Welcome to Writers of Kern!
Writers of Kern (WOK) is a branch of the California Writers Club (CWC). One of the nation’s oldest professional clubs for writers, CWC was founded by Jack London and fellow writers in 1909 for the purpose of helping aspiring authors socialize with published authors.
The Writers of Kern is a non-profit organization bringing together professional writers and novice writers in a creative and supportive atmosphere. Published writers share their knowledge and skills through critique groups, at general meetings and during conferences and workshops, and non-published writers gain experience, encouragement, and guidance to help them become published writers. Meetings and critique groups are positive, uplifting events meant to inspire and motivate all writers to dedicate time to the fulfilling craft of writing.
April 22, 2017 Meeting
Narrative Nonfiction and the Human Experience
Jennifer Burger, Professor of Journalism, CSUB
A basketball player who competes despite four knee surgeries. A student who picks citrus in the orchards to pay for college. A geology major who manages an immune disease while pursuing his love for studying rocks and fossils.
What do these college students have in common? They all embody the human experience of overcoming hardships to succeed – a universal theme that most readers can identify with even if they’ve never competed in athletics, worked in the fields, or lived with a chronic disease.
This is the central theme of Burger’s journalism feature writing class at California State University, Bakersfield: Everybody has a story – it is up to the writer to draw out the compelling theme that extends beyond the individual and encompasses the greater human experience.
She will present a program on the art of narrative nonfiction: Identifying the universal themes of the human experience and utilizing narrative writing techniques to tell true stories. She will draw from her own experience as a newspaper features writer, award-winning stories she uses in her courses, and exceptional work by her students.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
(Breakfast buffet available 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)
Hodel’s Country Dining
5917 Knudsen Dr.
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Members $10, Guests $15
(Meeting fee includes Hodel’s Breakfast Buffet)