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Write Angles October 2012

Write Angles October 2012

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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Dec 27, 2013
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Write Angles
On the Path to Publishing
– David Baker
A businesswoman in her late fifties has put a divorce behind her, achieved success as the vice president of human resources at a major company, and bought herself a Porsche. Within a matter of days, she loses her job, her signifi-cant other, and a close friend. Her lifelong pals, a group of women she has known since high school, halt her drift toward despair and help her recover hope. Judith Marshall, our featured speaker for the October 21 meeting, tells the group’s story in her novel
Husbands May Come and Go but Friends Are Forever 
, winner of the Jack London Prize awarded by the California Writers Club. “I wanted women of all ages to look at the book and realize that it’s OK to ask for help when you have a life-changing event,” Judith said in a TV interview on
Midday Arizona
. “We don’t have to suffer alone.” The importance of helping one another will also inform Judith’s presentation at the October meeting, when she introduces Publishing Pathways, a new program provid-ing reliable information about book publishing and marketing to CWC members. She will share her own experiences on the road to publication, which include getting the screen rights optioned to
Husbands Come and Go but Friends Are Forever.
 The book is currently being adapted into a screenplay. And going further, Judith has just com-pleted a second novel,
Staying Afloat,
featuring a stay-at-home wife and mother whose cravings instigate adulterous adventures. Judith, an active member of the CWC–Mt. Diablo Branch and the Women’s National Book Association, participates in writing classes, workshops and critique groups. She understands what we do and what our hopes are. And she looks forward to answer-ing our questions about the steps we need to take if we’re to see our work in print.
October Speaker 
Inside this issue:
Inside Story
Inside Story
Inside Story
Inside Story
Inside Story
Inside Story
Inside Story
October 2012
October Speaker 1 Getting Published 2 Poetry Page 3 Monthly Contest Winner 4 President’s Message 5 Book Review 6 A Dog Story 7 What Is NorCal 8 Member News 9 Member Marketplace 10 Pub Bytes 11 Tidbits 13
upcoming events
10/15 Monthly Writers Contest 10/21 Meeting: Speaker –Judith Marshall 10/27 Hangin’ Out with Writers 10/28 New Member Meeting
Our monthly meetings are free to the public and feature a speaker, an au-thor event, or both.
The Berkeley Branch meets from 2:00 –4:30 on the third Sunday of every month September through June (except December) in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room of Oakland’s Main Library 125 14th Street 94612 on Madison Street (wheelchair accessible
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East of Eden Writers Conference 1st Prize Winner
- April Kutger 
Last winter I read about Ms. Sander's request for submissions for a Christmas short-story collection in a
Write Angles
 announcement. I had only two days to complete the story. When Ms. Sander said mine was unlike any she had received, I was hopeful mine would be among the finalists. Ms. Sander for-warded her favorite stories to Harlequin to make the final choices, expecting to know within a month which stories were chosen. It took four months before I was notified mine was one of them. Because of the timing, I had already as-sumed it hadn't been chosen. My experience can give courage to CWC writers to enter everything, even if you have to write some-thing in two days! And don't be discouraged if you don't hear back from the editor/agent/publisher right away. If your submission isn't accepted, keep trying. I submit to contests at least four or five times a year. I was greatly encouraged in 2009 when I won first prize the first time I entered a writing contest at the East of Eden Writers Confer-ence. I self-published a historical novel in 2010. Titled
The Silence of Sorrowful Hours
, it is a thoroughly
Getting Published
researched Civil War novel about a family of farm-ers living a few miles from Gettysburg. The story begins before the war, when the farm is a stop on the Underground Railroad, and ends after the war and after much has been lost, including life, joy, beauty, sanity, safety, and love. But those who sur-vived found the courage to move forward and build new lives that brought a modicum of happiness and peace of mind.
The Silence of Sorrowful Hours
 has received excel-lent feedback from readers. It's available on Ama-zon and Kindle and from many other booksellers. At the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop in 2011, I met an agent interested in representing it. My new novel takes place during WWII, also told from the point of view of civilians, particularly a protagonist who is detained in a German enemy alien camp in Texas, just as many German-Americans were. I encourage all writers at whatever level of experi-ence to attend writers’ conferences and submit your work to contests throughout the writing proc-ess. The East of Eden Conference required only the first 40 pages of a novel for their contest. The Squaw Valley Writers Workshop is expensive—it's a one-week intensive experience. I got a $500 schol-arship to defray the cost. Don’t be intimidated about pushing the envelope.
 April is a retired administrator from the University of California who began writing in earnest in 2004. She’s had enough success to keep her inspired and writes because she loves the craft. April wrote for  professional journals before she retired and won the Rose Award for best journal article of 2001 in the
Journal of Research Administrators
. Her article, “Hiring the Unlikely to do the Unusual,” is avail-able on Amazon and several other several other websites.
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oetry age
- Alysa Chadow
H. L. Mencken once described Carl Sandburg as “indubitably American in every pulse beat.” A prolific  prose writer as well as poet, Sandburg won three Pulitzer prizes-one for his monumental
and two for his poetry. Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1878, and worked as a laborer in both large metropolitan areas as well as the American heartland. After attending Galesburg Col-lege, he left to pursue a full-time writing career. His children’s stories, poetry, and biographies of Lincoln have been read and loved by generations of readers both young and old. He died in North Carolina in 1967 at the age of 89. Sandburg wrote “Chicago” while living and working as a journalist in that city. It is unarguably his greatest poem, revealing to us in his minimal yet lyrical style his love for this Midwestern metropolis.
HOG Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys. And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again. And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger. And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them: Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on  job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities; Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness, Bareheaded, Shoveling, Wrecking, Planning, Building, breaking, rebuilding, Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth, Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs, Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle, Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse. and under his ribs the heart of the people, Laughing! Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

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