Luncheon — Chris Enss

Tips For Marketing Your Book

Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Chris EnssSaturday, February 20, 2016, the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch proudly presents Chris Enss at the Luncheon Meeting. Her topic is “Tips For Marketing Your Book”. She is a screenwriter and author of 30 nonfiction books about the frontier, including Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers and Singers in the Old West.

She has been successful in receiving press coverage in the Sacramento Bee, on Good Day Sacramento and more. Her savvy marketing tips will cover: Declare What You Want, Be Willing To Do What It Takes, Specialize, Ask an Expert, Measure the Power of Free, Have a Plan, and Take Action.

A New York Times Best Selling author, a scriptwriter and comedienne, Chris has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West.

Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She reveals the stories behind the many romances of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody who moved on from his career as a scout on the plains to bring the enormously successful performance spectacle of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West to audiences throughout the United States and Europe between 1883 and 1916. And she tells the stories of the many talented and daring women performed alongside men in the Wild West shows, who changed the way the world thought about women forever through the demonstration of their skills. Chris brings her sensitive eye and respect for their work to her stories of more contemporary American entertainers, as well.

For more on Chris, visit:

Luncheon Information

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemens 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. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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Luncheon — Scott Thomas Anderson

Writing at its highest stakes – how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the coming digital age

Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Scott Thomas AndersonSaturday, January 16, 2016, the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch proudly presents Scott Thomas Anderson at the Luncheon Meeting. His topic is “Writing at its highest stakes – how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the coming digital age.”

Anderson – a professional crime, culture and travel journalist – will look back at Shakespeare’s concept of “the Duty of Poets” and how prophetic its meaning has become as the world’s youngest generations are taught linguistic ideals through fragmented, hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. What is the future of English if today’s writers, poets, journalists and teachers don’t recognize a threat, as well as the importance of their own roles in the public sphere? And what is the duty of today’s adult writers who are now the last living people in the history of the world, who will remember the world, before the Internet?

Scott Thomas Anderson is an award-winning journalist who is the Chief Editor of The Roseville Press Tribune, Rocklin’s Placer Herald and The Granite Bay View. He has written for publications such as Sacramento News & Review, The Real Edition.com andThe Irish Independent, Dublin’s largest daily newspaper. He’s been interviewed about homicide investigations nationally on the Travel Channel and internationally on Ireland’s Radio 1:Drivetime. Between May 2010 and October 2011, a journalism fellowship out of Washington D.C. allowed Anderson to spend 18 months as an embedded reporter with California law enforcement agencies, partnering with officers on night patrols, accompanying detectives on warrant searches and probation sweeps, observing SWAT operations and spending hundreds of hours with attorneys and victims’ advocates in small-town courtrooms. During this time, he also traveled to different rural communities across the United States. The result was his first nonfiction book, Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America, an exploration of nation’s modern methamphetamine crisis. In April 2015, Anderson’s newest nonfiction book was released, The Cutting Four-piece: crime and tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding.

Luncheon Information

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemens 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. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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Luncheon — Kevin Smokler

Criticism: Meet Confidence!

Saturday, November 21, 2015 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

Kevin SmoklerOn Saturday, November 21, 2015, the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch proudly presents Kevin Smokler on “Criticism: Meet Confidence!” at the Luncheon Meeting.

The writer’s life comes with triumph and disappointment. You can always count on the disappointment. What writers do with and learn from that disappointment is often the difference between success and near misses. How do you turn bad news and rejection into wisdom and the will to fight another day?

Kevin Smokler is the author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School (2013) and a forthcoming book on 80s movies (2016). His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Buzzfeed and on NPR. He has lectured at universities, conferences and corporations throughout North America on leading your best creative life.

At the San Francisco Writers Conference, Kevin Smokler is a popular writing consultant and provides private one-on-one consultations for a fee, which he donates to the SFWC Scholarship Program. Attendees can ask just about anything—writing, marketing their work and building their writing career.

For more on Kevin, visit http://www.kevinsmokler.com/ and find him on twitter: @weegee.

Luncheon Information

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemens 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. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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Luncheon — Laurie McLean

California Writers Club — Sacramento Branch
1925 — 2015  Celebrating 90 Years

The Message You Won’t Get Elsewhere: Tips for Thriving in the Publishing Revolution

Saturday, October 17, 2015 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
RSVP Requested (details below)

Laurie McLeanLiterary Myth: If you don’t have a literary agent, you aren’t a real author. FALSE! Dynamic speaker and successful agent Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary will share insights from the trenches about the revolution going on in publishing and why is it no longer impossible to get published without an agent. Through self-publishing, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, digital-first and other publishing initiatives, for the first time ever you can go it alone and make a living as an author. Is there a place for a literary agent in your future? Perhaps. Perhaps not. And perhaps literary agents are changing as much as the industry they work in. Laurie will candidly explain the ins, outs, pluses, and minuses of publishing in this new era and beyond.

Ms. McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Following her stint as the CEO of a successful Silicon Valley public relations agency bearing her name, Laurie was able to switch gears in 2002 to immerse herself in writing. She penned three manuscripts before deciding that the life of a literary agent was her destiny. She has been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent, finally as a novelist. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York and a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Journalism.

For more on Laurie McLean, check out her blog at agentsavant.com, follow her on Twitter @agentsavant, and visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/laurie.mclean.

So come and join us for our 90th Anniversary Celebration on October 17, 2015 beginning at 11:00am. We will have one action packed afternoon, sure to please one and all. Join us for cake, balloons, vintage slideshow and music, fantastic door prizes and surprise guest speakers. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Please RSVP for this event emailing Margie Yee Webb via our Contact Page using the subject line: 90th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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Luncheon Information

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemens 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. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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