Attention authors, writers and aspiring writers!

The California Writers Club has formed and chartered a new branch in the south part of California's Central Coast. The Coastal Dunes Branch is centered in the south part of San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county. Anyone residing in either of those counties is welcome to attend our monthly meetings, workshops or other sponsored events.

Due to county health guidelines, we will offer our upcoming monthly meetings via Zoom. Please visit the Event Calendar page for the schedule.

If you are on our emailing list, you'll receive a meeting announcement with Zoom instructions prior to each meeting. If you're not currently on our list, please Email us.

Join us on Saturday June 5th, 2021, via Zoom,
from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM:

Joyce Krieg

Speaker: Joyce Krieg

Topic: Trips and Tips: A Trip through California Writers Club and Tips for Mystery Writers

Joyce Krieg is the immediate past president of California Writers Club, the parent organization of Coastal Dunes. She is the recipient of two of CWC’s highest honors, the Jack London Award for volunteerism at the branch level, and the Ina Coolbrith Award for service to the state organization.

She is the author of three mysteries published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. Her first book, Murder Off Mike, was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press “best first traditional mystery” contest. Before turning to fiction, Joyce had a long career in news/talk radio in Sacramento. In the spirit of “write what you know,” Joyce’s books feature a talk radio host who solves crimes in—you guessed it—Sacramento.
Joyce has taught classes on writing mysteries through the UC-Santa Cruz extension. She currently works as a freelance editor and ghostwriter. She also continues to pursue her own writing and is working on a cozy mystery set in San Francisco during the Gilded Age.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Joyce grew up in what she calls “San Jose before it became Silicon Valley.” She is a graduate of San Jose State with a degree in journalism.

In her talk, she’ll start out with a whirlwind trip through the 112-year history of California Writers Club: from its founding by the East Bay literati, through war, the Great Depression, the boom years of the 1950s and 60s, to today’s 22 branches with some 1700 members. Was Jack London really our first president? Did we really build a magnificent monument in the Oakland hills? Joyce promises to reveal the venerable club’s secrets and more.

Crime fiction is a perennial reader favorite, second only to romance as the top-selling Amazon fiction category. It's a great way for authors to break into publishing. Joyce will share tips on creating compelling mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Many writers assume the puzzle (the who-dun-it) is the most important aspect of a mystery. Not so, says Joyce. Find out the true essential elements of crime fiction in her fun and fast-pased talk. Her advice is helpful to writers of any type of fiction.

Our in-person monthly meetings are usually held here: (expected to resume sometime in 2021, or at an alternate location TBD):

Where: Community Room, Nipomo Library, 918 West Tefft Street, Nipomo, CA

Directions: From 101 northbound or southbound, take the Tefft street exit.
Proceed west for .9 mile. At Orchard, turn right into library parking lot.

Date/times: Saturday mornings (the first Saturday of each month unless a holiday weekend)
10:15 AM- 10:30 Networking
10:30-10:45 CWC Announcements
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Featured Presentation
12:15 - 12:45: Q&A, Book Signing if applicable

Questions: Email us.

Our Newest Anthology is Now Available !

We are pleased to announce that our 4th anthology,Turning Tides, is now available for purchase. This anthology contains an inspiring collection of nonfiction pieces and poetry. It is also available for purchase at Amazon in paperback; click here for link.

Turning Tides


New: We've added new articles on the craft of writing.

Be sure to visit our ARTICLES page to learn more about the craft of writing. We plan to add new articles each month, written by our Coastal Dunes members. Be sure to check it out!