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Newsletter of the

Berkeley Branch,
California Writers Club
Write Angles April 2009
Table of Contents
Yes, Grammar Can YES, GRAMMAR CAN EVEN BE FUN
Even Be Fun 1 An old, and probably apocryphal, story has
an editor attempting to rearrange one of Winston
The View From the Helm
Churchills sentences to avoid ending it with a
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preposition. The Prime Minister is alleged to have
Guidelines for the scribbled in reply: This is the sort of bloody
July and August nonsense up with which I will not put. Whether or
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sympathize with the sentiment behind it. The rules
Member News of grammar sometimes seem like strictures to be tolerated, not instruments to
Anne Fox 3 be agreeably employed.
Making grammar less intimidating is the mission of Janis Bell, our
Prevailing Winds 4
featured speaker for the April 18 meeting. Author of the best-selling book
Tidbits 5 Clean, Well-lighted Sentences, Bell has been teaching writing since 1973.
She began her career as a composition and business writing instructor at San
Free Workshop for Francisco State University. She then worked for the San Francisco
CWC Members Only 5 Community College District, teaching on several campuses and in fifty
government agencies. Since the early 1980s, she has delivered on-site
Co-Publishing
writing seminars to a wide range of professionals and taught business writing
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at Golden Gate University.
Internet Social Networks as Bell has become familiar over the years with the grammar and
Platform 7 punctuation problems people are most likely to find troubling. She has also
learned how to explain solutions in language that is concise, easy to
Resource for Publications understand, and often humorous, as reflected in her writing seminars and in
Research her book.
Alex Campbell 7 At the April 18 meeting, well have an opportunity to benefit from
Bells experience. Who or whom? Affect or effect? Wishing I was or wishing
Why I Write... 8
I were? Only to the right or left of require? Comma or no comma? Colon
or semicolon? We can bring up questions such as these, take notes on the
solutions to our sentence problems, or ask about grammatical conventions
along with which we might feel disinclined to go.
Cover Photo Series: - David Baker
Distinguished Writers
of California
April Meeting:
William Saroyan Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Social Hour: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting and Program: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Event Loft, Barnes & Noble Book Store
Jack London Square, Oakland.

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The View From the Helm
The Berkeley Branch must have been on steroids this
month.
Check our Member News for six new members this
month, bringing the total branch membership to 80.
We welcome three people to head up important
committees and to a seat on the board of directors: Carlene
Cole, membership committee; Laura Shumaker, speaker
programs; and Anejuelle Floyd, exploring the co-publishing pilot project with
Unlimited Publishing, LLC.
For more than twenty years the Fifth-Grade Writing Contest has been a
flagship event for the Berkeley Branch. Willie Rose was administrator for over a
decade. Then ten years ago command passed to Lucille Bellucci.
Lucille reports 281 submissions this yearup from recent years. The branch
Guidelines for the
will award over $500 in prizes to the fifteen winning entries, including a cash prize to
July and August
the teacher of the winner of first prize. To select the finalists and winners, Lucille
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requires the dedicated help of several more heroes. Thanks to judges Betsy
Open to members of the Hess-Behrens, Janice Armigo Brown, Ken Frazer, Willie and Manuel Rose, Sasha
Berkeley Branch only. Futran, Stan Sciortino, and Barbara Ruffner.
Lucille, you make us proud. We all stand in the glow of esteem you bring to the
Short pieces of fiction and Berkeley Branch.
nonfiction, 350-1000 words. Our most enduring critique group chugs along on 3rd Saturday afternoons at
Poetry to 175 words. Oaklands Rockridge Branch library. Average attendance is 15 peopleup by 50 percent
Photographs and cartoons. from a year or so ago. Within the last year two other groups were born. Part of the logic
All topics. of forming the 10-page group and the article-writing group was to take the pressure off
No porn or gratuitous the 3rd Saturday Groups increase in submitters. The popularity of the 3rd Saturday
violence. group has continued to grow, perhaps because the additional groups have raised
Prior publication OK, with awareness of the value of such groups.
citation. The two new groups have attracted a half-dozen people to their meetings. But
these groups have suffered from a lack of a regular meeting place and time. I am happy
Electronic submissions only
to report these groups now have a home. Once again, Dave Sawles generosity is the
to Writeangles@Gmail.com.
means of an enhancement of the club. Dave is making available the conference room
Write Story Enclosed in the
at his office building at 2945 Webster in Oakland. The room easily accommodates ten
subject line. Deadline for July
people and offers gated parking for ten cars.
issue is June 10; for August
This site creates an opportunity to try still another club innovation, an evening
issue, July 10. Receipt of
critique group. Beginning Monday evening, April 13, the article-writing group will meet
stories will be acknowledged.
monthly on 2nd Mondays, from 7:00-9:30 p.m. And beginning Saturday morning, April
11, the 10-page group will meet monthly on 2nd Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For the time being, both groups will be drop-in groups open to nonmembers as well as
members. Questions? Calwritersclub@GMail.com
- AL Levenson, President

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Member News

JoAnn Ainsworth (March Write Angles interview) will have a book signing for Out of the Dark on
Saturday, April 4, 2 to 4 p.m., at A World of Books, 137 Pelton Center Way, San Leandro, CA 94577 (510)
September 2008
483-5587. This latest novel of JoAnns is a medieval romance with a touch of paranormal and a lot of
suspense. Refreshments will be served at the book signing.

Congratulations to Gary McIntyre, whose documentary film, Two Up Two Down Reunion, was
accepted into the New York and Los Angeles Film Festivals and may even go on to Cannes. This film has to
do with the Vietnam years, a period marked by political and emotional turmoil. More information to follow.

The Berkeley Branch welcomed six new members in March:

Janelle Moon, member of the Marin branch, transferred her membership to Berkeley.
Dorothy Benson, an Emeritus member of the Berkeley Branch inadvertently dropped from the rolls,
was reinstated.
Anejuelle Floyd rejoined the Berkeley Branch. Anejuelle wrote Keeper of Secrets, published in 2007.
Leslie Martin, an associate member, is working on a series of personal vignettes.
Michael Vernetti has published a nonfiction book.
Francine Howard has excited much interest in her current work of fiction. More information to
follow.
Alan Kite joined at the March 21 club meeting.

Berkeley Branch membership now stands at 80.

Applause is in order for Lucille Bellucci, who stars as first-prize winner of the 2008 WestSide Story
Contest, of which member Tatjana Greiner is founder and editor. Money also stars as the prize for Lucilles
story, Signora Petronio.

Risa Nye and her co-editors will be reading from and discussing their book, Writin on Empty, at the
Rockridge Library on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. Risas piece, The Long Road to Lulu: One Writers
Story of Self-Publishing, appeared in the December issue of Write Angles.

Attention, Members: Dont let that manuscript, article, wisdom on paper, mope in the murky depths of a desk
drawer. Who will publish you or give you a prize for your writing if you dont get your work out into the light
of day? Keep us posted on any morsel of writing youre doing or have done or contemplate doing. Whether
youve written a letter to the editor, a filler, a puzzle, fiction, nonfiction, jokes ,a book review, greeting cards,
screen play, or been in a contest, in an interviewall is worthwhile and a source of inspiration for CWC
members. Please send the exciting news to Anne Fox, writefox@aol.com.

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PREVAILING WINDS

CWC Berkeley Branch: Publicity Report March 2009


Barnes & Noble now provides an in-store sign for our monthly meetings, as well as speaker-specific signs
The Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, now prints flyers about the support/critique writers group that
meets there on the third Saturday of every month.
The CWC Berkeley Branch Information Brochure/application has been revised.
Caroline Abasta has designed a print/electronic flyer for our speaker meetings. Flyers will be e-mailed to the board
and other CWC volunteers for downloading and posting in nearby libraries, coffee houses, independent bookstores, and
other places writers congregate, and for handouts to interested groups such as Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Clubs.
Berkeley Branch authors can display their work and sell sheets at meetings.

Centennial Plans

The State Central Board (CB) is considering several matters and will likely vote on these choices when it meets in
Oakland on 4/19:
1) Plant a tree at Joaquin Miller Park, a CWC tradition that got lost
2) Print and distribute the Literary Landmarks Map displayed at BB March meeting
3) Provide updated information on CWC and the Memorial Grove for a display at the JMP Ranger Station
4) Signage on Highway 13 from Caltrans and/or signage from the city on the Joaquin Miller Road and at the JMP
park entrance.
5) Bench at the CWC Writers Grove
6) Renovation and repositioning of the 1941 sign in JMP dedicating the CWC Writers Grove

The CWC Centennial logo is available on vests, jackets, and maybe other clothing items ordered through Lands
End. Ordering details will be communicated.

Berkeley Branch Centennial Plan:


1) A revival of the Picnic in the Park at JMP and poem reading at Woodminster
2) Displays at the Oakland Public Library and other libraries, historical societies,
city halls, and recreational/environmental groups, using the CBs Literary Landmarks Map as
the basis
3) Speaking engagements throughout the year, but realistically beginning in September.

BB October meeting occurs during the state-designated California Writers Week, October 18-24, 2009.
All these activities above require some help from members. Choose an activity youd like to help to make happen.
Several organizations are interested in partnering with the CWC (e.g., have us speak to their members, print articles
in their newsletter or Web site, offer historical knowledge, and perhaps grant money).
Several branch librarians are interested in workshops, especially for children. Anyone willing to take on this project?
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce newsletter will carry information about our meetings and speaker
programs to its 15,000 readers.
Centennial logo items, book bags, pens, cloisonn lapel pins will be available for sale BB club meetings.

- Linda Brown, Publicity


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N e w I n f o r mat i o n :
Tidbits FREE WORKSHOP FOR CWC MEMBERS ONLY**
Web sites for Writers Charlotte Cook, Acquisition Editor, Polishes Your First Pages
EditorialAnonymous.blogspot.com
Infoplease.com Do you wonder how an acquisition editor might react to the first
ralan.com manuscript pages of your novel or short story? When and why does the editor
unixl.com/blog/2008/100-fun-useful- either stop reading or ask for more pages? Do you think its all yes and no?
search-engines-for-writers Get first-hand responses to these questions and others at a supportive
interactive three-hour workshop conducted by Charlotte Cook, publisher and
SF Theater Festival acquisition editor of KOMENAR Publishing, on April 25, 2009, 10:30 a.m.,
Berkeley Branch Member, Tatjana Barnes & Noble Event Loft, Jack London Square, Oakland. Location is
Greiner, is in charge of the youth tentative and will be confirmed by email to participants.
programs of the San Francisco Theater This workshop, limited to 25 people, is available exclusively to the
Festival, which takes place at Yerba Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club. Charlotte invites participants
Buena Gardens at the end of July. to bring the first three pages of their novel or short story. Approximately twelve
They are currently putting their program will be discussed.
together and are looking for theater For a seat at the workshop, register by e-mail,
groups and/or single performers to calwritersclub@gmail.com, with Acquisition Workshop in
participate. The goal is to reflect the Bay the subject line. If you intend to submit material for the
Area theater scene's diversity, which is critique, state that in your e-mail. If more than ten
why they are also seeking shows on or manuscripts are submitted, twelve will be chosen by lottery.
by Asian, Middle Eastern, South The location of the workshop will be confirmed by email four days
American, Native American, Russian, before the workshop. At that time you will be advised if youve been chosen to
etc., theater groups or performers. submit and how many copies you must bring. Format for submissions:
double-spaced, 1.25 margins, indented paragraphs, plain font (Courier New
Offerings can be excerpts of plays, short
preferred), 12 point.
plays (most slots are 30 minutes),
Charlotte Cook is a publisher, editor, writing teacher, and longtime
one-person shows, monologues,
Berkeley Branch member. Her workshop and one-on-one work have been
spoken-word piecesyou get the idea.
presented and applauded at the Willamette Writers Conference, East of Eden,
The performances need to be ready-cast
and South Carolina Writers Workshop. In response to many requests, she
and rehearsed. Everyone is invited to
will offer the workshop as a professional service nationwide in the spring of
participate. Submission deadline is May
2009.
1, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
** If you are not a member, why not take this opportunity to join now
Participation is free.
when the value of this workshop is greater than the cost of becoming a
Tatjana is particularly interested in member? Become a member between January 1 and June 30 by paying a
shows by or for youth. half-years dues plus the initiation fee, a total of $42.50and gain free
Check out the Web site: admission to a workshop that could ordinarily cost up to $100. For
sftheaterfestival.org, or contact Tatjana membership information and application, e-mail calwritersclub@gmail.com.
directly at wordshop@mac.com.
- AL Levenson

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Co-Publishing
When I received an e-mail from Kate Farrell, California Writers Club state coordinator for the
co-publishing pilot project approved by the Central Board of the CWC, I thought the deadlines were too tight
for anyone in the Berkeley Branch to meet. Yet I was concerned
that the Berkeley Branch might be left behind if co-publishing
proved to be a business model that could work for some of our
members. With that thought in mind, I invited Kate (Redwood
Branch, Santa Rosa) to visit us to inform those interested. My
hope was a few members would want to form a keep-in-touch
committee that would explore co-publishing by going to school on
the experience of others.
Kate told us about the publishing accomplishments of the Redwood Branch: annual anthologies of
members work for the last three years published by Lulu and iUniverse, and three books co-published last year
in conjunction with Unlimited Publishing, LLC.
At the branch level, a selection committee chooses books for submission to UP, along with each authors
detailed marketing plan. If accepted by UP, the book moves to the galley stage at no cost to the author. The
galley is the first stage of a three-stage process. In the galley stage the book may be submitted for advance
reviewers and used to solicit commentary and endorsement. Although the book is required to have been
thoroughly edited prior to submission, a few minor corrections are permitted at this stage.
Next is an Advance Release used to develop market niche and prove appeal. Finally, a Trade Release
edition will be produced for books of proven public appeal. Books move from stage to stage, based on critical
review, literary awards, current popularity, and sales volume.
Kate made it clear that all of the editing process and all of the marketing rests on the shoulders of the
author. The branch is counted on to help out to some degree, but the author ought not forget where the buck
stops.
By the end Kates presentation, returning member Anjuelle Floyd announced her book was at a stage
that could meet the deadlines, and she had serious interest in UPs model. Anjuelle, who published Keeper of
Secrets in 2007 and has been up the road of dealing with a publisher, offered her current project as a trial horse
for this new territory. Because she has a clear vested interest in proceeding with the co-publishing route only if
it is viable in the real world, and because she is willing to commit personal funds to legal advice at contract time
as well as time, energy and dollars to the marketing stage, I believed she was the ideal person to be the branch
liaison to UP. She and Kate agreed to stay in close touch.
The co-publishing model has its skeptics within the branch. Reservations are a reason to study new
business models carefully. My assessment of the mood of those who took the step of hearing out Kates story
was that of open-minded cautious optimism.
Anjuelle promised to inform the branch of what she learns and how she proceeds.

-AL Levenson

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Internet Social Networks as Platform
On a March Sunday an informal workshop of seven club members convened at the home of Anjuelle Floyd
to find out about Internet Social Networks. They learned how one
member is using social networks to broaden her base of friends and
contacts.
Anjuelle discussed blogs, blog radio, and how her blog is her
Web site. She discussed the readers sites Goodreads and Shelfari,
where book reviews are written by and for readers. Anejuelle gave us
a tour of her Ning site and helped two people set up their own.
Thanks, Anejuelle, for hosting an informative event and creating the opportunity for us to get acquainted with
our fellow members.

- AL Levenson

Resource for Publications Research


To write for periodicals, be sure to read the publishers guidelines on the publications Web site, and read the
magazines to understand what the editors want to see.
Where can you find a great variety of periodicals? The University of California main library in the center
of the Berkeley campus, where the huge periodical reading room, a community resource, is open to everyone. The
clean, well-lighted room is located on the second floor, at the top of the staircase immediately inside the main
entrance. Past UC students will remember the beautiful carved wood ceiling of the former card catalogue room.
Here you will find periodicals from around the world, literary and professional, from The
American Scholar to Zyzzyva. You may not check out publications, but you are free to select and
read them at a nearby table or comfortable easy chair.
Publications are shelved by Dewey Decimal number, not alphabetically. The quickest way to
locate what you want is by call number. In the room are many computer terminals with acess to
the universitys Pathfinder system for Cals entire library. You can also access the same system
from the convenience of your home, through //www.lib.berkeley.edu/ At the Home page (or
Desktop of library computers), click on the UCB-Pathfinder link. On the subsequent page, change the default
indicator to Journal Title Key Word, and type the key word of the name of the periodical you want into the search
box. Activate Search, and voil, theres the call number. The word Main indicates the magazine is in the
periodical room of the main library.
Only current issues are shelved in the periodical reading room. If you want to read back issues, explain your
purpose to the librarian at the desk in the hall just inside the doors adjacent to the main staircase. The librarian will
give you a day pass to the main stacks in the basement. If you are an active Cal alumnus, your UC library card will
get you in.
All the libraries have elevators and are wheelchair-accessible.

- Alex Campbell, Berkeley Branch member since 2008.

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Why I Write . . .

I write because, in simple terms, I enjoy it and it fulfills me. Writing seems to be my path. I hate to use terms
like path because Im loathe to sound like one of those people who describe their compulsion to write in Gar-
boesque tones but rarely write much of anything beyond occasional journal musings. My path is rocky at times. Im
blessed with more perseverance than talent. Still, writing keeps life fresh because my next challenge is never farther
than the next blank screen.
- W.E.Reinka, past president of the Berkeley Branch

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I write because it is an important part of who I am. It is a way to communicate more fully with the world
around me. I write to touch people about our environment, to help them learn more about themselves through their
own histories, to bridge the commonalities we share with one another. For example, my
efforts to trace the early history of the California Writers Club and the Berkeley Fire of
1923 led to some published articles. As an Oral Historian, I have helped develop several
bodies of work and individual works for nonprofit organizations.
More recently, I have been writing for friends and family to share compassion about
our losses of loved ones, in an effort to inspire courage, hope, and faith. Struggling more
often with my own losses has given me added insight into this life-and-death experience,
with new philosophical wisdom to share.
Finally, I write to bring the joy of life to my own experience and to those around
me. Sometimes I combine this writing with my photography.
- Therese Pipe joined the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers' Club in the 1980s and is a nonfiction
writer, editor, and occasional poet.

* * *

I began to write because I liked telling stories that others wrote, and then I liked telling stories that I made up.
I never got over it. And I never looked back.
- Lucille Bellucci, Berkeley Branch member for over 12 years

* * *

I write because of the pleasure-pain principle. If you have a talent, some activities are rewarding. You produce
better work with less effort and receive social approval. If you lack a talent, some activities are frustrating. You try
harder and produce work that everyone considers inferior. I am good at handling words and numbers but have poor
physical coordination. (The medical term for people like me is klutz.") That is why I write poems but never became
an artist, a ballet dancer, a circus clown or a dentist (and that is just the first four letters of the alphabet).
- David Mathew Gray, Berkeley Branch member since 2008, usually reserves his middle name for his byline.
Born in New Jersey. he grew up there and in Florida. According to his resume, he earned a BA at the U of Miami (in
English), an MA at the U of Minnesota, and a PhD at the Union Institute (both in social psychology), worked mostly
in public health administration, and is a widowed grandfather who lives in San Francisco. Most of the facts in his
resume are true.

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Berkeley Branch Officers
President: AL Levenson
Vice President: OPEN
Secretary: Evelyn Washington
Treasurer: Ken Frazer
Program: Laura Shumaker
Membership: Carlene Cole
Childrens Contest: Lucille Bellucci
Newsletter Editor: AL Levenson
Copyeditor: Anne Fox
Publicity: Linda Brown
Webmaster: Stan Sciortino
Delegate to Central Board: Linda Brown
Co-Publishing Committee: Anjuelle Floyd
Past President: Dave Sawle

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