A Message from the President

As my time as CCW president draws to a close, I'm happy about the way CCW has grown and flourished. Our membership continues to be robust, we've had a variety of different workshops, inspiring speakers and a good relationship with the community and other like-minded groups. An organization is only as great as its members' efforts and vision, and CCW has excelled in both categories!

CCW President
Janet Tezak

Who we are

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.

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In the News

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kathleen Founds: Unleashing Your Muse Through Adventure & Experiment

Kathleen Founds' book — When Mystical Creatures Attack! — is a novel-in-stories about an idealistic English teacher who has a nervous breakdown, then corresponds with her former students from an insane asylum. It is also a collection of writing experiments. Stories take the form of in-class essays, letters, therapeutic journal exercises, an advice column, a reality show television transcript, a diary, and a Methodist women's fundraising cookbook. Founds will offer suggestions for breaking through creative roadblocks through experimentation with form, and share about the process of weaving a narrative thread through a series of stories. She will also share her experience with the publication process.

A graduate of Stanford and Syracuse universities, Founds teaches social justice themed English classes at Cabrillo College in Watsonville, CA, and writes while her toddler is napping. Her work has been published in The Sun, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker Online, Salon, and American Short Fiction Online. Her novel-in-stories, When Mystical Creatures Attack! won the 2014 University of Iowa Press John Simmons Short Fiction Award and was named a 2014 New York Times Notable Book.

Sam Grice works his grill magic at CCW's
2010 Summer BBQ

This year's BBQ will be Sunday, August 9th
Photo by Joyce Krieg


June is membership renewal month! The new Club Year begins on July 1st. See your online options below.

Online CCW membership & renewal. Joining CCW or renewing your current membership is easier than ever with our online contact information update and payment options. Go to MEMBERSHIP for all the details.

Election of Branch Officers. The Executive Board has established a nominating committee to build a slate of candidates consisting of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer to present to the membership for the upcoming June elections.

The talented volunteers who fill these vital positions keep the Branch energized and moving forward. Contact any Executive Board member if you have questions about the nominations or an interest in adding your talents to the mix.


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Shelly King: Writing Scenes That Pop

Scenes are more than the building blocks of your story. They are opportunities to enchant and delight your readers. Shelly King will share techniques you can use to create compelling scenes that will keep your readers turning the pages.

Shelly King is the debut author of The Moment of Everything, a novel about love and bookstores in Silicon Valley. A native Southerner, Shelly previously worked for a major software company as a social media strategist and information architect. Her short stories have been published in the GW Review, Epiphany, Slow Trains, the Dos Passos Review, and the Coe Review. She lives in Felton with her husband, two big dogs, and a disapproving cat.


August - Annual Members' BBQ

The CCW Summer Members' BBQ takes the place of the regular August meeting. More information is available in our Members' Section.



Ahead

September 15, 2015

Debra Busman: Social Action Writing

Debra Busman is a fiction/creative non-fiction writer and co-director of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at CSU Monterey Bay. She is an associate professor at CSUMB in the Division of Humanities & Communication. Co-editor of Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, her work has been published in Combined Destinies: Whites Share Grief About Racism, Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape, The LA Review, and more.


November 17, 2015

Andy Ross: The Agent Experience

Andy Ross is a literary agent based in Berkeley and the former owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley, California for 30 years.

Learn more about Andy and his literary agency.

 


Coming in October: Booktoberfest!

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Point Pinos Grill
77 Asilomar Boulevard
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Dinner Hour: 5:30pm
Order from a full menu of reasonably priced selections.

Meeting Begins: 6:30pm



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