Writers of Kern (WOK) is a branch of the California Writers Club serving Bakersfield and its surrounding communities. WOK provides a forum for published and aspiring writers to share ideas, hone their craft and encourage one another. Our organization supports the Young Writers of Kern County Writing Competition and awards the Peggy Connelly Scholarship for future writers.

Meetings are held the third Saturday each month except for December and May. A typical two-hour meeting welcomes visitors, highlights members’ successes and submissions, and provides club information. The second hour is reserved for the featured speaker, often a guest who is knowledgeable about writing, publishing, or editing. Past speakers have motivated, educated, and inspired members present.

One meeting in the spring is a major workshop featuring multiple speakers on current topics. The May and December dinner meetings are reserved for members and their guests. At these meetings we present awards and recognize the new officers for the coming year.

Critique groups help participants improve their skills and move toward publication.

If you are interested in writing, WOK is a supportive, active group to join. Want to learn more? Come to the next Writers of Kern meeting and experience it for yourself. For additional information see the website: https://writersofkern.com.

Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 noon. January-March and June-November. Meetings are held at Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93308. Meeting fees: $10 for members; $15 for guests. Meeting fee includes Hodel’s full buffet breakfast. First time visitors are always welcome.