Welcome to opportunities to publish your writing, whether or not you live on the Mendocino Coast.
MARCH 17th Mendocino Hotel 6:00 p.m.
2016 ANTHOLOGY, LUMINESCENCE
Fran Schwartz, Jan Edwards, Henri Bensussen, Marylyn Motherbear Scott, Norma Watkins, Nancy McLelland, Blair B. Burke, Harriet Gleeson, Janet Isaacs Ashford, Donald Shephard, Ginny Rorby, Amie McGee, Jewels Marcus, and Katherine Heimann Brown. Members receive a copy, and can pick up/pay for copies pre-ordered by March 16th.
2016 SMATCHUP, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”
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 May 19th 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 March 20th
NEW CREATIVE WRITING AT SENIOR CENTER
Commencing March 7, 2016 - 8 classes for $64
Tuesday 3:30 to 5pm | Tuesday 6 to 7:30pm | Thursday 6 to 7:30pm
If you miss a class, switch to one of the other times to make it up. Please do not just turn up at the class you want to join because they fill. Instead, email Karen Green at email@example.com with the time you are interested in attending. It is a no pressure class for any level of writer, concentrating on unique prompts and exercises to trigger creativity. Most exercises last about ten minutes, there is easy discussion for a minute or so after each one and then another exercise is set. Karen has conducted these classes at university and in the community for four years in the UK, and usually had a waiting lists and very good repeat sign-up rate.
There is no expectation at all to be an expert writer, and we are there to support each other and have fun for the hour and a half. —Karen Green
FEBRUARY 18TH Mendocino Hotel
PUBLISHING STRATEGIES - The Many Paths to Publishing
• Ginny Rorby talked about the traditional publishing route
of her five books and self-publishing e-books.
• Sharon Bowers talked about the Kickstarter route for publishing
and her process in drawing and writing her graphic novel
Amazed and Elated, Depressed and Deflated
• Katy Pye spoke on self-publishing, her process, and success
of her novel Elizabeth's Landing.
• Amie McGee addressed what she’s learned from working at Cypress House
• Susan Bono had great information about the value of starting a small press such as her Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative and the value of writers
becoming part of the small press community.
• Henri Bensussen discussed how her poetry chapbook Earning Colors
came to be published by Finishing Line Press last year,
and the value of submitting work to writing contests, in general.
Open for submissions of haiku in numerous categories, including two in Spanish. Postmark deadline: Monday, March 11, 2016 Festival date: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Space Theater in Ukiah For information and entry forms:
COMMUNITY EXTENSION CLASS - IMAGINATIVE WRITING
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., February 27th to May 7th. The cost is $125, but if you have a BOG waiver, see Katherine Brown and do NOT register online or call Patti. A community extension class does not give college credit.
Sign up at the Mendocino College website at http://www.mendocino.edu/academics/community-extension-program or call Patti in Ukiah at 707-468-3236. She will get your payment information.
Questions? Email Katherine Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
MENDOCINO COAST WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
For WMC members in good standing, follow submission rules below, and apply by March 15. Cannot be a member of WMC board or a scholarship judge.
Apply to MCWC, and let them know you are also applying for WMC scholarship, but don't send payment. If you win, we’ll then make check directly to MCWC.
Send us no more than ten pages of a piece, or no more than five poems, double-spaced, no smaller than 12 pt. font. DON’T put your name on the piece, only the piece title with the pagination. Entries are judged blind. Send as an attachment to email. Send Katherine Brown, email@example.com, an email with the cover information—your name, piece title, genre, contact information. Please send manuscript in .rtf, .doc, or .docx format. Again, please do not put your name on the manuscript.
Cut off is March 15th. We’ll decide by March 30th.
Writing newly published, receives a nomination or award, or other notable exposure? Please send a short announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org
A chapter from member Catherine Marshall's memoir, The Easter Moose: One Family's Journey Adopting through Foster Care, is included in the just released anthology, Tales of Our Lives edited and published by WomensMemoirs.com. "Lost in the Haight" is included in the Reflection Pond section of this two volume e-book offered on Amazon
Member John Fremont's book, Comedy of Terror, won the BAIPA for FICTION. http://baipa.org/2015-baipa-book-award-winners/
SMATCHUP 2015 Results of eighteen writers blindly matched for a collaborative writing project with another writer. READ 2014 STORIES
REGISTRATION FOR MENDOCINO COAST’S 27TH WRITERS CONFERENCE BEGINS MARCH 15
ROLLING RECAP OF MONTHLY MEETINGS
See Archives tab above for details
Welcome to the Mendocino Coast branch of the California Writers Club founded in 1909. We are proud to share in this legacy.
Our intention is to expand the network and opportunities for writers here on the Mendocino Coast.
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.
NEW MEMBERS $65 includes $20 initiation fee. More information on the website's Membership page.
YEARLY RENEWALl 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 2017 Anthology Writers of the Mendocino Coast MENDOCINO,
submissions to open April 1, 2016 and close August 31, 2016
-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
MEMBER WRITING PROJECTS:
Our third anthology is available at Gallery Bookshop, in Mendocino, The Bookstore and Vinyl Cafe, and Visit Mendocino, both in Fort Bragg. Gualala area is Four-Eyed Frog country! GO INDIE !
To purchase by mail, send a message to WritersMendocinoCoast@Gmail.com.
CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB
A REMINDER FOR ADVERTISING
Promote your book or services to 2,000 readers. The first 2016 issue of the new electronic CWC Bulletin will be coming out in February. The next deadline for submitting advertising is July 29, 2016. This is a way for CWC members, authors, and guest speakers to reach a large targeted audience of writers in a state-wide publication that goes out to nearly 2,000 writers. The cost is reasonable: $35 for a 2x3.5 business card size ad; a 3x5 index card size for $60, and a 5x7 for $90. Full details can be obtained by visiting http://calwriters.org/advertising-in-the-bulletin/ PayPal is now available, too. If you have a book or writing service to pro-
mote, hesitate no longer! The Bulletin is an extraordinary way to get the word out to others with an interest in writing, publishing, and marketing.