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DEC 2019/JAN 2020
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Wow, last year went fast. Actually, that was probably a good thing as we go forward.  I am very proud of the accomplishments of our membership this year. Many of our members have been published several for the first time.  Others have started and are working on new projects. We have been grateful to the many speakers that have traveled to speak to us. We started last year way down in membership for obvious reasons, but have grown and seen many returning members.  We are now at 57 members and still growing.

I was thinking about all the members and how much I have enjoyed and learned from them.  So, I am just putting forth a small project you might want to attempt. Pick something or someone who has influenced you this year and write about the experience.  Even though many of us do not write memoirs, I believe it is a beneficial exercise to remember important times either for yourself or for future characters. They are more believable if there is a grain of reality or truth.

Have a great time with family and friends.  I am looking forward to seeing you next year and us doing some awesome writing.
Cathy Chase
NSW President

Fun was had by all at Tres Hombres for the annual North State Writers' Christmas party!
VICE PRESIDENT: BRIAN MARSHALL                                              TREASURER: NICK HANSON
MEMBERSHIP: GARY CARTER                                                SOCIAL MEDIA: AISLINN HANSON
Have news to tell? A book you've just published, a story you've finished writing, a poem to share, an event to announce? Let us know at North State Writers by emailing us at

Dave and Beth Porter reside in Paradise, Ca. Beth works as a program coordinator with Butte County Office of Education, and holds a State Certification to counsel individuals who seek to address substance abuse issues. Beth has a love of poetry. "One beauty of poetry is that it leaves interpretation to the individual reader. And two, there is a bit of splendor when words are set next to each other to create a deep and meaningful thought."

Prior to his retirement, Dave was the  owner/operator of At Your Service for 20 years. Dave worked in the local community helping his clients with a multitude of talents and was always available to those living on a fixed income… Dave has a passion for working with the English language. 

Together they support each other’s love of writing, reading and learning. Being a member of the North State Writers Group has provided an opportunity to share this common interest and get support at the same time. "The meetings are engaging; we are incredibly grateful to be a part of this group." A member recently shared with Beth some wisdom; “Write. Take the time to write, even if it’s only 15 minutes. Keep writing.”

LITERARY REVIEW 2020 UPDATE:  Donna McCrohan-Rosenthal, CWC State President, has announced the Literary Review has begun accepting submissions as of the 15th of December.  The submission guidelines have been updated on our state website, and the deadline for submissions is set for February 29, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the Literary Review, contact Carole Bumpus at 

SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE 2020 –The CWC will once again participate in the San Francisco Writers Conference, which will be held this year at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, in downtown San Francisco.  The dates for this event are February 13-15th.  Members who would like to volunteer for the booth, we will be taking your names and information by February 1st. 

SPECIAL ONE-TIME OFFER - The SFWC 2020 is offering a special give-away of two one-day passes (value of $195 each) to the Northern CWC branches, one for the Poetry Summit and one for the Screenwriting Summit.  If you are interested in attending either of these Summits, please contact me at  Your name will be added into one of two ‘collective CWC hats’ by the 15th of January and you will be notified by me if your name has been chosen.  Be certain to designate which summit you prefer: poetry or screenwriting.

Please provide your email address if you are submitting your name. The date of the two all-day Summits will be on Saturday, February 15th at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.

Carole Bumpus, State Board Rep and NorCal Board Chair 

The “Skate Lodge” inspired festivities will include a chocolate fountain, s’mores, holiday desserts, sweet treats galore and specialty hot and cold beverages for all ages. Adding to the fun will be a silent auction, photo op’s and a no-host bar featuring hot toddies, frosty cocktails, wine and beer.

A highlight of the event will include an Author’s & Artist Reception; North State Writers, illustrators and artists showcasing their creations honoring and reverencing the Camp Fire and its aftermath and will linclude book signings and sales ... invited guests include Steve Ferchaud, Bill & Pam Hartley, James Henson, Antoinette Peppler, Ron Schwager, Carolyn Steele and North State Writers Club will represent Douglas Keister and other special works.

Terry Ashe Park Ice Skate Rink will be open until 10:00 pm with discounted rates available to “Let’s Meet at the Lodge!” ticket holders.

Tickets: Pre-purchase:
$20 - Adults
$15 - 17 & under
$25 - at the door.

Tickets are available at:
PRPD Rec Center 6626 Skyway,
Digital Print 3851 Morrow Lane, Chico,
A Stitch Above 2050 Lincoln Street, Oroville

or call the Paradise Chocolate Fest office, 530/342-4896. Proceeds will benefit youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge.

Come and hear the North State Writers' stories performed live on stage!
North State Writers' having lots of fun at Barnes and Noble with our annual Gift Wrapping fundraiser!

North State Writers' is working on a new anthology for works in 2020! Look for news to follow in the coming months.
Tri-Valley Writers' Fifth Anthology: It Takes a Team

The time to submit work will quickly be upon us. If you are planning to write a piece for the anthology, now would be a good time to get a head start on it.

TVW 2020 Anthology Submission Guidelines
Fiction: historical fiction, mystery/suspense, western, romance, sci/fantasy,  young adult, and general/other 
Nonfiction: memoir (true story of your life), essay (opinion on a topic), spiritual/inspirational, and travel                     
Word Count: 2,500 words maximum   

Types include rhyming poetry, free verse, haiku/senryu, and other forms
Line Count: 26 lines maximum

  • Word document (.doc or .docx), 8 ½ x 11 letter-size page, one-inch margins
  • Times New Roman 12 point font, double space (except for poetry)
  • First Page: center title with word or line count beneath
  • Header (prose only): title in center,  page numbers in top right corner
  • Do not include author’s name in the document.

More details regarding entries can be found here.

Steve Ferchaud, an illustrator and Paradise CA resident, is a survivor of the 2018 California Camp fire. He lost everything in the fire, including the original drawings that appear in this book. Burnt Offerings is a collection of ink drawings that Steve created for Inktober, 2017 and 2018. Inktober is a challenge to create an Ink drawing everyday through the month of October. Along with the black and white ink drawings are comments and observations made by Steve Ferchaud about his drawings. Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, and sometimes just giving you something to think about. This book was put together to raise money to help those affected by the 2018 California Camp fire in Paradise. You can buy the book here on Amazon.
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