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CWC San Francisco-Peninsula Branch  Newsletter October 2015

As your new president, I would like to invite you to our updated newsletter.  This will help you keep abreast of the continual changes you will find at the CWC SF/Peninsula Branch, as things are happening!  Speaking of happenings, have you checked out our new meeting venue?  After ten years at the Belmont Library, we are happy to welcome you to the lovely ‘Meeting Room’ at the Belmont Congregational Church, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont.  Same day and hours:  every third Saturday of the month (except July and December) from 10 a.m. to Noon. (**PLEASE NOTE:  The October Meeting will be held in the basement due to the Chocolate Festival.)  Be sure to join us here, as we are shaking up the meetings with new speakers, half-day seminars on social media, and, in addition, offering more options for writers of all genres.  Did I mention that authors can now sell their own books at each of the meetings?   We are here as your branch to help you writers become better writers and celebrate your successes!  Join in!  Carole Bumpus


For our October Meeting, here is our speaker:


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.



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