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The club incorporated in 1913 and chose the motto, “Sail On!” from Joaquin Miller’s poem, “Columbus." By 1915, the membership had grown and, along with London, Sterling and Whitaker, honorary members included Ina Coolbrith, Charles Lummis, Edwin Markham, WC Morrow, John Muir, Joaquin Miller and Charles Keeler. Today, California Writers Club has about 1,200 members in seventeen branches all around California. Marin branch was chartered with CWC in 1999 and has been meeting at Book Passage in Corte Madera ever since.

What is the Opening Act?

If you look again at the flyer above for the October meeting, you’ll see that the main meeting at 2 pm is preceded by the Opening Act at 1 pm?

The goal of Opening Act is to give people a chance to contribute and get to know each other. It’s more sharing than presentation. Actual learning is a bonus. Sometimes, we do an Open Mic, where writers read their first page aloud. Or a pitch session, where we practice our pitch to agents. Usually, it’s a small gathering.

This month, CWC-Marin board member and author John Byrne Barry will be leading a workshop on writing a killer book blurb. if you’ve written a draft book blurb, bring it in, or send it in advance to Together, we’ll help you make it better. Hope to see you there.

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