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CWC San Francisco-Peninsula Branch  Newsletter December 2015



December 5  - 4 TO 8 P.M.



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

Enjoy an evening of camaraderie with your CWC friends!  And, 'hot off the press', come buy the first copies of the latest Fault Zone Anthology.  In addition, authors are encouraged to bring their latest books to sign and sell along with the Fault Zone for holiday gift-giving.

 Please RSVP to Ann Foster:

If you are planning to come, let her know what you plan to bring and if you need a ride.  We will also be selling drink tickets as usual so be sure to bring change.



Hello again SF/Peninsula Writers, and Happy Holidays!

          As you can see we are leaping into the holiday spirit quickly this year!  Our annual holiday party is just around the corner—like, just around the corner—this Saturday!!  Be sure to contact Ann Foster to let her know you will be coming.  It should be a lovely affair!

                There will be no other December meeting, so our next member meeting will be in January (the 3rd Saturday, as you know), so we are using this time to gather member volunteers together to help take on the jobs of our Branch.  We are reworking our website; beginning a new newsletter with our editor, Maurine Killough, in January; organizing a 50th anniversary party for our branch in February or March; beginning critique groups for new members, oh my!!  And, so much more.  If there is any action you would like to be a part of, let us know. And if you have special gifts and/or abilities you would like to share, again let us know.  We would love and appreciate putting those ‘gifts’ to good use!

We are working hard to bring even more opportunities for you, our members, to write, be published, be heard, be appreciated and rejoice in your writerly life!!  Stay tuned as we have a plethora of opportunities coming your way!  And, Happy Holidays!!     Warmly, Carole Bumpus




Tarot for the Writer’s Toolbox

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.




"Beyond Facebook: How to Make Social Media Work for You" was a special workshop presented by Karma Bennett at the November meeting. We loved Karma Bennett! A few tips: It's better to have a strong presence on one social media site than try to be everywhere. Know what your ideal reader wants to hear about. Share reliable, consistent content. Use images. Post often. Follow your favorite authors and share their content. Have fun! 

Find Karma at


The Insider's Track - Bill Baynes, Publicity

*Members Jo Carpignano, Ana McCracken and Pratibha Kelapure had pieces published in the new edition of the CWC Literary Review, a statewide publication.  Congratulations on jobs well-done!  To submit your new stories to next year's Review, go to 


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