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Chuckanut Writers Conference Call for Volunteers

chuckanutChuckanut Writers Conference Volunteer Needs:

Agent helpers/timers (3-4 volunteers needed): responsibilities include timing pitch and marketing sessions and being the “go to” person for one of our agents, Felicia Eth and Liz Kracht, or our marketing specialist, Alice Acheson.

Breakout Session Hosts (1-2 volunteers needed): responsibilities include being the “go to” person for faculty during their presentations, ensuring proper room set up, timing of breakout session, and distributing and collecting session feedback forms.

There are already more volunteers than there is space for volunteers, so application doesn’t guarantee you a spot. Volunteers get to attend this awesome conference for free. So who wouldn’t want to volunteer!

To apply as a volunteer fill out the volunteer application form and return it to Anna Wolff.

Also note that the early bird registration deadline for attending the Chuckanut Writers Conference is coming up on May 15th! You can save $30 by registering before then!

November Dinner: Hidden Markets, Writing for the Non-Fiction Youth Market

Please join us at our next meeting:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Doors & Bar Open: 6:00 PM

Windows on the Bay
2625 S. Harbor Loop (Yacht Club Building)
Bellingham, WA 

Speaker: Marilyn McClellan
Hidden Markets that Pay:
Writing for the Non-Fiction Youth Market

Non-fiction for children and youth is one of the strongest sellers in today’s market. Join us for a presentation by Children’s Book Council and National Science Teachers Association award winning writer, Marilyn McClellan.

Marilyn McClellan is an educator, mental health counselor and writer. Her articles have been published in educational journals and the Los Angeles Times. For thirteen years, she wrote a parenting column on teens for the Bellingham Herald. She has written three books for Enslow Publishing Inc., a New Jersey firm that publishes nonfiction library books for teens and young adults.  Marilyn’s first book for Enslow, Organ and Tissue Transplants: Medical Miracles and Challenges won an award from the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council in 2003.

Remember to make your reservation by Friday Nov 9th at 5pm!

WWP October Dinner: David T. Adams “From Manuscript to Movie Script: Screenwriting Tips Every Writer Should Know”

When: October 17, 2012 5:45pm
Where: Windows on the Bay (Bellingham Yacht Club)
Cost: $18 per member/$20 per non-member (includes taxes & gratuity)
Menu: Oktoberfest
Reservations required by Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at 5pm. 

Have you ever considered sending your novel, whether already published or still a work in progress to Hollywood? Learning how to turn your book manuscript into a screenplay is an invaluable tool for a writer. You can increase the profits from an already successful book, or you can give a never published book new life and a whole new chance at success by adapting it to screenplay format.

Seeing your story on the silver screen is not out of reach. In his presentation David T. Adams, professional screenwriter and script doctor, will give practical tips on structure and format of screenplays, as well as how to translate things like the narrative voice, character emotion and scene description into the language of the movie script.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from someone who has had years of experience selling screenplays, consulting with successful Hollywood directors and actors, and teaching Screenwriting Bootcamps and workshops.

Click here to get more details, and make reservations. 

September Dinner: “Getting out of the Slush Pile”

Cory Skerry, first reader for Tor.com, talks about how you can move your work out of the slush pile and onto an editors desk.

For the Whatcom Writers & Publisher’s September Dinner and Speaker event (Wednesday, Sept. 19th 5:30-8:30) our guest of honor will be Cory Skerry, first reader for Tor.com and Shimmer magazine. First readers are the gatekeepers. They decide whether your work will go up the chain to the editor. He will share a few of the things he is looking for in a short fiction piece, and how he decides what gets out of the slush pile and what doesn’t. If you have ever submitted your work to a magazine or editor you will find this topic invaluable.

Our dinner meeting will be extra special this month.  We will be kicking off the new 2012-2013 season with a social hour before dinner.  The doors will open at the special early time of 5:30pm and we will have appetizers, soda and tea available for all guests and special discount beer & wine coupons available for WWP members who have made Paypal reservations. As usual we will be at the Windows on the Bay in the Bellingham Yacht Club.

On the subject of Paypal, I just wanted to say that the response to our new Paypal reservation system, and how quickly everyone has adapted to it, has been really great.  It’s so much better for the volunteers who handle the transactions and for our finances.  Thanks everyone.  See you at dinner!