SBW Upcoming Events

Author Michael Bracken Presents Hands-On Workshop

8:30 am-4:00 pm
Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose
Price/Early Bird: CWC member $60 / $75 non-member (through 11.13)
Price/At Door: CWC member $65 / $80 non-member (11.14)

Michael BrackenOn Saturday, Nov. 14, author Michael Bracken delivers a daylong, hands-on workshop designed to provide the tools necessary to write publishable short stories. Craft short story plots, create compelling opening scenes, and gain mastery of scene construction, dialog, and description.

If you write fiction of any length, in any genre, and want to improve your ability to develop your ideas into publishable fiction, you will want to participate in this hands-on workshop led by a prolific short story writer.

Bracken will discuss and then lead workshop participants through the processes he has used to write and place more than 1,100 short stories worldwide, including:

  • Generate story ideas and turn them into workable plots
  • Create compelling opening scenes
  • Understand the proper chronology of sentences, paragraphs, and scenes
  • Gain mastery of scene construction, dialog, and description
  • Comprehend Chekov’s shotgun and the rule of three
  • Utilize and properly place dialog tags
  • Employ writing tips and tricks you never learned in creative writing class
  • Violate the “rules” other workshop leaders have taught you
  • Wrap everything up into finished, submittable manuscripts
  • Establish and maintain productivity

Be prepared to be an active participant and bring your favorite writing tools, whether pen and paper or laptop computer.

Michael Bracken is a full-time writer and editor who regularly leads writing workshops. He is the author of 11 books and is the two-time Derringer Award-winning author of more than 1,100 short stories appearing in anthologies and literary, small press, and commercial publications worldwide. He is also the editor of five crime fiction anthologies, including the three-volume Fedora series.

Stories from Bracken’s anthologies have been short-listed for the Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, and Shamus awards. Bracken received his Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Baylor University and currently serves clients from his office in Waco, Texas.


Author and Poet Dr. Elaine Brady

6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose
CWC members $15 / non-members $20 (includes $10 for dinner/ Pay at Door)

Elaine BradyAre you a novelist interested in “flexing your fingers” with a different writing style or a poet who wants to sharpen your skills? Author Dr. Elaine Brady explores the merits of poetry and the benefits of dualistic writing—incorporating a different form of expression into your dominant writing practice on Monday, Sept. 14, at South Bay Writers’ monthly “General Meeting & Speaker Series.”

Using simple, quick exercises, Dr. Brady will help you unleash your inner poet to help you branch out from your usual prose format, whether fiction or nonfiction, or to strengthen your current poetry practice. Discussion includes:

  • What Is Poetry?
  • We Are All Poets
  • Novel Poets
  • Six Reasons Prose Writers Should Attempt Poetry
  • Evoking The Inner Poet
  • Make It Pay!

She will also discuss resources for poetry writing and its promotion. Please bring paper and pen so you can participate.

Dr. Elaine Brady is a psychotherapist who began a second career as a writer. Her short story, The Long Sleep, won an Honorable Mention in the Mary Kennedy Eastham Flash Fiction Contest (2011) and third place in the California Writer’s Club, Sacramento Branch, Short Story Contest (2012). Dr. Brady’s first book, Forged in Fire: Girl on Fire, a novel in verse, was published this year and will be featured in her presentation.

6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm General Meeting
7:10 pm Break
7:30 pm Speaker:  Author Dr. Elaine Brady
8:30 pm Networking & Dessert
9:00 pm Close

Next Potluck Session August 25

Need to vent your writing frustrations? Analyze writing challenges? Learn ways to improve?

talkshoplogo-150TalkShop is a new writers group designed to discuss such topics as visualization, cadence, point of view, dialogue, writing challenges and tips, and so much more. Each meeting will be held the last Tuesday of every month and will feature a specific topic. The next session will be held Tuesday, August 25, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The “potluck” meetings are casual and comfortable and will be held at the home of meeting leader Carole Taub. Bring a light dinner item to share. Dessert, wine, coffee, and water will be provided.

You may sign up via (South Bay Writers) or RSVP to Carole at Email Carole for location information.