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    California Writers Club San Fernando Valley Branch Cancels Its Monthly Meeting for Third Consecutive Month

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    SFV Chapter President and Author Bob Okowitz
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    In response to the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19, The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Writers Club will not meet in May. This is the third month the organization has canceled its meeting, typically held the first Saturday of each month at the Motion Picture and TV Fund located at 23388 Mulholland Drive.    

    “We’re continuing to adhere to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County public health department on maintaining social distancing practices to prevent community spread of the coronavirus,” says author and Chapter President Bob Okowitz.

    The chapter’s Executive Board decided to cancel its meetings since early March as cases resulting from the disease grew in California and Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. At that time, the Motion Picture and TV Fund closed its space to the public to protect those who reside at their facility.

    “Even though this health crisis has affected our monthly meetings and our collective daily activities, we hope our members, guests, and the general public remain healthy and safe at home,” Okowitz says. “We’ll keep monitoring this situation until public health experts deem it secure for groups to convene for public gatherings.”

    During the chapter’s meetings, published local and national authors offer advice and share tips on writing compelling stories. Recent speakers have included novelist Ara Grigorian, Game of Love and Ten Year Dance, and  Laurie Stevens, author of the lauded “Gabriel McRay” psychological suspense novels.

    The California Writers Club welcomes writers in all genres, and at all stages of their careers. To learn more about events and activities for writers, visit

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