April 2022 Meeting Recap: Why Setting is More Than a Place

In a well-attended meeting including guests from as far away as Ohio and Virginia, Wendy and Erica delivered an informative program on how to create settings to enhance your story. Using examples from their books and life experiences, topics covered included: “Where am I?” From a reader’s perspective, why it’s important to know setting in … Read more

March 2022 Meeting Recap: Research, Rewriting and Rechecking

Jeffrey Briggs interviewed local authors Jeanne Matthews and Alice K. Boatwright about their personal processes for getting from the blank page to the finished manuscript. He even suggested adding a fourth “R” to the mix: Repeat! Some of the topics covered were: Research Both authors use a wide variety of resources such as news articles, … Read more

February 2022 Meeting Recap: Short, Sharp, and Suspenseful: Writing the Mystery Short Story

Alice Boatwright engaged award winning short story author and educator Art Taylor in a wide-ranging conversation about the history and writing of the short story. Some of the topics that were covered: Is the short story a training ground for writing novels? Why readers like short stories Economy, efficiency and focus – the three essentials … Read more

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

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

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

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