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A Message from the President

As Central Coast Writers president, I'm very excited about CCW and look forward to continuing to be a part of a wonderful board and a wonderful organization. During my time as president, I hope to establish partnerships with other like-minded organizations in the community, such as libraries, book clubs, book stores and non-profits. I would also like to work toward greater communication between our organization and other Northern California writers' clubs. If possible, I would like to create a follow-up workshop with one of our guest speakers. Lastly, I hope to create a speakers' bureau that we use to go to other organizations and speak about CCW. It's an ambitious agenda, but why not dream big!

Janet Tezak


Upcoming Programs


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's time for Central Coast Writers' annual Booktoberfest!  

On Tuesday, October 21, at Point Pinos Grill, 79 Asilomar Boulevard in Pacific Grove, our very own members will have a chance to showcase their recently published works.

Dinner starts as early as 5:00 p.m, business meeting at 6:30 p.m. and readings begin at 7:00 p.m. Jack Erickson will read from his latest thriller, Thirteen Days in Milan; Joanna Fitzpatrick from her fictional work The Drummer’s Widow; Lucy Jensen from Lighting up the Luminaria, a column that was printed in South County Papers this past August following the King City Relay for Life; T.C. Smak, author of Shark, a fictional tale about vampire mythology; C. Jonathan Shoemaker from his beautifully crafted poem, Just One More; and Dick Guthrie from his powerful memoir about his Vietnam experiences.

Each reader has approximately five to eight minutes based on the number of people presenting. We can have as many as nine individuals, so if you have a recently published work you’d like to showcase at our October meeting, please e-mail Janet Tezak at jrtezak@hotmail.com by October 17. Also, the readers will have a wonderful opportunity to sell their works before and after the general meeting.


November 20, 2014


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wendy Tokunaga: Novelist navigates changes in publishing

Meet novelist, manuscript consultant and creative writing teacher Wendy Tokunaga, both an indie and traditionally published author. Hear about her rocky road to publication, how she found an agent, a publisher, and themes for her work, and how she navigated through the fast-changing publishing world.

Wendy Tokunaga is the author of the novels Midori By Moonlight and Love in Translation, both published by St. Martin's Press, and the indie-published novels His Wife and Daughters, Falling Uphill and No Kidding. The latter won the Best Mainstream/Literary Fiction category in Writer's Digest's 2002 Best Self-Published Book Awards. She teaches for Stanford University's Continuing Studies' Novel Writing Certificate Program, and lives in Half Moon Bay with her surfer husband and her Siamese cat, Mocha.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh: How to write a page-turner

When drafting her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh aimed to write a book that readers wouldn’t be able to put down. It stayed on the New York Times best sellers list for 50 weeks and was translated into more than 40 languages. At our January meeting the author will offer tips on how to write a page-turner.

Diffenbaugh is a Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Chico. Graduating from Stanford, she worked in the non-profit sector, teaching art and technology to youth in low-income communities. Following the success of her novel, she co-founded Camellia Network, a non-profit whose mission is to connect every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources and support needed to thrive in adulthood. She lives in Monterey, CA.

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Your Book - Your Way!
Successful Self-Publishing Workshop
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Patricia Hamilton

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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MEETINGS
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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