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Quote of the Week

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

—Anais Nin


Prompt of the Week

Write about a time when you were an adult and played like a child.





Get to Know...

2016 Conference Agent, 

Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency

Introduction From Bookseller to Agent



Early Bird Conference Registration  ONLY $425 for members 

($500 for nonmembers)

• One Pitch Block with registration

• Second Pitch Block purchased at $100 additional

• Drawing for FREE 2017 conference for paid 2016 registration

• Available Master Classes at $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers  

Click here to see our list of agents and editors for the 2016 conference!




PNWA Literary Contest

Don't miss this opportunity to put your work to the test and compete with some of the best in the northwest at the Annual PNWA Literary Contest. There are 12 categories, cash prizes and every entry receives two valuable critiques. 
For more details on the conference, please visit our FAQRules and Guidelines, or Category Definitions. Or, click here to submit! We can't wait to see your talent!
Nancy Pearl Award Contest

PNWA's Nancy Pearl Book Award is a literary contest designed to recognize recently published works by PNWA members. Books with an original copyright date of 2015 can be submitted for consideration. Winners will be announced at the 2016 PNWA Conference (July 28 - 31), will receive $1000 in cash prizes and one month of promotion advertising on PNWA and Author magazine.
For more information on the Nancy Pearl Award, click here. For information on Nancy Pearl, the woman who inspired this award, please visit her website. Click here to download the contest form.


February 11th Monthly Meeting

The Changing Landscape of Self-Publishing

Speakers: C.J. Wyckoff, Deborah Schneider, and The Grammar Chick: Mimi Munk

Thursday, February 11th, 2016


You've finished your book, now what?  Whether you plan to submit your book to a traditional publisher, a partner publisher, or self-publish your work, the answer to this question is the same. Your book needs a developmental review and copy edit. How you accomplish this review and copy edit, can take many forms.  You can ask fellow writers to review your book, or you can hire someone. Regardless of the path you take, you must consider these questions: How do I interpret the reviewer's comments?  How do I determine what advice I should implement and what I should discard? If I hire someone, what should I expect? Come with your questions. Our panel of developmental editors and authors will be happy to give you the answers.





Winter Workshops 

Write Your Story - Winter Quarter

Tuesday, January 12 - March 15, 2016

This course will go over the sagging middle of your novel and how to avoid its pitfalls, deepening character relationships, setting, and point of view, plus the business side: polishing your pitch, query and synopsis, as well as marketing tips and tricks.

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After the First Draft - Winter Quarter

Wednesday January 13 - March 16, 2016

This course will go over what to do when your novel stalls, revision techniques, creating action in bridge scenes, and weaving plot layers together, plus the business side: social media dos and don'ts, along with choosing the right publishing direction.

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2016 Winter Quarter Fiction Course: Write Your Story

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Office: Writers' Cottage 317 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste. 8, Issaquah, WA 98027

Open Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm

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Mailing: PMB 2717 - 1420 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste. 2,
Issaquah, WA 98027

Phone: (425) 673-2665
Fax: (425) 961-0768