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President's Message

Linda Okerlund, President CWC sf-peninsula

Alas!  I fear I must apologize for the tardiness of my inaugural message—having just returned from two weeks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Twelve plays over the course of nine days, one of which we saw twice.  Perhaps this was appropriate, attending, nay, experiencing, re-creations of plays originally produced 400 years ago, but still relevant today. For more



Santa Clara University Poetry Reading

Santa Clara University Poetry

Poetry reading at Santa Clara University, Two of the poets are Janice Dabney and Peter Coe Verbica, both locals! October 21st at 4 – 5:30pm, Sobrato Hall B and C. More




Poetry Is...


If you are a poet of any age who lives in San Mateo County, submit your best work to thePoetry Is campaign during the month of September 2014. sanmateocountypoet.org/poetry-is




SPD: Small Press Distributor


At SPD, we connect readers with writers through independently published literature. Founded in 1969 with five small publishers, SPD is now the nation's only exclusively literary nonprofit book distributor, serving over 400 small and independent presses. spdbooks.org.



CWC Literary Review

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The second CWC Literary Review is on the street! A few pages larger and better all around. Join the CWC and be a part of this publication, then drink in the tasty rest. cwcnorcalwriters.org


Sand Hill Review

Lit Crawl, San Francisco

The Sand Hill Review has published stories, poems and art for fifteen years. A champion of local authors the SHR anthology is available online, in e-reader and paperback formats. The Review is a place where writers and artists can show their work in the company of others in a setting of high standards. sandhillreview.org


Red Savina Review

Lit Crawl, San Francisco

Get your short pieces published. Red Savina Review publishes Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry and Art. redsavinareview.org


Kepler's Classes for Writers


Kepler's Books and Magazines, in Menlo Park has reopened and is now promoting classes for writers who wish to hone their craft, learn about marketing their work and the multitude of publishing options now available to authors. Visit: keplers.com

Writing Vacations

writing vacations

Imagine what it was like in the late 1800's to be in Anacapri, writing and living in the Villa San Michele. Vacations often include eating great Italian, meeting like-minded friends, cooking and writing.


How to Communicate with More Success and Less Stress

Indie PUblishing with Amazon

Learn how to communicate in a way that gets your ideas heard and encourages the cooperation of others. You will also discover how to keep the contagious effect of naysayers’ negativity from rubbing off on you and find out how to set limits with people who make unreasonable demands. Visit: publisherswriters.org.


The Writing Salon

The Writing Salon

The Writing Salon is a year-round school of creative writing with locations in both Berkeley and San Francisco, offering classes in all genres. Courses include all-day weekend workshops, as well as 5-week and 9-week weeknight courses, taught by professional writers. They are held in colorful settings that enhance the creative spirit. Visit writingsalons.com.


Commonwealth Club, San Francisco Good Lit

Albert Flynn DeSilver Coaching and Mentoring Services

Good Lit is a branch of the Club devoted to literature and memoir. The series consists of conversations with prominent authors, playwrights and figures of importance in the literary community, as well as up-and-coming talent. The series also deals with issues of importance to the literary community. Visit commonwealthclub.org.


Self Publishing Boot Camp

Albert Flynn DeSilver Coaching and Mentoring Services

Self-Publishing Boot Camp provides workshops, courses, and consulting on every aspect of self-publishing. We keep in touch with advances in the industry which will save writers precious time and money by recommending a path utilizing effective processes and reputable providers.
Visit: selfpubbootcamp.com.


CWC NorCal

CWC NorCal writers

CWC Norcal, a collection of Northern California CWC branches has a redesigned website which showcases writer oriented local events. If you are a CWC member, submit your event to the NorCal webmaster. cwcnorcalwriters.org



Get Involved

Fault Zone

Fault Zone, Our thriving SF/Peninsula anthology is staffed entirely by volunteers. It's fun, it's a great experience, and it will make you wise in the ways of writing, publishing and marketing. What are you waiting for? Contact Audrey Kalman for details.

Open Board Positions at the CWC SF/Peninsua

Blog Administrator
The administrator posts information on the blog as well as reviews and approves comments. It's a relatively new position and therefore open to interpretation.

World Book Night, April 23, 20--

Albert Flynn DeSilver Coaching and Mentoring Services

Please support the goals for World Book Night in the US in 2013 and beyond by making a tax-deductible donation of whatever you can. Every cent donated goes to help spread the love of reading. Visit:.worldbooknight.org


Hot off the Press

Writers' Calendar

CWC writers calendar

Take a look at what's coming up! Workshops, Conferences, Events and Contests are on our Calendar.

Recently Published!


Dance of Souls by Audrey Kalman

The Siege

by Jim Hanna


Dance of Souls by Audrey Kalman

Dance of Souls
 new cover!

by Audrey Kalman


Movie Guide to Romantic Comedies, Cathy Glenn Jennings

Movie Guide to Romantic Comedies: 100 Chick Flicks That Make You Laugh and Feel Happy Ever After

by Cathie Glenn Jennings


Hold Fast: Tom Crean

Hold Fast: Tom Crean

by Dave Hirzel


Who Sings to the Dead by Max Tomlinson

Who Sings to the Dead

by Max Tomlinson


Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith

Making Peg Dolls

by Margaret Bloom


Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith

Ambril's Tale
 Return of the Dullaith

by Wendy D. Walter


A Time to Cast Away Stones, Elise Francis Miller, author

A Time
 to Cast Away Stones

by Elise Frances Miller


Enough of Us author - Cheryl Levinson

Enough of Us

by Cheryl Levinson


Sendero written by Max Tomlinson


by Max Tomlinson


Dance of Souls by Audrey Kalman

Dance of Souls

by Audrey Kalman



Kudos and Awards


Congratulations to Bardi Rosman Koodrin!

Teresa LeYung-Ryan Playwright

Peninsula Arts Council was given the Diamond Award for her tireless work as the Literary Director of the Fine Arts Galleria, the San Mateo County Fair.
Hurray Bardi!



Congratulations to Fault Zone: Shift Contest winners:

  • First Place
    Wendy M. Voorsanger
    Shifting in California
  • Second Place
    Jane Mellin
  • Third Place
    Madeline McEwen


  • Other Finalists:
    Trinity Adler, The Oracle of Delphi
    Kendra N. Kraig, Just the One
    Simone Martel, Gina Bartalotti, Travel Consultant
    Pastor Bejinez, Old Man with the Cans
    Madeline McEwen, Boys Will Be Boys
    Carolyn Donnell, The Once and Future Queen
    Susan Frey, Bus Ride to Fresno
    Farrell Winter, The Liquor Store


Congratulations to all! The book is up on Amazon for purchase.