Special Events


Call for Submissions: SF Peninsula Reading: Deadline Oct 30


We are pleased to partner with Bay Area Generations to bring their acclaimed Literary Salons to the Peninsula.
All poets, writers, playwrights, authors, memoirists, and musicians are invited to submit their work to be read or performed at
Bay Area Generations Edition #75
November 21, 2019
Penelope’s Coffee & Tea, Foster City, CA
This is a paired reading. Readers must submit with a partner of a different generation (at least ten years apart) to read your works together if selected. You do not have to be a club member to submit. See the full guidelines.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 30 at 11:59pm. (Note that our deadline is earlier than the deadline on the general submission page.) Submissions received after deadline will be considered for our February 20th show.



CWC SF-Peninsula Branch Workshop


Mastering Memoir

Brooke Warner

Memoir expert and enthusiast Brooke Warner brings energy and passion to her teaching of memoir, supporting writers to find ways to make their stories bigger and more meaningful than simply “what happened.” This workshop will guide writers through the most important craft elements: scene, narration, character development/characterization, memory and flashback, reflection and takeaway. And we’ll examine popular memoirs that execute these elements of craft beautifully so that writers will grasp how to implement what they learn in their own writing.
Whether you’re a beginning memoirist or well into your project, this workshop will give you hands-on strategies to deepen your work and, most importantly, write scenes and characters that make readers care.  

Saturday, September 28, 2019  

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Twin Pines Lodge

TO SIGN UP, VISIT http://bit.ly/CWCMemoir
Enter code CWC for special
CWC member pricing ($15 off)
$60 CWC member early bird through August
$75 non-member early bird through August
Early bird pricing ends soon! On September 1, CWC member pricing goes up to $65 and non-member pricing goes up to $80. Don’t miss out!


May 19th: Barnes & Noble Author Day

Come join us!
A fabulous selection of our local authors will be reading and signing their books at Barnes & Noble! Participating authors include Audrey Kalman, Thomas Crockett, Bill Baynes, Carole Bumpus, Laurel Anne Hill, Elise Frances Miller, Jeannine Gerkman, Penny Cole, Marjorie Johnson, Nanci Woody and Russ Towne.
Please join us in celebrating our local authors.

Find us at…
Barnes & Noble
Hillsdale Shopping Center
Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drop in any time.

CWC SF-Peninsula branch Workshop

Find Your Characters & Follow Them Into Danger!

Saturday, March 2, 2019  

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Twin Pines Lodge

40 Twin Pines Lane Belmont, CA 94002

Come join us for a day-long workshop that will spark your creativity, hone your writing skills and connect you with fellow writers! Led by Elizabeth Stark, renowned writer, editor, teacher and coach, we will gather for inspiration and warmup, then get to work digging deep to discover how to create characters in need of a story. After lunch, we’ll turn to the twists and turns that create a page-turning ride for your characters.

This is a hands-on workshop: you’ll have time to practice what you learn and share with others. And it’s suitable for writers of memoir and creative non-fiction as well as fiction … any storyteller interested in creating a compelling narrative will find value in this day!

Lunch will be provided.

This is a limited capacity event, so sign up now to reserve your seat.

Cost $125 – Pay by Credit Card when you sign up.

TO SIGN UP, VISIT CWC SF-Peninsula branch Workshop




Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

San Carlos Public Library, 610 Elm Street.

This workshop will explore how famous poets use different techniques to make their works more powerful. We’ll talk about the importance of form in poetry. We’ll look at rhyme, stanza. meter, metaphor, euphony and repetition and how their use has changed.

Participants will practice reading poetry aloud and analyzing the use of various poetic tools. They’ll also try their hand at using some of these techniques.

Bill Baynes will lead the discussion. He has been writing poetry for more than 50 years. His work has been published in the Fault Zone, the CWC State Literary Review and other literary magazines. His newly published novella, The Occupation of Joe, is a powerful page-turner about an American naval officer who befriends a local boy at the beginning of the American Occupation of Japan in 1945.

Sponsored by the California Writers Club, SF Peninsula branch.

San Carlos Library Workshops
From Carole Bumpus, Volunteer Coordinator

As of this January 2018, our California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch, will be starting a series of events with one of our local libraries, the San Carlos Library, located at 610 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070.

We have been asked to help them form a monthly writers group, wherein we will take turns teaching other writers some of the necessary skills of writing. Held on the 3rd Wednesday night of the month, from 7-9 p.m., the first of the series will be led by member teacher Laurel Anne Hill who has stepped up to the plate to teach: “Breathing Life Into Your Writing: Story-Writing Basics.”

For the month of February, Pratibha Kelapure will be teaching on the basics of poetry called: “But I Can’t Write a Poem.”

If you have a subject or a scintillating idea that you would like to present to the San Carlos Writers Group, please get in touch with me to see if it would be a good fit. We are organizing a total of twelve classes per year.

Because we have offered to help the San Carlos Library with this project, they have reciprocated by offering rooms in which we can hold several gatherings, including panel discussions, Fault Zone readings, and special speaker events. All of these events will be free and open to the public, and we will be able to sell our books and connect with the local community in a fuller measure. Again, if you have ideas you would like to pursue, contact me. This is our year to extend our talents out and beyond our general meetings. Think big!


On January 16, Laurel Anne Hill attended the monthly San Mateo County Fair Staff Meeting.

Important Points Regarding Literary Arts

  • There will be no SMCF “Carry the Light Anthology” in 2018. As a result, there will be more emphasis on contest-winner readings on the opening day of the fair.
  • Literary contest submissions deadline to be in the usual April 1-3 time frame.
  • Those interested in presenting/volunteering on the Literary Stage should contact Laurel Anne Hill at laurelannehill@gmail.com. Fair volunteers will receive free entry and parking passes.

SMCF Contest Book

The contest book will be going online in stages. As of January 23, entry information for The Literary Arts Department hadn’t been posted, but should be soon. Go to: https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/ to check on the contest book status. The release of the hard-copy contest book should occur in the late January or early-to-mid February time frame. Reminder postcards (to former exhibitors, libraries and community centers) to go out in March.

Exhibitor Outreach School Outreach:

Notices are going out soon to school superintendents in San Mateo County about ticket and exhibit programs. Laurel requested that information about adult writing contests (those taking entrants as young as sixteen years of age) be sent to local high schools.