Category Archives: Announcements

WWP Members place as Finalists in Writing Contest

Congratulations to our WWP members who placed as Finalists in the Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media Blue Ribbon Awards Contest for Published Novels 2012!

The contest’s finalists were announced at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference in Seattle on Saturday with the assistance of Penquin editor Tom Colgan.

  • All Finalists will receive blue ribbons to use in the promotion of the winning titles.
  • First place category announcements will be made by  August 10, 2012.

Below are the WWP members who made the Finalist Round 

    • Mainstream Category:  The Only Witness by Pam Beason
    • Historical Fiction:  Tree Soldier by Janet Oakley
    • Mystery Thriller: Endangered by Pam Beason
Below is the complete list of the Finalists:

Cozy Mystery

    • Liz Osborne, Dirty Laundry
    • Louise Wallace, Day Unto Day

Historical Fiction

    • J. L. Oakley, Tree Soldier  
    • Richard E. Schultz, The Dutch, Prelude to Their Golden Age 
    • Janet Shawgo, Look for Me


    • Pam Beason,  The Only Witness
    • Janet Shawgo, Look for Me


    • Pam Beason,  Endangered, a Sam Westin series
    • Mark Reutlinger, Made in China
    • Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Saving Hope


    • Cathy Greenfeder, Sacred Fires
    • Bobbi Groover, The Inn at Little Bend
    • Nancy LaPonzina, Nardi Point
Congratulations to these Finalists!
Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media
Follow us on Twitter @ChantiReviews

Local Poet needs a Kickstart

Bellingham poet Matthew Brouwer has joined the ranks of the many who have used the popular Internet site Kickstarter to launch their dreams. Kickstarter is a way for the average person to become a patron of the arts, often for just a few dollars, and a way for artists and entrepreneurs to reach out to their public and trade their future works, goods, or services for dollars today–dollars which help fund and produce those future works.

Matthew’s Kickcstarter campaign will fund his upcoming poetry tour and release of his new book: The Gospel According to Matthew.  You can pay anything from $5 to have your name appear in the dedication of his book to $250 for a personal poetry reading anywhere in the Puget Sound region plus every other reward from each pledge level in between.

As we all know there isn’t a lot of money to be made as a poet so a successful Kickstart offers an opportunity for a poet to live their dream and keep a roof over their head and food in their belly.  If you would like to join the, as of this writing, 35 other people who have pledged $1,540 of the $5000 goal in support of Matthew and his poetry please click over to his Kickstarter Page for more information.

WWP Going Social

The WWP dinners have always been a great place to socialize with local writers and publishers from Bellingham and Whatcom County.  In keeping with this tradition we are finally bringing our social scene to the Interwebs!

We now have:
If you have an account on any of those platforms (or if you have been meaning to make one) come and add us to your Circles/Join us/Follow us. We would love to see you.  WWP membership not required, although we cannot guarantee that you not want to rush out and sign up for membership when you see how wonderful we are!

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