Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca

  • The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley aka Bass Pro Center (Hwy 120 @ Union Road exit) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

October 12. Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca. 10 am-4pm. https://greatvalleybookfest.org/

We will have a table for our branch that you can use as well as several members with their own tables. If you are a member and would like to volunteer or join our booth, please email info@sjvw.org

View Event →
T. Wells Brown, Women of Wine Country
Sep
14
to Sep 15

T. Wells Brown, Women of Wine Country

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presentation

Please join Terry as she discusses her journey of publishing and marketing her debut fiction novel; why she made the decision to write (and publish at this time) and her journey of learning the marketing aspect of being an indie author. Hear why she formed Women of Wine Country Press and how she plans to help other authors reach their goals of becoming successfully published authors.

About the Author

Along with running her family’s construction business, T Wells Brown is Yaya to three beautiful little ginger Diva’s that are featured (as grown up’s) in her books.
The two dogs you see in her author picture are the real-life Annie the nanny dog and Jake the beloved gentle giant. Both were rescued from a shelter many years ago. She has two additional rescues; they are featured in later books so unless you follow her on social media, you’ll have to wait for the books they are in to meet them.

T Wells Brown lives in the Lodi Wine Appellation and there are many descriptions in her books that are accurate. If you find yourself in her neck of the woods, you’d be able to see landmarks or recognize roads she’s written about. If you do make it to the wonderful wine region; there are many resources available to you and if you join the Women of Wine Country Facebook group, we could get those resources to you.

T Wells Brown is devoted to animal rescue and a portion of the sale of every book goes to help support shelters, rescues, and resources benefiting the homeless pet population. This author like animals way more than people, and she likes people a heck of a lot.

T Wells Brown Author Facebook page
Women of Wine Country Facebook Group

Women of Wine Country Podcast:
Apple
Spotify
Stitcher

Launch Party

Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of books, music, wine slushies, raffle prizes, women vendors, mimosa bar and shaved ice as we celebrate the first book in the series Women of Wine Country: Murder & Mayhem Remember to wear your favorite red shoes to be entered into a special raffle!
Facebook Event Page

NOTE: This meeting was previously scheduled to be 2020 CWC Lit Review Submissions Workshop. June Gillam.

View Event →
Adam Plantinga: The Police: Fiction versus Reality
Aug
10
12:30 PM12:30

Adam Plantinga: The Police: Fiction versus Reality

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

August 10. Adam Plantinga. “The Police: Fiction versus Reality.” His 400 Things Cops Know  was deemed “the new Bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal

Presentation

Veteran Police Sergeant Adam Platinga—author of “400 Things Cops Know,” a book called “The new bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal—will speak to the San Joaquin Valley Writers on Saturday, August 10, 12:30, at UOP’s School of Education, corner of Dave Brubeck & Kensington Ways. Author Lee Child describes Platinga’s book as “a mix of hard-boiled autobiography and street-wise poetry.” The event is free to the public, and parking is free on Saturdays, as well.

About the Book and Author

Nearly everyone has wondered what it’s like to be a police officer, but no civilian really understands what happens on the job. In “400 Things Cops Know,” Plantinga shows police work from the inside—a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. How does it feel to be in a high-speed car chase? What is it like to shoot someone? What do cops really think about the citizens they serve? Sometimes heartbreaking and often hilarious, “400 Things Cops Know” is an eye-opening revelation of life on the beat.

In a laconic, no-nonsense, dryly humorous style, Plantinga tells what he’s learned from 13 years as a patrolman, from the everyday to the exotic—how to know at a glance when a suspect is carrying a weapon or is going to attack, how to kick a door down, how to drive in a car chase without recklessly endangering the public, why you should always carry cigarettes, even if you don’t smoke and what to do if you find a severed limb.

View Event →
 Cindy Sample: One Author’s Journey to Write & Market Humorous Mysteries
Jul
13
12:30 PM12:30

 Cindy Sample: One Author’s Journey to Write & Market Humorous Mysteries

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presentation

Cindy Sample, author of the award-winning Laurel McKay humorous mystery series, will speak on the topic of “ONE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY TO WRITE & MARKET HUMOROUS MYSTERIES.”

About the Speaker

“Don’t miss the Laurel McKay books. Like me, you’ll be ‘dying’ for the next one,” says Brenda Novak, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. The Laurel McKay Mystery Titles include: • Dying for a Date • Dying for a Dance • Dying for a Daiquiri • Dying for a Dude • Dying for a Donut • Dying for a Diamond • Dying for a Deal
For more information on award-winning author Cindy Sample, visit https://cindysamplebooks.com

Agenda Items

  • Election of New Officers (Voting for full paid members only)
    • As we did not have enough members for a quorum last meeting, we will be holding elections again.
  • Discussion of new guidelines for CWC Literary Magazine and future workshops
    • If you are a paid member in good standing you should have received your hard copy of the CWC Literary Review Magazine by now. If you have not, please inform June Gillam or email info@sjvw.org to let us know.
    • We will have supplemental material for members regarding the future of the Literary Review, including our planned workshop on September 14, 2019.

Critique Group After

View Event →
A. K. Buckroth: On Writing Children's Literature
Jun
8
12:30 PM12:30

A. K. Buckroth: On Writing Children's Literature

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speaker

Award-winning author A. K. (Andrea) Buckroth
Author Website: My Diabetic Soul

Presentation

In her talk, the author will include the "who, what, where, why and how" of accomplishing writing tasks in general and reaching goals. Also she will touch on self-publishing, indie publishing and traditional publishing. Other topics to be covered are self-promotion along with marketing and advertising for writers. She expects her current work in progress—in a different genre—to be released in the fall of 2020.

About the author

Buckroth’s colorfully illustrated books for children focus on the issue of Type 1 diabetes, also called Juvenile Diabetes or TD1, and how to deal with it by way of her lively characters, including a dog called “Money.”The titles include: “Me & My Dog named Money...a child's story of diabetes, Book One," "Me & My Money Too, Book Two," and "Kisses for Cash...T1D meets T2D,” Book Three, which compares type one and type two diabetes.

These books bring light to the pandemic of T1D - Type One Diabetes - along with the escalation of diabetes in animals. Written for children as well as young adults, the stories hold valuable information for adult readers, as well. The books are available as a set.

Both editions of Buckroth’s autobiography, "My Diabetic Soul - an Autobiography," and the Revised Edition, are available as audiobooks in addition to being in paperback.

The Saturday, June 8, event at UOP is free to all interested parties: students, faculty and the general public. Parking is free, as well. The address is 3601 Pacific Ave., corner of Kensington and Dave Brubeck Ways, in Stockton.

View Event →
May
11
12:30 PM12:30

Brad Buchanan, Poet and Cancer Survivor, How language Can Help Heal Us

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

*Please try to arrive early and carpool if possible as parking may be affected by graduation ceremonies. Have you heard of interlinearity? Brad Buchanan plays with it in his latest book of poetry: The Scars, Aligned. Come hear him read and lead interactive word play with San Joaquin Valley Writers.

Facebook

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-scars-aligned-by-brad-buchanan/

View Event →
Pacific Writers Critique Group
Apr
16
5:00 PM17:00

Pacific Writers Critique Group

The Pacific Writers Critique Group meets weekly on Tuesday nights, from 5pm to 8:30pm

Those interested in attending should email Pam Van Allen (pam at pamvanallen.com) by noon on Tuesday for planning purposes.  We do not accept drop-ins. This will start your orientation. Attend the first time to observe the group process. The most benefit is derived from a commitment to participate. You are welcome to come a few times and see if it is right for you. When you are ready to be critiqued you will be expected to bring multiple printed copies of your work.

We ask that readers limit their reading in group to seven pages unless we have fewer than six readers. If there are more than eight readers, we place a five page limit on readers.

We will be meeting in the Wendell Phillips Center, room 131, until April 30, 2019.
Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) (northwest corner of Dave Brubeck Way and Stagg Way, across the street from Benerd School of Education, north of Dave Brubeck Way and west of Stagg Way) Downstairs Room 131

View Event →
Tri-Valley Writers Conference
Apr
13
7:30 AM07:30

Tri-Valley Writers Conference

  • Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch is pleased to announce its third full-day writers conference featuring keynote speaker Robert Dugoni. Details and Registration
Important Dates:

  • Feb 10 2019 Early Bird Registration Ends
  • April 9, 2019 Registration closes and payment must be received
  • April 13, 2019 Conference Day
View Event →
Pacific Writers Critique Group
Apr
2
5:00 PM17:00

Pacific Writers Critique Group

The Pacific Writers Critique Group meets weekly on Tuesday nights, from 5pm to 8:30pm

Those interested in attending should email Pam Van Allen (pam at pamvanallen.com) by noon on Tuesday for planning purposes.  We do not accept drop-ins. This will start your orientation. Attend the first time to observe the group process. The most benefit is derived from a commitment to participate. You are welcome to come a few times and see if it is right for you. When you are ready to be critiqued you will be expected to bring multiple printed copies of your work.

We ask that readers limit their reading in group to seven pages unless we have fewer than six readers. If there are more than eight readers, we place a five page limit on readers.

We will be meeting in the Wendell Phillips Center, room 131, until April 30, 2019.
Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) (northwest corner of Dave Brubeck Way and Stagg Way, across the street from Benerd School of Education, north of Dave Brubeck Way and west of Stagg Way) Downstairs Room 131

View Event →
Pacific Writers Critique Group
Mar
19
5:00 PM17:00

Pacific Writers Critique Group

The Pacific Writers Critique Group meets weekly on Tuesday nights, from 5pm to 8:30pm

Those interested in attending should email Pam Van Allen (pam at pamvanallen.com) by noon on Tuesday for planning purposes.  We do not accept drop-ins. This will start your orientation. Attend the first time to observe the group process. The most benefit is derived from a commitment to participate. You are welcome to come a few times and see if it is right for you. When you are ready to be critiqued you will be expected to bring multiple printed copies of your work.

We ask that readers limit their reading in group to seven pages unless we have fewer than six readers. If there are more than eight readers, we place a five page limit on readers.

We will be meeting in the Wendell Phillips Center, room 131, until April 30, 2019.
Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) (northwest corner of Dave Brubeck Way and Stagg Way, across the street from Benerd School of Education, north of Dave Brubeck Way and west of Stagg Way) Downstairs Room 131

View Event →
Barron Sudderth, Poetry on Love, Loss and Life
Feb
9
12:30 PM12:30

Barron Sudderth, Poetry on Love, Loss and Life

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

OUR MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED CLICK FOR DETAILS

In line with this month’s Valentines theme, Barron Sudderth, author of “Poetry on Love, Loss and Life” will read from his work and offer techniques from poetry that enhance all writing. Sudderth was born and raised among the cherry blossoms, clucking hens and ever present fermentation of manure in the agricultural belt of San Joaquin Valley.

An English teacher at Lodi High School and Adjunct Professor with Delta College, Baron is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Russia 2000-02), world traveler and avid runner, working on completing his 10th marathon. A full-time educator and part-time poet/photographer, Barron lives in Lodi with his two daughters, fat cat, collection of books and inspirational better half.

http://tuleburgpress.com/books/

View Event →
Gabrielle Myers
Jan
12
12:30 PM12:30

Gabrielle Myers

Meeting location for this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 12:30, has been moved from the UOP Library (still closed for renovation) to the UOP School of Education lobby. See map for that location, building 101 near Atchley Clock Tower on the corner of Dave Brubeck and Kensington. 

 Map of UOP: https://www.pacific.edu/Documents/marketing/campus-map/Maps_revised_printer%20friendly%209-25-182.pdf

 

Gabrielle Myers will speak on Saturday, Jan. 12, 12:30 pm in UOP's library, presented by the San Joaquin Valley branch of the California Writers Club. The event is free to the public, and offers free parking.

Myers' memoir, Hive-Mind, details her growth and confrontation of tragedy on a small organic farm run by a female farmer and is reviewed in Edible East Bay: http://edibleeastbay.com/online-magazine/summer-2016/on-gabrielle-myers-hive-mind/ . Myers' poems, essays, and articles have been published in professional journals and in literary and popular magazines. She coauthored a nutrition book, The New Prostate Cancer Nutrition Book. Access links to her poems, essays, articles, interviews, and seasonal recipe blog through her website www.gabriellemyers.com

Gabrielle is an Associate Professor of English at San Joaquin Delta College, writer, and chef living in the Sacramento Valley of California. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California at Davis and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College.

View Event →
Bill Pieper "The Use of Place and Setting in Fiction.”
Dec
8
12:30 PM12:30

Bill Pieper "The Use of Place and Setting in Fiction.”

  • University of the Pacific Main Library, Taylor Room, 3rd Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ROOM CHANGE: UOP is renovating the library, so our meeting place has been moved to the Taylor Room on the 3rd floor of the library.  The elevator located in the hallway to the left of the cafe is the best way to access the room.  Ask for directions at the front desk just inside the library doors if you are unsure of where you need to go.

Speaker: Bill Pieper. "The Use of Place and Setting in Fiction.” Author of novels, novellas and short stories, Pieper’s work has been performed at Stories on Stage in Sacramento and Davis.

View Event →
2019 CWC Literary Review Workshop
Nov
10
12:30 PM12:30

2019 CWC Literary Review Workshop

  • University of the Pacific Main Library, Taylor Room, 3rd Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ROOM CHANGE: UOP is renovating the library, so our meeting place has been moved to the Taylor Room on the 3rd floor of the library.  The elevator located in the hallway to the left of the cafe is the best way to access the room.  Ask for directions at the front desk just inside the library doors if you are unsure of where you need to go.

This monthly meeting we will be conducting a workshop to help our writers with their submissions to the 2019 CWC Literary Review, which are due Nov 30, 2018. PLEASE NOTE: You must be a member in good standing with all dues paid to submit to the review. For further information see:

Guidance from the Central Board about submitting to the review
Our original post with links to the full requirements for submissions.

A word from June Gillam:

San Joaquin Valley Writers—polish and publish! Bring your short story, essay, poetry or short memoir and increase your chances to show up in print as part of 2019’s California Writers Club Literary Review.

POLISH YOUR PROSE Workshop will be led by author June Gillam, on the editorial board for the 2019 Lit Review.

Email June with questions: gorillagirlink@gmail.com

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room
Nov
6
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room
Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Elk Grove Writers' Conference
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Elk Grove Writers' Conference

On October 27, 2018 the Elk Grove Writer's Guild is presenting a one day writing conference. Registration is now open!

For attendees: The admission fee will be $50 and that includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

To Register: UPDATE: Registration page now live. www.egwg.org/registration If you pay by check, please be sure to make the check payable to Elk Grove Community Council. We do all the work, and as our 501(c)3, they pay our bills.

Visit www.egwg.org (look under "Our Current Project") and also fill out the information form (direct link) www.egwg.org/home to join the mailing list. You will receive an email with a registration form with instructions to pay by check or Paypal.

For Sponsors: Click here if you are interested in sponsoring the event. Sponsorships are available at multiple levels.

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room
Oct
23
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room
Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Great Valley Bookfest, in Manteca, San Joaquin Valley Writers Booth
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Great Valley Bookfest, in Manteca, San Joaquin Valley Writers Booth

  • Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, US Highway #120, exit Union Road exit 280 Lifestyle Rd, Manteca (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Admission: Free

The Great Valley Bookfest is an opportunity for authors and book lovers to join together in a festive environment. At the Great Valley Bookfest, you can mingle with your favorite authors, discover new ones, or pick up that book you have been dying to read. For children, a book festival is a great place to develop a love for reading.

OUR MISSION for the Great Valley Bookfest is to create a family-friendly festival that celebrates literacy and promotes the written word in the heart of California’s Central Valley.

There are opportunities for authors, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors. CWCSJV will have a booth run by June Gillam, 

 

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room
Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 3rd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 2nd floor, Taylor Room
Sep
11
5:30 PM17:30

Tuesday Critique Sessions, UOP Library 2nd floor, Taylor Room

  • University of the Pacific Main Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FAQ

1. What sort of writing materials should people seeking critique provide (how many copies, max number of words/pages)?

We usually bring up to 10 pages, double-spaced. It’s handy to have line numbers for each page. We send out a message to our email list and ask for responses from the members, such as who is attending and who is reading. Then we plan to bring the appropriate number of copies each time. If there aren’t enough copies, we share. Usually we have 6-10 members/copies to bring.

2. How many critiques do you expect to get through per meeting?

Usually we have 6-10 members who provide critiques. We like to stay together as one large group. If it looks like a large group, we might limit the time per critique, but the amount of feedback varies depending on the complexity of the readings.

3. How open is the event to the public, (how many people do you usually expect, and how many can the space be comfortable for?

We are in a large room at the Pacific Library (Taylor Room, third floor) and have seating at one table for at least 15. We might not want to open it up to the general public. Usually we invite people who are serious writers, and who can provide substantial, rich feedback. Our size is comfortable, and we welcome new members and visitors. If the group were to grow, we have space to have two or three groups at one time. We haven’t broken into groups so far, because we all support one another in our continuing body of work.

4. Any other information you think would be important for a first time attendee.

First time attendees are welcome to bring samples of their work. Usually the first person to arrive reads first. We support each other by focusing on the written work, and avoiding cross-talking and straying from the critique of the work that was presented. At the same time, our group discusses upcoming events and resources that are of great interest and value to the writers in the group. Group members may bring questions about writing to the group.

View Event →
Susan Osborn on "Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing"
Sep
8
12:30 PM12:30

Susan Osborn on "Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing"

Tell a Tale to Connect, Inspire, and Influence:

Tap the Power of Storytelling to Strengthen Your Writing

In the highly competitive world of writing and publishing it’s easy to forget that all transactions come down to people connecting with people. Stories connect in the most intimate and personal way possible. Nothing surpasses a good story for the purpose of engaging our hearts and minds.

This one-hour presentation will demonstrate ways to get your message across through the time-tested, compelling medium of storytelling. You will learn how to:

  • Use four kinds of springboard stories
  • Create a story bag
  • Apply “The Story Spine”

About the presenter:

Susan Osborn, a writer, storyteller, and president of LifeThread Publications, has taught writing courses in numerous business organizations and universities. She has also served as the editor of the Lockheed Opserver, and as a staff writer for Senior Spectrum, High Technology Careers Magazine, and the Washington Women’s New Journal. Her articles have appeared in Judo Magazine, Countryside Magazine, The Employment Times (Maine), The New Leaders (San Francisco), The Fielding Magazine (Santa Barbara), The San Jose Business Journal, and Performance and Instruction Quarterly. She is the author of Awful Bosses Coloring Book; and The System Made Me Do It! A Life Changing Approach to Office Politics (which reveals the root stories of five types of organizations). Her chapter demonstrating “How Stories Build Teams and Teamwork,” appears in Wake Me When the Data Is Over: How Organizations Use Storytelling to Drive Results.

Susan taught graduate courses on leadership and storytelling at Chapman University for five years. She has led storytelling workshops for American Society of Training and Development, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Department of Social Services, CSUS-Continuing Education Division, East West Bookstore, The Hipsters, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Organization Development Network, Sacramento Institute of Noetic Sciences, Storytellers Guild’s “Tellabration,” Unitarian Universalist Society, and the World Future Society.

41K1s3LEbRL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
71KFXE9QA6L._UY250_.gif.jpeg
View Event →