The 104-year-old California Writers Club (CWC) presented its Jack London Award to local author Liv Haugland, a member of the CWC’s Long Beach branch. Established in 1973, the award recognizes outstanding service and dedication “above and beyond” to the organization. The governing body of the CWC presents the award to exceptional members nominated by their branch peers.
According to CWC, Haugland’s major contributions include the fact that her contacts with the City have led to special programs such as forming a closer relationship with the 12-branch library system and she was instrumental in the CWC Long Beach branch’s first fundraising offsite luncheon at Rancho Los Alamitos. The luncheon was part of “Long Beach Reads One Book” for Isabel Allende’s Zorro, set in early California.
Haugland also arranges for distribution of monthly program fliers in coffee shops around the city and has contributed refreshments and hosted board meetings in her home.
She majored in cultural anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, and spent many years in Asia and Europe. A published writer, she is now focusing on her ghostwriting clients. As branch vice president, Haugland welcomes members and visitors during the opening minutes of monthly meetings.
“I first learned about the wonderful world of ghostwriting from a guest speaker at a California Writers Club meeting and as a result, changed careers,” Haugland said. “The caliber of speakers at CWC meetings is impressive, and the chance to mingle with fellow Long Beach writers, invaluable.”
The Long Beach branch meets the second Saturday of every month at the Los Altos branch of the Long Beach library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. Networking begins at 2:30pm, and the program runs from 3pm to 5pm. Recent guests have included Pulitzer Prize recipient Héctor Tobar and UCI Professor Susan E. Davis.
For more information about the Long Beach branch, visit calwriterslongbeach.org . For the California Writers Club, go to calwriters.org .