A Message from the President

Summer with CCW is always an exciting time - walking in the Monterey 4th of July Parade, hosting our member's only Summer BBQ, and setting the pace for another year of finding the best way to fulfill the motto of our "Mother Ship," The California Writers Club: "Educating writers of all abilities in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work."

While I do believe that this is a lofty goal - education and marketing are, of course, very important, I'd like to add camaraderie and friendship to that sentiment. I've mentioned it before, and you'll likely hear it again, writing can be a solitary pursuit. No matter your genre we all share one common goal - getting words down on paper. I hope, as my year as president progresses, that I'll be able to foster each of you toward your personal goal.

Laruie Sheehan

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In the News

2016 - 2017 Membership Renewal
Renewal packets are coming your way. Online dues payment is available NOW!. Go to Membership for details.

Members: Have it Your Way!
Log into Member Sign-in and tell us what you want this site's Members Only section to be.

New 'Year at a Glance'
A new feature has been added to our website to help members and friends plan their participation in CCW events. The new quick calendar will grow over time and contain information about Branch meetings and other activites. Check it out.

New Chair Position Established
Based on the resounding success of this year's inaugural event, a High School Writing Contest Chair position has been established to conduct future contests. Leslie Patiño, this year's coordinator, has been appointed to keep the ball rolling.

Taking it to the Streets
CCW has applied to be part of this year's Fourth of July parade in Monterey. Keep an eye out for details.

At Our Next Meeting

Who We Are

July 19, 2016

Chelsea Lindman
The Art of the Query Letter

Chelsea Lindman, literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, will provide useful tips on how to write an effective query letter that gets an agent¹s attention, presents you as an appealing potential client, and introduces your work in the most saleable way.

She will also explain and discuss the author-agent working relationships and provide useful tips on what to look for in your agent. Her primary interests include playful literary fiction, genre-bending fiction, smart women's fiction, and forward thinking or boundary-pushing non-fiction. Her fiction clients include Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner Kristopher Jansma, LA Times Book Prize Finalist Ariel S. Winter, and Richard Bausch Fiction Prize Winner Jesse Goolsby. Her non-fiction clients include performer Roslyn Hart, and comediennes Laura Lane and Angela Spera. Chelsea enjoys working with debut authors and is most interested in working with clients that are looking to build lasting relationships.

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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.

Congratulations to the high school seniors who submitted stories to the 2016 CCW Hight School Senior Short Story Contest.

Meet the winning authors
and read their stories

August 7, 2016

CCW Member BBQ

Members: Watch for details.

There is no general meeting in August.

September 20, 2016

Lindsay Hatton McClelland

Lindsay Hatton is a graduate of Williams College. She holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but was born and raised in Monterey, California, where she spent many fascinating and formative summers working behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. More to come.

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Meeting Begins: 6:30pm

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