Category Archives: Dinner & Speaker

October Meeting: Dinner & Discussion

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussion on Various Topics

Speaker: Everybody

Date: Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

Join us for interactive round table discussions on topics such as: Getting your book out there, promotions, marketing, social media and web sites; Finishing your book tips and tricks; Researching your book; Digital publication and production; and Working with an editor. Also suggested as topics: Researching and copyright issues; International Rights; Getting your book out there; Finishing your book; Digital publication and production; and Working with an editor.

Topics have not yet been set, we are looking for volunteers who know something about a topic to help out in the discussions.

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.

September Dinner & Speaker: Cami Ostman

Topic: Butt Back in the Chair: Three Keys to Jump Start Your Writing After Summer Vacation

Speaker: Cami Ostman, M.S., LMFT

Date: Sept. 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

Summer brings us the sunshine–and with it, plenty of distractions from our writing efforts. Join author and writing coach,  Cami Ostman, to hone in on the THREE KEYS to getting your butt back in the chair and ramping up your productivity after summer vacation. You’ll come away inspired and excited to get back to your writing, no matter how long you’ve been away.

About Cami

Writing coach, Cami Ostman holds a B.Ed. in English from Western Washington University and an M. S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, co-editor of Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions, a contributor to Adventures Northwest and to her own blog, 7marathons7continents.com. Cami is also the founder of Red Wheelbarrow Writers, a community of writers in Western Washington and a blogger for psychologtoday.com. She has been profiled in Fitness Magazine and her books have been reviewed in O Magazine, The Atlantic, and Washington Post. Having spent fifteen years as a psychotherapist, and now serving as a writing coach and editor, Cami specializes in helping authors “figure out what they really have to say.” She is currently working on a novel and on her second quest memoir.

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.

June Dinner & Speaker: Last Until Fall

Topic: Village Books

Speaker: Paul Hanson

Date: June 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

What’s up at Village Books now that it’s under new management? How authors can work with Village Books.

About Paul

Paul Hanson is one of the three co-owners of Village Books in Bellingham. Being in the book business since 1989, Paul is our General Manager & one of our resident ebook gurus. He enjoys reading & writing speculative fiction while listening to jazz & eating mangos. He likes fixing, building, and solving, making bottomless bowls of mashed potatoes and all things cheesy…including his jokes.

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.

May Dinner & Speaker: How to give a reading

Topic: How To Give A Reading

Speaker: Laura Kalpakian

Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

Two proven strategies that will help you create a whole experience for your listeners.

About Laura

 

Laura Kalpakian is the prize-winning author of sixteen novels published in the US and Britain. Her stories have been published world wide as well. How to Give a Reading is part of a three-term writing course she taught for fifteen years. She is a co-founder of the Red Wheelbarrow Writers, and works as a Developmental Editor to help writers see their books to fruition.

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.

April Dinner & Speaker: Editor Panel

Topic: Polish Your Prose Like a Pro

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

From plot flaws and character flubs to common grammar and style issues, editors see a lot of the same mistakes over and over. Join us to hear about common problems that editors frequently encounter in manuscripts, and learn how to resolve them before your book lands on the editor’s desk. Editors Karen Brown, Virginia Herrick, and Pamela Beason have decades of experience at all levels of editing.

About the Editors

Karen Brown is a multipublished, bestselling mystery and romantic thriller author and editor, with more than two decades of experience in fiction publishing. When she’s not thinking up new ways to murder her characters, she edits manuscripts for Amazon Publishing and Chanticleer Reviews, helping authors polish their stories.

Virginia Herrick is owner of Kestrel’s Way Editorial Services, specializing in editing book manuscripts for authors and publishers. She brings a decade of experience working with New York publishing companies to her present passion: applying her professional-grade persnicketiness to the works of indie-published authors and hybrid publishing companies.

When she’s not out hiking or kayaking, Pamela Beason spends most of her days working on the next novel in one of her three mystery series. Her books have been published by four different traditional publishers, but these days she is dedicated to indie publishing. She has edited and formatted book manuscripts for traditional nonfiction and fiction publishers as well as for many self-published authors, and has worked on occasion as a ghost writer.

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.