I have been a member for ten years in this High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club. Aside from networking with other writers and making friends with some really great people, the club has offered me tons of opportunities for my own personal development in the organization and in the community.
I have been the conference director for 7 "Howl at the Moon" Writers Conferences bringing big talent to the High Desert at affordable prices for writers. Through this, I was able to connect with such great talents as James Scott Bell, Chris Vogler, Jen Grisanti, Marilyn Atlas, and was able to share those talents with many other writers.
It's a wonderful organization that does a lot for writers and the local community.
The California Writers Club, High Desert Branch helps writers of all levels to succeed. When I joined in 2009, they were about to lose their charter because they had fallen to under 15 members. But from an ad in the local paper that drew in people, we now, in the beginning of 2016, have over 100 members. We have many critique groups, and excellent speakers from all over the world (Anne Perry, Hank Saroyan) speak at regular monthly meetings. The club has published a book on Jack London, worked with a local high school to collect community memoirs and make high schoolers published writers, taught classes at the near-by federal prison, participated 3 times on World Book Night (April 23) and started a "Literary Ambassador" program. I could go on and on, but the world will be hearing more from high desert writers.