I 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.
California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch members’ books are displayed this month at the Pleasanton Library. My anthology, Written Across the Genres, is on the top shelf to the left.
I’m working on having a copy for check out in as many libraries as possible but it is a long process. So far, Written Across the Genres is available for check out and is in the permanent archives at the Boston, MA, library.
I’m waiting to hear back from the Foster City Library and the Oakland District Libraries for inclusion. As a member of Women’s National Book Association, I want Written Across the Genres to be available to people who can’t afford to buy it. I’m happy that those of you who have stories, essays, novel excerpts, and poems in the anthology will be widely read.
Paula Chinick, present president of California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, and Vi Moore, past president, celebrated with us at Paula’s house after the Las Positas College book launch on May 11th.
Tri-Valley Writers Club members, Jordan Bernal, author of THE KEEPERS OF EIRE and Lani Longshore, author of DEATH BY CHENILLE, chat after the April meeting. The critique partners worked with each other’s characters that involved dragons, criminals, and the new genre, Quilting Sci-Fi.
Sheila Bali, author of SHATTERED TEARS FROM MY HOMELAND, and Paula Chinick, author of RED ASSCHER, plan a social media workshop for California Writers Club Tri-Valley Chapter members.
Linda Lee at http://www.askmepc-webdesign.com spoke at the April California Writers Club Tri-Valley branch meeting. President Paula Chinick is the author of RED ASSCHER to be released before the end of this year.