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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!

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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

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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April 17, 2018: Stay Tuned...
Plans for our April 2018 program are coming together. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available. Thank you for your patience.







May 15, 2018: Brianna Schofield
Untangling Copyright: A Crash Course for Creators

From the moment you put pen to paper, copyright questions loom in the background. Is your work protected by copyright? Can you incorporate other authors' works into your own? On what terms do you want to let publishers—or others—use your work? Brianna Schofield will provide a primer on copyright, fair use, publishing terms, and getting rights back. You will leave armed with the practical information you need to make informed copyright decisions so you can focus on your writing.

Schofield is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing the interests of authors who want to take advantage of the digital age to share their creations with readers, promote the ongoing progress of knowledge, and advance the public good. She is a copyright expert and the co-author of a comprehensive, illustrated handbook for evaluating whether works are in the public domain.  The handbook promotes understanding of open access and fair use, and helps authors keep their books available to be read. Schofield holds a JD from UC Berkeley, School of Law.











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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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