Tri-Valley Writers Member News
Sharon Svitak’s novel, Simply Irresistible: A Spruce Creek Romance, was chosen as the solo “medalist winner” in the romance category of New Apple Literary Services 2016 Summer eBook Awards. Sharon writes sweet romance under the pen name Sharon Burgess.
Jamuna Advani’s article “Finding Opportunities in Obstacles” was published in August, 2016 in North East Travel and Life, a journal of people and places.
Stacey Gustafson performed a one-woman stand-up show at the Firehouse Bar & Grill in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 6, 2016. Her story, “What’s on your Bucket List: Performing Stand-up Comedy Was at the Top of Mine,” was featured on page 11 of the June 2016 issue of Toastmaster Magazine..
Join us Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Mahbod Seraji presents “Writing and the Writer: Private Thoughts for Private Moments.”
Mr. Seraji will discuss exploring a journey that starts in the privacy of the writer’s mind and finds its true form and meaning in the reader’s imagination.
Mahbod Seraji Ph.D., is an Iranian-American author whose critically acclaimed debut novel, Rooftops of Tehran (NAL, a Penguin imprint, 2009) examines the human cost of political repression. [Read More…]
December 17, 2016: Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry
Join us Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. presents “Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry.”
Neuroscience is like looking under the hood to see how It works. When you know how readers process your writing, you can figure out what grabs readers, what bores them, and why. In this presentation, we’ll investigate how to write in ways that administer dopamine when you want readers happy and withholds it when you want readers sad. We’ll explore the roots of what people like, and why bestsellers aren’t always critical favorites. Art is subjective, but our subjectivity has a lot in common.
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.