Tri-Valley Writers invites the public to “Workshop à La Carte” on Saturday, Dec. 21 to trade tips, tricks and techniques with fellow writers.

Attendees will choose three topics from seven offered. Violet Carr Moore explores “Research Resources: Going Beyond Wikipedia”; Eloise Hamann explains “World Building”; Paula Chinick outlines “Self-Publishing Preparation”; Connie Hanstedt teaches “Poetry and the Power of Natural Syntax”; Patricia Boyle demonstrates “Sentence Creation”; Ed Miracle demystifies “Self-Editing”; and Lani Longshore shares tips for “Writing Short Stories.”

Don’t fret if you can’t attend all the topics that interest you. The presenters will provide handout copies for everyone at the event.

The presentations begin at 2 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, with check-in at 1:30 p.m. The talk is hosted by the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC).

Reservations can be made by sending a message via e-mail to no later than Dec. 18. Cost for CWC members is $14; for nonmembers, $18. Student members pay $6; student non-members, $10.

The CWC Tri-Valley Branch invites writers of all genres and experience levels to learn about their craft at its monthly meetings. For more information about the CWC Tri-Valley Branch, contact Lani Longshore at or visit