California Writers Club of Long Beach is one of 19 chapters in state’s oldest club for writers. In 1909, famed author Jack London and fellow writers in Northern California formed a group that became the California Writers Club.
This is not a writers’ critique group where aspiring writers review each other’s work. The more than 1,600 members gather each month to hold regular meetings with informative speakers and opportunities for networking with their fellow writers and publishing industry pros through workshops, contests, seminars, and conferences.
More than half of the chapter members are published authors, which is a requirement that at least half of the membership consist of published authors. California Writers Club of Long Beach is one of seven chapters in Southern California with more than 55 members.
The club meets the second Saturday of each month from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Altos branch of the Long Beach library located at 5614 E. Britton Dr., Long Beach 90815. Members are encouraged to arrive early to exchange ideas and stories prior to the speaker’s presentation at 3 p.m. Writers of all genres, both published and aspiring, are invited to attend and best yet, the meeting is free.
The Saturday, October 12 meeting is an Open Mic “Three-Minute-Stories”. Members (and visitors, if time allows) are invited to read one or more of their original stories, essays, poems, or an excerpt from their novel or play.
“What's Your Story? The Five Essential Questions of Good Storytelling” is the topic for the November 9 meeting featuring Dale Griffiths Stamos. She is a professional playwright, screenwriter, and poet whose work has been produced and published in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches Story Structure for All Genres at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and holds writers workshops throughout the year.
Whether you have a drawer full of rejection letters and want to know how to get published or just want to rub elbows with local authors come to the next meeting. It’s the “write” thing to do.