California Writers Club

Jack London

The mission of California Writers Club is to educate writers of all genres and levels of expertise in developing craft and marketing their work. CWC is a nonprofit educational corporation. Members write novels, short stories, screen plays, poetry, nonfiction articles and books, and more. Over half are published. In addition to writers, CWC membership is open to professional and aspiring writers and non-writing literary experts.


The 1906 San Francisco earthquake brought together literary figures in informal gatherings at the Oakland home of poet Joaquin Miller and at Coppa's Restaurant in San Francisco. Among those who shared their work and challenges were Jack London, Herman Whitaker, George Sterling and Austin Lewis. The group grew and in 1909 California Writers Club was founded with Austin Lewis as the first president. It began with one branch in Berkeley, California.


In 1913, CWC incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit organization. Today, over 1,800 members belong to 22 branches around the state. Members of each branch enjoy the benefits of any branch they visit. In 2003, CWC led the effort to gain a legislative resolution making the 3rd week of October California Writers Week in perpetuity.


The California Writers Club of Long Beach received its charter in 2007

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Members of the eight Southern California branches of CWC contribute work to the online magazine, SoCal Writers Showcase. The link is above. 

  • Monthly programs of speakers on various aspects of writing and publishing
  • Panel discussions
  • 3-minute readings in open mic format
  • Critique group
  • And more...