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Attention Monterey Area High School Seniors & Juniors

Welcome! Please take a moment to get to know us better, as your local branch and as part of an amazing state-wide organization of writers.
           Laurie Sheehan, CCW President

New CCW Workshop
Saturday, March 10th

"How to Promote Your Book"
with Diane Hinds

Diane Hinds has promoted some of the biggest names in the entertainment busines. Now she's a highly sought-after presenter on the topic of book publicity helping big-name writers like Anne Perry.

This workshop is designed for self-published authors but is sure to include advice we can all benefit from. Don't miss it, register early!

Information Flyer and Mail-in Registration & Payment

Online Registration - Online Payment Option

CCW's 2018 Short Story Contest
for High School Seniors & Juniors

Submissions accepted Feb 1 thru Feb 28

CCW's contest team is gearing up to bring Monterey area high school seniors and juniors another opportunity to show their writing chops and to have their writing skills rewarded not only by the bragging rights but with cold cash, too!

Again this year, participating young writers will let their imagination run with this year's evocative photo prompt complements of noted Pacific Grove photographer, Brooks Leffler.

Upcoming Programs

February 20, 2018: Scott Thomas Anderson
A Threat Past the Pages: The Future of Reading and Writing in the Digital Age

Award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will explore how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the digital age. He will discuss the danger of our youngest generations learning linguistic impulses through hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. He'll consider what happens to the brain's ability to focus when we trade a book's imaginative doorway for the swamp of fragmented, multi-media distractions. He'll also look at the future of the written word if today's writers, poets, artists and teachers don't recognize a threat against it. For more than a decade Anderson has worked as a crime, culture and travel journalist, writing in the center of a media metamorphosis that continues to alter how Americans share their everyday experiences.

Scott is a staff writer for the Sacramento News & Review. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Future Travel and The Irish Independent, Dublin's largest daily newspaper. He's been interviewed about homicide investigations nationally on the Travel Channel and internationally on Ireland's Radio 1: Drivetime. His nonfiction book, Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America, is an exploration of nation's modern methamphetamine crisis. In 2015 his newest nonfiction book was released, The Cutting Four-piece: crime and tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding. To learn more about Anderson, visit his website at

March 20, 2018: C.S. Lakin
Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Secrets to Supercharge Your Story 

We live in an era where readers are used to the fast-paced, visual play-out of movies and TV stories. How can a writer utilize the techniques of screenwriting—specifically a variety of camera angles—to play out a story so the reader can "see" it and experience it as powerfully as a film? We'll explore terms like Zoom, Match Cut, Close Up, Pan, Pull Back, Establishing Shot, and others with examples from successful novels to show how it's done.

C. S. Lakin is a novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach. She has penned twenty novels, including a relational drama, a seven-book fantasy series for adults, and a series of writing craft books called The Writer's Toolbox Series. She works professionally as a copyeditor and writing coach and guest blogs on top writing blogs, such as Writers' Digest and Grammarly, and teaches workshops around the US.

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

Dinner Hour: 5:30pm
For our meetings,
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set menu.

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