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

September 15, 2015

Debra Busman: Social Action Writing

Speaking Truth, Breaking Rules, Blurring Genres

Director of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at CSU Monterey Bay, Debra Busman will speak about socially engaged writing and the power of voice. Whose stories do we need to hear? What stories do we need the courage to write? Sharing excerpts from her new novel, like a woman, about teenage girls coming of age on the streets of Los Angeles, Debra will explore how she needed to break rules and blur genres, moving between memoir and fiction, poetry and prose, and first, second, and third-person narration to get at the stories needing to be told.

Debra Busman teaches creative writing and community service learning at CSU Monterey Bay and is co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. She lives in Carmel Meadows with two German Shepherd mix dogs and a one-eyed cat named Uma, all of whom continue to rescue her.  

2015 Jack London Award presented to CCW's Leslie Patiño. Leslie (left) was honored for her exceptional services to the Branch including her outstanding contribution as Scribbles editor. At right, Joyce Krieg, CCW's State Reprentative. Congratulations Leslie!

Online CCW membership & renewal. Joining CCW or renewing your current membership is easier than ever with our online contact information update and payment options. Go to MEMBERSHIP for all the details.


October 20, 2015

CCW's Booktoberfest is a chance to celebrate the culmination of long years of writing! Plan to read from your recently published work at our October meeting. Member readings of published work will take the place of a scheduled speaker. Time will be limited to five to eight minutes, based on the number of people presenting.

If you have a recently published work you'd like to showcase at our October meeting, please let us know.


November 17, 2015

Andy Ross: The Agent Experience

Andy Ross is a literary agent based in Berkeley and the former owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley, California for 30 years.

Learn more about Andy and his literary agency.



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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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