A Message from the President

I'm very excited to announce CCW's first ever short story contest for Monterey County high school seniors. Our branch has conducted several successful writing contests in the past but this is the first created specifically for high school seniors. Our goal in designing this challenge is to spark the imagination and creativity of young writers who are just beginning to explore and develop their literary voices. We've provided an ambiguous image as a visual prompt around which to build their own individual stories. I'm proud of the work our team has done in structuring this new effort and look forward to watching it unfold.

Entries will be judged by a panel of CCW members who are published writers and who have a background in education. The overall quality of writing, the effectiveness of story development and the basic mechanics of the pieces will form the basis for scoring the entries. Submissions will be accepted from February 1st through the 29th.

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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Short Story Contest for Monterey County High School Seniors!

February 16, 2016

Brooke Warner

Self-publishing author coach and founder of SheWrites Press and an author coach. Brooke will speak about "Publishing's New Middle Ground," the space between traditional and self-publishing.

"My professional expertise is in book publishing, writing, and coaching writers through the completion of their book proposals and manuscripts. I offer writing coaching and professional publishing consulting to a broad range of clients who are looking to build their author platforms, better understand the complicated world of publishing, and get published. I've worked with novelists, memoirists, screenplay writers, poets, and artists."

Calling All High School Seniors!

You could win up to $500
in the Central Coast Writers 2016 Short Story Contest for Monterey County High School Seniors.

Story Prompt Image by Ken Jones

Submissions accepted beginning February 1st
Click here for complete contest information.

March 15, 2016

Amanda McTigue

An out-of-the-box thinker and speaker, novelist Amanda McTigue will help us open the emotional content of our writing across all genres.

Amanda's 2012 debut novel Going to Solace attracts interest as literary fiction and for its unusual exploration of race in the Appalachian South. She is working on a new collection of climate-collapse short stories, This is Not Water, and a second novel, Monkey Bottom. A Yale grad, McTigue has written for Disney Entertainment and Paramount Entertainment. Her works for the stage have been produced at Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Opera and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

April 19, 2016

Sandra Balzo

Unlike a stand-alone, whatever you choose to do in one book of a series, you're stuck with in the next. You've written your fictional characters' history and re-writing it is not an option. Balzo will talk about the important decisions: creating a cast of characters you can live with for years, how much to allow your characters to change throughout a series, as well as choosing point of view and setting.

Sandra is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including twelve books in two mystery series from Severn House--the Wisconsin-based Maggy Thorsen Mysteries and Main Street Murders, set in the High Country of North Carolina and featuring journalist AnnaLise Griggs. Film rights for the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse Mysteries have been optioned toward development as a television series or movie.

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