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Laurie Sheehan
CCW President

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


Submission period ended Feb 28

Winners to be announced on or about April 1, 2018

CCW's contest team began reading the 108 submitted stories on March 2nd. Now the really hard work begins. This year, the number of judges has been increased to ensure each has the time and energy needed to give the submissions their best review.

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.

Upcoming Programs

April 17, 2018: Brad Herzog
Catching Creative Ideas

Brad Herzog will offer an inspiring take on an oft-overlooked but vital aspect of the writing process -- the compelling idea. His approach lends itself to all aspects of writing -- not only books, but freelancing as well. He will highlight seven methods illustrating how he conceives, develops, and conveys his subject matter.

Herzog is the author of more than 30 books, including dozens of books for children and a trilogy of travel memoirs that the American Book Review has deemed "the new classics of American travel writing." He can also speak to diverse routes to publication, having straddled the worlds of traditional, hybrid and self-publication. Coming soon from Sleeping Bear Press: W is for Welcome: A Celebration of America's Diversity, an alphabet book in rhyme, right on time, written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by a collection of nationally acclaimed artists. 

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

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For our meetings,
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set menu.

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