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A thought: Everyone is afraid of something. The rational mind can tell us simply to not be afraid. The application of that idea, however, is somewhat more difficult. And that, folks, is the great divide between intellect and emotion. I've given this some thought recently. About how fear has the ability to work on emotions and keep people from doing the things that they want to do. Don't you feel it's the same with writing? Some never submit anything for fear of rejection? Some say they "can't" do something because the one time they tried they failed? I'm not saying that you need to be a superhero, because, to paraphrase, "being brave isn't the absence of fear, it means trying in spite of the fear."

Laurie Sheehan, CCW President

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Agent Pitches and Queries
with Laurie McLean

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 A.M. to NOON

Monterey Peninsula College – Sam Karas Room

This workshop is sure to sell out quickly. Reserve your spot today!
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Back by popular demand! Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary unveils the secrets of the perfect pitch and the quintessential query at this fast- paced, information-packed workshop just for Central Coast Writers members and guests.

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Upcoming Programs

November 21, 2017: Donia Bijan 
Political Turmoil: Backdrop to a Novel

Donia Bijan uses history as a backdrop for the people she's interested in writing about. Her memoir, Maman's Homesick Pie, was published in 2011, followed by her debut novel, The Last Days of Café Leila, in 2017. Her work chronicles families ripped apart by political upheaval; she explores both those forced to leave their countries and those who stayed behind. 

Bijan will talk about the challenges of writing without what she calls "the expatriate's self-indulgent nostalgia and reliance on pickled memories of the homeland." She left her native Iran in 1978 during the Islamic Revolution. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris, then ran her acclaimed restaurant L'Amie Donia, in Palo Alto, for ten years. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their son.


December: Members & Guests Holiday Party. There is no general meeting in December.



January 16, 2018: Amy Ettinger 
Making the Most of a Personal Obsession

Amy Ettinger spent a year traveling across the country eating ice cream and talking to the people who make it for her book Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America. She'll discuss how a personal obsession can have universal appeal for readers and how she channeled her lifelong love of ice cream into a larger narrative.  She'll talk about the importance of finding characters in non-fiction, incorporating interviews with memoir and how to merge fun and fact into an absorbing read. She'll also answer questions about publishing a non-fiction book, from finding the right agent to crafting a booknon-fiction book proposal that sells.

The Wall Street Journal hailed Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America as "a surprisingly serious, impressively thorough treatment of ice cream's cultural significance, fabrication, economics and history, not to mention its effect on human brain chemistry." Sweet Spot has been featured in Time magazine,  Bustle, Parade, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Here and Now, Marketplace, as well as the California Report. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and the Huffington Post. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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











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

Dinner Hour: 5:30pm
For our meetings,
there is now a
set menu.

Meeting Begins: 6:30pm

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