COVID-19 UPDATE From the WMC President:
Until further notice, WMC meetings will be held on Zoom the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Meetings will be recorded and posted on the website.
There are more than two dozen free Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Fort Bragg. At wifi.xfinity.com type in an address, city, state, or ZIP Code to find where to access the internet.
The June 28th member readings from the 2020 anthology, Red Sky, had thirty-two in attendance.
Unfortunately, mistakes were made and it wasn't recorded.
June 16th - August 8th Tuesdays 1:30 to 4:30
FREE ONLINE POETRY WRITING COURSE
Santa Rosa Junior College
Older Adults Program
OA 502, Section 8104
• Students may register at any time during the semester
Read the instructor's invitation for more information
JULY 19th 3:00
MEMBER READINGS FROM
2020 SmatchUp on the theme "What Am I Doing Here?"
Writers were anonymously paired to create either a story or poem (genre decided upon entering). One writer wrote one page, another finished with one page. The pairs will be revealed at this meeting when the finished pieces are read. Works will be posted on the website after the event.
AUGUST 16th 3:00
SHIRIN YIM LEOS
How to Think like a Developmental Editor
2021 ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS
Submissions for the 2021 Anthology, Erosion, opened June 1st and will go through August 31st. Check submission guidelines.
In this issue, Mendocino Coast memoirist and WMC member, Alena Guest, surveys the coast's rich writing scene, with profiles of six recently published writers (including herself) and reviews of their divergent, captivating literary offerings.
It also features Gallery Bookshop and our branch of the California Writers Club.
GUALALA COMMUNITY WRITING PROJECT
Mark Gross has started a writing initiative, KGUA Writers, in Gualala in collaboration with Peggy Berryhill's KGUA-FM, 88.3 radio program at 9:00 a.m. on Monday mornings.
There is a Facebook Group Page KGUA Writers,
and a website The Town That Started Writing.
This week's prompt for submission of 200 words should be sent to KGUAWriters@gmail.com:
Subject Line: Last Name, Prompt #14, Your Title
no later than 7:00 p.m., 7/10:
PROMPT #14 "Again?"
See details on our KGUA Writers page.
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.
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.
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
ONLINE ON THE THIRD SUNDAY 3:00
Members Receive Invitations
Public May Email a Request WritersMendocinoCoast@Gmail.com
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
We will never sell or share your email address with anyone else.
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 Ginny Rorby's
book Freeing Finch recognized as "10 of the Best LGBTQ+ Middle Grade Books That Celebrate Pride" by Book Riot
Freeing Finch by Ginny Rorby. Finch just wants to find a place where she feels like she is understood. After being abandoned by her father and losing ... read more
WMC member Tansy Chapman, has a newly released novel, Rose Gray. Thirteen-year-old Rose Gray’s fervent prayers for peace during the bombing raids have been answered, but no one around her in 1947 England is physically or spiritually free of the aftereffects of war. Living on a government-run tenant farm, Rose struggles with her father’s increasingly violent moods, her mother’s past (including the appearance of a stranger returning from war), and a school headmistress bordering on madness. Rose’s story is about how, with the help of her religious grandmother, her best friend Annie, and the natural forces of adolescence, she makes small bids for freedom in the midst of circumstances beyond her control.
Rose Gray is available from Gallery Bookshop
Read endorsements and reviews at the publisher's website
WMC member Karen Lewis has announced a new poetry chapbook, Peace Maps, now available to pre-order from Finishing Line Press. These poems span a wide geography, places she's lived, traveled, or imagined. Themes include motherhood, deep ecology, love, loss, endurance, unity, hope.
"Poets are like cartographers" says Karen K. Lewis in Peace Maps. Through landscapes plagued by violence, drought, and plastic trash, "Fragments of poems remain, like tourniquets [ ] to mend our fatal hemorrhage / of despair." She maps each poem to a specific place on earth, not only with discreet latitude and longitude coordinates, but also with love for the beings, human, animal and vegetable, that make a home there, and for the land itself. ~ Maureen Eppstein, author of Horizon Line and Earthward
Order Peace Maps from Finishing Line Press
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.