California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch Meeting

Lani LongshoreI was able to take off a few hours from work this afternoon to attend the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch Meeting. Lani Longshore led a hands-on mini workshop called “Someone, Something, Somewhere: Short Stories Made Simple.” We wrote for five  minutes with each of her prompts that involved, character, thing, place, inciting incident, story arc, push back, back story, and the aha moment.

Longshore is a writer and fiber artist. She is co-author (with Anastasio) of the science fiction novels Death By Chenille and When Chenille Is Not Enough. Her short stories appear in Voices of The Valley: First Press; Voices of The Valley: Encore; Written Across The Genres; Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery and Horror; and on Booktrack.com. She blogs about art, quilts, and writing at www.lanilongshore.wordpress.com.

December is book exchange month. Members brought a gently used book (or more) to trade. A gift basket with writing and reading goodies was raffled. April 18, 2015, Tri-Valley Branch will have their first writers conference. It is sponsored by a grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission to promote and nurture our vibrant community of writers.

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

4 thoughts on “California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch Meeting”

  1. Hi, I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you yesterday, I would have loved to introduce myself. I’m the one who decorated the pine one with my candy wrappers.

    I love reading your very helpful blog.

    Merry Christmas,

    MonaD

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  2. Hi Mona,
    I couldn’t see you behind the end person in your row. I saw the decorated pine cone.
    I sat on your right next to the writer who read a bit from her novel. I hope to be at the January meeting. I have red hair so you can find me easily.
    I’m happy you like my blog.

    Happy Holidays,

    Julaina

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