SBW Upcoming Events

Author Joshua Mohr is “Beat-Poet Cool” Says NYT

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)

josh1We hear all the time about writers who say their characters aren’t behaving, or they had to change their plot to suit their character’s shenanigans in Chapter 3. Sometimes, we call these writers geniuses, and sometimes, we wonder to ourselves if they’re a little nutty. I know when a character does the exact opposite of what I’ve planned, it’s as exciting as it is frustrating. You can’t predict what people are going to do.

Even if you made them up out of thin air.

But there is something to be said about a character who makes a plot their own. One who helps you shape the story along with their personality, and becomes completely interwoven with what happens to them, and how.

On Monday, October 12, New York Times bestselling author Joshua Mohr will outline his theory of “plarachterization,” the inevitable union of plot and character. Through the characterization component that comes from plot-driven summations, we can appreciate that the kiss between character and plot soon becomes the marriage of protagonist and journey, one that is monogamous through and through. No character can be transplanted from one plot to another, once the roots have grown in.

Has your character ever taken over your plot? Have you ever witnessed the kiss between your characters and your plots? If not, come to Harry’s Hofbrau and learn the tools necessary to get those two lip-locking!

Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List. His novel All This Life is due out summer 2015 from Counterpoint/Soft Skull.

—Jenni Everidge, South Bay Writers

6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm General Meeting
7:10 pm Break
7:30 pm Speaker: Author Joshua Mohr
8:30 pm Networking & Dessert
9:00 pm Close

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 Members $60 / Non-members $75 / Students with IDs $30
(through 11.13)
Price/At Door: CWC Members $65 / Non-members $80 /Students with IDs $30 (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.


8:30 am    Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am    Workshop
10:45 am  Break (10 min)
Noon         Working Lunch
1:00 pm    Workshop
2:15 pm    Break & Snacks (10 min)
3:30 pm    Meet the Author & Book Signing
4:00 pm    Close


Oct. 27 (7 pm)

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

talkshoplogo-150Then, join TalkShop, a writers’ group that discusses a new theme each month such as cadence, the senses, point of view, ego, and dialogue. Meetings are held 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month.

TalkShop is casual and comfortable, so kick off your shoes, sit back, and truly relax. TalkShop is held at the home of group leader Carole Taub. These are potluck meetings, so please bring a light dinner item to share. Dessert, wine, and water are provided.

RSVP to Carole at Address will be provided.