Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: Meet Your Local Authors

Romance and history and mystery, oh my! Meet and chat with a panel of five local authors over refreshments in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Where do they get their ideas and inspiration? How do they ply their craft? How did they come to be writers, and what are they working on now?

Of course, there will be ample time to purchase signed copies of their works; a great way to stock up on your winter reading and take care of some of that holiday gift-giving!

Close Encounters of the Literary Kind

Meet Your Local Authors

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall,  4106 Valley Highway, Deming, Wash. (corner of Highway 9 and Potter Road).

Featured Authors:

  • Susan Colleen Browne, weaver of Irish love stories and tales of farming
  • Sean Dwyer, essayist, novelist, songwriter, translator
  • Michael Impero, regional historian extraordinaire
  • Jennifer Mueller, maven of mystery, romance, and suspense
  • Janet Oakley, crafter of historical fiction both local and international

Host: Matthew Thuney, SFVCA Communication Coordinator, instructor, announcer, wedding officiant and freelance writer (author of Bucolia: Hijinx in the Hinterlands and Original Recipes: Tasty Tidbits from “Thuney Casserole” and Other Early Entrees).

Admission is free, refreshments provided, all are welcome (as are donations to assist with the upkeep and community outreach of the Van Zandt Community Hall).

Sponsored by: South Fork Valley Community Association (SFVCA).

DECEMBER CROSS GROUP WRITERS HOLIDAY PARTY

All writers and writers groups are welcome to join us for our annual cross group holiday party.

Date: December 13, 2017

Prizes. Fun. Entertaining antics. Gift exchange!
Come join us for our annual tradition as we invite all writers and writers groups to celebrate the season with us in our crazy gift-giving, game-playing party extravaganza. Bring one wrapped gift to participate in our gift exchange. We also welcome donations of prizes which might interest writers for all the giveaways and contests of the evening. The more prizes we have , the more games we can play.

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 food 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.

Scrivener Users Group

Scrivener users are welcome to an informal meeting on the fourth Wed. of Oct. at Fairhaven Village Books, upstairs in the Writer’s Corner, from 6:30 to 7:30 or 8pm. Share tips about the Scrivener application. Whether a new or experienced user, bring you laptops and come to ask questions or share what has worked for you. Contact Redd Becker for more information, redd@site7000.com.

 

November Dinner & Speaker: Library Enquiries

Topic: The Title Starts with ‘The’ and Other Library Inquiries

Speaker: Richard Little & Linda Q. Lambert

Date: Nov. 8, 2017
Time: 6pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30. Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

Writer Richard Little (retired lawyer) and writer Linda Q. Lambert (retired librarian) will present five (or maybe ten!) ways libraries can help you become a better writer. Expect to learn about how Bellingham and Whatcom County libraries can assist you with reliable research sources (think databases and improved Googling strategies), offer you sanctuary as “Third Places,” and provide resources and programs you may not know about––like where to market your work and find grants.

Dick Little is a WCLS Foundation board member and happily willing to share more than you ever knew about our award-winning, county-wide library system. His career, post UC Berkeley and Hastings Law School, included legal work in “the other Washington,” a private law practice, the Bellingham city attorney’s office, and lobbying in D.C. and Olympia. His publications and projects include Postcards from the Road–Stories, a novel being copy-edited, and a second collection of short stories.

Linda Lambert published an article at 16, a poem at 26, and a guidebook at 31. After that, aside from a piece about birthing a child in a Volkswagen, she replaced literary productivity with raising 7 children. Retirement from the WCC Library has allowed her time to complete an MFA in creative non-fiction and to begin work on a memoir, Untold.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food 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.

Indie Author Challenge – Libraries and NaNoWriMo

Come on a county-wide adventure as one local author, Robert L. Slater, visits 12 local libraries in less than 8 hours. Learn about how Rob Slater “won” NaNoWriMo 2012 and jumpstarted a writing career. There will also be door prizes at each library: ebooks, t-shirts and novels. Here’s the schedule:

W.C.L.S. Library Express 9:00 a.m.
Windward High School Library 9:15 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Blaine Library 9:55 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Lynden Library 10:50 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Sumas Library 11:30 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Everson Library 12:05 p.m.
W.C.L.S. Deming Library 12:40 p.m. 
W.C.L.S. North Fork Community Library 1:10 p.m.
W.C.L.S. South Whatcom Library 2:15 p.m.
Bellingham Public Library – Central Branch 2:55 p.m.
W.C.L.S. Ferndale Library 3:35 p.m.
W.C.L.S. – Island Library 4:20 p.m.

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Sponsored by Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham Public Libraries, Windward High School. Celebrate the second annual Indie Author Day with Robert L. Slater!

 

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