Sept 12–Welcome Back ~ Welcome Back ~Welcome Back

Whatcom Writers and Publishers invites all writers to our welcome-back-kick-off meeting. It will begin with Sean Dwyer highlighting a compiled list of conferences and sales opportunities to consider this year. There will also be plenty of time to reconnect after the summer holiday and share your summer news. We’ll have table space to show and sell your books. Please RSVP  to guarantee a seat. The official start time is 6 pm; come at 5:30 to get happy hour prices.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

June 13 -Writing in a Kindle World

In an increasingly crowded publishing world, it is easy to get lost in the two million books put out each year. How will readers find you? One way is to get connected with a best-selling author on the Kindle World platform. Janet Oakley will talk about her experience writing in Toby Neal’s Kindle World and how it’s positively impacted the sale of her historical fiction. She’ll talk about how KW works, how you can choose a world that works for you and why it’s a good way to stretch your writing skills while gaining new readers.

Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II with characters standing up for something in their own time and place as well as cozy mysteries set in Hawaii. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award and the 2015 WILLA Silver Award. Foraying into a Kindle World introduced her work to new readers as well stretched her writing in a new genre.  This coming fall, she will be presenting at the PNWA on putting history into mysteries. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th-century folkways.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

 

May 9 – Cast Your Brand Online: How to Create a Professional Podcast

Wendy Kendall and Julie Cooper, producers of the weekly podcast “Kendal & Cooper Talk Mysteries,” will discuss branding, distribution, social media, hitchhiking online, the importance of demographics, and provide a brief overview of equipment and mechanics of podcasting, discuss the advantages/disadvantages of podcasting, and include a few quick stories of their most memorable episodes.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

Writers Cafe on 3rd Thur @ Haggens in Barkley Village

Join us at 3:30 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Haggens in Barkley Village for the Writers Cafe. It’s a chance to talk and ask questions with other writers about any topic relating to writing or publishing. Topics in January varied from: website issues, the meaning of “literature”, the PNWA’s writer’s contest and more.

Debu Mujumdar brought two books he is reading by Nobel Laureates: A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe and Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ed Farrell talked about his interest in Russian literature and poetry. Rod Haynes announced his photography exhibit at Fairhaven Realty for the Art Walk. We also talked about his civil war historical novel and publishing through university presses. Redd Becker touched on her YA science fiction novels.

It was a diverse, lively and informative meeting. Feel free to join us February 15th. Haggens’ sitting area is almost empty at that time and coffee is only $1.09 with refills. All writers are welcome. See you there, Redd and Debu

April 11- Jolene Hanson and Susan Chase-Foster How can visual arts support and enhance the writing process?

How can visual arts support and enhance the writing process? Join writers Jolene Hanson and Susan Chase-Foster as they share their use of photography, sketching and painting during the writing process and across various genres.

Jolene Hanson is a travel writer and photographer working on her tenth Irish passport stamp.

Susan Chase-Foster wanders the world recording moments in words, watercolors, and photographs.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

 

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