Writers of Santa Cruz


“The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse.” - 


 “Hot, dark, strong, caffeine-filled moments poured into letters, syllables, words twined and twisted around vignettes, stories, epics…” – Audrea Elliott

See what I mean? But November is almost here and those 50,000 words that you will write in a single month are taunting you.

Writing 50,000 words in one month is a daunting task for any writer. Santa Cruz has many writers interested in participating in NaNoWriMo and the Santa Cruz branch of the California Writers Club is able to help.


Full Coffee Pot

 Clarify Objectives

Manage expectations

Hone Time-management skills

Amplify Motivation

Dissect Self-discipline

Getting Started

Getting Started Again

Going the Distance

Network with Potential Writing Buddie

Youth activities

Let’s offer a mid-October Saturday morning or afternoon workshop, open to the public, with ten tables set up to address each of these concerns. Individuals may drop in at any time during our hours and walk from table to table getting customized advice and tips from our experts.

September Speaker of Note

Local author, Don Young, will speak about his latest publication, The Ascending Star, a memoir of his time as a POW in Poland during WWII before his freedom was won by the Red Army.

Armed with a Princeton BA and a Harvard MA, Don taught creative writing at Williams College and Cabrillo College.

Don will also have a book signing at Capitola Book Cafe on Sept. 29th.

Big Money! Big Money!

Show Up and Win. Two gift cards, one from Bookshop Santa Cruz and one from Capitola Book Cafe will be given away to participants after Don's presentation. If you show up, you have one entry in the drawing. Additional entries will be available for a dollar donation.

Organizational Structure

SCWC shall be a non-profit organization owned by the membership. The business of the Santa Cruz Writers Club shall be vested in a Board of Directors, consisting of the four elected officers of the branch and the appointed chairpersons of any branch committee.





Program Committee Chairman (Vice-president)

Membership Committee Chairman (Appointed)

Newsletter Committee Chairman (Appointed)

WWW/Social Media/PR Committee Chairman (Appointed)

Proposed Names for the Club:

    Santa Cruz Writers Club

    Diversity  Works Writers Club

    Maverick Writers Club

    Natural Bridges Writers Club

What We Need Now

Find a permanent meeting space in Santa Cruz.

A working committee to establish bylaws, proposed name, geographic area for member outreach

Someone to begin taking meeting notes

Someone to spearhead the membership/PR campaign

Someone good at shopping and spending money who can find us great speakers

September's Proposed Agenda

Call to Order

Approval of August Meeting's Minutes

Treasurer's Report

Old Business

   Club Name

   Elect Officers

New Business


   Membership Process/Dues Collection


Speaker - Don Young

The Catamaran Literary Magazine

www.catamaranliteraryreader.com - Join the mailing list.   A Kickstarter campaign has been launched and there is a reward for writers.   For $35 they can back the print magazine and help keep literary publishing alive with this new publication, but with the $35 reward they also get to "join the editorial board" and become a "content creator".  This allows them to publish their writing in the Catamaran blog as well as get a subscription for inspiration. The new blog will only be open to past contributors to the print magazine and the Catamaran's editorial staff...and to our writer friends who back us for this reward. Here's our link:  



Southern California Writers' Conference
Dates: September 20-22
Location: Newport Beach, California
Cost: $395 (full conference/ "Novel Cram")
Description: Unlike conferences aimed to lure as many aspiring authors as possible with big-name superstars far removed from the realities of breaking into a now fickle publishing world, or with agents & editors who participate only on the condition that they MUST request a specified percentage of conferees' submitted material — whether or not they're genuinely interested — in order to be invited back, the SCWC is first and foremost about the writer.  Where s/he is today. Where s/he wants to be tomorrow.

SOLVE problematic aspects of your manuscript through the troubleshooting efforts of accomplished authors, editors and agents INTERACT with working professionals from the publishing, film, and transmedia industries in a uniquely accessible environmentEMPOWER yourself with the tools and tactics needed to succeed in today's expanding transmedia marketplace

The SCWC Website         


 Next Meeting Info

  Sept. 12, 2013

  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  Resource Center for Non-Violence

  612 Ocean St.

  Santa Cruz

(free parking)

(across the street from the Paradox)

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