We are a diverse group of about 100 members, some published, working writers, and others emerging or working in associated writing fields. The Berkeley Branch is the founding branch of the statewide organization, which has about 2000 members in 22 branches around California. All branches hold a monthly speaker series that is open to members of the public, focusing on the craft and business of writing. Our membership is very diverse, both in background/culture, income, and writing focus: we have poets, novelists, cartoonists, playwrights, and plenty of nonfiction and business writers of all interests. We feature members at every meeting, and each year we also host a book launch for members who have published in the prior year as well as two socials in winter and summer. We host a number of critique groups that help writers get their voices heard, and also hold dear the history of writers who have shaped the Bay Area and California. In the past we hosted a 5th grade story contest for 30 years, and we provide a college scholarship.
Of the focus area below, may apply to us through the work of our members and in the community: Advocacy & Human Rights, Animals, Board Development, Children & Youth, Computers & Technology, Employment, Environment, Faith, Health, Immigrants & Refugees, International, Justice, LGBT, People with Disabilities, Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Seniors, Veterans, and Women.