Big Sur Writing Workshops for picture books, early reader, middle grade and young adult (YA) fiction. Dec. 6-8, 2013 (Big Sur, CA) and March 7-9, 2014 (Seaside, CA near Monterey).
Book clubs, critique groups, and meetups in Sacramento listed at fiction.meetup.com
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. Sactowriters.com
“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. GCWordsmith.com
“Howl at the Moon” Writers Conference sponsored by CWC-High Desert Branch. Saturday, Oct. 19 in Victorville, featuring excellent instructor/bestselling writer James Scott Bell. Link. Early bird price and CWC member discount until August 10.
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:
14th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story: (Less than 1500 words) Early-bird deadline is November 15. Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! The winning entries will be on display in the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form at WritersDigest.com.
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.
Duotrope.com 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.
Ladies Who Critique .com: a site for matching writers with critique partners
Capitol City Young Writers, Sacramento/San Francisco-based group for writers ages 10-18
Capitol Crimes, local chapter of Sisters in Crime
Sacramento Valley Rose, local chapter of Romance Writers of America
Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco chapter (open to both women AND men!)
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
Bouchercon (mystery writers)
Left Coast Crime (mystery & suspense)
San Francisco Writers Conference (all types of writing)
ThrillerFest (thriller writers, both fiction and nonfiction)