Writers of Kern Newsletter | November 2022
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In this issue: Mingle, Eat, and Learn | Featured Speaker | Last Month's Meeting | Halloween is the Best Day Ever
 |  WOK Critique Group Chair  | Mark Your Calendar Sunshine Chair | Nuts & Bolts  

Mingle, Eat, and Learn by Cyn Bermudez

The moment you put your pen to paper you are a writer, and you belong to the writer community. The Writers of Kern (WOK) gather together for support, information, and camaraderie. For me, WOK has been a guiding force in this ocean. Whether you are a new writer or a seasoned one, check out one of our meetings. Our monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month at Hodel's Country Dining. The agenda is simple: mingle, eat, and learn. The registration fee is $15 for members and $18 for nonmembers. Breakfast is included with your entry. We have warmup writing exercises, an opportunity drawing, and a workshop. This month we have author Mike Apodaca presenting a workshop on plot twists, and next month we have author Joan Raymond presenting a workshop on imposter syndrome. Below is a photo from last month's meeting with Carla Martin as our featured speaker. We were busy writing poems. Come by and check us out. 


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Featured Speaker: Mike Apodaca

Some of the best stories have marvelous twists, where the readers/viewers think they know what is going on and then the world shifts beneath their feet. In this presentation, we will look at some well-known twists, analyze different types of twists, and discuss how to put twists in our stories.

Writers will learn the elements of a great twist and how to add twists to their own stories.

We use tools we understand. Before we can add great twists to our stories, we need to understand the different types of twists and how they are constructed. It is twists that make stories come to life, that thrill us. They also provide a significant psychological truth–that is, that life is full of shifting understandings. We need to be ready to reevaluate what we thought we knew at all times.

Raised in Southern California, Mike Apodaca managed the local Taco Bell at seventeen-years-old and became the senior pastor of a church at twenty-one. He has a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He’s retired from public school teaching after 30 years. Writing for over 30 years, Mike has four books self-published in his Godsend series. He has four unpublished books. He has also published five short stories, two in The Literary Review. For the last three years, he has served as vice president of the High Desert branch of the CWC.

$15 for members and $18 for nonmembers. Click here to register for the event.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
with Carla Joy Martin

Review by Cyn Bermudez

September's workshop was with local poet Carla Joy Martin. Carla discussed how to use paintings as a starting point for creativity: for a poem or short story, for example. During the workshop, Carla projected artwork onto a screen to inspire us during group participation: Madame Gautreau and The Oyster Gatherers by John Singer Sargent, Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace, Hummingbird by Frida Kahlo, Nichols Avenue by David Hockney, and Day Dreams by Henri Matisse.

The artwork was beautiful, and the poems produced during each session were thoughtful, inspiring, and heartfelt. Volunteers stood up and recited their poetry for the group. The workshop was fun, and the group participation was lively. All in all, a great experience. Thank you, Carla.

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Halloween is my favorite time of year because of the costumes and sweets and fall decor—Autumn in its prime with all of the seasonal accoutrements: browns and oranges and burgundies, leaves strewn about on the ground, carved pumpkins and sugar cookie skulls. 

This year I'm debating between a steampunk elf or Maribel from Encanto. If I could—if the clothes were in my closet—I'd where a Halloween-themed outfit every day, but I'll settle for fall colors. 

This year sugar cookies are getting a redesign. No wheat or sugar. I'll call them faux sugar cookies or maybe mock sugar cookies. Sugar-esque cookies? Whenever my nephew sees cookies on the table, he asks, "Are those healthy cookies?"

Here is a regular recipe for sugar cookies. I've become adept at making substitutions. I use almond flour or a cassava flour blend. I also use other types of nut flours like walnut or cashew. There are substitute sugars like Splenda or swerve to use in place of regular, powdered, and brown sugars.

Nephew: Are those healthy cookies?
Me: They're sugar-esque cookies. 

Recipe from A Spicy Perspective 
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WOK Critique Group News

Interested in a Critique Group?

Carla Joy Martin, Critique Group Chair

Mark Your Calendar

19 November 2022
Crush Imposter Syndrome and Start Writing!
Featured Speaker: Joan Raymond

From Your Sunshine Chair

The Sunshine Chair sends holiday, get-well, birthday (if we have your birth month), sympathy, and other supportive cards to the Writers of Kern members. Every card each member receives is filled with nurturing, caring thoughts of all the other members of our club. Our cards send rays of peace and comfort to uplift our fellow members' spirits. How do we know when those special occasions, illnesses, or hardships arise? We rely on you, our WOK membership, to alert the Sunshine Chair by sending the information to the special email at
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