I’m calling 2013 the year of relearning. Two weeks ago, I relearned the value of adding tags to blogs. A few days ago, I relearned the value of networking.
The lead judge for California Writers Club Tri-Valley high school writing contest, Lynn Goodwin, conducted a free writing workshop for students on February 5. The contest and workshop were publicized in our newsletter, local newspapers, libraries and area schools. I forgot about asking members to publicize them until Liz Koehler-Pentacoff volunteered.
Liz is deeply involved in the CWC Mt. Diablo middle school writing contest, and she has her own writing projects. Why should I think that would stop her? Many of us are members of other CWC branches or have commitments to other organizations. We all have projects, deadlines and obligations. None of that precludes us from promoting the activities of our fellow writers.
My thanks to Liz for reminding me that the California Writers Club exists to network, and for promoting Lynn’s writing workshop and the high school writing contest. If you want to promote the contest, it is free and open to high school students in grades 9-11 in the Tri-Valley. Details are on this website.
If you have connections with middle school students, direct them to the CWC Mt. Diablo website for information about that contest and the free writing workshop for 6-8th graders on Saturday, March 2 at the Walnut Creek Public Library. CWC members Sarah Wilson and Liz will be conducting the workshop.
Networking—it’s a great relearning experience.
Twelve CWC Tri-Valley members crossed the 50,000-word finish line in the National Novel Writing Month contest. This annual contest founded by Chris Baty, Executive Director of the Office of Letters and Light, concentrates on producing a first-draft novel in November. NaNoWriMo winners certificates have been awarded to Vee Byram, Paula Chinick, Pat Coyle, Lynn Goodwin, Julaina Kleist, Cindy Luck, Elena Manzo, Violet Moore, Kelly Pollard, Julie Royce, Sharon Svitak, and Linda Todd.
Honorable mention goes to member Bobbie Kinkead whose computer crashed. Although she didn’t make it across the finish line, Bobbie is commended for bouncing back with more than 33,000 words after the complete loss of her original story.
Flash Workshop – Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 11;45 am
Instructor: Lynn Goodwin
A flash story is short and snappy. You will learn how to grab, surprise, and mesmerize your readers in 750 words or less. Bring a pen, a notebook, and your imagination. Cost: $1.25 activity fee per person. For reservations call the Dublin Senior Center at (925) 556-4511. Address: 7600 Amador Valley Blvd (between Donohue Drive and Starward Drive), Dublin.
Tri-Valley members Lynn Goodwin, Lani Longshore and Hector Timourian have been confirmed as authors to be published in West Winds, the California Writers Club anthology.
Look for three TVW members – Lynn Goodwin, Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace) and Ann Parker – among the authors featured at the Northern California Storybook & Literature Festival. The event will be held at the Maidu Library and Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, on Saturday, July 31, from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to all the participants in, and especially to the winners of, the first Tri-Valley Writers High School Writing Contest. Students in grades 9-11 from ten area high schools competed for prizes in fiction, essay, and poetry.
A celebration for the winners was held Saturday, June 30, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton. Winning students received certificates and monetary awards and read their writings.
The winning writers are:
First Place – Hans Lee, “Book’s Dream”
Second Place – Enikoe Bihari, “Oblivious”
Third Place – Enikoe Bihari, “Moonslaves”
Jazmin Almeida, “Hang Your Raincoat on the Moon”
Brenna Botzheim, “I Can See the Stars”
Jessica Wright, “Cries of a Sober Teenager”
Tiffany Zheng, “Like Fireflies”
First Place – Ke Zhao, “Glass Hearts”
Second Place – Katie Chan, “Mommy and Baba”
Third Place – Kristie Becker, “Broken Butterflies”
Tori Knuppe, “A Sculpted Child”
Maekhila Koppikar, “Shades of Gray”
Hayley Revells, “The Piano Keys”
Aryo Sorayya, “The Chains of Man”
Ke Zhao, “Kaleidoscope”
First Place – Claire Zasso, “Crash”
Lynn Goodwin will be promoting her book You Want Me to Do What? — Journaling for Caregivers
8/16 Clayton Books, in Clayton from 2-4
8/22 Barnes & Noble in Pleasanton 1:00-3:00 – Workshop and signing
9/11 Webster House talk and signing in Palo Alto, CA 3:30
11/10 Barnes & Noble in Antioch 5:30-7:30
9/16 Town of Danville Workshop 1:00-3:00 in the Mt. Diablo Room at the library
10/17 Pleasanton Library Workshop in Pleasanton, CA
10/(Date TBA) Journaling: Gateway to Self Discovery – Dublin Senior Center
10/(Date TBA) Clayton Library, Workshop in Clayton, CA
8/24 Redwood Writing Workshop on Voice, 3:45 in Santa Rosa, CA
10/9 Town of Danville Workshop 6:30-8:30 in the Mt. Diablo Room at the library
12/12 California Writers Club presentation at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, Pleasant Hill, CA
Praise for You Want Me to Do What? — Journaling for Caregivers
“My spirit has been lifted more in participating with all of you than anything else I’ve tried.” – Eileen Reynolds, caregiver and former office manager, Antioch, CA
“My journals are me. Warts and all. It’s my friend, a sheaf of paper that becomes my space to cry, weep, lament and to record joy.” – Joan Amato, College Writing Instructor
“B. Lynn Goodwin’s You Want Me To Do What? – Journaling for Caregivers helps people feel they are not alone. (Let go of) empty frustration that can run, on a continuous loop, through the minds of those charged with the care of others.” – Jan McDaniel, educator, journalist, and author, Villa Rica, GA
“I can’t tell you how many things I’ve sorted out by being able to write them down.” – Diane P., former social worker and full time caregiver, Santa Rosa, CA