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June 20         Cathie Glenn Jennings, To Blog or Not to Blog: How Blogs Can Help You Write Your Next Book, Even if You Don’t Have a Blog
April 1         Deadline to submit short story, poem, essay or novel chapter to San Mateo County Fair


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Literary Arts


The California Writers Club, Peninsula Branch is staging events on the Literary Stage of the San Mateo County Fair for the seventh straight year. We're offering workshops, panels, free critiques, author readings, winners circles and one-act plays -- all designed to encourage and improve aspiring writers.

We're also awarding prizes in more than 30 categories for our Literary Contests and publishing our Carry the Light Anthology, containing contest submissions.

Saturday, June 6 through Saturday, June 13
Free with Fair admission.
For more information, go to: San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts

Saturday, June 6

1:30-2:30 pm: Anthology Signing and Meet & Greet
2:30-3 pm: Out-of-a-hat spontaneous readings all writers and sponsors
3 pm: Writers Helping Writers Sponsors Panel (Teresa LeYung - Ryan, Margie Yee Webb, Laurel Anne Hill, Audrey Kalman, Lisa Meltzer Penn. Tory Hartmann will moderate.)
4-4:30 pm: winners read.
4:30-5:30 Winners Panel (Writing & inspiration) Laurel Anne Hill will moderate.
5:30-6 pm: Winners Readings
6-6:30 pm: Out-of-a-hat spontaneous readings 6:30-7 pm: winners read

Sunday, June 7

2 pm: Polish Your Writing & Get It Out There. (Laurel Hill moderator)
3 pm: Panel: Writing for Children (Bill Baynes, Moderator; Anita Volta, Prudence Brietrose, Wendy Walter.)
4 pm: Ask-the-Editors Q&A. Talk with editors who provided critiques in Literary Arts contest. (Darlene Frank, Lisa Meltzer Penn & Audrey Kalman)
5 pm: Publishing through Create Space & Lightning Source (David Hirzel)
6-6:30 pm: Private writing consults, FREE

Monday, June 8 Kids Day

1-2 pm: Children's story & coloring activity (Jeannine Gerkman)
2-3 pm: The Wild World of Animals: Music & Story Program for Kids (Sam Kauffman)
3-4:30 pm: Create your own space alien, hosted by Laurel Anne Hill
5 pm: SMCF Party going on. Stage will be dark.

Tuesday, June 9 Senior Day

2-3 pm: Inner Critic Workshop (Darlene Frank)
3-4 pm: Use a Book to Become your Best Self (Shulamit Sofia)
4-5 pm: Three Short Plays (David Hirzel, Scott Lummer and Maureen Studer)
5-6 pm: David Hirzel New Book Presentation
6-6:30: Ollie Mae Trost Welch reads from her memoir

Wednesday, June 10

5-9 pm: ArtReach (Fine Arts Galleria)

Thursday, June 11

4-5 pm: Poets Read and Discuss Poetry (Jo Carpignano & Ollie Mae Trost Welch)
5-6 pm: Laurel Anne Hill--Writing Dark with the Lights on: Finding the right shade of dark
6-7 pm: Frank A. Saunders--Writing in the Dark. Presentation about writing and self.
7-8:30 pm: Fault Zone Readings

Friday, June 12

4-9 pm: SMC Art Commission Awards (Fine Arts Galleria)

Saturday, June 13

1-2 pm: Readings hosted by Laurel Anne Hill
2-4 pm: Author Day Local authors sell & sign their books.
4-6 pm: "Panel" of Authors present. Discussion about promotion and what you encounter as an author. Laurel Anne Hill will moderate.
6 pm: Grand Finale Party

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CWC NorCal

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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.



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.

Membership Chair...a fun way to be part of CWC! You will meet everyone!
· Talk to potential new members about benefits of membership.
· Receive new member applications and payment, record info in easy online system, and send official Welcome Letter.
· Receive and record payments of annual summer membership renewals

For more info, please contact Linda Okerlund, CWC branch prez at

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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
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  • Second Place
    Jane Mellin
  • Third Place
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  • Other Finalists:
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    Kendra N. Kraig, Just the One
    Simone Martel, Gina Bartalotti, Travel Consultant
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Congratulations to all! The book is up on Amazon for purchase.