CWC-Marin President Joan Steidinger Wins Jack London Award

Every other year, each California Writers Club branch may nominate one member to receive a Jack London Award in recognition of outstanding service to the organization. Joan Steidinger was one of 14 awardees honored at the CWC annual meeting last weekend in Oakland. (That’s Joan with the big smile, second from right near the back.)


Jack London Award Winners 2015 Back Row, left to right: Arthur Carey (Fremont Area Writers), Daniel Stallings (East Sierra), Dennis VanderWerff (Writers of Kern), Paula Chinick (Tri-Valley), Colin Seymour (South Bay). Third Row, left to right: Steve Liddick (Sacramento), Leslie Patiño (Central Coast), Dwight Norris (High Desert), Joan Steidinger, Ph.D. (Marin). Second Row, left to right: Doug Fortier (Mendocino Coast), Jeane Slone (Redwood Writers), Barbara Bentley (Mt. Diablo), Carole J. Bumpus (San Francisco/Peninsula), Jeanette Fratto (Orange County). Front Row, left to right: Donna McCrohan Rosenthal (Jack London Awards committee), David George (CWC president), Joyce Krieg (Jack London Awards committee). Also, Doug Fortier (second row, far left) served as Jack London Awards committee chair.

Joan Steidinger (Marin)

SteidingerJoan served on the board of CWC-Marin (practically her whole time as a member) since 2010, beginning as director-at-large, program chair, vice president, 2013 CWC-Marin conference chair, and currently as president.  Belonging to CWC-Marin and promoting the club has served as a springboard for her general-interest style of writing. You will see her running the trails of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two goldie dogs, Spencer and Parker.

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Registry of Sport Psychology. She has written columns online for and She has worked as a clinical & sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. Two of her particular interests are women’s issues and sports psychology. She’s been a lifelong athlete. In October 2014, she released her first book, Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes  Collaborate and Compete. The book has won the sports category of the following three contests:  International Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and the Beverly Hills Book Awards. The book is a finalist in Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Years Awards in the Women’s Issues category.

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