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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.

It's been my great pleasure to serve CCW as its Hospitality Chair for the past several years, helping provide a smile and warm greeting to those just getting acquainted with our branch. Over the years, I've formed valued friendships in the branch, and I'm excited about my new role. I look forward to continuing growing those relationships as president.

Sarah Pruitt
President


Upcoming Programs


January 18, 2022
Please Note:This will be a zoom meeting.
Particulars will be sent prior to the 18th.

Brian Fies

Storytelling Through Graphic Novels

In recent decades, graphic novels have matured from disreputable comic books to literature that wins Pulitzer and Newbery awards. They demand different storytelling abilities from both their creators and readers, excel at communicating through metaphor, and have been especially effective as memoir. Brian Fies will discuss graphic storytelling in general—how words plus images add up to more than the sum of their parts—and how he used comics to tell the story of community trauma and renewal during recent fires in his latest book, A Fire Story.

Brian Fies created the graphic novels A Fire Story, Mom's Cancer, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow, and The Last Mechanical Monster. His work has received several honors, including the comic industry's Eisner, Harvey, and Inkpot awards. An animated version of his original Fire Story webcomic produced by San Francisco PBS station KQED won a television Emmy Award. He lives in Santa Rosa.

 

February 15, 2022
Penny Warner

He said... She said...

Bring your story to life through dynamic dialogue. In this presentation, we’ll “talk” about the purpose of dialogue in fiction, how to differentiate between speakers, what “not” to say, dealing with slang and dialect, and how to make your characters sound like real people.

 Penny Warner is the author of over 80 books, fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. Her adult mystery series won the Macavity Award for best first mystery; her children’s mystery series, THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB, won three Agatha awards for Best Juvenile Mystery; and her non-fiction book, THE OFFICIAL NANCY DREW HANDBOOK, was nominated for an Agatha Award. Her books have been published in over two dozen languages and optioned for film and TV.  

March 15, 2022
Christopher Locke

The Power of Book Reviews
& How to Garner Them

Excellent reviews can greatly increase your book’s chances at success, but garnering reviews can be a challenging endeavor in this saturated book market. Independent Book Publishers Association Director of Membership & Member Services & author publisher Christopher Locke will discuss strategic planning for obtaining consumer and trade reviews; whether or not to consider paid reviews; and more. No matter if you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and so on, if you’re looking to garner more reviews, this talk is for you!

Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest trade association for independent publishers in the U.S. As the IBPA Director of Membership & Member Services, Christopher Locke assists the 3,700+ members as they travel along their publishing journeys. As one of his major projects, he oversees the IBPA NetGalley program, which generates buzz and garners reviews for indie publishers’ titles. He’s also passionate about indie publishing, because he’s an author publisher himself, having published two novels so far in his YA trilogy, The Enlightenment Adventures.  


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