What we’re about
The CWC Sacramento Branch is a fantastic opportunity for writers to meet and network with other writers and industry professionals in the local community.
Members write poetry and all genres of fiction and non-fiction such as memoir, short stories, and novels. Our historic organization hosts twice-monthly meetings open to the public which include presentations by renowned speakers, such as agents, editors, and publishers.
The benefits of membership include access to newsletters and activities, from 22 club branches, the quarterly Bulletin filled with tips, the CWC Literary Review comprised of members’ work, and support groups/critique groups.
Members range from students who are just starting out to writers who have been published many times over. We support writers of all levels, ages, genres and writing styles. Check us out!
*CA Writers Club was founded in 1909 by Jack London, George Sterling, and Herman Whitaker, along with others.
Writers Network Meeting (First Friday)
9:00am - 11am at CH Cafe & Grill (Formerly Perko's)
6215 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights
Free to attend. Attendees pay for their own breakfast.
Monthly Branch Meeting ( Third Saturday)
1pm - 3pm at Arden-Dimick Library
891 Watt Ave. Sacramento
Free and open to the public.
Regular membership fee: $65 (includes one time $20 enrollment fee), annual renewal $45
Student membership fee: $15, annual renewal $15
-Discounts for luncheon meetings, seminars, and other CWC events
-Participation in critique groups
-Monthly "Sacramento Writer" newsletter
-Quarterly "Bulletin" distributed to all members of all branches
-The CWC Literary Review, annual magazine of members' stories
Some of our former speakers include:
ML Hamilton (Author of 37 Fantasy and Adult Novels)
Grant Faulkner (Executive director of NaNoWriMo)
Erika Mailman (Distinguished author of 4 historical novels)
Lee Foster (Travel writer/photographer)
Christina Deptula (Publicist)
Mark Coker (Smashwords)
James N. Frey (Acclaimed author and creative writing instructor)
Jordan Rosenfeld (Writers Digest author and coach)
Upcoming events (1)See all
- Finish Your Book in Three DraftsCattlemens | Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova, CA
Workshop October 8 – Finish Your Book in Three Drafts
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Time 9:30 – 3:30
Location Cattlemen’s, Rancho Cordova, 2409 Folsom Blvd.
Finish Your Book in 3 Drafts
Crafting Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction with
the Book Architecture Method
See cwcsacramentowriters.org to buy tickets
It’s the age-old battle between the outliners and the pantsers – those who meticulously script every writing session, and those who pilot solely by feel. Finding your unique approach requires a method rather than a formula. The Book Architecture Method has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books. Accomplished and aspiring writers alike will learn the secrets of how to painlessly create a complex narrative such as:
- what “plotting” actually means, and why there isn’t one narrative arc but several
- how to make sure your book has one “theme” – and one theme only
- how to separate your work into scenes and use this disassembly to diagnose what’s going wrong with your manuscript
- the secret to why some narratives feel like they are all coming together at an emotional pay-off while others do not.
This workshop will introduce writers to a process for organization and revision that includes in-depth exercises to be completed throughout the day so that attendees leave with a new perspective on their book’s core, its structure, and where the work of revision lies most clearly. The workshop assumes nothing of a writer’s previous knowledge of technique, nor how much of his/her manuscript is complete.
Stuart Horwitz is a ghostwriter, independent editor, writing coach, and founder of Book Architecture (www.bookarchitecture.com). His clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah! The Today Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their fields. He is the author of three acclaimed books on writing: Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method (Penguin/Perigee), which was named one of the year’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, which became an Amazon bestseller, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It.
Horwitz holds degrees in literary aesthetics from New York University and East Asian studies from Harvard University. He is also an award-winning poet and essayist. He recently relocated to California with his family from New England, something he should have done years ago.
Where: Cattlemen’s Rancho Cordova, 2409 Folsom Blvd.,
When: Sunday, October 8, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30
Cost: $149, includes: plated lunch, snacks, coffee.
Early bird rate for CWC members: $129 price by September 1.
See cwcsacramentowriters.org to buy tickets