My 10-Year Journey to Overnight Success

NOTE: This event will be on Zoom only. We are NOT meeting in person.

In a highly anticipated presentation, Alka Joshi, the bestselling author of The Henna Artist (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick) and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, and upcoming release, The Perfumist of Paris, will share:

  • How she went from advertising copywriter to NYT Bestselling author
  • What she learned along the way
  • Why she loves her villains as much as her good characters
  • The process of screen adaption
  • And what has changed in her life since becoming a NYT Bestseller

About Alka Joshi

Born in India, Alka Joshi came to the U.S. with her family at the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. Joshi’s debut novel, The Henna Artist, became a New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick. It’s been translated into 26 languages and is currently in development at Netflix. The sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, released June 2021, is being translated into multiple languages and is being followed by The Perfumist of Paris, the third book in the trilogy on March 28, 2023, now available for pre-order.

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Meeting Agenda and Logistics

  • 12:45 pm Zoom Room opens for informal conversation with members and guests
  • 1:00 pm Meeting begins — Welcome from the President
  • 1:05 pm Featured Presentation
  • 2:15 pm Board & Member Announcements
  • 2:30 pm Meeting closes

The meeting will be recorded and made available to registrants.

All CWC members and non-members are welcome to attend. 

Express Members use a special code during registration. 


Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM PDT

Please arrive ten minutes before the hour.
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The meeting will be streamed live via Zoom, and will also be recorded.


Crissi Langwell, Vice President
Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club
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