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Write Angles June 2012

Write Angles June 2012

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cover: Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Newsletter Highlights:
5th-Grade Story Contest winners

cover: Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Newsletter Highlights:
5th-Grade Story Contest winners

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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Sep 19, 2012
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Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton (1857–1948) After the death of herhusband in 1887, Gertrude Atherton devoted herself to writing. She oftenused her birthplace, San Francisco, and turn-of-the-century California as thesettings for her novels and short stories. Her themes centered on thepassions and struggle for self-reliance of the new Western-American woman.
Authors are far closer to the truths enfolded in mystery thanordinary people, because of that very audacity of imaginationwhich irritates their plodding critics.”
Gertrude Atherton
The Bell In The Fog & Other Stories 
-Grade Story Contestwinners
Speaker Profile:
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ident’s Message…
– Linda Brown 
Nine months ago I wrote my first president’s message for theBerkeley Branchs acclaimed newsletter,
Write Angles 
. Atthat time, I changed the name of this column from
View From the Helm 
(coined by former president and sailor AlLevenson) to
View From the Mountaintop 
because of my love ofthe mountains: the sights, smells, and solitude of just being.It is fitting that as I write this last column I am sitting by amountain lake at over 9,000-foot elevation in my beloved RockyMountains. I am also channeling author Stephen King. His ex-perience in Room 417 of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park inspired
The Shining 
.First, I thank you for the opportunity to be your president. A year ago, my hope wasto strengthen the Branch’s business management practices while ensuring that ourprograms—speakers, workshops, contests, and special eventsaligned with the CWCsmission: "…to educate members and the public in the craft of writing and the publish-ing of their work.”Second, I thank
Write Angles 
editor Tanya Grove for giving me this publication spaceand copyeditor Anne Fox for helping me polish my prose as I met deadlines for thiscolumn, media releases, and public outreach.Lastly, thanks to the board members and other volunteers for their support, ideas, andtime to make those ideas a reality. Your help was invaluable.As I wind down volunteer time for the current fiscal year (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012),these challenges that we faced stand out: tectonic shifts in the publishing industry,growing use of the Internet as a communications tool, and the economy. Lookingback, I ask you: Did the Club use and improve business practices to deliver value-added programs? My view in a future e-mail.Looking forward, please plan to support your new board by
Voting on new board members at the Sunday, June 17 speaker program
Having fun at the Saturday, June 23, Planning Retreat, at the Berkeley Marina(where we hold the
Hangin’ Out with Writers 
events) or, if you can’t show up,e-mailing your suggestions for next year and beyond to
Volunteering however you canFor yourself, please consider a submission to the Central Board’s
Literary Review 
byJune 30 and/or our Berkeley Branch.Write On!
President’s message 1June Speaker 2PR News 2Poetry Corner 3NorCal Leaders Interview 4Hangin’ Out with Writers 5Op-ed 65
Graders Accept Awards 6Volunteer Corner 7Member News 9Member Marketplace 9Nominating Committee Results 10The Last Word 11Speaker flyer 12CWC Annual Picnic
6/10 – 6/24 Write On!
Contest submission window
6/23 CWC-
BB PlanningRetreat
6/30 Annual CWC dues
7/21 CWC Annual Picnic
 View from the Mountain Top
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David Baker 
Nordeen was right to send me. I feel three heartbeats at the ridges of the ancient crater we’re resting in. Snipers. I don’t know for sure,but their hearts are tense and their trigger fingers twitchy.
We read the opening sentences from
The Liminal People 
, by Ayize Jama-Everett, and we’re hooked. The mention of snipers has us wondering whatwill happen next. Even more compelling is a protagonist who feels theheartbeats of people he can’t see. We’re ready for a story infused withspecial powers. Jama-Everett, our featured speaker for the June 17 meeting,doesn’t disappoint. But the purpose of his novel is less to highlight theabilities he provides his character Taggert than to touch the reader’s heart.Superman,” Jama-Everett points out in a podcast interview for
The Agony Column 
, “is not a superhero because of his powers but because he saw hisparents killed and, instead of being a sociopath or a playboy, he goes out andtries to help people.”Taggert does the same, attempting to save the teenage daughter of his ex.The girl discovers for the first time an adult she can depend on, world-wearyTaggert realizes he’s being depended on, and “the core of the emotionalconnection” driving the plot develops. In crafting such a relationship, Jama-Everett drew on his experience working with teenagers as a therapist at aprep school. “If a kid is relying on you,” he says, “most people would besurprised by what they’re willing to do.”Creating connections that push remarkable characters, and by extensionreaders, to reach beyond what they perceive to be their limitations is Jama-Everetts forte. It’s also a talenthe appreciates in other writers, one he’ll underscore at the June meeting, when he talks to us about sciencefiction, fantasy, and superheroes in the past.
- Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, PR chair, pr@calwriters.org
This last month of the CWC fiscal year invites us to look back on P/R considerations that came up since July2011. Previous columns focused on the importance of partnering with other community groups to extend out-reach when possible and always answering the question "what's in it for me?" when putting out stories aboutbranch activities. But one thing that emerged recently behind the scenes may constitute the biggest lessonlearned: You never know who will read your publicity and the extent to which they will depend on it. So get itright.Specifically, some time ago our organization named a handful of major California authors as "honorary members,"even though those people had never in fact joined the CWC. Nothing wrong there. Groups do it all the time.However, at least one prominent researcher saw "member" on our website, took it literally and used theinformation in her work. Once we heard about this, it became a call to action on our part to exercise caution andconfirm our facts. It also led to new investigation and delightful revelations that we will share on the CaliforniaWriters Club website as we revisit our posted history.Good luck and sail on!

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