From the WMC President:
We are preparing to hold the June 18th meeting online through Zoom. Until the public is released to gather in large groups, we'll continue online.
The time and day that best suits a Zoom meeting are being considered. In the first week of June, we will be sending how-to details with a test run for members to help work out the kinks.
JUNE 18th - MEMBER READINGS FROM
2020 ANTHOLOGY, RED SKY
Daniel Fiddler, Nona Smith, Charles Furey, Nancy McLelland, Shirin Leos, Norma Watkins, windflower, Earlene Gleisner, Elizabeth Vrenios, Peter Nash, Joycelyn Trigg, Ginny Rorby, Notty Bumbo, Katherine Brown
READING LIMIT 5 MINUTES
2021 ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS
Submissions for the 2021 Anthology, Erosion, open June 1 and go through August 31. Check submission guidelines.
2020 MENDOCINO SPRING POETRY CELEBRATION
35th Anniversary * 15th Consecutive Revival
Record your four minutes and email them by Sunday JUNE 14. The main event will be broadcast on Mendocino County Public Broadcasting at kzyx.org, Sunday JUNE 21. It’s our annual open marathon.
With iPhone, go to your app Voice Memo; with Android, go
to Voice Record. If you don’t have a phone, exploit your techie friend. State simply your name, the title of the poem, and then the poem(s).
Dan Roberts will be broadcasting the work on June 21 and
beyond on his program RhythmRunningRiver. Whatever
your location, you’ll be speaking through the web to the world.
Email up to four minutes by June 14, to both Dan and Gordon Black: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep it that simple. But for friendly and inspiring further info:
GUALALA COMMUNITY WRITING PROJECT
Mark Gross has started a writing initiative, KGUA Writers, in Gualala and environs in collaboration with Peggy Berryhill's KGUA-FM, 88.3 radio program at 9:00 a.m. on Monday mornings.
It will build community, give everyone a sense of inclusion, and get folks to write, regardless of level—from novice to novelist.
There is a Facebook Group Page KGUA Writers,
and a website The Town That Started Writing.
This week's prompt for submission of 200-400 words,
sent to KGUAWriters@gmail.com
no later than 7:00 p.m., 5/29:
Prompt #8: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since...*
*Start your piece with the actual words in the prompt or use those actual words within the piece.
See details on our KGUA Writers page.
DAIRY HOLLOW FELLOWSHIP
—TWO WEEKS, EXPENSES PAID--
The “Dancing in the Rain” fellowship application is now live and submissions are being accepted until July 6th.
Michelle Hannon, Executive Director
The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow
515 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
MENDOCINO BEACON &
FORT BRAGG ADVOCATE NEWS
If you are interested in serving on a committee to review submissions by members for the papers, please email email@example.com.
Once the committee is in place, it will consider pieces limited to 800 words or less of poetry, prose, nonfiction, and memoir.
Read Michelle Blackwell's letter for details.
VAN DAMME STATE PARK
Volunteers at the Little River Museum have collected pictures and historical accounts that augment the rich history of what ultimately became the park.
Members of our branch of the California Writers Club have an opportunity to use these source materials to write a nonfiction book and other monographs.
Email the WritersMendocinoCoast@GMail.com for details.
UKIAHHAIKU FESTIVAL FOR 2020
After a run of 17 festivals of haiku, a hiatus has been regretfully declared for 2020 while the festival volunteers who produce the event regroup and plan for future festivals. For more information, visit http://ukiahaiku.org/
MENDOCINO COAST WRITER'S CONFERENCE
Thursday, 7/30 to Sunday, 8/2, 2020
For more information, visit http://mcwc.org/
MEMBER'S COPIES OF ANTHOLOGY, RED SKY
have all been mailed, including those pre-ordered. If members haven't received their copy, please email WritersMendocinoCoast@GMail.com
Fran Schwartz has an inventory of cartridges for printers and fax machines no longer in use.
Click here: for the list and email her.
KELLEY HOUSE CALENDAR
Call for Writers
There are so many stories yet to tell, and they welcome your voice. Articles are 400 to 700 words and can be paired with photos or illustrations usually discovered in their database of 10,000 images. Call the Kelley House curator, Karen McGrath, at 707/937-5791 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORT BRAGG LIBRARY
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOPS
& MONTHLY POETRY OPEN MIC
The workshops include samples of the various styles and techniques of poetry writing, displays of published works, in-session writing exercises along with readings and discussions of individual works produced during the workshops.
On the second Friday of the month, 2-3:30 pm, find your hidden poet within! Workshops are free. All ages are welcome. Visit the library site for more.
MONTHLY POETRY OPEN MIC
Drop in on the first Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
All ages, read original poetry or another's work you are moved to share.
Drop in to the library site for the list of recently added books and reviews by WMC member Priscilla Comen.
WELCOME TO THE
CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB
- FOUNDED in 1909 -
The Mendocino Coast branch is proud to share in this legacy. Our intention is to expand the network
and provide publishing opportunities for writers.
MENDOCINO WRITERS MEET
ON THE 3RD THURSDAY 6:00
Garden Room - Mendocino Hotel
Writers of the Mendocino Coast
PO Box 762 Fort Bragg, CA 95437
The CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB is a 501(c) (3) educational nonprofit dedicated to educating members and the public-at-large in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work.
California Writers Club website: https://calwriters.org/
CWC Northern Branches: http://cwcnorcalwriters.org/
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
and please include your name
NEW MEMBERS $65 includes $20 initiation fee. More information on the website's Membership page.
YEARLY RENEWAL is $45.
Membership includes a copy of the club's recent anthology,
copies of our state organization's Literary Review magazine, space for member biographies, and opportunities to see your writing in:
-The annual anthology
-The Literary Review is published by our parent, California Writers Club. More info at www.calwriters.org
-The yearly collaboration, Ekphrasis, with the Artists Coop of Mendocino
Financial aid is available for membership WritersMendocinoCoast@GMail.com
WMC member Clare Zwerling is interested in joining or forming a poetry group—ClareBercot@iCloud.com
M E M B E R N E W S
Writing newly published, receives a nomination or award, or other notable exposure? Please send a short announcement to email@example.com
WMC member Maureen Eppstein's latest poetry collection has been accepted for publication by Main Street Rag Press, a fairly important independent publisher. Publication is planned for spring 2020. The collection, tilted Horizon Line, is something of a retrospective. It merges observations of nature with reflections on aging.
“With keen eyes on the horizons of memory, Maureen Eppstein brings us the essentials of ‘music at the daylight’s edge,’” says Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla of Maureen’s new poetry collection, Horizon Line. Pre-publication orders can now be placed at http://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/horizon-line-maureen-eppstein/
There will be a virtual book signing through Gallery Bookshop on May 30th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In the meantime, Gallery Bookshop is taking pre-orders for the new book. If you'd like to request a personalized inscription from Maureen, please use the comments box at the bottom of the checkout screen to let them know what you'd like written.
Marylyn Motherbear Scott
has a poem
A Place of Grace
in Quests, Journeys,
and Wayside Attractions
Spring 2020 Vol 8 #1
and is Poetry Editor.
Poet in Residence,
Society for Ritual Arts
“Open roads go north
Into cloud-dappled sunset …”
WMC member Donald Shephard's latest novel is now available.
Ginny Rorby, author of Hurt Go Happy, Freeing Finch and other MG/YA novels said this:
"Shephard’s raw and unflinching narrative, Etu, named for an Inuit woman born about the time Europeans sought the Northwest Passage, spans her lifetime and her rise to tribal shaman. She matures, marries, bears children and survives the privations of Arctic winters unaware of the impact of European diseases. Guided by her Polar Bear spirit guide, she navigates these troubling times, utilizing every meager gift from Sedna, the god of her people. A great read."
Etu is now available on Amazon.
ROLLING RECAP OF MONTHLY MEETINGS
See Archives tab above for details
Welcome to opportunities to publish your writing, whether or not you live on the Mendocino Coast.