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.

 

March 14 – Terry Persun: Befriending the Giant: How Amazon can help you realize your publishing dreams

Befriending the Giant: How Amazon can help you realize your publishing dreams

Amazon is not only the largest online bookstore in the world, it’s the largest single publisher. Over 75 percent of all e-books are sold through Amazon. Every major publisher and most small publishers sell their books through Amazon. And Amazon has more programs to help authors publish than any other publisher. With over a dozen programs and imprints, Amazon may very well be important in your publishing career.

Terry Persun has been publishing poems, short stories, and novels since the 1970s and has worked with many publishers during that time. He also writes in multiple genres including science fiction, fantasy, thriller, crime, and mainstream fiction. As a member of the writing community, Persun continues to be involved with writers groups such as the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and Whidbey Island Writers Association. He has been a board member, conference director, agent and editor liaison, and has also helped in securing funds for particular projects.

When Amazon first came out with their Kindle Direct Publishing model, he began his interest in what Amazon was doing to help authors find an audience. He has spent many years watching Amazon grow their programs and reach out to authors, and has put that information into a succinct program aimed at helping every author find the right outlet for their work. Whether an author chooses to self publish, hybrid publish, or go the traditional route, Amazon has an opportunity available.

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 3rd Thurs @ 3:30 Barkley Haagen

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 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, Debu and Redd

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