Ode to The California Writers Club:
The California Writers Club is our oyster,
And we writers the pearls being polished within her.
Stephany Spencer 2016
2016 marked the 30th anniversary —
The Pearl Anniversary of the California Writers Club,
San Fernando Valley Branch.
For thirty years, this club has been like our oyster ranch,
And we members pearls growing within her dance.
Polishing and developing daily our word-writing romance,
Some works now fairly sparkle and glimmer,
Like well-crafted word pearls enhanced till they glitter,
Reflecting our club’s lively oyster-shell shimmer.
So thanks, California Writers Club —
Thanks for inviting us to your Oyster-Ranch dinner.
Stephany Spencer 2016
I’m so excited to tell you my California Writers Club, San Fernando Valley Branch, has produced another Anthology, this one in honor of our club’s 30th anniversary.
The following quote, taken from the Anthology’s Introductory pages, sizes up our Anniversary Anthology well:
“This collection is a testimony to the power of words, and to those gifted writers who have run them together like strands of precious pearls. Essay, poem, short story — each one sings out and captures our imagination … and our heart.” Victoria Zackheim (Author, Anthologist, Playwright, Educator)
“Through this anthology of short stories, imaginings, and poems,” says CWC Editor, Rita Keeley Brown, “our current members share their adventure of writing.”
A quote from Truman Capote, taken from the back cover of the anthology, aptly sums it up: “What I am [we are] trying to achieve is a voice sitting by the fireplace telling you a story on a winter’s evening.”
I’m so proud to say, I, myself, got my act together, followed my poem’s advice, “Dare to fail, or fail to dare do anything well,” and submitted three poems for this Anniversary Anthology.
When you buy this work of wonders, you’ll see these entries, as well as many more pieces written and submitted by our club’s highly intelligent, gifted writers.
Below is the cover of our Anniversary Anthology, “Cascade of Pearls,” sold on Amazon.com. Here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as I who am presently in the process of reading and reaping the rewards of time well spent within its pages. ~ Stephany Spencer