July 7th at Village Books is hosting a Multi-Author Steampunk readings as part of the first ever Steampunk Festival in Fairhaven.  Steampunk is a growing phenomenon, even Prada has succumbed and is featuring Steampunk fashion in its new Fall mens fashion ad campaign–waistcoats and pocket watches are back!

Wikipedia on Steampunk:

Steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction https://mgpharmacie.c…. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such asVictorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy.

If you want to know what all the fuss is about check out the festival and the reading in Fairhaven on July 7th!

New RWA local chapter proposed for Bellingham

Eight local authors met last week to discuss the formation of a new chapter of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) in Bellingham.  The proposed name is the Mount Baker RWA and it was decided to have meetings at the Bellingham Yacht Club on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm (potluck and BYOB!).

Writers o all genres are welcome to join, not just romance writers.  The group is for anyone looking for a close knit and supportive group of writers. The RWA is a national group of over 10,000 writers and provides all kinds of support to it’s members, including education and legal help.

Those who wish to join the Mount Baker RWA chapter will need to join the RWA at the national level first.  And the clock is ticking!  Requirements for starting a new chapter are changing on June 12th.  If the Mount Baker RWA doesn’t have the required 15 national level members on board by the 12th, then they will have to come up with 25 members in order to qualify!

So if you are at all interested do not delay! Go to sign up and then e-mail Kathy Brown

New WWU Correspondence Course

Writing (and Selling) the Novel:

Offered by WWU Senior Instructor and WWP member Sara Stamey, the novel-writing course is offered through mailings/emails and online instructional materials. It centers on developing skills for writing the novel, writing and revising the opening 20-30 pages, and creating a professional-quality packet of agent/editor query letter, synopsis, and chapters, aiming for eventual publication.

Stamey has published three novels with Berkley/Putnam of New York, as well as short stories, poetry, and nonfiction articles. Her most recent novel, Islands, published locally by Tarragon Books, was a ForeWord Magazine “Book of the Year” award finalist. She has taught creative writing courses for WWU since 1989, and also offers professional editing services as a “book doctor.”

For more information or to register (credit or non-credit options at WWU), contact Sara or

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