Tri-Valley Writers Member News
Bay Woof Magazine, a free monthly newspaper for San Francisco dog lovers, featured Stacey Gustafson’s stories, “A Therapy Dog Makes a Difference,” in July, and “When a Dog Loves a Cat,” in the November issue. The Monthly, East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture and Commerce, featured Stacey in their November issue, “The New Erma Bombeck,” by Paul Kilduff.
Three Tri-Valley Writer’s members have had work accepted for inclusion in Tides: An Anthology of Creative Writing by Seniors: Judy Lussie’s short story, “The Second Mother,” Eloise Hamann’s story, “Memphis,” and Julaina Kleist-Corwin’s creative non-fiction essay on a life experience, titled “Care.” There will be a Book Launch and Reception for Tides including author readings at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Avenue in Oakland.
Paula Chinick has released the next thriller in her Red Ascher Series, Living in Turmoil. Follow special agent Anya Pavlovitch as she follows orders to stop a U.S. Navy mission to assassinate Chiang Kai-shek in 1943.
Sondra Perry’s short story, “The Great Blue Heron Who Changed My Life,” has been selected for the latest book in the Tales2Inspire Book Series, Tales2Inspire The Garnet Collection, Stories in Feathers and Fur.
TVW members Regina Stoops and Stacey Gustafson performed “An Evening of Stand Up Comedy and Sit Down Storytelling” at Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton on November 1. The majority of the proceeds will be donated to Tri-Valley Writers Club.
On November 10, B. Lynn Goodwin served on a Writer’s Panel at Danville Ranch Clubhouse hosted by the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women). Six women shared their passion, knowledge, and experience.
Sondra Perry had a book signing for her three children’s books at the Saint Bartholomew’s Victorian Christmas Faire in Livermore on November 12 and 13.
John Bluck’s science fiction novel manuscript, The Aliens of Valtrit, has been approved for consideration for publication by Amazon under the Kindle Scout program. From Oct. 26th until Nov. 25, 12 a.m. EST, the first 5,000 words will be posted on the Amazon Kindle Scout site, accessible through a direct link. Readers are invited to read and vote for the entry if they like it. With enough votes, Amazon could be John’s publisher for the e-book, audio books and translations to other languages.
The annual Winterfest celebration of CWC Tri-Valley members will blend talents of artists and authors. This year is an Ekphrasis where members create written works inspired by visual works of art also created by members. In this celebration, the artwork and writings will be displayed together and authors will have the opportunity to share brief readings from selected entries.
Join us Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Beth Barany presents “7 Essential Keys for Planning Your Novel for Pantsers.” In this hands-on workshop, we’ll brainstorm the steps to create your novel—from character development to plot structure to story themes and world building—so that you can start writing your novel prepared. For beginning and advanced writers, especially for pansters, we’ll cover bite-sized exercises to help you stretch your imagination and get excited about the writing process.
This workshop is useful for you if you have never written a novel, have always wanted to, and still feel lost on how to go from brilliant idea to The End or if you always hit that sagging middle and lose focus or interest. We’ll help you dream up exciting ways to torture, I mean challenge, your characters all the way to the resolution of the story.
Award-winning novelist, Beth Barany is a speaker, teacher, and coach, and co-founder of the Barany School of Fiction, with her husband, also an award-winning author, Ezra Barany. For a free Plan Your Novel mini-course, go here: http://school.bethbarany.com/courses/plan-your-novel-mini-course.