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A thought: Everyone is afraid of something. The rational mind can tell us simply to not be afraid. The application of that idea, however, is somewhat more difficult. And that, folks, is the great divide between intellect and emotion. I've given this some thought recently. About how fear has the ability to work on emotions and keep people from doing the things that they want to do. Don't you feel it's the same with writing? Some never submit anything for fear of rejection? Some say they "can't" do something because the one time they tried they failed? I'm not saying that you need to be a superhero, because, to paraphrase, "being brave isn't the absence of fear, it means trying in spite of the fear."

Laurie Sheehan, CCW President

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August: Members & Guests Summer BBQ. There is no general meeting in August.



September 19, 2017: Laurie McLean 
Tips for Thriving in Publishing Today

Literary Myth: If you don't have a literary agent, you aren't a real author. This is FALSE! Dynamic speaker and successful agent Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary will share insights from the trenches about the revolution going on in publishing and why is it no longer impossible to get published without an agent. Through self-publishing, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, digital-first and other publishing initiatives, for the first time ever you can go it alone and make a living as an author. Is there a place for a literary agent in your future? Perhaps. Perhaps not. And perhaps literary agents are changing as much as the industry they work in. Laurie will candidly explain the ins, outs, pluses, and minuses of publishing in this new era and beyond.

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction plus middle-grade and young adult children's books. Laurie is also the co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its fifteenth year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies: for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books (acquired by Short Fuse Publishing in 2015). Find out more at and, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant.


October 17, 2017: Booktoberfest! 

Our annual October "Booktoberfest" is an evening filled with members sharing excerpts from their published works through five-minute readings. Watch for particulars and sign-up details.



November 21, 2017: Donia Bijan 
Political Turmoil: Backdrop to a Novel

Donia Bijan uses history as a backdrop for the people she's interested in writing about. Her memoir, Maman's Homesick Pie, was published in 2011, followed by her debut novel, The Last Days of Café Leila, in 2017. Her work chronicles families ripped apart by political upheaval; she explores both those forced to leave their countries and those who stayed behind. 

Bijan will talk about the challenges of writing without what she calls "the expatriate's self-indulgent nostalgia and reliance on pickled memories of the homeland." She left her native Iran in 1978 during the Islamic Revolution. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris, then ran her acclaimed restaurant L'Amie Donia, in Palo Alto, for ten years. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their son.


December: Members & Guests Holiday Party. There is no general meeting in December.












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Point Pinos Grill
77 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove
At the golf course
(831) 648-5774

Dinner Hour: 5:30pm
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Meeting Begins: 6:30pm

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