Spend an hour discussing points of view and character development. These two aspects of the creative writing process are important foundation blocks for any aspiring or experienced writer. The workshop will address the pros and cons and examples of different points of view used by fiction authors as well as tools and drills for character development. If you are new to or already have writing experience, this workshop will give you the opportunity to discuss the writing craft with fellow writers. Ask questions, get answers, and start writing!
About the Presenter: Albert Garcia received his M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of London’s Birkbeck College. Albert’s short story “With His Own Two Hands” was published in the Mechanics Institute Review Issue 5 in the U.K. and tells the story of a young man who grew up in Los Angeles and his relationship with his Mexican-American grandfather. Albert has attended the University of Iowa’s Summer Reading Festival and has led a creative writing group for adults and teens at the Crockett and San Pablo Libraries. Albert has participated in creative writing groups in Berkeley and San Pablo for more than 15 years. Albert is currently responsible for Teen and Adult services at the San Pablo Library.
With the magic of strung-together words and images found on tickets, we’ll create a piece of sudden fiction, an imaginative burst, or a poem to be sent into the world. We’ll address our literary creation to someone who hasn’t heard from us in a while, to a friend or family member who just might like (or need) a hand-written surprise. This interactive hour of making images is led by Karen Benke, author of Rip the Page! (now available in Russian and Korean) Leap Write In!, Write Back Soon! and forthcoming this March, Rip ALL the Pages! (Roost Books/Shambhala Publications/Penguin Random House). The founder of The Writers Nest, Karen leads creative writing play-shops in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally.
No prior experience necessary to attend this workshop. All materials provided. Requirement: a willingness to surprise yourself.
About the Presenter: Karen Benke is the author of a poetry collection and three creative writing adventure books: Rip the Page!, Leap Write In!, Write Back Soon! and Rip ALL the Pages! 52 Tear Out Adventures for Creative Writers. A writing guide and visiting author, she creates books for the young and young-at-heart to explore and expand their imaginations. A recipient of a few grants and awards, and residencies from Hedgebrook, Numeroventi, The Moth, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Karen leads writing adventures for children internationally and, closer to home, in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Writers Nest, located in a converted lumber mill, circa 1892.
Want to find out how to get your book into libraries? Gini Graham Scott's Self-Publishing Workshop is for you! Join us to learn more about how to self-publish a book in multiple formats, and which platforms to choose for your work to be considered for library collections.
About the Presenter: Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D. is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, seminar, and workshop leader, specializing in business and work relationships, professional and personal development, and social trends. She has published over 50 books, writes scripts and TV pilots, produces indy films, and helps clients write, publish, and promote their own books and films.
Come support the Indie Authors featured at the event! Participating authors will have their works available for purchase during the last part of the day.
Chat with Librarian Michelle Krasowski to find out information about our Collection Plan, and learn to use the Smashwords and Enki platforms to make your works available as eBooks.
Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. They make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers and thousands of libraries. Use the guides here to familiarize yourself with their platform, and use it to add your book to the Contra Costa County Library Catalog via Enki eBooks!
All new 2018 Edition! Learn how to make your ebooks more discoverable and more desirable to readers. The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide introduces authors and publishers to important book marketing concepts, details the free ebook marketing tools at Smashwords, presents 65 book marketing ideas, and then adds new Deep Dives bonus sections on social media, working with beta readers and how to earn free press coverage.
Learn the 30 best practices of the bestselling self-published ebook authors.
This updated January 2014 edition of the The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success has already helped tens of thousands of self-published ebook authors publish more professionally.
This ebook is a must-read for every writer, author, publisher and literary agent.
Announced last year by Smashwords, the Smart Author Podcast is like a free ebook publishing master class. The podcast can be listened to via any popular podcasting service, or through Smashwords site, and covers topics ranging from how to publish an ebook, to how to market to libraries, how to set up ebook preorders, how to set up a beta reader round, and much more.
Indie Author Day is celebrated by libraries and organizations around the world. It's a special day to welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more.
This is the third Indie Author Day, and the first time Contra Costa County Library is participating.
For more information, and additional resources like the videos below, visit the Indie Author Day website.
Arla Bowles M.A is a graduate from San Francisco State University Creative Writing undergraduate program. From there, Arla went on to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a child psychologist and graduated from Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area with a M.A in Counseling Psychology / Marriage Family Therapy.
Arla began writing at such a young age she doesn’t remember when she started. Her earliest memory as a writer is the time she unknowingly used it as a therapeutic tool. During a difficult time in her family life, Arla created a happy family who lived together and loved each other very much. Arla would write something happy to replace unpleasant feelings any time things became unhappy. During her graduate program, Arla learned that this is a therapeutic orientation called Narrative Therapy.
Arla has a variety of writing styles and experience writing in personal, professional and academic environments. Arla is a published author, blogger and avid social media poster. Arla is in the process of returning from a writing break but her past works could be found in the following areas:
Shout It from the Mountain Top. This Is Serious Business ~ Self- Published
Tales from the Undergrad ~ Self- Published
“Everything I Be” ~. Current magazine for Contra Costa College Fall 2004 issue
“Yesterdays Love” ~ www.poetry.com
Melinda Curtis is an award-winning, USA Today bestseller. Prior to writing romance, Melinda was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance for Harlequin and indie-pubbed sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to bond with her husband over home remodeling projects. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty. Her latest releases are Santa School and The Rancher’s Redemption.
Author Website: www.MelindaCurtis.net
Dan Hanel is author of the historical mystery series – IN THE SHADOW OF DIABLO, including Mystery of the Great Stone House, Death at the Healing Waters, and the soon to be released Ghosts of Black Diamond. He has been an educator for over 30 years- as an award winning science teacher receiving the Eukel Teacher Trust award for outstanding teachers of Contra Costa County and being named the Distinguished High School Science Teacher for the State of California, and as an award winning school administrator serving at the high school, district, and county office level. He grew up in Richmond, CA and graduated from U.C., Berkeley with a degree in Biology. He received a Master’s in Education from Cal State University, Hayward. Dan and his wife currently live in Brentwood, CA . . . in the shadow of Diablo.
Jill Hedgecock is an award-winning and internationally-published writer. Her debut YA novel, Rhino in the Room, was released in September 2018. Her short story, "One Year and a Day" appears in the YA anthology, What Doesn't Kill You. She is a regular contributor to The Diablo Gazette and Books 'N Pieces Magazine. Jill serves as the Program Coordinator Mount Diablo branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) and was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award from for a second time in 2018. She has judged the Young Writer's contest sponsored by CWC for eight years and for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the last two years.
Author Website: www.jillhedgecock.com
Diablo Gazette Book Review (page 13)
Vanessa Kier spends way too much time thinking up ways she can torture her characters. A worst-case scenario thinker, she's been creating stories in her head since childhood. Now she’s found her niche writing romantic thrillers that combine intense emotion with action-packed plots. The author of six books in The Surgical Strike Unit series about a privately run special operations group, she has set her new series WAR in West Africa, where she lived for a time.
For more about Vanessa and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website https://www.vanessakier.com. She loves to hear from readers. To view character-related images for her books, check out her Pinterest boards at https://www.pinterest.com/vanessakier/. You can also find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/VanessaKier or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vanessakierauthor.
Vanessa also provides coaching and tech support to writers at The Writer's Tech Stop https://thewriterstechstop.com.
Phelicia Lang is a California native with roots in the Bay Area. She's a wife, and mother of four children and a grandmother to one. Her twenty years in education includes working for private, charter and public schools. She has a Masters in Reading Language Arts with a focus on Multicultural Literature and a Reading Specialist Credential.
She currently serves as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Lead Coordinator at an elementary school and is the coordinator of an Early Literacy Intervention Summer Program, for African American Male students entering Kindergarten. She writes to assure students see themselves in the literature.
Author Website: www.meonthepage.com
Craig Leener got his start in organized basketball at the age of nine in a Southern California YMCA youth league on a team called the Monsters. He later secured a roster spot on the varsity squad at Van Nuys High School, where he was considered to be the 13th-best basketball player on a team of 13 players.
Craig earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Los Angeles Valley College and a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film from California State University, Northridge. While at CSUN, he served as a board operator at campus radio station KCSN 88.5 FM, engineering live broadcasts of men’s basketball games. Today he sits on the board of directors of CSUN’s Journalism Alumni Association, where he mentors student journalists.
Craig worked in human resources management within the entertainment industry for many years before landing his dream job as a sports journalist at The Signal newspaper in Santa Clarita, California. One summer, while working as a staff writer for The Signal, he traveled to every Major League Baseball stadium with his son, Zachary, delivering a series of articles from the road on fathers and sons and baseball.
Craig is a member of the North Valley Family YMCA in northern Los Angeles County and lives in the suburbs of Los Angeles with his wife, Andrea, and their two mischievous but well-meaning dogs, Sophie and Beau. He purports to be an 87% free-throw shooter on his backyard home court, a claim that has never been independently verified.
He is a passionate, lifelong opponent of the instant replay in sports.
This Was Never About Basketball is Craig’s debut novel.
Author Website: https://thiswasneveraboutbasketball.com
Twitter — @craigleener
This Was Never About Basketball Reviews:
My name is Elva NelsonHayes and I am the founder of ENH Film Productions an author, a filmmaker and a television show producer. I have authored two books, The UNNAMED, and The Island Love Song, I am currently working on my third book, Love Lost & Lessons Learned. In addition to my own books, I published four nonfiction authors. I also founded a book club called The Oakland PageTurners.
My first film project was a talk show called, Today’s Community Spotlight. On my show, I interview authors, discuss their books, and highlight literacy events. I have since written three scripts as well as directed and produced two feature films, The UNNAMED (2015) and What’s In A Name (2016). I am currently working on my third movie, Just Get My Name Right (2018). This is the last of The Unnamed movies, as all of my movies are loosely based on my first book The UNNAMED.
Lydia Osborn is fourteen years old and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her mom, dad, grandmother, and two cats. She is a freshman in high school; outside of school she is a competitive swimmer and practices martial arts. She published her first novel Ideal earlier this year and is working on the next in a planned series of dystopian fantasy works about the Witch Warriors of planet CSO-244.
Daniel Potter has always been inspired by the mysteries of the world. His early interest lead him to become avid researcher as well as gamer and writer. After obtaining his PhD in vascular biology, he began exploring fictional magic and spiritualism using his own particular scientific lens. Daniel published the webcomic Walking the Lethe from 2010-2012 and is an active member of the East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meet-up group. His debut novel, Off Leash, is just the first in his Freelance Familiar series.
When he's not chasing his imagination, Daniel works as a vascular biologist in the Bay Area. He shares an apartment with his wife, two cats, and a large collection of video games.
Author Website: http://fallenkitten.com
Tamara is an author and speaker. Her six-book series for children, Just Imagine…What If There Were No Black People in the World? is about African American inventors, scientists and other notable African Americans in history. The first book in the series, Jaxon’s Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists, launched in 2017, along with companion books which include a coloring book, activity book and Jaxon's Journal. The remaining books in the series are: (2) Jaxon and Kevin’s Black History Adventure Downtown, (3) Let’s Hear it for the Women Inventors and Scientists (4) Jaxon’s Black History Trip to NASA, (5) Jaxon Meets Black Cowboys from the Old West and (6) Jaxon’s Visit with African American Painters and Artists will arrive in 2019. Tamara has also written a book about Kwanza, Juneteenth (Juneteenth, The Celebration) and a short list of African American Firsts (African American Firsts- A Short List).
Tamara's writing experience also includes serving as owner/editor-in-chief of Desert Diamonds Magazine, highlighting the accomplishments of minority women in Nevada; assisting with the creation, design and writing of a Los Angeles based, herbal magazine entitled "Herbal Essence" editorial contribution to "Homes of Color"; editor and chief of "Black Insight Magazine," the first digital, interactive magazine for and about African Americans. She has written bios and profiles for sports figures for the now defunct, PublicFigure.com; has created newsletters for various businesses and organizations as well as her own Las Vegas community newsletter, "Tween Time News," a monthly publication highlighting music entertainment in the various venues of Las Vegas.
Tamara speaks on the importance of teaching Black History all year, including engagements as keynote speaker for Chevron’s Black History Month program, the Tuskegee Airmen Corporation’s 32nd Annual dinner in Denver; the El Cerrito NAACP, the Richmond and Pinole Rotary, Richmond Kiwanis Club, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, the Nellis AFB African American Cultural Association; the City of Richmond California Black History Month Celebration; e702 Black History Month event, and the Clark County Southern Nevada College Black History event, and various Black History month events and school events. She also facilitates a workshop for educators on the importance of teaching Black history all year.
Tamara is co-owner of the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond, CA. The bookstore focuses on children’s books from many cultures including African American, Latino, Asian/South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Biracial, Disability, and LGBTQI. All of the books in the store are faced forward so that when children walk into the store they immediately see books that interest them and hopefully will engage them in reading.
A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Point Richmond Business Association, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Bay Area Consultants Network (BACN), Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA) and California Writer’s Club-Berkeley & Marin, Richmond Rotary, Richmond Kiwanis, Tamara also serves on the board of directors for Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association (BAIPA),Richmond Rotary, and Girl’s Inc. She is also Executive Director of her non-profit, Just Imagine KidZ a literacy program providing Black history programs for afterschool and summer literacy programs and a sponsorship program providing corporations the opportunity to donate her books to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
Vicki Ward is an award-winning author, playwright, and workshop presenter. Through her company she has published five books focusing on pivotal events in the lives of women:
Life’s Spices From Seasoned Sistahs Vol.1 & Vol.2 have been assigned text in college women’s studies and women’s psychology courses in Oregon, Florida, and one California college has utilized this book in women’s studies courses for 12 years.
Supercharge Your Life After 60; 10 Tips to Navigate a Dynamic Decade has since its release, received favorable reviews as a universal resource guide to help navigate life challenges after 60.
Vicki’s short stories and poetry have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Management, and is a retired Superior Court Administrator; now a full-time writer, publisher, and playwright. She lives in the San Francisco California Bay Area.