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May 15, 2018

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Laurie Sheehan
CCW President

CCW's 2018 Short Story Contest
for High School Seniors & Juniors

The 2018 Winning Authors
Meet the authors and read their stories

The talented winners of this year's high school short story contest were welcomed at CCW's regular general meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2018. 1st Place winner, Elias DeLeon, read his story, Rememory and was presented with a framed print of this year's photo-prompt image by its creator, Pacific Grove photographer Brooks Leffler.

Also honored were 2nd Place winner, Mei Bailey who couldn't attend due to other school commitments, Third Place winner, Grace Young and Honorable Mention winner, Madeline Eubanks.

Honorable Mention recipients, Timothy Mercuri and Jennah Uddin were not in attendance.

June 19, 2018:
John Lescroart

Twenty Years To Overnight Success

John Lescroart wrote his first novel in his early 20s and continued writing through a music career and a series of day jobs. These included ad director at a guitar magazine, house painter and moving man. His breakthrough book came in 1994, when he was 41,shooting his family's $20,000 income of the previous year to an astounding $680,000 that year. He will talk about the road he traveled to make his dream come true. Lescroart is the author of twenty-seven novels, nineteen of which have been NY Times Bestsellers. Libraries Unlimited has named him among "The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors." With sales of over twelve million copies, his books have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies. Among his numerous awards, in 2016, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presented Lescroart with its Award of Merit to recognize the "intimate knowledge of San Francisco" portrayed in his novels.

Upcoming Programs

July 17, 2018: Mark Coker
7 Trends Driving the Future of Authorship

Smashwords Founder Mark Coker reveals seven publishing industry trends that are transforming the future of authorship. Learn how the power center in the publishing industry is shifting from publishers to writers, and how self-published authors now have the tools to out-sell and out-compete the large publishers. Learn how the playing field isn't just level - it's tilted to the indie author's advantage. Learn why the former stigma of self-publishing has been replaced with growing pride and professionalism as indie authors scale the bestseller lists and pioneer the best practices of tomorrow. Learn how to take full advantage of the amazing opportunities in book publishing today.

Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to make it fast, free and easy for any writer, anywhere in the world, to self-publish an ebook.Today, Smashwords has grown to become the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks representing over 130,000 authors and small independent presses around the world who publish and distribute nearly 500,000 books with Smashwords. Mark is a contributing columnist for Publishers Weekly and the host of the popular SMART AUTHOR podcast available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. Follow Mark on Twitter @markcoker. Mark blogs at

August 2018: No General Meeting

August is the month of the CCW Members' annual summer BBQ. Members and guests will gather on Sunday, August 12th to burn meat, spill drinks and welcome summer on the Central Coast.


September 11, 2018: Michael David Lukas
Getting Immersed in your Characters' World

No matter what kind of story you're writing, you need to know your characters' world inside and out. But how do you get inside of a fictional world as you build it? How can research help guide your writing process? And when should you just get out of the way and let you're characters take the lead? Bestselling author Michael David Lukas will attempt to answer these questions and more.

Lukas' latest novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, came out this year from Spiegel & Grau. Kirkus Reviews calls it "an appealing family drama…quietly moving…In his exploration of some 10 centuries of Cairo's history, including times when the city's Jews and Muslims lived side by side in relative harmony, Lukas at least hints that another era of peaceful coexistence is not beyond imagining." Publishers Weekly characterizes Lukas as a "modern day Lawrence Durrell," turning "the Egyptian city into a tantalizingly seductive place of mystery." Lukas' first novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, was a best-seller translated into more than a dozen languages and a finalist for several prestigious awards, including the California Book Award.

Photo by Irene Young

October 9, 2018: Booktoberfest!

This is the month our members toot their horns loud and long. Readings by our member authors make this a favorite night every year.




November 13, 2018: Rich Freese & Karen Kreiger
Everything Audiobooks

Rich Freese, former president of Recorded Books, will offer an overview of the audiobook industry and trends, and will talk about how to move forward with creating an audiobook, either independently or working with an established publisher. Karen Kreiger, President of Evolve Publishing, will fill in the blanks on the editorial, production, rights, design & packaging, and content creation side of the equation.

Freese was also VP and associate publisher of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House, VP of sales and publisher relations at National Book Network, president and publisher of MBI Publishing, and president of Publishers Group West. He is currently vice chairman of the board at Recorded Books. Karen Kreiger was chief operating officer of Amber-Allen publishing, vice president of Creative Publishing International, and marketing director at Thorsons/HarperCoillins Publishers UK, before becoming president of Evolve Publishing.











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