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Write Angles May 2011

Write Angles May 2011

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cover: Dame Shirley
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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Jun 08, 2011
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May 2011
Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe [Dame Shirley] (1819
1906) In twenty-three letters toher sister, Dame Shirley, from her first-hand experiences and female perspective,describes life in the gold-rush camps.
The Shirley Letters
were first published in 1854 as amemoir in the monthly literary journal
A poet and a part of California‘s early
literary scene, she also became a respected school teacher in San Francisco.She said of herself:
 I am an “obstinate little personage, who
hasalways been haunted with a passionate desire to do everything
which people said [I] could not do.” 
President‘s Message
1May Speaker 2NorCal News 2Poetry Page 3Survey Results + May Survey 4CWC-BB Board Nominations 5Guest columnist: 10 Reasons
I‘m n
ot Reading Your Blog 6Part 2: Future of Publishing 7Book Review & Member News 8Meetings 9Contests 10Conferences 11Workshop flyer 125
Grade Award Ceremony 13Picnic Invitation 13
Speaker flyer 14
5/8 Workshop:
Linda Joy Myers
Truth or Lie: Writing on theCusp of Memoir and Fiction
5/15 Speaker:
Linda Lee
Ways to Make YourWebsite Sticky
6/4 Awards Ceremony
Grade Story Contest
6/19 Speaker:
Cara Black
7/30 CWC Picnic
Joaquin Miller Park
7/31 CWC-CB
Jack LondonAwards
By Linda Brown
At last month‘s craft workshop, Alon Shalev started off by sharin
g books onwriting that he returns to when he writes his novels. I found myself both miffedand challenged.I am miffed because I have read two of those books
—Natalie Goldberg‘s
WritingDown the Bones
and Anne LaMotte‗s
(and at least ten more). Despitefollowing the advice in both books to write every day, I am not yet close topublishing my book and Alon has published three.I wonder what is keeping me from meeting my goal of getting my nonfiction storyinto the news or published in book form. What is stopping me from converting myscribbles of outrage and insights, rants and raves, and research into a coherentstory?One reason is that I am writing every day, but I write more for business or theCWC, where I am currently writing or revising job descriptions for your board andcommittees.At times I wonder if I am lazy. I know I get distracted and prefer outdoor physicalactivity to sitting indoors. I have learned that reading skills are not writing skills.Is perfectionism or fear getting in the way?
View from the Mountain Top:
President Linda Brown
At the May speaker meeting, for fifteenminutes we are going to test market whatI am calling Member Time. My vision is forwriters to get to know other writersduring this time and share successes andtips for overcoming barriers.As I get to know you, I would like to knowthe tools you use to move the story out ofyour head AND onto the paper or into thecomputer. And how do successful writersorganize a combination of paper andcomputer files for effective retrieval?We all have writing skills to learn and toolsand tips to share. I look forward to all ofus, at our own level of learning, helpingeach other reach our writing goals.
 Writers Help Each Other Reach Goals
Despite following theadvice in both books towrite every day, I amnot yet close topublishing my book
Write Angles
Write AngesWrite Anges
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 May Speaker 
 Marketing Your Brand 
By David Baker 
Attend any writers‘ conference, and we‘ll be told we need an interactive Web
site to reach prospective readers and that the time to set one up is now. If wewait until our work is published, self-
or otherwise, we‘ve waited much too long.Perhaps so. But many of us are intimidated by terms like ―meta tag,‖ ―squeezepage,‖ and ―search engine optimization.‖ Enter Linda Lee, our featured speaker
for the May 15 meeting. Founder of the blog
Smart Woman Stupid Computers
,Lee is a writer, speaker, educator, and Web site designer who can help usovercome our technophobia and present ourselves online.Her Web site, www.askmepcwebdesign.com,offers videos, including
How toCreate and Start Your Own Free Blog Website in Under Five Minutes!
How toUse Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to Get More Visitors to Your Website or Blog
. If after getting started we need professional help, Lee advises that we do
our homework before hiring someone. How does the potential designer‘s ownWeb site look to us? Easy to understand and navigate? Current? Does it have broken links or pages that don‘t work?
Does the designer add keywords to each page so that search engines have more ways to find us?Does he or she know how to add plug-ins, create a slideshow of photos, set up an e-mail capture form? By the time
Lee finishes instructing us, we‘ll understand the importance of these issues and many more.
 With a background in sales and corporate recruiting, Lee has learned how to read and reach clients. She also knowshow to fashion a brand, in our case, the nature of our work, how people respond to it, and who we are as writers.
If you‘re uncertain what your brand is or how
to market it online, come to the May 15 meeting. Lee will speak to usin language we can understand, preparing us to make the most of ever-changing Internet technology.
NorCal News
Here is news from the most recent meeting of NorCal.· Election of officers: Dave LaRoche (CWC-South Bay) is once again Chair of the group, and Joyce Krieg (CWC-Central Coast) is Secretary.· Problem solving/sharing: The Central Coast branch is facing a problem of retirement of all its currentofficers, and there may not be enough folks available to step in. Various solutions were discussed, including a
robin‖ approach such as been implemented here at the Berkeley Branch.
 · Publishing Pathways: This is a mentoring program that is in the works. The goal is to provide publishing andselling options and related support for CWC members. The plan is for mentors to be trained over the summerand the program to be functioning late in 2011. Stay tuned.· The CWC Annual Picnic: NorCal members will help coordinate this event, scheduled for July 30 at the FireCircle at Joaquin Mill Park.· Legal Seminar/Workshop: This is an idea that is in the incubation stage. The workshop would cover issues likeintellectual property rights. Stay tuned.· CWC Catalog: This was a new discussion item. The idea is to create an online catalog that will list our
members‘ published works, with links to Amazon where appropriate.
 NorCal Writers is an association of Northern California branches of the California Writers Club. Through exchange,collaboration, and execution of ideas, the intent of this group is to further the opportunities for writing andpublication to the betterment of branches and their members. http://www.cwcnorcalwriters.org/
Linda Lee

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