The CWC Tri-Valley Branch meets at Four Points by Sheraton in Pleasanton the third Saturday of the month from September through June. Meetings are open to the public but require advance reservation and a nominal fee. If you want to check us out, this is the activity to start with. Meetings feature a guest speaker who is active in the literary or publishing community.
CWC Tri-Valley Branch sponsors in-depth workshops on occasion. These special events are scheduled and priced on a case-by-case basis. Two of our recent workshops included New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni on “Creating Plots and Playing God” and Juliette Wade on “Principles of Building a Successful Story World.”
Members of the CWC Tri-Valley Branch are encouraged to participate in critique groups to strengthen their writing and editing skills. Participation begins by joining the STEM critique group. This group submits material for review on the first Tuesday of each month, then meets on the second Tuesday to critique each other’s work. Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Panera Bread in Livermore (4685 1st Street). As the STEM group grows, smaller critique groups branch out on their own, often specializing in a particular genre. There are several novel groups, a memoir group, and a poetry group that meet independently.
Members work online and/or participate in face-to-face critiquing. With both formats, there is a commitment for reciprocity. Participants who submit materials online commit to reading and critiquing the materials submitted by others. CWC Tri-Valley Branch members interested in participating in a critique group should contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Mic With My Friends
CWC Tri-Valley Branch partners with Pleasanton Library for Open Mic with My Friends on the second Monday of each month. This literary evening is free and open to the public. Join us from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the large meeting room. Poetry and short prose readers sign-up will be from 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Event dates are posted on the CWC Tri-Valley Writers website homepage .
Winterfest is an annual celebration of the arts in general, and the artistic members of Tri-Valley Writers Group in particular. The format varies each year. One thing that is consistent is the opportunities to share what we’ve written.
High School Writing Contest
To support writing in schools, TVW sponsors an annual writing contest among local high schools. Members volunteer to judge hundreds of submissions in fiction, poetry, and essay forms. Winners are given cash prizes and read selections of their work at the awards ceremony.
An excellent venue for our members to earn publication credentials is with our own anthology, Voices of the Valley. Our first publication in the series, Voices of the Valley: First Press, was published in December 2011. Voices of the Valley: Encore, was published in December 2013. Voices of the Valley: Word for Word, was published in 2015.
Participation with Other CWC Chapters
To see what events are being coordinated through the CWC chapters in northern California, there is an event calendar here.