Attention authors, writers and aspiring writers!

The California Writers Club has formed and chartered a new branch in the south part of California's Central Coast. The Coastal Dunes Branch is centered in the south part of San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county. Anyone residing in either of those counties is welcome to attend our monthly meetings, workshops or other sponsored events.

Come to our November 3rd, 2018 Meeting

Join us on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, for our Monthly Meeting and Featured Presentation by Matt Pallamary.

Where: Community Room, Nipomo Library, 918 West Tefft Street, Nipomo, CA

Directions: From 101 northbound or southbound, take the Tefft street exit.
Proceed west for .9 mile. At Orchard, turn right into library parking lot.

Date/times: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
10:15 AM- 10:30 Networking

10:30-10:45 CWC Announcements

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Featured Presentation

12:15 - 12:45: Q&A, Book Signing if applicable

Questions: Email us.

Join us on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018!

Featured Presentation: Phantastic Fiction: A Shamanic Approach to Story

Speaker: Matt Pallamary

The roots of storytelling literally go back to prehistoric oral traditions that have carried on perennial myths, themes, and archetypes that infuse the human experience from its beginnings all the way up through modern times. Writing a well-written narrative is mastering  the multi-faceted energies that determine the moods, reactions, choices and traits of your characters, the energies between characters, the drive of the pacing, action and dialogue to create a deeper, emotionally powerful resonance within your total story structure.

Whether you are writing novels, short stories, screenplays, or memoirs, this method creates emotionally resonant, believable characters, plots and worlds for your story.  Using a multi-level shamanic approach to take a deeper look at your story, Matt shows you how to bring your writing process into focus by demonstrating his unique method of comprehending the energetic dynamics that make up a well-structured story and how to use narrative flow, time and space transitions, scene openings and closings  to help your story move with authority and create a vivid, believable landscape.

Matt Pallamary is an award-winning author whose works have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. His work has been featured in multiple literary magazines, and he has appeared as a guest on multiple radio and TV shows. He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures.

He has taught a fiction workshop at the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles, and at Santa Barbara Writers' Conference the for thirty years.  He has lectured at multiple conferences and venues throughout California and the nation.

Matt is the author of twelve books that span several categories: fiction, nonfiction, and short story collections. His historical novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in 18th century South America, Land Without Evil, received a San Diego Book Award for mainstream fiction. His memoir, Spirit Matters, detailing his journeys to Peru and working with shamanic plant medicines, took first place in the San Diego Book Awards Spiritual Book Category and was also an Award-Winning Finalist in the autobiography/memoir category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards.

His most recent book is The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is which is an in-depth analysis of cognition and perception and was honored as an Award Winning Finalist in the Spirituality category of the International Book Awards. Phantastic Fiction - A Shamanic Approach to Story took first place in the International Book Awards Writing/Publishing category, and is Matt's guide to dramatic writing that grew out of his popular Phantastic Fiction Workshop. Matt’s presentation for Coastal Dunes CWC will focus on this topic.

For more October Events: October 19th and 28th - visit our Event Calendar page.

Our Anthology is Now Available!

Shifting Sands is the first anthology for the Coastal Dunes Branch. Volume I is a collection of literary works showcasing the talented writers of the breathtaking Coastal Dunes region of California. Our anthology is a compilation of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry pieces covering a variety of genres written by members of the Coastal Dunes Branch of the California Writers Club.

It is now available in paperback at, or you can purchase them at any of our monthly meetings. Click here for link to Amazon.