High School Senior
Writing Contest Winners

Above from left: Third Place winner, Jenna Garden from Salinas HS, CCW Contest Chair Leslie Patiño and First Place winner, Victoria Mazariegos from Millennium Charter HS receiving their certificates at our April 19th meeting at Point Pinos Grill, Pacific Grove.

Congratulations to all 45 high school seniors who submitted stories to the 2016 CCW Hight School Senior Short Story Contest. They represented 11 high schools and 16 teachers from throughout Monterey County.

Meet all the winning authors
and read their stories

Who we are

The California Writers Club, CWC, grew from the literary movement in the San Francisco Bay area where the circle at the Coppa Club included Jack London, poet George Sterling and short story writer Herman Whitaker. From these informal gatherings came the Press Club of Alameda, a faction of which in 1909 formed the California Writers Club. The Club incorporated in 1913, choosing as its motto "Sail On!" from Joaquin Miller's poem Columbus with the goal of promoting the fellowship and personal and professional growth of writers.

The Central Coast Writers branch of CWC received its charter in July, 2002. Since then we have grown to comprise over 100 writers from across the Central Coast who represent a broad range of writing interests. While nearly half of our members are published authors, the programs, workshops and speakers presented by CCW are designed to serve the needs of both the established and the aspiring authors among us.

Get to know us:

Meet our Executive Board.

Meet our Members.

At Our Next Meeting

In the News

May 17, 2016

Sylvie Simmons

Join us on May 17th to hear Silvie Simmons, San Francisco music journalist and Rock 'n' Role Detective.

"Writing a good biography is an extremely personal piece of detective work. At least, that's Sylvie Simmons' take on it. The veteran music journalist, British expat, and Mission District resident spent three years sifting through the minutiae of revered Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen's life for her tireless biography I'm Your Man. She contacted 110 people, tracking down Cohen's friends and former lovers, his childhood rabbi, even monks he knew later in life.

"Having interviewed Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Black Sabbath, and Robert Plant, Sylvie Simmons can tell some killer stories."

Excerpted from James Robinson's article in the SF Weekly Music section, January 9, 2013 See: http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/sylvie-simmons-sf-music-journalist-rock-n-roll-detective/Content?oid=2187629

Get to know Silvie better at: http://sylviesimmons.com/

Above: CCW Members and friends enjoy stepping back in history in the 2016 Pacific Grove Good Old Days parade on April 9th. Below: CCW's Booth for the weekend. Photos by Laurie Sheehan.

June 21, 2016

Michael David Lukas

Join us on June 21st for an evening with Michael David Lukas, author of The Oracle of Stamboul.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize.

A recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Maddalena Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center, and Elizabeth George Foundation, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

He will discuss the tension between revision and inspiration, as well as strategies for revision, fundamental to the writing process. He lives in Oakland, California.

CCW Events - July throught December
Get out your calendar and mark these dates today.

July – CCW in the Monterey 4th of July Parade

July 19th – General Meeting - Program to be announced.

August – CCW BBQ, Members Only Event - Specifics to be announced. No General  Meeting in August

September  20th - General Meeting - Program to be announced.

October 18th – Booktoberfest

November  15th - General Meeting - Program to be announced.

December – Holiday Party - Specifics to be announced.

No General Meeting in December

For more detail and a further look ahead go to our Members section.

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The third Tuesday of the month. Mark your calendar and join us.

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

Dinner Hour: 5:30pm
Order from a full menu of reasonably priced selections.

Meeting Begins: 6:30pm

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