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Resources for Writers

{These listings are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement by CWC.}

Local / Regional Events, Workshops, and Classes:

Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter Pitch-O-Rama 2014!
Meet the Agents and Editors
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Women’s Building, 3543 18th St. (between Guerrero & Valencia Sts.), San Francisco, CA 94110

ALL DAY WRITERS WORKSHOP at Dewitt Theater, Auburn, CA
Sunday, March 30, 2014
9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost per attendee $30.00
($5.00 of each ticket will go to efforts to save the historic Dewitt Theater built in 1944. Purchase tickets here for early bird price. Tickets sold at the door will be $40.00.)

  • Public Speaking for Those Who’d Rather Stay Home and Write
  • Making Your Book a Bestseller is a Matter of How Far You Can Walk
  • Self Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, Traditional (Legacy) Publishing: What You’ve Been Told About Them is Mostly Wrong
  • So, You’d Like to Be on the Radio, Eh?
  • Getting Book Events in Retail Bookshops is Not (as) Impossible (as it seems.) Even if You’re Self-Published.

The Henry Miller Memorial Library proudly presents: “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” hosted by author Christian McEwen, April 6-10, 2014 at the Big Sur Lodge. 

A unique and acclaimed workshop that teaches participants to slow down and reconnect with their creative spirit in an ever-chaotic world.

Remember what joy feels like?

These days it can be buried pretty deeply…Omnipresent (and oppressive) technology. Juggling career with parenting. Recess cut from our kids’ school days. Basic things like friendship hacked by our frantic pace. Multi-tasking. Stress. Fragmented attention. It saps our sense of wonder. We forget what fulfills us.  Or to quote the English band Blur: “Modern life is rubbish.”

If any of this resonates with you, hear us out. We have a proposal. Join is in Big Sur, April 6-10th for “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” an enriching workshop hosted by acclaimed writer Christian McEwen at the Big Sur Lodge.

Here’s what we can promise you:

* A uniquely structured workshop format that’s part meditation, part artistic retreat (testimonials here) led renowned writer, poet, and teacher Christen McEwen (The Nation, Village Voice, Scottish Poetry Library; biohere.)

Christien McEwen

* Amazing people (even friends for life!)

* The quiet of the redwood forest at the Big Sur Lodge – a world-famous artist’s retreat.

* A robust and illuminating workshop schedule that includes reading, writing, storytelling, movies, a talk from Sarah Rabkin of UC Santa Cruz, writer & environmentalist, and more!  (Full schedule here.)

* Meals, entertainment, cocktail hour, four nights of lodging – and more!

Bottom line: Participants will learn how to find time. Write and draw in your private journal, draft poems, share stories, reconnect to the natural world, turn off your smart phone (we dare you!) and for goodness sakes, slow down!

There could be no better place than the peace and majesty of Big Sur to sink into this medicine for the heart.

For more information including registration fees, click here:

Facebook even page here.

Questions? Call the Library at 831-667-2574!


Recurring Local/Regional Events:

Book clubs, critique groups, and meetups in Sacramento listed at

Sacramento Public Library’s I Street Press (self-publishing and Espresso machine POD) offers classes on publishing, design, writing, and more.

Stories on Stage: monthly short fiction reading series held at the Sacramento Poetry Center (25th St. between Q and R)

Sacramento Suburban Writers Club (SSWC) meets every second Monday between 7 & 9pm in the Crossroads Christian Church, 5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks, CA.

Gold Country Wordsmiths,” a fledgling authors and writers group, meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at the Depoe Bay Coffee Co, 893 High Street, Auburn, CA.



Northern California events:

Whether or not you’re interested in the conference, sign up for San Francisco Writers Conference newsletter here.  The newsletter is loaded with event information for California Writers Club branches across northern California.  The following events were listed in the SFWC newsletter:

Contests & Writing opportunities:


Paid services:

Writers Digest online education. Webinars, tutorials for writers at WritersDigestShop.

The Writers’ Bridge: for freelance writers. Article ideas, markets, query tracking, and more. First month free.

Ongoing auctions of professional critiques by agents and editors, as a charity fundraiser for Vision & Hearing, organized by literary agent Irene Goodman. “Publishing for Vision and Hearing”

Author Brenda Novak’s annual online auction for diabetes always includes critiques, etc. of interest to authors. Bidding begins every year on May 1st.

Other opportunities: is a one-stop shop for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short story markets.

Authors appearance(s) welcome for book speaks/sales/signing at the Atria Covell Gardens Assisted Living Center, 111 Alvarado Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.  Contact Kathryn Green, Director, at (530) 756-0700.

Freelance Editors:

{An excellent blog post on how to hire an editor}

Editorial Freelancers Association

Critique Groups:

Ladies Who Critique .com: a site for matching writers with critique partners

Professional organizations:

Capitol City Young Writers, Sacramento/San Francisco-based group for writers ages 10-18

Capitol Crimes, local chapter of Sisters in Crime

International Thriller Writers

Northern California Publishers and Authors

Sacramento Valley Rose, local chapter of Romance Writers of America

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco chapter (open to both women AND men!)

The art and craft of writing:

Sacramento Poetry Center

San Francisco Writers’ University

Writer’s Digest

The business of publishing:

5 Key book Publishing Paths by Jane Friedman. Image summarizes traditional, vanity, self pub options in 2013.

The Pursuit of Publishing: An Unvarnished Guide for the Perplexed by CWC member Ken Umbach


Publisher’s Marketplace

Writer Beware


Self-publishing resources:

Smashwords (ebooks)
BookBaby (ebooks)
Createspace (amazon’s self-publisher)
Dan Poynter’s ParaPublishing

Writers’ Conferences:

Bouchercon (mystery writers)

Left Coast Crime (mystery & suspense)

San Francisco Writers Conference (all types of writing)

ThrillerFest (thriller writers, both fiction and nonfiction)