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.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Sponsor Table at the Central Coast Writers Conference! We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings.

Come to our November 5th, 2016 Meeting and Program!

Join us on Saturday, November 5th, 2016, for our monthly meeting. We will first have a brief CWC meeting. This will be followed by our featured presentation,Turning a Memoir into a Mainstream Book featuring Allene Symons. It is being hosted by the Nipomo Library, and there is no charge for the meeting.

Date/times: Saturday, November 5th, 2016
10:15 - 11:00 AM: Networking, CWC Announcements
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Featured presentation, Q&A, book signing

Following the presentation, from 12:30 - 1:30 PM: CWC Critique Group meeting

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.

Questions: Email us.

Join us on Saturday, November 5th, featuring Allene Symons

Featured Presentation: "Turning a Memoir into a Mainstream Book"

Allene Symons is the author of three traditionally published books. Her latest is a blend of memoir, biography, and cultural-history-meets-science called Aldous Huxley's Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science (published last December by Prometheus Books, an affiliate of Penguin Random House). Allene enjoyed a two-decade career as a business journalist and magazine editor, including seven years as a senior editor of bookselling and marketing for Publishers Weekly in New York. Her freelance articles have appeared in Details, Los Angeles Times (travel and book review), Scuba Diver, and American Bungalow. She spent the last dozen years as a part-time college journalism instructor while writing her latest book.

Allene has an exciting presentation planned for our November 5th meeting; she says:

"When it comes to a memoir, a personal-experience-based nonfiction book (or in some cases even a novel), you can increase the odds of success by leveraging your book's target-topic potential. I will detail how I positioned the manuscript of Aldous Huxley's Hands to land an agent and a traditional publisher (an affiliate of Penguin Random House), talk about how I am mixing social media and old school publicity opportunities, and give examples of how leveraging target topics worked for promoting my novel and resulted in a Today Show interview for one of my nonfiction books. The topic-mining technique can be useful, whether you plan to indie-publish or hope to land an agent and a traditional publisher."