Important Announcement About WOK October Meeting

wok-logo-150x150Due to scheduling challenges with our venue, the Writers of Kern October meeting will be held this month on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

We will meet at the Clarion Hotel, 3540 Rosedale Hwy. as usual.

Check in begins at 9:45 a,m, Meeting time is 10 a.m. – Noon. Meeting Fee: $10.00. Guests are welcome.

The October issue of The Write Way, WOK’s newsletter, will arrive in your inbox soon. There will be more details about the meeting and this month’s speaker.  Please plan to join us for our monthly writers’ fellowship!


Writers of Kern Fall Blog Challenge


Beginning Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  Ending Saturday, December 7, 2013.  Thirteen weeks = 26 posts.  The prompt: “A–Z”. Writers may choose their own theme, but must feature one letter of the alphabet each post.  Rules are the same as the previous blog challenge: Participants must 1) blog twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays suggested);  2) Read five different blogs twice a week, a total of ten different blogs a week;  3) Leave thoughtful comments and encouraging words for bloggers you visit.  Winners will be recognized at the Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 13, 2013.

NOTE: If you choose to participate, please email your blog site to by September 9, 2013 so we can let the other participants know who is accepting the challenge.

Nancy Ellen Dodd Workshop, November 2 & 23

Nancy Ellen Dodd

Nancy Ellen Dodd

Nancy Ellen Dodd, writer, university professor, editor, and author of The Writer’s Compass, is no stranger to Writers of Kern. In November, she returns for a two-part writing workshop. At this time, the twelve spots are filled. But, we have begun taking names for the waiting list.

The first session will include writing from visual representations; Nancy and the participants will discuss options for Session Two.

 Dates and Time: Nov. 2 and 23, 2013; 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.

Location: Westbrook Church Coffee Shop on Ashe, south of District Blvd.

Fee: $105 per WOK Member for the 8-hour workshop. Non-Members: $120. Fees are payable to Nancy Dodd at the first meeting.

If you wish to be added to the waiting list, email Annis Cassells. She will confirm that you have been added and let you know your position on the list. 

The Write Way Revived

Terry Redman

Terry Redman

Welcome to the revived Write Way. As part of the re-energized Writers
of Kern, Annis Cassells, Jasmine Lowe and I are sharing editorial
duties to publish the newsletter. Annis and I will take alternate
months as editor, and Jasmine will handle the layout to make it
attractive. See Jasmine’s profile and Annis’ article about the Jack
London Award to get more insight into the talent they bring to the

Beth Davisson passed the editorship to me and I passed it on to
Marty, so I’ve been here before. I know from experience two editors in sync are
better than one under water. Several of the other branches have a regular staff to produce
their newsletter, so our team approach is not even novel.

We are focusing on NEWS but leave our options open for the future. As Dennis
VanderWerff points out in his article, we have a new website and it is filled with
information, much of which used to be in the newsletter. There is also the new Facebook
page where members can easily post and read what’s going on.

To read the current issue of The Write Way, please click here.

If you have wanted WOK to have a newsletter, you’re in luck. In the future we will be
asking for member input, so please be generous. Enjoy the journey.


Writers of Kern Members Pay Dues Online!


Joan Raymond

I have Great News! Effective immediately, Writers of Kern accepts online payment of dues for new and renewing members. With online payment, members can pay their dues with a major credit card, debit card, or through PayPal. Although payments are processed through PayPal, a PayPal account is not necessary to take advantage of this service.

Online dues payment simplifies the renewal process. Members can renew their membership from the comfort of their home, the beach, or from anywhere there is internet access.  Online payment is an advantage for new members, allowing them the opportunity to fill in the membership application online and to browse the Writers of Kern web site to become familiar with the advantages of membership and all that WOK offers. Not only is the new payment method an advantage for members and new member applicants, online processing of dues payments simplifies the treasurer’s job.

Along with dues payments, members and new member applicants are prompted to provide information about their writing interests, preferred writing genre, website and blog information. This information is used for the Writers of Kern Roster and Directory. Members are listed on the Our Members page of the web site along with their genre and links to their website or blog .

Membership forms are found under the “Membership” menu tab on the web site’s navigation bar. Please take time to visit the web site and to become familiar with the many resources available there. Let us know about your online experience with our web site. Share your comments and suggestions here or email them to Direct questions about membership to