May 21, 2019

Marin: Public Speaking Skills for Today’s Writers

Every author, or author-to-be—whether they write literary fiction, memoir, sci-fi, romance, poetry, or how-to—has heard about how valuable it is to build their “writer’s platform.” They spend tons of time, money, and energy gathering names for their email lists, beefing up their social media presence, and hiring publicists to help them secure interviews to promote their books.

But many authors forget that once they build that platform, somebody is going to have to stand on it…and speak…to people.

Join us on May 26 for Betsy Graziani Fasbinder’s presentation: Public Speaking Skills  for Today’s Writers — Pitfalls to Avoid, Practices that Pay Off

She’ll help prepare you to stand on your own writer’s platform with the skills and confidence you need to represent your book, your stories, and your ideas with passion, energy, and impact. With a few simple skills to help manage your nerves (or even serious fear) and some easy-to-use tools and techniques, you can engage audiences of any size.

Marin County author of From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers, Betsy is a professional speaker and speaking coach. She’s also author of a novel, Fire & Water, and a memoir, Filling Her Shoes.

Whether you’re pitching an agent at a writers’ conference, launching your bouncing baby book at a bookstore event, or speaking to an interviewer on a radio broadcast, these skills are for every writer.

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Marin: Setting That Works

Setting That Works — How Memorable Setting Can Advance Plot, Reveal Character, and Echo Theme

The best setting is more than a pretty, or gritty description. It’s lean and strong, because it’s working two or more jobs—pushing your story along, helping us get to know your protagonist better. Join us for Setting That Works on November 11.

In this hands-on workshop, John Byrne Barry, author of Wasted: Murder in the Recycle Berkeley Yard, and Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher, will review the different ways setting can strengthen your story, and lead a writing exercise putting what we learn into action.


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Marin: Writer’s Conference 2018

Join us April 22 for a daylong conference covering fiction and nonfiction writing, with five literary agents available for pitches. Morning coffee and bagels are included, along with a bag lunch, in the registration. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Early Bird Registration until April 1 is $105 members / $135 nonmembers, Paypal or check with mail-in registration.
After April 1, registration is $135 members / $165 nonmembers, Paypal or pay by check with mail-in registration.

To pay by Paypal or credit card, go to our registration page at and click ONLINE registration.

OR Mail this registration form with your check to:
CWC Marin c/o Mary Krefting, 38 Estates Court, San Rafael, CA 94901
Make checks payable to California Writer’s Club Marin branch

To register, you must complete the registration form and provide the payment.  You may fill out the form here. (Cancellation policy: Requests for refunds must be made 14 days before the conference.)