High School Senior
Writing Contest Winners

Above from left: Third Place winner, Jenna Garden from Salinas HS, CCW Contest Chair Leslie Patiño and First Place winner, Victoria Mazariegos from Millennium Charter HS receiving their certificates at our April 19th meeting at Point Pinos Grill, Pacific Grove.

Congratulations to all 45 high school seniors who submitted stories to the 2016 CCW Hight School Senior Short Story Contest. They represented 11 high schools and 16 teachers from throughout Monterey County.

Meet all the winning authors
and read their stories

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.

Get to know us:

Executive Board - Members - Quick Calendar


At Our Next Meeting

In the News

June 21, 2016

Michael David Lukas

Join us on June 21st for an evening with Michael David Lukas, author of The Oracle of Stamboul.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize.

A recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Maddalena Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center, and Elizabeth George Foundation, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

He will discuss the tension between revision and inspiration, as well as strategies for revision, fundamental to the writing process. He lives in Oakland, California.

2016 - 2017 Membership Renewal

Renewal packets are coming your way. Online dues payment will be available on June 15th. Go to Membership for details.

New Chair Position Established

Based on the resounding success of this year's inaugural event, a High School Writing Contest Chair position has been established to conduct future contests. Leslie Patiño, this year's coordinator, has been appointed to keep the ball rolling.

New 'Year at a Glance'

A new feature has been added to our website to help members and friends plan their participation in CCW events. The new quick calendar will grow over time and contain information about Branch meetings and other activites. Check it out.

Takeing it to the Streets

CCW has applied to be part of this year's Forth of July parade in Monterey. Keep an eye out for details.


July 19, 2016

Chelsea Lindman

Chelsea Lindman is a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger, Associates.  Her primary interests include playful literary fiction, genre-bending fiction, smart women's fiction, and forward thinking or boundary-pushing non-fiction.

Her fiction clients include Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner Kristopher Jansma, LA Times Book Prize Finalist Ariel S. Winter, and Richard Bausch Fiction Prize Winner Jesse Goolsby.   Her non-fiction clients include performer Roslyn Hart, comediennes Laura Lane and Anglea Spera, and TEDx speakers Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert.  Chelsea enjoys working with debut authors and is most interested in working with clients that are looking to build lasting relationships.

Learn more at:

September 20, 2016

Lindsay Hatton McClelland

Lindsay Hatton is a graduate of Williams College. She holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but was born and raised in Monterey, California, where she spent many fascinating and formative summers working behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. More to come.

August 7, 2016

CCW Member BBQ
Members: Watch for details.

There is no general meeting in August.

For more detail and a further look ahead go to our Members section.

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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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