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CWC San Francisco-Peninsula Branch  Newsletter January 2016


January Program

Tarot for the Writer's Toolbox
with Susan Gold

Join us for our first program of the year!

January 16, 2016
10 a.m. to Noon

Congregational Church of Belmont
751 Alameda de las Pulgas, 
Belmont, CA 94002

The Mysteries of Writing...the Inspiration of Tarot...this will be a fascinating look into using imagery to divine your writing! While traditionally associated with fortune telling, tarot cards have been inspiring writers for centuries through their rich imagery and archetypal symbolism.

Come and learn how you can use the tarot to help you develop character and plot, explore your personal history, and mine imagery for poetry. You will leave this presentation with practical resources and exercises to stimulate your imagination.

Susan Gold holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and is a fiction writer and poet. She has taught writing, literature, and mythology courses at the college and high school levels and for years has helped writers break through blocks and spark their imaginations in her work as a consulting hypnotist and teacher of the tarot.

$10 Members & Students
$13 Non Members

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Happy New Year to You, One and All!

For those of you who were not able to attend our Holiday Party, we successfully tied up 2015 with a lovely bow, a lively party and the launch of the latest Fault Zone, Transform!  I want to thank you, one and all, who were able to make the fête and to those who gave of their time and energy to make it a success!!  And in the role of transforming, Michele Jessen, our new Hospitality Chair, worked her holiday magic on the Dining Room at our new facility and it was truly something to behold.  Thank you! 

Speaking of ‘Transform’, our thanks go out once again to Tory Hartmann, who pulled another rabbit out of her hat as she ‘transformed’ and published the latest volume, Transform, of the Fault Zone making it available in time for our holiday party.  Our gratitude, also goes out to Ann Foster and all those on the editing team who worked tirelessly on your behalf!  Thank you! Thank you!

 Now that 2016 is upon us, get ready for a fast uptick in activities. We are preparing to bring some new and renewed energy to our monthly meetings—like member readings and, for the first time, the organization of critique groups for new members.  We will be taking names for volunteers to help in several areas, like leading a critique group, signing up to work the San Francisco Writers Conference CWC booth in February, gearing up for the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage, opening a new chapter for the Fault Zone, participating in the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley in June . . . and oh, there is so much more, like . . . .

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of our SF/Peninsula Branch
February 20, 2016

Put this date on your calendar and gear up for a grand celebration. This is our opportunity to take a look back into the past to see from whence we’ve come!  We hope to meet at the original meeting place—the Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City—and have a special luncheon which will honor those folks who served our SF/Peninsula Branch over the course of so many years.  We will listen to our ‘elders’ regale us with stories of success and near success, so expect laughter and tears as we look back and thank our lucky stars for the vibrant Branch we have become!!  Look for updates on this event and volunteer to be a part of this historic event!

Speaking of volunteers, I want to take this opportunity to thank those folks on our Board, who tirelessly have given of their time to help this branch move forward.  It takes more than a village to bring programs to you and Darlene Frank, your Vice President, has worked diligently for the past two years to make certain that you have an array of powerful speakers. Lisa Meltzer Penn, too, continues as your board secretary along with managing so many other jobs along the way; Bill Baynes continues to buoy us up with his handling of our publicity needs and acts as our website overseer.  Pratibha Kelapure, a brand-new member, is embracing those very website needs and is our new web manager.  Bette Houtchens, our membership chair is Johnny-on-the-spot to answer any questions regarding membership.  he also fills a myriad of roles which only she can do and do well.  Maurine Killough has taken on the role of newsletter editor and Elise Miller is continuing on the Board as Member-at-Large, as is Bardi Rosman Koodrin.  When you see any of these folks wandering around, please thank them for a job well done!  So much work goes on behind the scenes to make this Branch work, and you, too, can be a part of it.

Just let us know your interests and we will happily ‘plug’ you into the Branch’s inner workings!  Again, Happy New Year!!

Carole Bumpus -


Happy faces from the CWC December Holiday Party

Bardi Rosman & Linda Okerlund

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


Coming Up

Save the Dates and check out some of the exciting programs Darlene Frank has lined up for us this year!

                                                              February 20                                                                     The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the SF/Peninsula Branch


Tory Hartmann, Publisher (Sand Hill Review Press)

February 11-14

San Francisco Writers Conference 2016

March 19
Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D.
Psychologist and author

April 16
Susan Shillinglaw
Director of the National Steinbeck Center

May 21
Maureen Studer
Award-winning playwright


Our book!

The Branch's sixth book in the Fault Zone series, Transform is being published. Authored by Kevin Arnold, Sue Barizon, Bill Baynes, Jo Carpignano, Belinda Chua, Ann Foster, Darlene Frank, Jeannine Gerkman, Laurel Anne Hill, Diane Jacobson, Michelle Jessen, Marjorie Bicknell Johnson, Beverly Kalinin, Sam Kauffman, Maurine Killough, Ida J. Lewenstein, Diane Lee Moomey, Lisa Meltzer Penn, TR Poulson, Don Redman, Frank A. Saunders, Martha Clark Scala, Jim Stanfield, Dave M. Strom, Ollie May Trost Welch, and Nanci Lee Woody.


Some fond recollections by CWC member, Teresa LeYung-Ryan to Jean's son:

Margaret and I used to visit Jean at the VA together; we met her many friends. Your sweet mom spread sunshine everywhere; even the grumpy residents would perk up when they saw her. Kindness was synonymous with the name Jean Rieth.

Fond memories of your mom go back more than 15 years. I can still see her now - Jean Rieth (with her friendly camera) was the gracious ambassador at the 1997 Jack London Writers Conference (sponsored by California Writers Club - Peninsula Branch); Jean has been a role model for me and so many other CWC members.

She's a new angel now, probably will be an ambassador soon, no doubt.


Peninsula Branch Remembers Jean Rieth

The Branch is saddened to learn of lifetime CWC member Jean Rieth’s passing on December 13, 2015 at age 94 after a brief illness. Ruth Rieth was mentored by our own first president, Louise Boggess, and became a winner of the Jack London Award.

Jean had been a resident at the VA care facility in Menlo Park for the past eight years. Her husband Joe passed away in 1989 and her daughter Debby passed away in January, 2015. Our condolences to her family.


Volunteer Positions Open

Treasurer - Sadly, Dildar Pisani, our new Treasurer, has suffered a physical set back with her one—no, almost two knee-replacement surgeries—and has had to step away from her role as Treasurer.  If any of you have a propensity for figures and would like to be an Executive Board member, please contact Carole Bumpus at:  

Other volunteer positions open:
-Graphic Designer – for new branch logo and possible 50th anniversary pins

San Francisco Writers Conference – volunteer for the California Writers Club booth, February 13th or 14th

CWC 50th Anniversary Celebration – help with decorations, promotion, flyers, and sending out invitations for event February 20th.


Contact Carole Bumpus at:  

Submission Opportunities

South Bay Branch regularly adds prompts to their website at

The South Bay Branch is collecting submissions with the hope of publishing an anthology if enough material is submitted to each prompt. All members of CWC in good standing are welcome to participate. Please send all submissions and inquiries to

You might already be familiar with their Dollar Bill prompt:
Length: 1,000 - 2,000 words, Deadline: March 31, 2016

The South Bay Branch has published a second prompt, Vignettes,
Genre: Every genre is welcome
Point of view: Third-person objective
Length: 20 - 2,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Member News

CWC James Hanna just had two stories AND a book review published in Empty Sink!

What are you up to?

Do you have news? What writing revelations have you had? Please let us know what you're up to. We might like to include it in the next Newsletter!

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