A Message from the President

I'm exceedingly grateful that you, the fabulous members of CCW, have put your faith in me. 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.”

I do believe that this is a lofty goal - education and marketing are, of course, very important. However, 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.

CCW President
Laurie Sheehan

Who we are

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.

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In the News

December, 2015


Holiday In the Highlands
Sunday, December 6, 2015

1 to 3:30pm
Details in your member invitation and the December Scribbles. CARPOOLING is strongly encouraged!

CCW Treasurer Clarissa Conn displays the nifty new roster booklets that she designed and produced. All paid-up members should have received a packet including the booklet via US mail on or near October 20. Thank you, Clarissa, for creating this fabulous roster booklet for us!

If you did not receive a packet, please verify your mailing address with CCW Membership Chair Christine Sleeter, via: info@centralcoastwriters.org.

Joining CCW is easier than ever with our online application and payment option. Go to MEMBERSHIP for all the details.

January 2016

Joshua Mohr: "Plarachterization"

Joshus Mohr is the author of five novels, including "Damascus," which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He's also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors' Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List. His novel "All This Life" was recently published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

February 2016

Brooke Warner

Self-publishing author coach and founder of SheWrites Press and an author coach. Brooke will speak about "Publishing's New Middle Ground," the space between traditional and self-publishing.

"My professional expertise is in book publishing, writing, and coaching writers through the completion of their book proposals and manuscripts. I offer writing coaching and professional publishing consulting to a broad range of clients who are looking to build their author platforms, better understand the complicated world of publishing, and get published. I've worked with novelists, memoirists, screenplay writers, poets, and artists."


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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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