THURSDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2014
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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:

 

June 30   Deadline! Last day for early rates for San Francisco Writers Conference ($550  https://sfwriters.org/2015-registration-form/ ) and San Francisco Writing for Change Conference ($99  https://sfwriters.org/writing-for-change-registration/ ) conferences.

June 30  Deadline for GlimmerTrain Writing Contest. Fiction Open. 1st Place: $2,500 and publication in Issue 95.

July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7-8 p.m.  “Hot Summer Nights.” Series of free author readings sponsored by Redwood Writers.  Theme is “Love and Poetry” and featured readers tonight are Michelle Wing, Patricia Nelson, Juanita Martin, Pamela Taeuffer and Kay Mehl Miller.  At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org/

July 12   9 a.m.  BAIPA meeting and hands-on workshop with Social Media Expert, Shari Weiss. Learn best practices for building your author platform online. EVENT INFO

July 13, 2-5 p.m.  Redwood Writers 2014 Author Launch. Writers present 20 newly published books. The cost is $5 for members, guests free.  Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details: www.redwoodwriters.org/

July 15, 7:30 p.m.  Book Launch/Party/Reading for Ellen Sussman’s new novel, A Wedding in Provence.  Keplers Bookstore, Menlo Park, CA.  Many other Bay Area appearances to follow. Also, Ellen is available for book club discussions!  More info at: ellensussman.com  

July 15, 7-8 p.m.  See July 8th listing for Redwood Writers. The topic is “Short Stories.” Featured readers are Jean Wong, Jo Lauer, Kate Farrell and Sunny Lockwood. www.redwoodwriters.org/

July 19, 1-4:00 pm,  California Writers Club annual statewide potluck picnic and LitCake! Contest, Fire Circle in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park.  Questions? Write to Linda Brown at BrownCalifornia@aol.com.

July 19, noon-2 p.m.  “Redwood Writers Library Open Mic” hosted by Tami Casias. Theme in July is “Fire.” At the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa, (707) 545-0831. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org/

July 22, 7-8 p.m.    See July 8th listing for Redwood Writers. The theme tonight is “Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction” and featured readers are Charles Markee, Jeanne Jusaitis, Sandy Baker and Natasha Yim. www.redwoodwriters.org/

July 29, 7-8 p.m.  See July 8th listing for Redwood Writers. The theme tonight is “Fiction.” Featured readers are Jeane Slone, Julie Winrich, Thonie Hevron and Lenore Hirsch.  www.redwoodwriters.org/

August 16  3 p.m.- 5 p.m.  Meet DS Kane, author of the Spies Lie techno-thriller series at Cima Collina Winery in Carmel Valley Village. (Top Secret: DS Kane is the husband of Andrea Brown!)  http://dskane.com/

September 6   The San Francisco Writing for Change Conference at the Unitarian Universalist Center.

September 30 Deadline to enter the Alfie Dog Fiction International Short Story Prize. First prize is publication of a collection of short stories for the winner (including editorial support for completion) plus £200, five copies of the paperback and royalties on all future sales. Details can be found at http://alfiedog.com/competitions/

October 25-26   California Capital Book Festival, Sacramento, is seeking authors for new festival to connect with reading public and new fans. Festival is free for public and will feature special venues, including Culinary Delights, Kid’s Alley, Field of Sports and All Things Pets. Authors, publishers and literary agents are invited to submit books. See ccbookfestival.com.916-307-1713

February 12-16, 2015    Mark your calendars for the 12th San Francisco Writers Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

 

Recurring Local/Regional Events:

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

Events:

 

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:

Tethered by Letters’ Spring Literary Contests

We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in Tethered by Lettersâ<99> Spring 2015 Quarterly Journal. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $250 (USDA) for the short story winner, $50 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $100 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in November. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 per Short Story; $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions; $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Spring Short Story Contest

We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published as the featured short story in the Spring 2014 Quarterly Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $250 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $10 per entry
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Spring Flash Fiction Contest

We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published as the featured flash fiction in the Spring 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $50 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $4 per entry OR $10 for three entries
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Spring Poetry Contest

We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and stylesâ<94>from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Spring 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

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:

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.

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

AgentQuery

Publisher’s Marketplace

Writer Beware

AbsoluteWrite

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)

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