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!
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!
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.”
The May Newsletter is hot off the PDF presses. Check out all the great member poetry, book reviews, articles and announcements. Find out where and when local events are happening.
Mark it on your calendars, May 16th is Burger Night with the WWP!
Enjoy your choice of hamburger, salmon burger or veggie burger with all the fixin’s and tons of yummy sides for only $16 per person. After dinner listen to a panel discussion by local design experts on book, web and promotional material design. The panel will give a few tips and pointers on your design project, if you sign up for a “design review” when you make your reservation (they won’t have time to get to every review, so the sooner you make your reservation and sign up the better).
For all the details and to make your online reservations (by May 11th) go to the WWP home page.