WNBA-SF Chapter Summer 2012 Newsletter

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This year, in keeping with all the other chapters nationwide, there is just ONE renewal period for ALL members,

June 1 – August 31

Membership dues remain the same: $45 for regular, $25 for seniors/students.

Annual membership in WNBA extends from June 1st of each year through May 31st.

Fill in the complete form with any changes so that we can update the national directory in the Members Only section and in our SF Membership Directory.

Please renew online: Click Here– by August 31, 2012.

San Francisco Chapter is planning an exciting program for the coming year: a bookstore event in collaboration with Litquake, October 6; bi-monthly mixers throughout the Bay Area; our signature event, Meet the Agents; a pilot literacy partnership; and other promising activities to bring together the community of the book.

We look forward to your participation in 2012-13!

 Linda Lee, Linda Joy Myers, Co-Presidents WNBA-SFPresidents’ Letter

July 2012

There are a lot of new happenings here at the San Francisco branch of the WNBA! In June, Kate Farrell, Vice President, and Linda Joy Myers, co-President, attended the National Board meeting in Los Angeles where we met so many talented, creative and wonderful new friends from all over the country.  We learned about what other branches are doing to attract and serve their members, and were affirmed about the amazing networking possibilities of belonging to a national organization. We also were gracefully welcomed as new board members by women who have been part of the WNBA for many years. For three days, we learned from their expertise and felt renewed by what we brought back.

 The San Francisco chapter had a board meeting on July 7, 2012, at Linda Lee’s lovely home where she offered a fabulous setting and great food! We went over the events for the upcoming year—check in here with all our event listings and updates—and everyone is very excited by our partnership with Litquake for this fall’s signature event National Reading Group month.

The authors are being selected now by national in conjunction with publishers in New York. Our first confirmed author is Anita Amirrezvani, the author of Equal of the Sun, and The Blood of Flowers, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. We look forward to learning more about her work and meeting her at the event Joie de Livre—see below.

First Annual WNBA National Writing Contest  

We will be reviewing submissions for our 1st annual Writing Contest.

The Women’s National Book Association is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books.

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women (see our WNBA Award under “Awards”) and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers.

Please send us only your highest caliber work.

Submission Period:  June 1 –  November 1, 2012

Fiction 2,500 word limit – may be a short story, or a stand alone excerpt from a novel in progress.

Poetry: 35 line limit – or one page double spaced

  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document
  • Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted
  • Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format)

Fiction: Valerie Martin. Valerie is an award-winning author (Kafka Prize, Orange Prize) with 9 novels, 3 short story collections, and one biography. Her website is: http://www.valeriemartinonline.com/

Poetry: Julie Kane, Poet Laureate, Louisiana, 2011-2013. Julie has authored six books, including three collections of poetry, one volume of non-fiction, and two edited anthologies. Her website is: http://www.juliekanepoet.com/

Entry: 3 poems or 1 short story.

ENTRY FEE: WNBA Members: $10 per entry, Non-Members: $15 per entry

PRIZE: $250 cash prize with 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention prizes in each category!

Publication in the Bookwoman, the newsletter of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide.
Proceeds of the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.

Winner will be announced April 1, 2013, and results posted online: www.wnba-books.org/contest

Submissions Link:  http://wnba.submishmash.com/submit


Joie de Livre—Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading!

Join Litquake and WNBA-SF for a terrific afternoon, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Free event!

The joint event with Women’s National Book Association and Litquake on October 6 at Books Inc., Opera Plaza, promises to be a knock your socks off kind of affair. Joie de Livre is our theme—so come arrayed in your best French outfits to celebrate the joy of reading and the joy of books. This is the kick off weekend for Litquake, and we want to see you all there to represent WNBA membership AND because it will be a great day for books, literature, and partnership with WNBA. You’ll have French wine, cheese, and oo-la-la!

The next event on the calendar after NRGM! CONNECT.

November 3, 2012, 4:00-6:00pm – “Poetry and Jazz: CONNECT!”

This new event, a mixer for members only in San Francisco, is free and private. CONNECT! Mixers are planned each quarter throughout the Bay Area with a reader or speaker for each—a free member-only event. Bring your business cards, and meet up with your fellow writers, readers, teachers, and literary aficionados. More fun and connection with WNBA members is our goal for this and the quarterly meetings to be held around the Bay Area. Please put these events in your calendar and make them a priority. The advantages of being a Women’s National Book Association member include the variety of connections and new friends we can meet online, through the Facebook listing nationally and locally, and by getting involved with our local chapter. Come and mingle!

Writers on Writing Workshop

Saturday, July 14th, the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter (WNBA), and the Oakland Public Library presented a well attended, free Writers’ workshop, “Writers on Writing” from 12 pm – 2 pm at the Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue. This collaborative, community event featured playwright and radio host Kim McMillon who moderated a panel of writers, which included: award-winning Australian author and journalist Stephanie Dale, who helped writers find their inner voice; poet and composer Judith Cody who discussed how to write for and publish an anthology; Teresa LeYung-Ryan, spoke on the process of creating your writing platform and building your brand as a writer; author and columnist Yolande Barial demonstrated the importance of finding your passion, and author and educator Joan Gelfand deconstructed the process of getting published. This workshop was for anyone with a desire to find their voice, and write and promote their work. A reception and booksigning followed the presentation.

Writers on Writing Workshop

WNBA 2012-2013 BOARD
Co-President: Linda Lee, Linda Joy Myers

Vice President: Kate Farrell

Treasurer: Chris Payne

Secretary:Teresa LeYung Ryan

Membership Chair: open


Blog Liaison: Mary E. Knippel, past president

Social Media Coordinator: Frances Caballo

Webmaster: Linda Lee


WNBA-SF Chapter

4061 E. Castro Valley Blvd

Castro Valley, Ca 94552