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California Writers Club, founded in 1909, is one of the nation’s oldest professional clubs for writers. Our organization is dedicated to educating writers of all levels and disciplines in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work. Our branch holds regular meetings at the Ontario library the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) from 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM with informative speakers and opportunities for networking with your fellow writers and publishing industry pros through our workshops, contests, seminars, and conferences. Join us and improve your writing and build your career.

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How to Identify and Build a Platform for your Writing

Ovitt Family Community Library

What is a platform? Loosely speaking, it is how your existing network can help you to sell books. This class will help you to identify what your platform is. We will work together to create concrete steps on building your platform, as well. If you are working on a project, please come prepared to tell us what it is. This class will also cover aspects of social media. --- Presenter Yi Shun Lai is co-publisher and fiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine. Her column "From the Front Lines" appears in The Writer magazine monthly, and her debut novel, "Not a Self-Help Book: the Misadventures of Marty Wu," has been in its fourth printing, forever. Learn more at: www.thegooddirt.org

Critique Workshop

Ovitt Family Community Library

Set aside time to workshop your work. We read fiction and non-fiction. This is a respectful, small group format. We read manuscripts aloud, mark them up for grammar, discuss the flow and content, and return documents to the writer. We meet in the main conference room (on your left as you enter the library) at the Ovitt library, 10:10 am till noon. Note that this meet-up attendee count is inaccurate because we have regulars who do not RSVP and most meet-up RSVP are no-shows! Bring at least 6 copies of your work, up to 1000 words (4 pages) double spaced. We have up to six manuscripts per table, about 15-20 minutes p. person. Free, and open to the public.

Jo Scott-Coe presents: “A Writer’s Lonely Instincts”

Ovitt Family Community Library

Jo Scott-Coe will talk about the challenges of excavating and documenting new literary history inside sensational narratives that have been told and retold many times. She will discuss specific problems, dilemmas, techniques, and opportunities for writer-researchers and will also explore the advantages of the essay as an exploratory form. --- Jo Scott-Coe is the author of two nonfiction books:Teacher at Point Blank, a memoir in essays, and MASS: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest, a first-time exploration of the relationship between the UT Austin Sniper of 1966 and his priest mentor, Rev. Joseph Leduc—a priest subsequently named as “credibly accused” of abusing children. Scott-Coe’s work has been published widely in venues including American Studies Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, Talking Writing, Catapult, Salon, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre. She is an associate professor of English at Riverside City College, where she was named 57th Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in part for her work on the epistolary history of Kathy Leissner Whitman. Scott-Coe also facilitates community writing workshops for the Inlandia Institute. Find her on Twitter @joscottcoe on FB @teacheratpointblank and on the Web, joscottcoe.com ---Read more here: "Priest Named on Molestation List Was Texas Sniper’s Scoutmaster, Friend, and Confidant" https://www.pe.com/2019/02/16/priest-named-on-molestation-list-was-texas-snipers-scoutmaster-friend-and-confidant/ And here: “Listening to Kathy" https://catapult.co/stories/listening-to-kathy And here: “The Communion of Saints” talkingwriting.com/communion-saints

Critique Workshop

Ovitt Family Community Library

Set aside time to workshop your work. We read fiction and non-fiction. This is a respectful, small group format. We read manuscripts aloud, mark them up for grammar, discuss the flow and content, and return documents to the writer. We meet in the main conference room (on your left as you enter the library) at the Ovitt library, 10:10 am till noon. Note that this meet-up attendee count is inaccurate because we have regulars who do not RSVP and most meet-up RSVP are no-shows! Bring at least 6 copies of your work, up to 1000 words (4 pages) double spaced. We have up to six manuscripts per table, about 15-20 minutes p. person. Free, and open to the public.

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Critique Workshop

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