Craft. Commitment. Community. Confidence. Winning writers draw upon all four. Praised as “the clearest roadmap to success,” the 4 Cs system has yielded spectacular results for CEOs and doctors, college professors and MFAs, playwrights and poets. For over ten years, Joan Gelfand has presented the 4 Cs at conferences and book festivals, libraries and college lecture halls, igniting enthusiasm within writers from all walks of life.

From the first draft to a marketable piece, the 4 Cs system explores the writer’s inner and outer worlds, making the argument for community as a key element to becoming a winning writer. Advice on building a fan base is followed by “Confidence,” a frank exploration of the blocks that keep manuscripts locked in the drawer. With a splash of humor, a dose of empathy, and real-world anecdotes, the 4 Cs system will inspire and encourage writers at any stage of their career. In our July dinner meeting, Joan will share the actionable aspects of the system with us.

Joan Gelfand’s reviews, stories, and poetry have appeared in over 100 national and international literary journals and magazines including Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, California Quarterly, the Toronto Review, Marsh Hawk Review and Levure Litteraire. Joan has been a featured reader at numerous venues in the United States and Mexico, including Bowery Poetry Club, the Southern Festival of Books, The Public Library of New York, and Litquake. She is the Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards. Joan blogs for the Huffington Post and coaches writers.


When: (New) Tuesday, July 16th at 6pm; talk begins at 7:30pm
Where: (New) Holder’s Country Inn, 998 S. DeAnza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129
Cost to attend : $15 for Members, $20 for Guests
(Cash or check. Cost of admission includes a $10 rebate on the purchase of a dinner)