April 22, 2017: TVW Writers Conference

ANNE PERRY photo by: Diane Hinds

California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch is pleased to announce its second full-day writers conference featuring keynote speaker New York Times and international bestselling author, Anne Perry. Anne is the author of over 85 novels which have sold over 28 million copies.  The Times, associated with Mystery Page Turners, selected her as one of the 20th Century’s “100 Masters of Crime.”  In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro. Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story “Heroes.”

Join us along with the following presenters: Jim Azevedo, David Denny, Joel Friedlander, Mark Gelineau, Joe King, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Linda Lee, Laurie McLean, Annie Tucker, Victoria Zackheim, and more to learn about craft, marketing, and self-publishing. Click here to view the complete schedule.

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton,  5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, CA 94588

March 18, 2017: Marketing and Monetizing: Online Promotion and Revenue Streams for Authors, Speakers and Consultants

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Join us Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Stephanie Chandler presents “Marketing and Monetizing: Online Promotion and Revenue Streams for Authors, Speakers and Consultants.”

Many writers struggle with two major components of their businesses: marketing and revenue generation. In this content-rich presentation, Stephanie Chandler will share real-world strategies that you can use to build an audience online and add lucrative revenue streams to your author business. You will learn how to:

  • Choose a niche and establish authority in your field
  • Grow your audience online with key foundational components (a professional website, blog and social media presence)
  • Leverage powerful tactics including guest blogging, podcasting, video and more
  • Create profitable revenue streams from corporate sponsors, online events, member sites, and information products
  • Work less and earn more (really!)

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Towne Center Author Meet and Greet

On Tuesday, January 24, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Tri-Valley Writers will hold an “author meet and greet” evening at Pleasanton’s Towne Center Books (555 Main St). Fifteen authors will be on hand to talk about and sign their books and chat about writing. This is a great opportunity to support our local independent bookstore and meet local authors. Poetry, fantasy, sci fi, memoir and more await you. Unwind with refreshments and discover some great reads!

February, 18, 2017: 7 Essential Keys for Planning Your Novel for Pantsers

beth-baranyJoin 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 you can start writing your novel prepared. For beginning to advanced writers, especially for pansters, we’ll cover bite-sized exercises to help you stretch your imagination and get excited about the writing process.

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October 15, 2016: Craft Workshop “Improve Your Storytelling”

sevans1Join us Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, for a special workshop on Ways to Improve Your Storytelling. Note: Our regular meeting time will be extended to 4:30 for this special presentation.

Scott Evans will present a hands-on workshop that will cover:

  • Intensifying plot points to add conflict and drama to your stories
  • Growing your plot from character flaws and traits by using “organic” unity
  • Improving dialogue in order to advance the plot and reveal character

Scott Evans holds a Masters in English from the University of California, Davis and teaches at the University of the Pacific in Central California, including fiction writing and a course titled “Crime, Punishment and Justice” that introduces first-year students to criminology from various perspectives. In the summer, he also teaches legal writing for the King Hall Law School Outreach Program at the University of California, Davis. Before returning to California, he taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, which is one of the settings in his “literary” murder mysteries (Tragic Flaws, First Folio and Sylvia’s Secrets), which follow the misadventures of a resourceful, but somewhat naïve college instructor named Joseph Lawrence Conrad.

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January 21, 2017: Winterfest Ekphrasis

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Join us Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. for a celebration of art and writing. The start of the new year is ideal to bond with our writing community as we enjoy social time amid the beautiful submissions of visual art from Tri-Valley Writers members. In addition to selected readings of work inspired by the art, the meeting will feature a number of highlights, including a book exchange. Donate a book, take one home from the pile. Donate two, leave with a pair. Bring three to the meeting and . . . you get the idea. Special treats will be served, and attendees will be given a series of writing prompts. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers of all ages and genres to fire up imaginations and get the words flowing after the distractions of the holidays.

September 17, 2016: Writing Emotion: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down?

258amanda.2016Join us Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Amanda McTigue, guest speaker for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch, presents “Writing Emotion: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down?”

An out-of-the-box thinker and speaker, novelist Amanda McTigue will help writers open the emotional content of our writing across all genres. Whether we struggle with work that seems lifeless or overblown, Amanda’s insights will re-focus us in ways that enhance authenticity and depth on the one hand, surprise and subtlety on the other. [Read more…]

December 17, 2016: Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry

Ransom StephensJoin 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.

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July and August 2016

Tri-Valley Writers takes a brief summer hiatus during the months of July and August. Monthly meetings will resume in September. Critique groups, social media group, and open mic continue to meet during the summer, so please forge on with your writing.

We look forward to seeing you in September. Write On!

June 18, 2016: Writers’ Legal Know-How

Larry TownsendJoin us Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Attorney Larry Townsendguest speaker, presents Writers’ Legal Know-How for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch.

Mr. Townsend will provide a road map for writers seeking to safeguard protection of their works and to avoid legal problems relating to copyright, defamation, rights of publicity, trademarks, and both literary agency and publishing agreements.

He is an intellectual property lawyer based in San Francisco whose practice includes publishing law for both authors and publishers. www.lgt-law.com. He is also a fiction author. His second novel, The Hot Monkey Love Trial, will soon be published by Water Street Press.

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