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Write Angles September 2012

Write Angles September 2012

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Freytag’s Triangle to the Rescue
September Speaker:Nick Mamatas
– David Baker 
 
Your novel or short story starts in the wrong place, sags in the middle, fails to generate a gripping climax, and leaves a tangle of loose ends. After months of denial, you’ve recognized the symptoms of a structural deficiency but can’t find cure. Enter Gustav Freytag. In his book
Technique of the Drama
 (1863), the German critic offered a method of analyzing plots derived from Aristotle's beginning-middle-end concept that came to be known as Freytag's Triangle or Freytag's Pyramid. Today’s writers still employ the iangle but disagree about how many parts it has and how to label them. the
PR News 3
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Berkeley Branch Moves Forward 5
Fortunately for us, Nick Mamatas, our featured speaker for the September 16 meeting, has given the problem some thought. In an essay posted on
Booklife
, he stresses: “rising action caused by a sequence of attempts and failures, while concurrently a set of revelations slowly illuminate the original cause of the dramatic action. Then there’s a climax, and a brief unwinding of the emotional tension caused by the conflict’s resolution.” Mamatas adapts the triangle to his own writing, which includes
Move Under
raftian Beat road novel nominated for both the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards; the suburban nightmare novel
Under My Roof 
;
 
the Civil War ghost story
Northern Gothic
, also a Stoker nominee; and more than thirty short stories. His editorial work has won him a Bram Stoker award as well as World Fantasy and Hugo award nominations.
Bullettime
, a dark fantasy featuring a bullied kid and the Hellenic goddess of discord, is his latest novel, published August 14, 2012.
Ground 
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September 2012
 
contents
September Speaker 1 Annual Picnic Food & Fun 2 Poetry Page 4 Highlights from CWC’s July CB Meeting
5
President’s Message
6
Member News
 
7
 
Marketplace & Tidbits 8 NEW Pub Bytes 9 Holiday Lunch 12 Call for submissions 13
upcoming events
9/1 Monthly Writers Contest
Submission Deadline 9/15
9/16 Meeting
: speaker– Nick Mamatas
10/5–13 Litquake!
For schedule of events, see http://litquake.org/ 
10/14–20 California Writers Week
Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public and feature
a speaker, an author
 event, or both.
 
In the writing classes he teaches, Mamatas lays out basics. But he continues to wonder: “Can writers do different things with their stories—create new points of view, structure words on the page differently, work to achieve certain effects not easily accessible with more common presentations?” For answers to this question and to others you might have about story structure, come to the September meeting.
The Berkeley Branch meets from 2:00 – 4:30 on the third Sunday of every month September through June
 
in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room of Oakland’s Main Library
125 14th Street 94612 Entrance on Madison Street (wheelchair accessible)
 
 
 
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 Annual Picnic Features Readings, Food & Fun
 
adings, Food & Fun
 
–Tanya Grove –Tanya Grove
We were not the only visitors to the site where the early founders of the California Writers Club used to meet and share their stories. Long before CWC descended upon the park, the City of Oakland dispensed a herd of goats to the Fire Circle to eat the dry brush. We were not the only visitors to the site where the early founders of the California Writers Club used to meet and share their stories. Long before CWC descended upon the park, the City of Oakland dispensed a herd of goats to the Fire Circle to eat the dry brush. And five weeks before our picnic, volunteers restored the Bishop's Trail (which starts near Joaquin Miller's Abbey and goes to Lookout Point below) and worked in other areas of the park. And five weeks before our picnic, volunteers restored the Bishop's Trail (which starts near Joaquin Miller's Abbey and goes to Lookout Point below) and worked in other areas of the park. Then on July 21
st
, when the Bay Area was at its hottest, California Writers Club members stayed relatively cool under the shade of trees at the Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, where we enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs hot from the grill and a variety of potluck side dishes w
 
Mary Ann Montague presents Linda Brown with a special fan.
 
Then on July 21
st
, when the Bay Area was at its hottest, California Writers Club members stayed relatively cool under the shade of trees at the Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, where we enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs hot from the grill and a variety of potluck side dishes w
 
Mary Ann Montague presents Linda Brown with a special fan.
 
 
Not only did these Circle K Helpers clean up the Fire Circle and help members load and unload supplies for the picnic, many more helped build and restore trails in Joaquin Miller Park, the birthplace of the CWC, during a work weekend in June as part of Vo-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California.) Part of Kiwanis Club, Circle K International is one of the largest community service organizations on UC Berkeley campus and in the world. Photo courtesy of Linda Brown
hile
 
we socialized
.
 Central Board Secretary Joymembers to share three-minpoetry, nonfiction, and a dra hile
 
we socialized
.
 Central Board Secretary Joymembers to share three-minpoetry, nonfiction, and a dra ce Krieg (at left) facilitated an open mic for ute selections from a variety of works, including matic monologue.
 
ce Krieg (at left) facilitated an open mic for ute selections from a variety of works, including matic monologue.
 
In addition to members from branches from around the state, the picnic also hosted Bruce Stoffmacher, Policy Analyst/ Community Liaison for Council-member Libby Schaaf, who dropped by as well. (Bruce is the main contact for the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, which is in Schaaf's district.) In addition to members from branches from around the state, the picnic also hosted Bruce Stoffmacher, Policy Analyst/ Community Liaison for Council-member Libby Schaaf, who dropped by as well. (Bruce is the main contact for the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, which is in Schaaf's district.)
Photo courtesy of Linda Brown. Photo courtesy of Linda Brown.
And to end it all, the literary cake bake-off was judged by Mary Ann Montague, the granddaughter of our 37th president, Agnes Morley Cleaveland. Mary Ann drove all the way from Dixon to join us again this year. She awarded first place to Barbara Ruffner’s imaginative cake entry, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? based on the science- fiction classic. But Kristen Caven’s subtle Fifty Shades of Gray, Deb Frisch’s Lovely Bones (with pink meringue bones), and my own Charlotte’s Web also made good showings. (Strangely enough, the metal spider posing as Charlotte was nowhere to be found after the cake was cut, so I hope nobody swallowed it.) And to end it all, the literary cake bake-off was judged by Mary Ann Montague, the granddaughter of our 37th president, Agnes Morley Cleaveland. Mary Ann drove all the way from Dixon to join us again this year. She awarded first place to Barbara Ruffner’s imaginative cake entry, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? based on the science- fiction classic. But Kristen Caven’s subtle Fifty Shades of Gray, Deb Frisch’s Lovely Bones (with pink meringue bones), and my own Charlotte’s Web also made good showings. (Strangely enough, the metal spider posing as Charlotte was nowhere to be found after the cake was cut, so I hope nobody swallowed it.)
Bruce shakes hands with Ray Malus, San Fernando Valley, designer of our new Member-ship Records Management System. To Ray’s right is Kristen Caven, CWC-BB’s new member-ship chair. Photo courtesy of Linda Brown 
Be sure to check our website: www.berkeley-cwc.com
 
Be sure to check our website: www.berkeley-cwc.com
 
 
 
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PR News
Start Planning Now For California Writers’ Week
- Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, PR chair, pr@calwriters.org
Nearly a decade ago, the California Writers Club Central Board worked to establish California Writers Week. The result: On September 4, 2003, at 10 a.m., CWC members gathered on the Assembly floor in Sacramento to receive a Joint Legislative Resolution from Assemblyman Tim Leslie. Further endorsed by the California Library Association, this document proclaimed the third week in October to be California Writers Week. It read in part that "California's literary tradition dates back to the works of Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Mary Austin, Nobel prize and Pulitzer prize winner John Steinbeck, Delilah L. Beasley, Joaquin Miller, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Barrio, Gertrude Atherton, Raymond Chandler, Pulitzer prize winner William Saroyan and a great many others, and … the California Writers Club honors all California writers, past and present, and continues to nurture the talents of new writers as well as established authors, and to provide a forum for the sharing of their writing experience, and … the California Writers Club encourages all California libraries to showcase the works of California writers through displays, author programs and reading clubs." In short, Members Resolution No. 2170 offers some dandy ideas for branch activities this fall, among them panel discussions, workshops, library displays and outreach to schools. Mentioning the 10th anniversary of California Writers Week will add clout to your publicity. Keep in mind that to promote events this autumn, your branch should start planning now. For motivation, see the printable poster on our websitwww.calwriters.org. 

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