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.
June 16, 2018 Monthly Meeting
If you’re a writer living in Kern County, you could be just what the area’s numerous local publications need. Because of staff reductions over the last few years, many local newspapers welcome contributing or freelance writers.
Being published in a local publication on a regular basis gets you name recognition and credibility as a writer. It also secures your Writers of Kern “Active” status.
Join us at the June 16 meeting to hear Lou Medina, Manager of Community Impact at Kern Community Foundation, WOK member, and contributing writer to many of our favorite local publications.
Medina will share tips for writing and submitting contributed pieces to local news publications (whether they are dailies, weeklies, monthlies, bi-monthlies, or Spanish-language publications).
A former reporter for The Bakersfield Californian, Medina has established productive relationships with editors at a number of local publications, including The Californian, Bakersfield Life Magazine, the Kern Business Journal, The Tehachapi News, The Bakersfield News Observer, and El Popular.
He is also the winner of the 2014 Writers of Kern Fall Writing Contest for his story “Life, Death, and the Modern Day Jalopy”.