What we're about

“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

― Anton Chekhov

We are writers.

Like the great sculptors of verse before us, we bleed upon the page (Ernest Hemingway) and indulge ourselves in the drunkenness of writing so reality cannot destroy us (Ray Bradbury). We savor words to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect (Anaïs Nin). And we jump from cliffs, developing our wings on the way down (Kurt Vonnegut).

Some of us are born with pen to paper and fingertips to keyboard; others of us unfold to inspiration’s latent spark. No matter your path, you will find comrades-in-arms at South Bay Writers.

Chartered in 1987 by a small group of wordsmiths, South Bay Writers is the South Bay Branch of the 107-year-old California Writers Club. Today, our flourishing branch includes members from every major literary genre, including fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, memoir, romance, children’s, YA, essay, screenwriting, literary critique, and playwriting, as well as editors, booksellers, and those in related fields. It is our mission to creatively inspire, support, and educate our members in writing and publishing, and our ongoing programs demonstrate South Bay Writers’ intrinsic commitment.

Our monthly Speaker Series & General Meeting (http://southbaywriters.com/wordpress/) features experienced authors, publishers, agents, and literary-related experts, as do our workshops and retreats.

We draw knowledge from the deep well of our heritage, conceived in the early years of the 20th Century when California author, journalist, and social activist Jack London and his literary peers gathered for picnics and conversation at the Oakland hills home of poet Joaquin Miller. The Alameda Press Club, led by California poet laureate Ina Coolbrith, held nearby meetings at the Shattuck Hotel in Berkeley. In 1909, after various mergers and spin-offs (now lost to history), these informal literary salons became the California Writers Club.

Today, California Writers Club comprises 21 branches and an estimated 1800 members throughout the state—from Silicon Valley to the High Desert and from redwood forests to Orange County beaches. (www.calwriters.org (http://calwriters.org/))

We welcome you to join us here at South Bay Writers. We don’t wait for inspiration. We go after it with a club (Jack London).

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Enjoy full benefits of annual membership by signing up online or at our general meeting. Annual membership is $45, with a one-time $20 processing fee; dual membership is $25; and student membership is $20 (up to age 22). JOIN HERE (http://southbaywriters.com/wordpress/join-us/about-membership/)


SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH (except July and December)

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Harry’s Hofbrau (http://www.harryshofbrau.com), 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129

$15 members / $20 non-members


Guide our club’s future and join our governing Board of Directors or chair one of our committees;

Discounted rates to South Bay Writers’ Speaker Series & General Meeting (monthly), workshops, and retreats;

Discounted rates to statewide California Writers Club events;

Improve your writing skills and learn about publishing during our "Speaker Series & General Meeting" (monthly), workshops, and retreats;

Network and fellowship with writers, published authors, editors, booksellers, bloggers, and others;

Sharpen your manuscript in one of our Literary Salons and Critique Groups;

Publish your work in South Bay Writers’ monthly newsletter WritersTalk (http://southbaywriters.com/wordpress/about-writers-talk/);

Submit your writing for consideration to the California Writers Club Literary Review;

Receive writing tips and member news in our monthly newsletter WritersTalk; (http://southbaywriters.com/wordpress/about-writers-talk/)

Post your biography, photo, Web page, and blog to our online MEMBERS GALLERY (http://southbaywriters.com/wordpress/member-gallery/);

Promote your book on our online MEMBERS BOOKS (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/160947-south-bay-writers);

Sell your book at our monthly general meetings and other club events;

Attend our OPEN MIC (http://southbaywriters.com/wordpress/events/open-mic/) reading sessions (twice a month) and read your own work or that of your favorite author;

Receive ongoing announcements of local and national writing contests online on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaWritersClubSouthBay/) page.

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Upcoming events (5)

Open Mic Nights - Willow Glen Library

Willow Glen Library

Join us for selected readings. You also can read -- up to around ten minutes.

SBW Speaker Series -- "Before and After the Book Deal" -- Courtney Maum

This will be our first meeting since quarantine started, and how we will continue to host meetings until it is safe for us to meet again. "Before and After the Book Deal" You are nearing the completion of your manuscript. The countless hours you've poured into your passion project are finally bearing fruit. You feel ready to share your masterpiece with the world. But rather than the beginning of the end, your last writerly touches are the end of the beginning. You must now land a deal, a rigorous endeavor that demands equal dedication. And even after signing the dotted line, you must promote your work across a dizzying array of venues and platforms. Daunting? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. In our Zoom meeting on Saturday, July 18th, Courtney Maum will share the secrets that got her past each of these important stages. Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), and the handbook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book. Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times and O, the Oprah Magazine, and her short story This is Not Your Fault was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. On the screenwriting front, she won the Audi Talent Award at The Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2015. Courtney is the founder of the collaborative retreat program, The Cabins and she also has a writing-advice newsletter, “Get Published, Stay Published,” that you can sign up for at CourtneyMaum.com Learn more about Courtney Maum here. We look forward to seeing you, South Bay Writers www.southbaywriters.com

Open Mic Nights - Barnes & Noble Almaden

Barnes and Noble

Come join us for reading, listening, and socializing! If you would like to read, please mention that in your RSVP (or email me at [masked]). You can reserve a 10-minute "slot" -- and if time permits, you can read a second time. If you feel shy about your own writing, feel free to read from a favorite book or author. All genres welcome!

SBW Speaker Series Dinner Meeting (NEW TIME, LOCATION!)

Come join us for our monthly dinner meeting and guest speaker! NOTE WE ARE NOW ON THE 2ND MONDAY, IN SANTA CLARA!

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