quite-a-reading, not-quite-a-play took the audience on a wild romp from page to stage.

Sue Barizon
Thomas Crockett
Sam Kauffman
Audrey Kalman
Lisa Meltzer Penn
Korie Pelka
Lisa Rosenberg.  

We hope to make an encore presentation!
Member Announcements
Judy Field's story, “ The Foster Child ,” was published in the Summer 2019 issue of Shark Reef literary magazine. She has published three pieces in the San Francisco Garden Club’s Garden Gazette : a poem called, “Night Time in the Garden,” and articles called “Filoli Gardens,” and “Surprising Succulents.” Next July she will speak about her short story, “The Foster Child,” at the Original Book Club.
Jame's Hanna's story “ The Good Pimp” appears in Fictional Cafe. His story “ Do You Do Hits?” appears in Adelaide Magazine. His story “ The Lottery” appears in Fleas on the Dog.
Get Involved!
Marketing Team

Calendar Master - Keep our master Google calendar up to date with club and other activities
Event Promoter - Post our events to Facebook and MeetUp (familiarity with FB helpful)
Newsletter Editor - Gather stories/events and edit. Work with newsletter production to produce newsletter monthly, plus occasional updates.

Fault Zone Book Publicity Team
We need help to get our wonderful new anthology and the whole Fault Zone series to a broader audience with readings and book sales.

Contact Lisa Meltzer Penn by email to find out more or just chat about how you can get involved. What’s your creative vision for CWC?

Presenters for Writers Helping Writers
Our monthly series (currently the second Wednesday of the month at the San Mateo Library and the third Wednesday at the San Carlos Library) are casual sessions in which a club member leads a discussion about some element of craft, such as writing, plotting, research style, or anything else that goes into the process. You don't have to be an expert on a topic, just interested and comfortable leading a discussion. Contact Geri Spieler to get involved.
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: OPEN
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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