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I often turn to the words of others for inspiration. I went looking for something to fit my current need, and I’d like to share it with you. Here’s a little something from Buddha:

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."

Right now I'm thinking about living "wisely and earnestly" in the present - something I haven't been doing. Maybe this idea should find its way into my New Year’s Resolution? No matter the holiday of your choice -- Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Santa Lucia Day, Saint Nicholas Day, the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or something else I hope the season is filled with happiness, friendship, kindness, and peace.

Laurie Sheehan, CCW President

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Upcoming Programs

January 16, 2018: Amy Ettinger 
Making the Most of a Personal Obsession

Amy Ettinger spent a year traveling across the country eating ice cream and talking to the people who make it for her book Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America. She'll discuss how a personal obsession can have universal appeal for readers and how she channeled her lifelong love of ice cream into a larger narrative.  She'll talk about the importance of finding characters in non-fiction, incorporating interviews with memoir and how to merge fun and fact into an absorbing read. She'll also answer questions about publishing a non-fiction book, from finding the right agent to crafting a booknon-fiction book proposal that sells.

The Wall Street Journal hailed Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America as "a surprisingly serious, impressively thorough treatment of ice cream's cultural significance, fabrication, economics and history, not to mention its effect on human brain chemistry." Sweet Spot has been featured in Time magazine,  Bustle, Parade, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Here and Now, Marketplace, as well as the California Report. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and the Huffington Post. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

February 20, 2018: Scott Thomas Anderson
A Threat Past the Pages: The Future of Reading and Writing in the Digital Age

Award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will explore how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the digital age. He will discuss the danger of our youngest generations learning linguistic impulses through hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. He'll consider what happens to the brain's ability to focus when we trade a book's imaginative doorway for the swamp of fragmented, multi-media distractions. He'll also look at the future of the written word if today's writers, poets, artists and teachers don't recognize a threat against it. For more than a decade Anderson has worked as a crime, culture and travel journalist, writing in the center of a media metamorphosis that continues to alter how Americans share their everyday experiences.

Scott is a staff writer for the Sacramento News & Review. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Future Travel and The Irish Independent, Dublin's largest daily newspaper. He's been interviewed about homicide investigations nationally on the Travel Channel and internationally on Ireland's Radio 1: Drivetime. His nonfiction book, Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America, is an exploration of nation's modern methamphetamine crisis. In 2015 his newest nonfiction book was released, The Cutting Four-piece: crime and tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding. To learn more about Anderson, visit his website at

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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