Tri-Valley Writers Conference Contest

Penny WarnerCalifornia Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, has a writers conference scheduled for April 18, 2015. Attendees can enter the conference writing contest before January 31st. Here is the link to register:

http://www.trivalleywriters.org/conferences/2015-conference/

It is open to the public, but there’s a limit of 100 spaces. April may seem a long way away, but by registering now, you not only will be one of the 100, but you have a chance of being one of the contest winners. Awards are $150 for best prose and $150 for the best poetry.

After registration, each attendee can submit one prose piece  with a 1500 word maximum, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or essay. A poem of 24 lines maximum may be entered also. Each entry fee is only $5.00. See the website for guidelines, and remember the due date is this coming Saturday.

Presenters at the conference include Penny Warner (photo above) who has published over 60 books for adults and children.

Her first mystery featuring a deaf reporter, Dead Body Language, won the Macavity Award for Best Mystery and was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony Award. One of my favorites is her The Official Nancy Drew Handbook. At the conference she will be on a panel with David Corbett and Shelley Adina discussing the “Essential Elements for Writing in a Specific Genre”. Warmer also will present a morning session called, “Bringing Emotion in to Your Story through Narration and Dialog.” If you’ve never heard Penny speak, her humor is a pleasant surprise.
My next post will feature the other presenters.

Tri-Valley Writers High School Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

Tri-Valley Writers High School Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

Jordan Bernal, Vice President of the Tri-Valley Writers branch of the California Writers Club presented the winners of the High School Writing Contest with their awards.
Several winning students who attended read their poems and short stories.
A group photo is on Tri-Valley branch’s website: http://www.trivalleywritersdotorg.
Neva Hodges and I were judges for the short stories. We were impressed not only with the students’ writing skills, but with the topics they choose: organ transplant, abuse, ecology, bullying, poverty, anorexia, and many more.

Anthology Progress for Publication

The anthology is almost complete. I’m waiting for less than ten entries that are in various stages of revision by my writer friends or they are waiting for permission from previous publishers.

Linda Todd, who organized the anthology for the Tri-Valley Chapter of the California Writers Club, has organized all the entries for me. Without her, this book would not be this far in the publishing process.

I haven’t blogged as often as I usually do because I’ve worked on the anthology every chance I have after work and family obligations.

But I’ll be back once this draft goes to the press.

Power of Three in Writing

“Writers Talk” is the monthly newsletter of the South Bay Branch of The California Writers Club. In the June issue, Marjorie Bicknell Johnson, the editor, wrote an article titled “Power of Three”. She explains that “Information presented in groups of three sticks in our heads better than other clusters of items”.  The use of a series of three words, phrases, or ideas has been used in many myths and stories, for example, the “Three Little Pigs”and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Notice how many sayings are in threes: “I came, I saw, I conquered”, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, “Stop, look, and listen”, Location, location, location to name a few. 

Two rhetorical devices used effectively in writing are anaphora and epistrophe. Anaphora is repeating a word or phrase at the beginning of three successive phrases or sentences. “He knew he had to drive her home. He knew he had to say good-bye. He knew he had to let her go”.

Epistrophe is the counterpart of anaphora in that it’s the repetition of three last words or phrases in a row. “The barking dogs drive me crazy. The cars racing down the street drive me crazy. The voices in my head drive me crazy”.

A writer who adds anaphora or epistrophe creates an engaging story, a variety in sentence structure, and often, an emotional response from the reader. Experiment with them and see if you agree with the power of three. 

Celebration after Las Positas College Book Launch

Celebration after Las Positas College Book Launch

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.

California Writers Club Literary Review

My story “Fried Chicken Talks” is published in the 2013 issue of “The California Writers Club Literary Review”.  This publication is one of the perks of being in the club. The Review is delivered to all members, and we have the opportunity to enter our work every year. This time, editor David Lewis LaRoche said, “One-hundred fifty-two submissions were reviewed and graded, each by three different editors using common genre-specific criteria for making assessments. What you see is the best.”

I feel honored that my story was one of the twenty-seven selected.

CWC Tri-Valley Anthology Workshop

Announcement to members:

Saturday is the first of two workshops designed to get you started or to polish submissions to California Writers Club Tri-Valley chapter’s anthology. Julaina Kleist-Corwin, the instructor, has asked those who have a WIP (work in progress) please bring two copies to go over in class. If you don’t have a WIP, don’t worry, by the end of class you will have started one.

Free 500-word Critique

California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch members presented photos for writers to compose poems, essays, stories, or comments specifically for each photo.

Find the picture that has the following writing accompanying it. Tell me the name of the photo and the author. The first person with the correct answers will receive a critique for a 500-word short fiction piece.

What’s in a Place?

A rose is a rose

regardless of the garden.

Fine art is fine art

regardless of the gallery. 

Want a clue? Go to http://trivalleywriters.org/winterfest-2013

 

 

Speaking at the Oakland Anthology Book Launch

Speaking at the Oakland Anthology Book Launch

I was asked to speak about the California Writers Club members and the people from my writing class who submitted stories to the anthology called IMMERSION.

Jennifer King presents us with a celebration each year where we enjoy connecting with Oakland writers.

CWC Literary Review

A nice surprise arrived in my mailbox. The California Writers Club has produced a Literary Review where CWC members can submit stories for publication. They chose twenty-eight to publish out of one hundred sixteen stories and poems that were submitted. Stories can be previously published as long as the author has the right to convey all rights to the CWC Literary Review for a one-time use.

This Spring 2012 Inaugural Issue is very well done, high quality paper, interesting stories, nice design and layout. they plan to have three issues a year. Submissions for the autumn issue are open from May 1st through June 30th. If you are a CWC member, you may enter. Here’s another good reason to join the club besides the inspiring meetings and activities they have for members.