January 2022 Meeting Recap: The Mindful Writer

Award-winning author Glen Erik Hamilton was entertaining and thought-provoking. He shared his techniques and tricks for managing our external environment, our internal mindset, and shifting our mental gears between writing and rewriting our work. In other words, how to shut out the real world and allow room for fictional ones. Hamilton explained that he takes … Read more

December 2021 Meeting Recap: Holiday Party

The invitation asked people to bring: A song parody, a poem written by you or someone else, a funny or touching story about a wonderful (or heartbreaking) holiday memory, a limerick or a haiku or even a run-on sentence… and if you read something while wearing a Santa hat, so much the better. The thirteen … Read more

December 2021 Member News

Alice K. Boatwright was interviewed by Writer’s Connection, a newsletter and website created to educate emerging writers and to promote local authors. In the interview, she discusses her path to becoming a writer, her approach to writing, and her experiences as an author. Charlotte Stuart‘s Why Me? Chimeras, Conundrums and Dead Goldfish won a Distinguished … Read more

November 2021 Meeting Recap: Flash Fiction Night: Clueless in Seattle

Past president Luanne Brown hosted Flash Fiction Night and began the program with trivia questions about the game of Clue. After we displayed our knowledge—or failed to do so—some shared stories and others listened. The 250-word (sometimes more) stories that were told included the following titles: The Samurai Sword Tiff for Two The Coroner’s Coronary? … Read more

November 2021 Member News

Susan McCormick’s The Fog Ladies: In the Soup, Book 3 in the San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery series, was released in October. Book 2 in the series, The Fog Ladies: Family Matters, won first prize in InD’Tale’s RONE Awards for Mystery and is also in the Shortlist for Chanticleer’s Murder and Mayhem Award. Charlotte Stuart … Read more

October 2021 Meeting Recap: What Drives Story: Character or Plot?

Jennifer McChord and Roberta Trahan provided insights into balancing plot and character development. Jennifer is Executive Editor and Associate Publisher at Epicenter-Coffeetown-Camel Press, and Roberta is a best-selling author. The presenters pointed out that thrillers tend to be more plot driven while cozies are more character driven and that most authors have a preference for … Read more

October 2021 Member News

Roxanne Dunn: Pop the champagne! Murder Undetected was released by The Wild Rose Press on Sept. 29. Susan McCormick’s third installment in The Fog Ladies San Francisco Cozy Mystery series, The Fog Ladies: In the Soup, will be released Oct. 4 by The Wild Rose Press. New York Journal of Books says: “Age cannot slow … Read more

September 2021 Meeting Recap: Working With An Agent

Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency presented answers to questions from a member survey about working with an agent. Of members who took the survey, 17% had an agent and 57% were looking for an agent. Some of the questions Dawn answered: What can an agent do for an author that they couldn’t … Read more

August 2021 Meeting Recap: Picnic

A small group of members gathered at the upper shelter at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline and chatted about books, the weather, Covid 19, life events, etc. The weather cooperated by staying comfortably warm with a pleasant breeze off the water. The sky wasn’t as smoky as it had been just the day before. There … Read more

August 2021 Member News

Susan McCormick will discuss her Fog Ladies cozy murder mystery series and a writing life in general with the Capitol Crimes Sister-in-Crime chapter Book Club on August 10. Register here. Glen Erik Hamilton: Island of Thieves is Glen’s sixth novel in the award-winning Van Shaw series. It was released on July 27 from William Morrow. … Read more