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Women writers paid residency in Alaska

From Dana Stabenow’s blog: “…in 2017, Frederica Cabin at   Storyknife will host four women writers, one each in the months of June, July, August and September. The application period begins today, December 15th and runs through January 27th.”

Women writers can apply for a residency at the cabin outside of Homer, Alaska, with a $250 per week stipend paid at the residency’s end. The residency will be for one woman each month of June, July,  August, and September of 2017.  Applications close January 27, 2017 for the 2017 residency.

Go to her Storyknife Writers Retreat page for more detail, and to apply:


Holiday Promotions From Chanticleer Book Reviews

Hello Whatcom Writers!

cbr-500x489Chanticleer is an Editorial Book Review company based in Bellingham, WA. We also run several genre writing contests, have a yearly writers conference in town, and many other services for writers.

We have a couple of great promotions going on for the holidays, one for our editorial reviews, and the other for our Chanticleer Author Conference March 30-April 2, 2017.

The Chanticleer Author Conference #CAC17 is not your average author conference. The mission of CAC is to help authors sell more books. We have a focus on marketing and the business side of publishing for both indie and traditional authors.

More Bang For Less Bucks Book Review Promo Code

Now through midnight on November 30, 2016, we are offering you $75 off the cost of our Chanticleer Book Review for a limited time. (get a voucher for valid for one year after purchase if your book isn’t quite ready yet).

Purchase your book review with the code Thankyou75 before November 30th.

Last Chance for Super Savings on the Authors Conference

Now through midnight on December 31, 2016, we are offering $50 off the current Early Bird rate for the Chanticleer Author Conference for a limited time. 

Purchase your conference package with the code 50CAC1716 before December 31st.

We are truly grateful for your support, and we could not think of a better home for our business than Bellingham.

Your devoted book promoting allies,
The Chanticleer Book Reviews Team

Poetry Night Cafe

Welcome one and all to the South Fork Valley’s annual celebration of the rhyme and reason of the written and spoken word



Saturday, November 12, 2016, 7:00PM in the Van Zandt

Community Hall, 4106 Valley Highway, Deming, Wash. (corner of Highway 9 and Potter Road).

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Feel free to bring a potluck dessert dish to share.

Sponsored by: South Fork Valley Community Association (SFVCA) and Deming Library.

Poetry Night Café 2016

  • Support and enjoy local poets and storytellers as they recite from their works
  • Share a “groovy” time with your “beatnik” friends and neighbors
  • Partake of delectable edibles
  • Be the coolest cat on your block!


Media Contacts:

Erin Suda, Deming Library,, 360-592-2422

Matthew Thuney, SFVCA,, 360-305-6939 (voice/text)


South Fork Authors Autumn Showcase

Van Zandt Community Hall
Van Zandt Community Hall

Welcome to South Fork Authors Autumn Showcase, an opportunity for local authors to share and promote their work.

Yes, folks, the April event was so well received that we’ve been called back for an encore! And just in time for literary customers to shop for the book lovers on their holiday lists.

Couple of changes: The front of the Hall will be sectioned off as a “Green Room” where authors can introduce themselves and conduct readings apart from the hubbub in the main hall. Unfortunately, this will limit vendor space, so please plan ahead and sign up soon!

 Time: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00pm. (Author setup starts at noon, and participants are requested to sign up by October 15—space is limited, so the sooner the better!)

Location: The Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Highway, Deming, Wash. (corner of Highway 9 and Potter Road).

Contact: Matthew Thuney,, 360-305-6939 (voice/text).

This event is sponsored by the South Fork Valley Community Association (SFVCA, Deming, Wash.) and hosted by SFVCA Communication Coordinator and freelance writer Matthew Thuney (author of Bucolia: Hijinx in the Hinterlands).

Participating authors will be given the use of a table (or half-table, depending on the number of participants) on which to display their books and promotional materials. Book sales are encouraged, and each author will act as his/her own cashier.

Additionally, time permitting, authors will be given 10-15 minutes to introduce themselves in the “Green Room” at the front of the Hall and read passages from their works.

Both tables and time slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees: Each participant will be charged a $10 table/half-table fee, and it is requested that 10% of book sales be donated to the SFVCA for maintenance of the Hall and scheduling/promotion of future events. Please send payment by check (payable to South Fork Valley Community Association) to: SFVCA, c/o Amy Margolis, Treasurer, 5465 Potter Rd., Deming, WA 98244. Electronic payment can be made via the KAVZ-LP 102.5FM website by visiting and clicking on the “Donate” button (KAVZ is a subsidiary of the SFVCA). If you find it in your heart to donate more than the $10 fee to KAVZ or the SFVCA, you will be warmly welcomed as an honorary citizen of Bucolia with all the rights and privileges associated therewith. Which will likely be legion once we come up with them.

Authors are encourage to bring tasty snacks for patrons. Admission is free to the public.

Questions? Suggestions? Please let me know if you need any further information or have ideas for promoting South Fork Authors Autumn Showcase.

On behalf of the South Fork Valley Community Association, all of our fellow avid readers and writers, and everyone committed to supporting the local economy and its creative contributors, thank you for your interest and participation!

Wishing you all the best from the heart of Bucolia,

Matthew Thuney

Chanticleer Author Conference “Late Bird” Discount for WWP Members

Attending a Session CAC15Chanticleer Book Reviews, host of the Chanticleer Author Conference, has extended a “Late Bird” discount to WWP members as a way of saying thank you for all the valuable support, both from the group and individual members. This discount drops the price by $100 for the 2 day or the 3 day package, in effect, giving WWP members Early Bird prices at the 11th hour.

This unique author conference focuses on the business and marketing elements of being an author. While there are a few craft oriented sessions, most CAC16 Workshops will teach authors, both traditionally published and self published, how to increase book sales and make smart business decisions that will lead to a profitable career as an author.

CAC16 Faculty include: Bestselling legal thriller author Robert Dugoni, Pulpwood Queen, and founder of the world’s largest book club, Kathy L. Murphy, CEO of Where Writers Win Shari Stauch, Film & TV Producer Diane Sillan Isaacs, Editor and Radio Host William Kenower, and more.

Book Signings 4The three days of the conference, April 29, 30 & May 1, will also include the Books by the Bay Book Fair, which will be open to the public and feature the books of everyone attending the conference. It will be fully staffed by the local and well-loved bookseller Village Books. Even if you are not attending the conference, please come take a look at all the terrific books that will be for sale, many of which will be honored at our awards banquet that weekend.

The discount is good from now until April 14th, the day after the next WWP meeting. So don’t put off registering. Register for the Chanticleer Author Conference with the code WWPLATEBIRD to get the discount.