South Bay Writers Upcoming Events

August 11, 2014

Author Carla Walter, PhD

Carla-Walter_headshot_150What does dance have to do with writing a book proposal? Carla Walter, PhD, will explain the dance of writing and getting publishers to dance with you: From crafting a nonfiction idea, to developing a winning query, to a provocative proposal, to published and purchased. The process and phases of writing nonfiction, and how dancing with writing creates the flow so needed in generating published work.

Inspired by her passion and love of dance, Carla has written and published nonfiction titles with Palgrave MacMillan and McFarland Publishers, Inc. In April, Carla received the Margaret Fuller Award for Dancing in the Spirit of Recovery: 365 Daily Dance Meditations. Aside from nonfiction, Carla writes literary fiction, and her work, Leaving Cuba by Stark Raving Married, will be released in spring 2015.

Now a full time author—and workshop leader at locations such as San Diego Writer’s Inc., and Sunrise Ranch in Colorado—Carla spends her time writing, talking about and writing about writing, and speaking to cultivate the inspiration one can find through dance. With more than three decades of experience helping hundreds of people increase wholeness, wellbeing, and awareness, Carla has danced and written since her childhood, yet her path to this place included waltzing while guiding innovative individuals to expansive companies, and dancing en pointe as a tenured professor in the United States and France. Carla is a native of Los Angeles who happily escaped several years ago when her son was a toddler. He and her daughter-in-law thrive nicely in the Midwest, and Carla currently resides in the San Jose area with her husband. / @CstallingWalter

COST: $15 (includes $10 for dinner)

LOCATION: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose

6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm General Meeting
7:00 pm Break
7:30 pm Speaker Presentation: Carla Walter
8:30 pm Networking & Dessert
9:00 pm Close


It’s time again to renew your membership for 2014-2015 to South Bay Writers, Silicon Valley’s Premier Writing Group. We are committed to your literary development and success. Show your appreciation for our valuable monthly speaking programs, full-day workshops, networking with industry experts, camaraderie, and our dedicated volunteer board of directors and committee chairs by renewing online by CLICKING HERE.

We are the best deal in town! For only $3.75 a month ($45.00 annually), members get access to our great programs at reduced rates. You have access to members-only events such as the South Bay Writers Summer Picnic (July 6), California Writers Club Summer Picnic (July 19), and the South Bay Writers Christmas Party. You may submit your written work to South Bay Writers’ WritersTalk and to the California Writers Club’s annual glossy magazine, Literary Review, for consideration.

It is easy to renew. You may renew online by CLICKING HERE. Or you may mail a check payable to South Bay Writers at CWC South Bay Writers, PO Box 3254, Santa Clara, CA 95055.

Hospitality is mission-critical to club well being

Do you remember the lyrics to the popular television show “Cheers”?

Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;
You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;
You want to be where everybody knows your name.

welcome_pineapple_150That is the essence of hospitality at South Bay Writers. We need people with great personalities who like to make folks feel happy and welcome, and who like to make an event fun.

South Bay Writers needs an immediate Hospitality Chairperson or Co-Chairs to manage the club’s hospitality program for its monthly general meetings and workshops. The program is simple but critical to the overall well-being of our club.

The hospitality chair or co-chairs:

  • Welcome guests and members to our meetings, and make sure everyone signs in and has a nametag;
  • Ensure new folks are introduced to board and club members, and never sit alone and ignored at meetings;
  • Answer questions about our club and its processes;
  • Introduce guests during the Agenda portion of our monthly general meeting;
  • Manage the club’s relationship with Harry’s Hofbrau, confirming room setup and coffee service; and
  • Purchase dessert for the “Networking & Dessert” session at meeting’s end.

Guests, new members, speakers, and members of other California Writers Clubs consistently compliment South Bay Writers, telling us that our club, our members, and our meetings are among the friendliest and most fun they have attended. That reputation is a direct result of the board of director’s hospitality focus over the last year.

Current Hospitality Chairperson Kimberly Malanczuk has put all the processes in place to make hospitality an easy position to manage and enjoy. Kimberly is stepping down to focus on club public relations and web site renovation, and on developing an online store to publish club merchandise.

Your club needs you and your contribution to hospitality.

If you are interested in directing the fun at our meetings, please email Colin Seymour, president of South Bay Writers, at