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.

Laurie Sheehan

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CCW came out in force for this year's Fourth of July parade in Monterey. Photo by Laurie Sheehan

At Our Next Meeting

Who We Are

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.

Her debut novel, Monterey Bay, takes the reader back to the Monterey and Cannery Row of 1940 with her teenage protagonist, Margot Fiske, drawing from the lore of that heady time and her own teenage experiences.

Lindsay has been touring the country this summer talking about her life in Monterey and her experience of completing and publishing her first novel.

Read the "Story Behind the Book" in Kate Tuttle's Boston Globe article, dated July 15, 2016.

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

There is no general meeting in August.

CCW Member BBQ

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October 18, 2016

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