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Write for 90 minutes and share insights, excerpts (optional)

We are about Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays.

We meet Mondays at The Beanery Cafe, 2925 College Avenue, Berkeley. 

At 6:30 p.m., we'll begin with brief self-intros; at 7:00, we'll  write for 90 minutes; at 8:30, we'll share (optional) excerpts and/or insights about our writing process with this supportive Berkeley Writers' Meetup.

 Arrive early to find easier parking in the popular Elmwood shopping area of Berkeley. I'll be at the Cafe at 6 p.m. to welcome you. There's room for up to 20 persons. No cover charge. However, as we'll be occupying the cafe's tables for two hours, fairness calls for every person attending to buy a snack at the counter. (I've no business connection with the cafe, just a regular, happy customer.) 

Organizer: C. J. Singh <[masked]>

Brief Intro: A recent MFA in Creative Writing, I've published comic-ironic stories in literary magazines such as San Francisco's ZYZZYVA, Berkeley Fiction Review, Konch. (Earlier, I completed a Ph.D. degree in Psychology at Stanford, specializing in Organizational Behavior.) Currently drafting a novel "Speak Up, Roma," using as a guide John Truby's acclaimed book THE ANATOMY OF STORY. (See my detailed review of the book on amazon.com.)

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  • C J S.

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    January 13, 2014

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    A former member

    I'm so excited to have found this group! I really need to have people in the world to expect me to have actually written something during the previous week. See you all on Monday in my favorite neighborhood!

    January 10, 2014

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    A former member

    A recent creative writing book I've been using is "Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer" by Roy Peter Clark (http://amzn.to/19jejHR). It has small chapters on various tips about sentence structure, phrasing, style, etc. (along with examples). At the end of each chapter are exercises or ideas to practice. I think it's pretty helpful. I first started using it last year for a nonfiction creative writing class.

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • C J S.

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    WHICH CREATIVE-WRITING CRAFT BOOK HAVE YOU FOUND HELPFUL?
    . I began studying creative-writing craft books seven years ago with "Imaginative Writng: The Elements of Craft" by Janet Burroway. For self-teaching, I've enjoyed reading many writing-craft books. Doing so has prepared me for consultations with professional editors.
    . (See my reviews of the ten fiction-craft books I found most instructive on amazon.com.)

    1 · January 9, 2014

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    A former member

    Are all kinds of writers welcome or is this mainly for prose writers? I'm a songwriter concentrating on lyric writing lately.

    1 · December 22, 2013

    • C J S.

      Creative Writing should encompass all genre. Lyric writers are welcome.

      1 · December 22, 2013

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