Category Archives: Writing

California Writer’s Week, Oct. 15-21 – Local Seminars

California Writer’s Week begins tomorrow. Created by Legislative Resolution Number 2170, it’s purpose is “teaching, encouraging and showcasing writing during…the third week in October.” To honor this opportunity, the California Writer’s Club, Sacramento Branch, will host six writing seminars, led … Continue reading

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California Writer’s Club, Sacramento – monthly breakfast meeting this Friday

The Sacramento branch of the California Writer’s Club will host a breakfast at Coco’s, in Citrus Heights this Friday, from 9:00 – 1100 am. Featured speaker will be author Barbara Link, who will discuss “Creating Compelling Characters.” Details are here: … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Anniversary to…

…the Sacramento Branch of the California Writer’s Club, founded October 31, 1925. Here’s some info from the brochure at the celebration lunch last Saturday: “Club history lore is that the founding of the California Writer’s Club emerged in part from … Continue reading

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Her Poison Pen

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best selling novelist of all time. Over the years, I’ve done my part in helping to make her so. Christie’s preferred fictional murder weapon was poison. Of the more … Continue reading

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Where did this come from?

A few days ago, looking for a piece of scratch paper, I picked up a 5″ x 8″ spiral notebook from a desk in the back room. I flipped it open to some curious notes on fairytales – and I … Continue reading

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How weird news teaches us great storytelling

Originally posted on The Red Pen of Doom:
Every day, there are real stories in the morning newspaper that make you snort coffee out your nose or choke on a¬†blueberry muffin.¬†Note: This is why journalists call such pieces “muffin chokers.”…

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I’m not dead yet

My title, a line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, came to mind during recent reflections on independent bookstores. I used to go to bookstores to make discoveries. The best were quirky, and I loved to be surprised and … Continue reading

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It’s In His Kiss by Vickie Lester: a book review

Death is a sidewinder. It strikes from a place concealed and unthinkable, triggering a reality completely unexpected. – Vickie Lester Anne Brown, a New York teacher and author of literary novels is on her way to Palm Springs in the … Continue reading

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