A Message from the President

As Central Coast Writers president, I'm very excited about CCW and look forward to continuing to be a part of a wonderful board and a wonderful organization. During my time as president, I hope to establish partnerships with other like-minded organizations in the community, such as libraries, book clubs, book stores and non-profits. I would also like to work toward greater communication between our organization and other Northern California writers' clubs. If possible, I would like to create a follow-up workshop with one of our guest speakers. Lastly, I hope to create a speakers' bureau that we use to go to other organizations and speak about CCW. It's an ambitious agenda, but why not dream big!

Janet Tezak

Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keven Fisher-Paulson: Writing Memoir

Kevin Fisher-Paulson will discuss the difference between memoir and other forms of writing, talk about his own personal journey in writing the memoir A Song for Lost Angels: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family — how he lived that year, how he came to recollect it and write about it. 

Basically, I ask the question "What do you do the day after the worst day of your life?"  and I answer: "You smoke. You drink. You blame God.  And then you write a memoir," Fisher-Paulson said.

Mr. Paulson earned a degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Jessica Hagedorn and Steve Abbott. His stories and poems have been published in The James White Literary Review, Amethyst, Oberon, RFD and Suburban Wilderness.  His work has also been included in the anthology, When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press. His plays and monologues have been produced in the ODC Summerfest, Theater Rhinoceros, and the National AIDS Theater Festival. Kevin contributes irregularly to the National Public Radio Perspective Series. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


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, email Janet Tezak - JRTEZAK@hotmail.com to participate, preferably before October 12. Please note: this is also an opportunity to sell your book. Plan to join us at the Point Pinos Grill, located at 79 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove, on October 21. Dinner begins at 5:30, business meeting at 6:30, readings at 7:00!

November 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wendy Tokunaga: Novelist Navigates hanges in Publishing

Meet novelist, manuscript consultant and creative writing teacher Wendy Tokunaga, both an indie and traditionally published author. Hear about her rocky road to publication, how she found an agent, a publisher, and themes for her work, and how she navigated through the fast-changing publishing world.

Wendy Tokunaga is the author of the novels Midori By Moonlight and Love in Translation, both published by St. Martin's Press, and the indie-published novels His Wife and Daughters, Falling Uphill and No Kidding. The latter won the Best Mainstream/Literary Fiction category in Writer's Digest's 2002 Best Self-Published Book Awards. She teaches for Stanford University's Continuing Studies' Novel Writing Certificate Program, and lives in Half Moon Bay with her surfer husband and her Siamese cat, Mocha.

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Your Book - Your Way!
Successful Self-Publishing Workshop
Presented by
Patricia Hamilton

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Click for details and registration

The third Tuesday of the month. Mark your calendar and join us.

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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