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Write Angles September 2011

Write Angles September 2011

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cover: Dr. Henry Meade Bland

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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Dec 15, 2011
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Write Angles
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Dr. Henry Meade Bland
(1863–1931) was a poet and a popular teacher who inspired a love ofreading and creative writing in his students. He joined the English Department at the StateNormal School of San Jose [now SJSU] in 1899 and stayed until his death in 1931. In 1929 hewas appointed the second Laurel Crowned Poet of California. Around 1910 he planned a fieldtrip for the members of the Short Story Club to visit the home of his friend, poet JoaquinMiller (the location of our CWC July 2011 picnic). Seventy-five students arrived by train fromSan Jose and got off at Fruitvale. Do you suppose they all walked across Oakland and up intothe hills to The Abbey with their picnic baskets?
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View from the Mountain Top
 –Linda Brown
Welcome back from summer vacation! I hope you had good times, good trips, and mostimportant, great writing times.During our Club’s two-month summer sabbatical, your branch board of directors held aPlanning Retreat and launched a new Memoir support/critique group. The 16 Eyes writinggroup is considering merging with another group. More later.A snapshot of the goals formulated at the Retreat by the 13 board members and activevolunteers is on page 9 of this newsletter. To help make these goals a reality, pleasevolunteer. Send an email tocwc.berkeley@gmail.com, or contact the specific volunteerleader with your ideas, interests, and the time you can commit. Whether you can give afew hours or hours over a period of time, your contributions are appreciated.In September your new board of directors will finalize the budget and set time lines andmetrics, the business measurements to help keep on track for meeting these goals.At the end of July, your Central Board (CB), the statewide governing body, hosted asuccessful picnic at Joaquin Miller Park, the birthplace of the CWC, and also hosted theJack London Awards the next day. New statewide officers were also installed. Since Ivolunteer at the state level as the CB’s representative to Friends of Joaquin Miller Park,I was thrilled to see so many members from across the state delighting in the area dedi-cated to California writers, known as Woodminster—the Cascades, fountains, pool, andWoodminster Theatre.As for my writing, I joined the new Memoir group. My writing on both fronts has been onhold as I struggle with a physical debility that is slowing me down and not yet ready forsurgery.I also read Stephen King’s book
On Writing
. Alon Shalev recommended this book in hisworkshop last spring. Imagine my surprise to read in the prologue that King is friends withKathi Kamen Goldmark, one of our two September speakers, and Tad Bartimus. Tad and Igrew up together in Missouri and worked together in Estes Park, Colorado at age 18.
Presidents message1September Speakers2Member Profile2Poetry Page3Book Expo America4In the Right Place5CWC Annual Picnic6Critique Groups7News from NorCal7Member News8CWC-BB Leaders & Goals9Workshop Flyer10Speaker Flyer11 
President’s Message…
9/18 Meeting
Kathi KamenGoldmark & SamBarry:
Write ThatBook Already!
9/30 Last day to paymembership dues!10/1 Workshop
Barry Boland:
California Cover Author wasrovided b Karren Elsbernd
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Goldmark is a founder of a writers’ band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, and sings withTad, Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, and David Barry, brother of our second Septemberspeaker, Sam Barry.Reflecting on my writing friends over the years, I believe a quote from Tad’s website isan appropriate end to this column:
“Friends, says one of mine, are God’s apology for relatives.”Just kidding, I have a great family.

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