FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, February 20th, 6:00 p.m.
"You Can Write a Song About That"
Writing songs is easier than many other forms. We have a ready-to-use structure, the four-line verse, tested by hundred of years non-professional songwriters.
Holly Tannen will teach how to rhyme, to use rhyme to find out what you want to say, and to write verses to a known tune. We’ll write a song together, and start you off writing a song of your own. Bring lined paper and a pen or pencil. Holly will have extras if you forget.
MENDOCINO COMMUNITY CENTER
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
February 13th 6:30 p.m.
“How We Met” or “That’s When I Knew”
Or bring something you've been wanting to share
“Mendocino Storytellers” provides an opportunity for writers and storytellers to read or speak their stories on various themes. It is a loosely organized event, with no membership or officers.
Come read or speak a favorite story on the topic, your own or someone else’s. Eight minutes or less is requested. Or come to listen. $5 donation requested to benefit the Mendocino Community Center, 998 School Street.
Contact email@example.com if you wish to tell or read a story, and include a few words of introduction about yourself and your story, plus some idea of its length.
California Writers Club
2020 Literary Review
LITERARY REVIEW DEADLINE EXTENDED
The submission deadline for the Literary Review has been extended to March 31, 2020. They must receive any and all submissions no later than that date, and any payments in the form of a check must be postmarked no later than that date. Submission is open only to members of the California Writer Club.
We’re looking for your best work—fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay, including excerpts from previously published writing—for publication in the 2020 California Writers Club Literary Review.
Submissions are open to current members of California Writers Club and will be accepted from December 15, 2019, through March 31st, 2020.
Works will be reviewed and selected for possible publication by a panel of acquisition editors through a blind judging process.
You will be notified by email as to whether your piece will be included in the 2020 Literary Review shortly before publication in autumn of 2020.
See Submission Guidelines and FAQs.
PUBLIC READING FOR THE 2019 MENDOCINO COLLEGE WRITING CONTEST
The public reading will be held in the Little Theater,
in the Lowery Building of the Ukiah campus,
Room 730 on March 4th from 6-8 pm.
Link to the published winners from 2019:
This will also kick off the 2020 contest.The following pieces were chosen as winners in their respective categories.
First Place - Van Arsdale - Russell Peters
Second Place - Hopscotch - Peter Nash member WMC
Third Place - The Peoples Republic of Poetry - Herb Garfield
First Place - Wet Kitty - Robyn Koski member WMC
Second Place - The Last Nail - Michael Mondo
Third Place - Romeos - Bill Herr
First Place - Road to the Jetty - Leslie Wahlquist member WMC
Second Place - Coffee at the Headlands Café -
Pricilla Comen member WMC
Third Place - The Martinez to Chico Night Train -
Michelle Blackwell member WMC
First Place - Mendocino State Hospital: Where Mysteries Abound - Jasmin Blanc
Second Place - The Privilege of the Right to Privacy: An Expansion of Roxanne Gay’s “A Tale of Three Coming Out Stories” - Paloma Rall
Third Place - The Truest Romantic: How Wordsworth Found Beauty in Industrialized London - Liana Edington
Fran Schwartz has an inventory of cartridges for printers and fax machines no longer in use. Click here: for the list and email her.
PREORDER 2020 ANTHOLOGY, RED SKY
Members, order advance copies $10 each
by midnight 3/18:
Members will receive a copy of the anthology at 3rd Thursday meetings.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Local Authors Night
Friday, March 13th at 6:30
FIVE SHORT TALKS. ONE GREAT EVENING.
Each of the authors will give a 10-minute presentation,
followed by Q&A for the whole panel.
Reid Ridgway / Rare Earth
Craig Brestrup / Reverence for Existence
C. C. Mitchell / Clearing the Haze
WMC member Peter Nash / Coyote Bush
David Herstle Jones / Beyond the Locked Door
Complimentary refreshments before and after, plus book signings.
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
AND 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.
Roger A. Schwartz of Mendocino, husband of WMC member Fran Schwartz, died at home on Dec. 25, 2019. He was 88 years old.
Donations in Roger's memory may be made to the Mendocino Music Festival at mendocinomusic.org, and to the Mendocino Area Parks Association (Mendo Parks) at mendoparks.org.
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
In your email message, 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 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.
WMC member Katy Pye will have Elizabeth's Landing released as an Audible Exclusive audiobook on December 31st. It will also be available on Amazon along with the paperback and ebook. A script, not by Katy, has an interested movie director. May '20 brings production funding.
WMC member Ginny Rorby has launched a new book.
As the author of Hurt Go Happy, winner of ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, Ginny presents Freeing Finch, the inspiring story of a transgender girl and a stray dog who overcome adversity to find love, home, and a place to belong.
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.