Bay Area’s Constance Hale – How to Tell Your Story and Rivet an Audience

Special Presentation – Tips and Resources – by Kate Asche

Luncheon — October 2014

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Constance HaleAs part of California Writers Week (the third week in October), the Sacramento Branch of the California Writers Club proudly welcomes Constance Hale, renowned journalist and author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch.

Members and guests are in for a treat with this esteemed visitor to Sacramento! Constance Hale will shower members and guests with words and wisdom on “How to Tell Your Story and Rivet an Audience,” an abbreviated version of bi-coastal trainings she has given in recent years.

Reared on the North Shore of O’ahu, Constance Hale spoke English at home and Hawaiian creole (“Pidgin English”) at school and with friends. She left her bilingual upbringing to pursue a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton and an M.A. in Journalism from UC Berkeley.

After graduation, Hale wrote fiction and drama, performing her own solo pieces in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked as a reporter and editor at Gilroy DispatchOakland Tribune, and San Francisco Examiner before becoming copy chief at Wired.  Before long she gave birth to Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age, followed by Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose. More recently she authored Vex, Hex, Smash & Smooch.

Hale’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic AdventureSmithsonianWriter’s Digest, The WriterLos Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning NewsMiami Herald, the San Francisco ChronicleVia, and Afar. She penned a NewYorkTimes.com series on writing.

Dubbed “Marion the Librarian on a Harley or E.B. White on acid,” Hale teaches narrative journalism at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In addition to teaching at Harvard U and UC Berkeley Extensions, she speaks all over the country. She also works as a freelance editor for Harvard Business School Press. She founded The Prose Doctors, an editors’ collective, and belongs to The Itinerants, a Bay Area writers group.

Preceding Hale at the podium will be “Writer-in-the Know Extraordinaire” Kate Asche, poet, fiction writer, teacher and literary community leader. Asche will lay out resources and angles on writing in honor of California Writers Week, third week in October.

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA

 

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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Luncheon September 2014: Grant Faulkner – The Power of Writing with Abandon

 

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Grant FaulknerThe Saturday, Septeber 20, 2014 CWC luncheon will feature Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of the Annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), nanowrimo.org, addressing  “The Power of Writing with Abandon,” overcoming procrastination and learning how a goal and a deadline will pay off.

Faulkner, also co-founder of the 100 Word Story, 100wordstory.org, will give members and guests a dose of grit and inspiration gathered from his author-colleagues and many writing
workshops on improving the quality of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.

This Bay Area resident thrives on empowering people to write. Last year, NaNoWriMo officially weighed in at 310,000 adult novelists, plus an additional 89,500 young writers. Two thousand classrooms received free resources through the Young Writers Program while 650 “Come Write In” libraries and bookstores glowed with accomplishment.

With a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Faulkner brings an impressive resume. His stories and essays have appeared in The Southwest Review, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, PANK, Gargoyle, eclectica, Puerto del Sol, the Berkeley Fiction Review, and Word Riot, among others. He’s recently finished writing a novel, a collection of short stories, and a collection of one hundred 100-word stories. He has taught writing at the university level and in Young Writers Programs. For many years he worked in the National Writing Project to improve the teaching of writing in schools.


Grant gave a really interesting and entertaining talk on The Power of Writing with Abandon with particular emphasis on National Novel Writing Month. Please have a look at the presentation.

Luncheon August 2014: NO LUNCH MEETING IN AUGUST

CWC-Sacramento’s monthly luncheon meeting goes on vacation in July and August. See you on September 20, 2014.

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Monthly luncheon is open to the public.

Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers.

The meeting fee includes buffet lunch and beverage.

Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA.

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The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent buffet-style food.


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Luncheon July 2014: NO LUNCH MEETING IN JULY

CWC-Sacramento’s monthly luncheon meeting goes on vacation in July and August. See you on September 20, 2014.

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Monthly luncheon is open to the public.

Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers.

The meeting fee includes buffet lunch and beverage.

Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA.

Click for map

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent buffet-style food.


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Luncheon June 2014: Literary agent Gordon Warnock of Foreword Literary

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

WarnockThe Saturday, June 21, 2014 CWC luncheon will feature Gordon Warnock, founding partner at Foreword Literary: literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor. Gordon serves as literary agent and editorial director of the Fast Foreword digital publishing program. He brings years of experience as a senior agent. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. With a zest for fresh new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.

The Saturday, June 21, 2014 CWC luncheon will feature Gordon Warnock, founding partner at Foreword Literary: literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor. Gordon serves as literary agent and editorial director of the Fast Foreword digital publishing program. He brings years of experience as a senior agent. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. With a zest for fresh new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.

Website ForewordLiterary.com

As always, members and guests are welcome.

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Monthly luncheon is open to the public.

Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers.

The meeting fee includes buffet lunch and beverage.

Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA.

Click for map

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent buffet-style food.


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