California Writers Club is a nonprofit educational corporation. Members write novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, nonfiction, and more. Over half of our members are published. In addition to professional and aspiring writers, CWC membership is open to non-writing literary experts.

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake brought together literary figures in informal gatherings at the Oakland home of poet Joaquin Miller and at Coppa’s Restaurant in San Francisco. Among those who shared their work and challenges were Jack London, Herman Whitaker, George Sterling and Austin Lewis. The group grew and in 1909 California Writers Club was founded with Austin Lewis as the first president. It began with one branch in Berkeley, California.

The Marin Branch of the California Writers Club was incorporated in 1999. We meet for monthly informal coffee socials and hold a host of other events, including in-person lectures, online events, Open Mic ‘Salons’ and networking parties.

Together with CWC state wide’s 2,000 members in 22 branches across California, we can put you in touch with other writers, help you find writing groups (beta, critique, and support groups), and answer your questions about craft, marketing and publishing. We hope you’ll join us!


Panel Discussions

Coffee Socials

Open-Mic Readings

Critique and Support Groups

Monthly Newletters

Monthly Programs Of Speakers On Various Aspects Of Writing & Publishing

To Learn More About The Statewide Organization Visit Www.Calwriters.Org.

Executive Board

Daniel Bacon


Daniel Bacon is the founder of the Barbary Coast Trail, San Francisco’s official historical walk, and the author of Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail and Frisco, a novel set in the 1930s. Daniel grew up in the Bay Area and enjoys hiking with his wife Patty and their high-energy golden-doodle Romeo.

Jean Gordon Kocienda

Vice President

Jean Gordon Kocienda left her career as a Japan expert and geopolitical risk analyst for Silicon Valley CEOs to write the book that has been on her mind for thirty years, a historical fiction account of the life of feminist poet Yosano Akiko. In addition to writing, Jean volunteers as an English tutor for refugees and immigrants in the Bay Area.

Susanna Solomon


Susanna Solomon is the author of three short story collections; Point Reyes Sheri’s Calls, More Point Reyes Sheri’s Calls, and Paris Beckons, and Montana Rhapsody (a novel). She is a long-time resident of Marin County and is a retired electrical engineer.

Hanna Fleigel


Hannah Fleigel grew up in Marin County and has been working in real estate for 22 years. She is excited to share her experiences and the lessons she has learned and plans to self-publish a combination of memoir and vignettes, focusing on her expertise in real estate.

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