October 22, 2018

CWC NorCal Group

1393817588_openofficeorg-writerWho Are We?    NorCal Group is an association of Northern California branches of the California Writers Club (CWC) that, due to proximity and common interests, have joined in the pursuit of ideas, opportunities, and events that speak directly to our craft of writing and the means of getting published. Our intent is to share branch awareness – successes and misses –  as well as to scour our broader landscape, singling out and creating opportunities of value that will provide a benefit to branch members. We meet three times per year on the first Saturday of February, May, and October. All members of the California Writers Club are welcome. Contact and/or come with your NorCal representative.

The NorCal Group Mission Statement

Through exchange, collaboration, and execution of ideas, the intent of this group is to further the opportunities for writing and publication to the betterment of branches and their members.

1393818029_TargetMotto Excellence through sharing and synergy.

Chair: Carole Bumpus1393818029_Target


Tiny cwc logoCWC History:  The California Writers Club (CWC), founded in 1909, is the oldest professional writers’ club in the western United States. It started under the influences of Jack London, George Sterling, Herman Whitaker, and Austin Lewis. CWC is a nonprofit organization with 21 branches that comprise approximately 1,900 members statewide.


Visit the state website at www.calwriters.org for a list of all the branches.

CWC NorCal Happenings: Building Better Branches Conference

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, over 60 representatives from twelve of the fourteen Northern California CWC branches came together at National University in Pleasant Hill for an informative day on “Building Better Branches.” The day began with branches sharing the accomplishments and challenges. Jordan Bernal, past president of Tri-Valley Writers, gave the “The (Relatively) Small Branch that Roars!” keynote. Then attendees broke into groups for concurrent sessions on “Keeping Volunteers Committed and Motivated,” “Attracting New Members,” and “Conducting Contests and Workshops.” After lunch the attendees broke into groups based on volunteer job descriptions and attendees were able to share best practices and network with their peers. The day wrapped with a complete group “Taking it Home” idea sharing.