Changes to our schedule will appear in future newsletters
and here on the website.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, April 16th, 6:00 p.m.
2020 SMATCHUP READINGS
MEMBER READINGS "What Am I Doing Here?"
Readings by writers blindly matched for a collaborative writing project
of one page each, where the first starts the piece,
and the second writer finishes and titles it.
SMATCHUP 2014 SMATCHUP 2015
SMATCHUP 2016 SMATCHUP 2017 SMATCHUP 2018
Meeting will be on Thursday, April 9th, 6:30 on Zoom!
The suggested theme/topic will be Storytelling. As always, this can be stretched in any direction, internally, family relationships, politics, you name it. Or bring your own piece on a topic of your choosing.
If you’d like to tell your story, please have it ready to go. This is a friendly, supportive group always welcoming new people, whether they want to exercise their voices or bring their ears. Get to know your neighbors, and express yourself!
Join Zoom Meeting—Put this URL into your browser:
Meeting ID: 764 926 939
Dial by your location. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aBrCLbmOi
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, July 30 to Sunday, August 2, 2020
General registration opened Sunday, March 1, 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 by Saturday, April 4th, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
WMC member Lew Mermelstein has launched his action novel, Solomon's Net: A Tale Of Madness. Based on his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, the story compares indigenous healing arts to 1970's Western psychiatry. The reader will be drawn to the two protagonists, one American, the other Ethiopian.
The print version, from IngramSpark, is available at Amazon, Gallery Bookshop and elsewhere, ISBN 9780578635514. The Kindle version is also available. The non-Kindle eBook version is available from IngramSpark, ISBN 9781087860695.
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.