Category Archives: Dinner & Speaker

February Dinner & Speaker: Rescheduled Feb 15

Topic: WWP Member Speed Date Night

Date: February 8, 2016February 15, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

WWP members have amazing talent and knowledge to share–let’s learn more about each other! On February 15, please bring your books and/or swag–bookmarks, business cards, brochures to advertise your writing and/or services–and be prepared to talk about who you are and what you do.  Each paid member will have one minute to introduce yourself and your books and/or services, and ask for anything you’d like to learn about from the other members.

Practice your spiel–we will pass a one-minute hourglass to  strictly limit your pitch! We’ll spend the remaining time circulating and talking to each other. Everyone must RSVP for the February meeting on the website. If you’re bringing materials and want to give your one-minute spiel, please write “WANT TO TALK” in the “Who are your guests?” box on the RSVP form; otherwise we will assume that you are coming only to mingle. We’ll all find new books to read, services we need, and fellow authors to collaborate with.

The club will pay for hors d’oeuvres; members buy their own drinks. Attendees can also order meals as usual, but the room will be set up more for mingling than for sitting in one place.

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.

January Dinner & Speaker: Turning Your Adventure Into a Book

Topic: Noah’s Arc to Narrative Arc: Turning Your Adventure Into a Book

Speaker: Susan Conrad

Date: January 11, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )

On an overcast spring morning in 2010, Susan Conrad scaled her world down to an 18-foot sea kayak and a 1,200-mile ribbon of water known as the Inside Passage. Bears and whales and icebergs oh my! Plenty of makings for a book, one would think, with all those paddle strokes and adventures between Anacortes, Washington and Juneau, Alaska.
Living that experience, then trying to craft that experience into a relatable story, and then get that story published—well, let’s just say paddling to Alaska was the easy part! Not knowing a narrative arc from Noah’s arc, or a throughline from a bowline, Susan worked her way through the tumultuous seas of writing, editing, and traditionally publishing Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage. Using anecdotes and a lively slideshow presentation she’ll share the magic—and misery—of paddling to Alaska and writing an adventure memoir about her experience. She’ll also offer up some tips and tricks for anyone who may have an adventure under their belt and are dying to share it with the world.

A word-slinging adventurer by day and graphic designer by night, Susan happily nurtures her insatiable curiosity to know what’s around the next corner at every chance. At “fifty-something” it keeps her young and provides fodder for her stories. Her articles and photographs have appeared in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventures Northwest, and Figure magazines as well as newspapers, guidebooks, and historical journals. Inside is her debut memoir. She lives in landlocked Oso where she tirelessly works on promoting her book while vainly ignoring the eight kayaks hanging in her garage.

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.

November Dinner & Speaker

Topic: How an indie novel hit it big and found a publisher

Speaker: kc Dyer

Date: November 9, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )

Writer kc dyer will talk about the madcap adventure of publishing her 7th book, FINDING FRASER. This story first emerged as a best-selling indie novel before finding a new life, published this year by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

downloadkc dyer resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals, some of them human. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.

kc has spoken with thousands of kids in schools across Canada from British Columbia to PEI; across the US and in Europe and Asia. She is a director and long-time participant at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.

Her most recent novel—a romantic comedy for grown-ups—is FINDING FRASER, first published in 2015, and reissued in a new Berkley edition in 2016. For teens, kc’s most recent work is FACING FIRE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, and published by Doubleday. She has been writer-in-residence at New Westminster Secondary School, and a featured presenter at the National Council of English Teachers in both Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, Ill; YouthWrite in Penticton, BC; Young Authors in Kamloops, BC; WORD Vancouver, Canadian Authors’ Association in Victoria, BC; Ontario Library Association Super-Conference in Toronto, ON; Simon Fraser University Southbank Writers in Surrey, BC; WriteOn Bowen and many others.

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.

October Dinner & Speaker

Topic: Performing Readings on the Moth Radio Hour

Speaker: Julie Trimingham

Date: October 12, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )

Julie Trimingham is a writer and filmmaker. She was born in Montreal and raised semi-nomadically, in Brazil, Tunisia, Arizona, Washington DC, and the Pacific Northwest. The first language she spoke was Portuguese, and she subsequently studied Italian, French, Spanish, and Russian, though she is now thoroughly monolingual. She received her B.A. in Fine Art (painting) from Yale University, and was a Directing Fellow at the Canadian Film Centre. Her film work has screened at festivals, been broadcast internationally, and has won awards. Beauty Crowds Me, a film based on poems by Emily Dickinson, was part of an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her first novel, Mockingbird, came out in 2013. She regularly publishes essays with Numéro Cinq magazine and tells stories at Moth StorySLAMs in Seattle. A collection of fictional travel essays, Way Elsewhere, is forthcoming from Lettered Streets Press.  She is currently drafting her second novel.

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

Topic: Crazy Impulses for, of and by Writers

Speaker: Rosina Lippi

Date: September 14, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )

Like any group of people united by a common cause or pursuit, there’s a culture around writing. As writers we have a sense of who we are as a community, and so does the rest of the world. To them we are quirky, mysterious, and often mentally unstable. Even a basic search of the medical literature will turn up hundreds of studies that seem to support the contention that creative writers are prone to depression and bipolar disorder, just to start.
As is normal in the way of human interaction, cultures evolve and change. While for much of the last century writers got together specifically to drink to excess, embracing the crazy as a right and privilege, things have  shifted. The culture of creative writing is a materially different place than it was even in the sixties and seventies. Crazy still, but crazy, different. What writers talk about and what we want from each other, why we get together or avoid each other — these are questions to be considered in this short presentation.
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Rosina Lippi, known also as Sara Donati, was born and raised in a working class Chicago neighborhood, lived on the East Coast for years, and has never quite acclimated to the Pacific Northwest. After twelve years as a university professor she started writing  full time in 2000 and is working on her eleventh novel under contract to Penguin. Her first novel won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize. Her most recent novel, The Gilded Hour, was named one of the best books of 2015 by the Seattle Times.  Her website is http://rosinalippi.com

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.