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May 15, 2018

Welcome! Please take a moment to get to know us better, as your local branch and as part of an amazing state-wide organization of writers.

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 it's 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.

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 to evaluating whether works are in the public domain, a guide that helps authors keep their books available to be read, a guide to understanding open access, and a guide to fair use for nonfiction authors.  Schofield holds a JD from UC Berkeley, School of Law.


Upcoming Programs


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. 



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 http://blog.smashwords.com



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