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CWC San Francisco-Peninsula Branch  Newsletter November 2015


Hello again SF/Peninsula Writers,

                We are in our third month in our new home (Belmont Congregational Church), but a great new home it is!  Last month during our General Meeting, our members were the greatly pleased recipients of trays of chocolates as the Chocolate Festival was under way in our ‘main’ meeting room.  (And, this is not to undercut the dynamic speaker for the day, who was marvelous.)  During this coming General Meeting on November 21st, we will be offering a special event.  It is a half-day seminar with renowned Karma Bennett, the Guru Queen of Social Media, who will join us during our regularly scheduled meeting and then carry us into the afternoon (along with lunch) for those who sign up ahead of time.  Please check out the flyer here and make your plans right away!  Sign up through PayPal, or send in your check to the included address.

                You might like to know your Board will be meeting this coming week-end to work out the finer points of our year’s calendar of events.  We are looking forward to bringing you more great speakers, more programs in and outside of the regularly scheduled meetings, more opportunities for writers to work on their own genres and . . . and we are planning a very special event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of our Branch.  Want to be a part of this vibrant crew?  Just let us know where/how you would like to volunteer, as we have some very exciting times a-coming!!     Warmly, Carole Bumpus


For our November Meeting, here is our speaker:  Karma Bennett

Be sure to sign up for this special event:

Beyond Facebook: How to Make Social Media Work for You

November 21, 2015 10am-3:30pm

A special workshop with Karma Bennett

In this workshop, we dig into the nitty gritty of spreading the word about your book with social media. 
We explore different social networks, find the right one for spreading the word about your book, and come up with a personalized plan.

Topics include Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn and, yes, even Facebook! 
You'll learn essential tools that make using social networks more efficient, as well as critical do's and don'ts for social media etiquette.

When: November 21, 2015. 10am - 3:30pm (includes a regular CWC meeting)

Where: Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA: Directions

$10 for the meeting, plus $25 for the workshop (includes box lunch) = $35 total
$13 for the meeting, plus $25 for the workshop (includes box lunch) = $38 total

RegistrationPlease register in advance. Without advance registration, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a box lunch. 
Register here

Meeting and Workshop schedule
10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Regular CWC meeting (announcements, networking, etc.)
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Karma Bennett presents the first hour of her Social Media workshop. 

NOTE: Even if you have not registered for the workshop, you get to attend the first hour (from 11 to noon). 

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Box lunch for those who have pre-registered for the workshop. 
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Social media workshop continues.

NOTE: If you have not pre-registered, there may be space available for you to attend the workshop afternoon session (12:30 to 3:30pm). 
You will need to pay an additional $20 (beyond what you paid for the meeting), and you will have to provide your own lunch. 
You may be able to purchase a box lunch for $10, but there is no guarantee that extra box lunches will be available.
Register now for the meeting and workshop $35 (members) or $38 (nonmembers). 

Karma Bennett is a writer, publicist and blogger with almost a decade of experience in publishing. 

She writes and manages the blog for Alibris, an ecommerce platform for indie booksellers, and runs Future Is Fiction Communications
a publicity and marketing company that specializes in authors. 

Prior to founding Future Is Fiction Communications, Karma was the publicist for Ulysses Press, voted by Publishers Weekly 
as one of the fastest-growing indie publishers in the world three of the four years she was in their employ. 

Karma is also a board member of the Berkeley CWC branch.


The Insider's Track - Bill Baynes, Publicity

*Members Jo Carpignano and Ana McCracken had pieces published in the new edition of the CWC Literary Review, a statewide publication.  Congratulations on jobs well-done!

*Jim Hanna has released a second edition of his novel, Call Me Pomeroy.  Check it out!  And, order your copies right away.

*Maureen Killough read her poetry at the 8th Annual Beat Poetry Festival in San Francisco.

*Elise Miller moderated a panel discussion of authors who have written books about "Adventuring Women." The event, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, SF Chapter, was held at the Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco. One of the authors was our president, Carole Bumpus.

Be sure to congratulate these members when you see them!


Open Mic
Third Wednesday of Every Month at 7:30PM
Reach and Teach
144 West 25th Ave., San Mateo

10 Writers read their work! Come to hear writers introduce their latest and greatest, or sometimes they read old favorites. Join us on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Open Mic is be hosted by CWC member, Woody Mansergh, at Reach and Teach in San Mateo.

Open Mic is a great opportunity for authors to get exposure and to hone public speaking skills. Open to all writers and listeners, including CWC members and non-members. ?To attend, just show up. Priority is given to new readers, so don't be shy! To reserve a reading slot, contact Woody Mansergh at