2020 SMATCHUP “What Am I Doing Here?”
Participation is open to any WMC member
in good standing.
What it is: Writers are anonymously paired to create either a story or poem (genre decided upon entering). One writer starts (one-page maximum), one finishes (one-page maximum), and pairs are revealed at the April 18th meeting when the finished pieces are read. Works will be posted on the website after the event.
SEE ALL OTHER RULES here
To enter: Send an e-mail to Katherine Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
by midnight February 1st
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
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.
Creative Writing at Mendocino College
--Fort Bragg Campus--
SPRING SEMESTER STARTS JANUARY 21ST
ADD DEADLINE JANUARY 31ST
A blended class, ENG. 210, 212, 503 Beginning, Intermediate, and Senior Citizen levels will be taught at Mendocino College this Spring for credit or noncredit by Dr. Philip Zwerling and Molly Dwyer.
All are invited to register now.
Philip Zwerling, MFA. PhD., former Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Associate Professor of Creative Writing there, has authored or edited five books with two more books under contract for 2021. More info on him is available at http://www.philipzwerling.com
Molly Dwyer, MFA, PhD., and founder of the Writers of the Mendocino Coast branch of the California Writers Club. For more than ten years she's led groups, taught writing, and worked with individual clients. Her goal has always been to see writers be the best they can be. Consider joining her this spring.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Zwerling has replaced Lisa Locascio
THE FOLLOWING IS PRINTED IN THE CLASS SCHEDULE
Mendocino Art Center
Writing Class - February 7th to 9th
LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY
Instructor: Marianne Villanueva
Class Description on MAC website
February Through Sunday 9:30am–4:30pm
Current MAC Members $310,
Nonmembers $345 plus $45 registration fee
California Writers Club
2020 Literary Review
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 February 29, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.