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Write Angles 6-09

Write Angles 6-09

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cover: Ambrose Bierce
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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Jun 21, 2010
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AMBROSE BIERCE,American editorialist,short story writer, journalistand satirist.
 
June 2009
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:Saturday, June 20, 2009.Social Hour: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Meeting and Program: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
 
Event Loft, Barnes & Noble Book StoreJack London Square, Oakland.
tHe tOOLS OF WRiting CLARitY
Dr. Ransom W. Stephens will be our June20 speaker, so engaging that he may provokeenough laughter to drown out the whistles of trains passing through Jack London Square. I
met Ransom at my rst writing class at Book Passage ve years ago. Years later, we both
contributed to Risa Nye’s
Writin’ on Empty
 and this past October read from the book atLitquake, the San Francisco Literary Festival.Dr. Stephens is a Ph.D. physicist, but don’t let that scare you.Author of the forthcoming memoir 
 Fade to Pink 
, he has also writtenessays for 
The East Bay Monthly
as well as for several anthologies,including
Writin’ on Empty
and
 Building Bridges from Writers to Readers: San Francisco Writers Conference Anthology, 2007 
. See hisWeb site: ransomsnotes.com.According to Ransom, clarity is the foundation of storytelling.He will talk about the tools writers can use to keep our stories clear while building plot and tone and developing compelling characters. Hewill bring to our attention how the sentence relates to the paragraph,which we might take for granted but shouldn’t, and he’ll strengthen our understanding of the role of metaphors and similes. In addition,Ransom’s perspective will make our own vision clearer and more powerful for dealing with the challenge of point of view and the point-of-view character’s feelings.Gather up your questions for this speaker, who can clarify,explain, and help us ponder the intricacies of our creative process. - Laura Shumaker 
Table of Contents
The Tools of Writing Clarity
 Laura Shumaker 1
The View From the Helm
 AL Levenson 2
Guidelines for theJuly and August
Write Angles 2
Member News
 Anne Fox 3
A Conversation About Writing:Process and Possibility
 Risa Nye and Tatjana Grenier 4-6 
Fiction Faults (Continued) 
 Ray Nelson 7-8
Tidbits
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Call for Submissions:The 2009 WestSide Story Contest
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Membership Info
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Writer, Heal Thyself 
W.E. Reinka
 
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Cover Photo Series
:
Distinguished Writersof California
Ambrose Bierce
 
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The View From the Helm
Since the last view from the helm, theclub has taken more steps into the Age of Internet Networks. Thanks to member Deborah Hymes, wenow Twitter, (twitter.com/CWC_Berkeley), andthe Berkeley Branch has its own blog under construction. Also, the Branch has a page atFacebook (CWC Berkeley) that already has over ahundred friends.
Browsing Twitter, we nd that the people who “follow” our twitter 
offer an interesting pool of offbeat commentators. Some are twits, but all of them tweet.Blogging is already the province of great minds, e.g., (
hufngton
- post.com/theblog/), as well as medium, medium-rare, rare, and raw minds.One quite well done is Deborah’s own blog (writervixen.typepad.com/writ-er_vixen_explains_it_/). Irreverent, iconoclastic, ironic, and irrepressible, ascoop of the Writer Vixen on your morning oats will get your wild daygoing.
I tried my hand at a club Facebook page. Its hundred-plus “friends”
include over a dozen from the Berkeley Branch, an equal number from other  branches, with most of the rest writers and wannabes and a spritz of  publishing-industry luminaries peeking in to keep up.
The ebb and ow of new tides of connectivity and outreach will
 promote the club and publicize our events and programs. Our greater Web presence will lead to more visitors at our meetings as well as to our Internetsites.On our FB page Kemble Scott has already announced the releaseof his new book,
Sower 
, as an e-Book at Scribd.com. He and two fellowauthors Tamimn Ansary and Joe Quirk, posted a brief video (youtube.com/
watch?v=KN8C0LBtwUY) at Youtube about why they released their books
in an online digital version. I liked Scott’s previous book,
SoMa
, and for only two dollars I could buy
Sower 
. Scott tells me he will receive
$1.60/book, 80 percent of the “cover” price.
Is Scribd.com a harbinger of things to come in the publishing business? Is Scribd.com the canary tweeting the demise of the print-on-demand industry? Will Amazon drop the price of Kindle books to$1.99? (LOL, in fact ROFL). By next week, will all of this be so last week?For opinions but not answers to these and other burning questions of our time, check The View From the Helm in future issues of 
Write Angles
.- AL Levenson, President
Guidelines for theJuly and August
Write Angles
Open to members of theBerkeley Branch only.
Short pieces of ction andnonction, 350-1000 words.Poetry to 175 words.
Photographs and cartoons.All topics. No porn or gratuitousviolence.Prior publication OK, withcitation.Electronic submissions onlyto Writeangles@Gmail.com.In the subject line, write StoryEnclosed. Deadline for Julyissue is June 10; for Augustissue, July 10. Receipt of stories will be acknowledged.

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