Sofia Grant presents How to Create Emotional Depth in a Novel

Author Sofia Grant will speak to writers about how to create emotional depth in a novel at our final meeting of the year. This presentation offers an overview of emotion’s relationship to plot and character and introduces a variety of ways to add emotional depth. Learn to avoid common pitfalls and create your character’s “emotion palette.” Take time to nourish your writer’s self as the year wraps up. Join us on Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m. RSVP by Wednesday, December 13 to Haihong at reservations@trivalleywriters.org.

Called a “writing machine” by the New York Times and a “master storyteller” by the Midwest Book Review, Sofia Grant has written dozens of novels for adults and teens under the name Sophie Littlefield. She has won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards. Sofia works from an urban aerie near Oakland, California.

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C.S. Lakin presents “Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Secrets to Supercharge Your Story”

Novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach, C. S. Lakin, will delve into screenwriting techniques to help authors write in a more visual and compelling way at our meeting on Saturday, November 18. Join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, for Lakin’s illuminating presentation, “Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Secrets to Supercharge Your Story.”

We live in an era where readers are used to the fast-paced, visual play-out of movies and TV stories. Days of long passages of narration and distanced description are gone. How can a writer utilize the techniques of screenwriting—specifically a variety of camera angles—to play out a story so the reader can “see” it and experience it as powerfully as a film? Lakin will explore terms like Zoom, Match Cut, Close Up, Pan, Pull Back, Establishing Shot, and others with examples from successful novels to show how it’s done. Her presentation will tie in with her best-selling writing craft book of the same title.

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Tri-Valley Writers Summer Field Trip Series: Lizzie Fountain

Tri-Valley Writers second plein-air field trip of the summer will be in downtown Livermore. Join us in this urban setting complete with coffee shops, restaurants, strolling pedestrians, and benches where an observant writer can take in the passing scene. The event will take place July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will meet at Lizzie Fountain at the northwest corner of First Street and South Livermore Avenue, next to Sansar restaurant.

Led by student member Tiffany Jing, our free summer field trip series provides a chance to get together during the general meeting summer hiatus and write in a variety of outdoor settings. Reservations are recommended. Non-members are welcome, so bring a friend. RSVP to newsletter@trivalleywriters.org for this free trip!

Date: Monday, July 24, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: First Street at South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, California

Jordan Rosenfeld Workshop: Get Intimate With Your Characters: Master Point of View For Dazzling Character Development

Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor, and writing teacher, will present a three-hour, hands-on workshop, “Get Intimate With Your Characters: Master Point of View For Dazzling Character Development.”  Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, for this special event. The workshop will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at 1:30 p.m. Event pricing: TVW, CWC adult members $15, student members (with ID) $8, nonmember adults $20, nonmember students (with ID) $12. Payable by PayPal in advance (see “Buy Now” button on this page). Cash and checks accepted at the door.

What makes those books you can’t put down until your eyelids are sandy and your brain is buzzing, compelling? Unforgettable, unique characters. Mastery of Point of View (POV) allows readers to engage intimately with characters and dive deep into your stories. Strong POV and fabulous character development go hand in hand.

Writers in this workshop will:

  • Unlock the essentials of each POV
  • Learn to use perceptual, sensory, and other key “cues” to reveal character
  • Determine which POV is right for your project
  • Notice when you are POV jumping and learn to correct this
  • Discover secrets of simple character development

Attendees please:

  • Bring something to write with (computer or good old-fashioned pen and paper)
  • Come with a project idea or work in progress
  • Think about your character development strengths and weaknesses in advance

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Scott Thomas Anderson presents “A Threat Past the Pages”

Award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will explore how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the digital age at our meeting on Saturday, September 16. Join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, for this thought-provoking presentation. In his presentation, “A Threat Past the Pages: The Future of Reading and Writing in the Digital Age.” Anderson will discuss the danger of our youngest generations learning linguistic impulses through hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. He’ll consider what happens to the brain’s ability to focus when we trade a book’s imaginative doorway for the swamp of fragmented, multi-media distractions. He’ll also look at the future of the written word if today’s writers, poets, artists and teachers don’t recognize a threat against it.

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Tri-Valley Writers Summer Field Trip Series: Veteran’s Park

We’ll wrap up our summer field trip series at Veteran’s Park/Sycamore Grove in Livermore. Veteran’s Park is a woodsy environment with easily navigable trails, a native plant garden, a creek and pond. It’s an ideal location to work on writing descriptions of natural outdoor settings. The excursion will take place on August 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We’ll meet at the Veteran’s Park end of the park, at 5211 Arroyo Road, Livermore. Although TVW doesn’t charge for the field trips, there is a $7 parking fee (or free with annual permit), so carpooling is encouraged.

Led by student member Tiffany Jing, our summer field trip series provides a chance to get together during the general meeting summer hiatus and write in a variety of outdoor settings. Reservations are recommended. Non-members are welcome, so bring a friend. RSVP to newsletter@trivalleywriters.org for this inspiring trip!

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Veteran’s Park/Sycamore Grove

Tri-Valley Writers Summer Field Trip Series

Experience plein-air writing at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums in our first ever summer field trip. Use writing prompts as you explore this environment rich in local history. Led by student member Tiffany Jing, our free summer field trip series provides a chance to get together during the general meeting summer hiatus and write in a variety of outdoor settings. The first trip will take place on July 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meet in front of the Heritage Park’s schoolhouse museum at 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin. Reservations are recommended. Non-members are welcome, so bring a friend. RSVP to Newsletter@trivalleywriters.org for this free trip!

Date: Monday, July 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Heritage Park, Dublin [http://dublinca.gov/269/ Dublin-Heritage-Park-Museums]

June 17, 2017: A New Age of Fire: Storytelling & Public Speaking

Join us Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Kate Farrell presents “A New Age of Fire: Storytelling & Public Speaking.”

Ms. Farrell believes in the power of story and of the story motifs from the oral tradition. Their enduring appeal continues to shape and influence culture.

Farrell edited the anthology, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother. She is co-editor of the anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, a finalist for Foreword Reviews 2014 Book of the Year Award and 2014 Indie Excellence Award. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, a finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2015 Indie Excellence Award.

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May 20, 2017: Working Stiff: The Real CSI

Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell

Join us Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Judy Melinek, MD, and T.J. Mitchell present “Working Stiff: The Real CSI.” Dr. Melinek and her husband, T.J. Mitchell, will speak about their experiences in New York City while Melinek was in training to be a forensic pathologist. She began that training just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Melinek and Mitchell will provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. No matter what type of writing you do, their presentation will give you a better understanding of an arduous, detail-oriented profession and life in the Big Apple. Whatever your genre, paying attention to details will help bring your writing to life. [Read more…]

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

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