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Members receive access to 9 meetings every year.

Attend in person, from home, or download all past archived meetings online (29). If you would like to participate in meetings via online webinars, make sure to check your email the Wednesday before each meeting. The email is titled: PNWA "Month" Meeting Webinar instructions. 

  

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September 17, 2015   Social Media Success: Maximize Your Online Presence

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speakers: Nicole Persun and Joe Gillard


To this day, the number one seller of books is word-of-mouth, which makes social media a great marketing tool. It's all about making connections with your readers. 

In this meeting, we'll look into some surefire ways to strengthen your social media presence, including what to post, when to post, about how often. We'll also introduce strategies that will help you maximize your online presence, and discuss how to manage your accounts successfully, without becoming overwhelmed.

October 8, 2015   Book Trailers

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speakers: Steve Ahlbom and Rian Fiske


You’ve heard some people say that you need a book trailer to bring attention and readers to your book, but you’re not quite sure if you need one. Or, if you do, where do you begin? This workshop explains what a book trailer is and how they can impact sales and visibility. By the time you leave, you’ll know the difference between a good trailer and a bad one, where to host your trailer, and what production options are best for you.

November 12, 2015   Structuring Your Novel

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speaker: Terry Persun

 

Some say that the structure of a novel is what the storyteller cares about most while writing it. If you consider venue, idea, character, and event separately, the idea of placing the standard three-acts over this internal skeleton becomes more effective and interesting. All things are evident in every novel, but how you focus, where you focus, and what you focus on can drive your story to the most logical and satisfying conclusion. If there’s time, we’ll touch on reverse structure, and briefly talk about how to apply the hero’s journey to the novel you’re working on.

December 6, 2015    PNWA Holiday Party

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Writer's Cottage (317 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste. 8, Issaquah, WA 98027)

January 7, 2016   The Changing Landscape of Self-Publishing

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speaker: Gerri Russell

 

Have you self-published a book only to find less-than-stellar sales, bad reviews, and grumbling readers? This workshop and open discussion will uncover what could be hurting you as an author, including everything from poor edits to ugly covers, to bad blurbs. We’ll also discuss the newest trends in self-publishing and the ways to set yourself apart from the crowd.

February 11, 2016   The Role of the Developmental Editor

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

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

 

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.

 March 17, 2016   Point of View

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speaker: Scott Driscoll

 

When we talk about point-of-view, what we’re usually asking is: who speaks? Really, that’s only the tip of the narrative iceberg. In order to truly understand how stories get told, we need to consider a series of questions: Who speaks? To whom (who’s listening)? On what occasion? From what distance? Why? Consider for example, free indirect discourse. A direct expression that emerges from a character’s interior world, free indirect discourse usually emerges in short phrases that tend to adopt the voice peculiar to the character. Novelists in all genres have used this device to some degree, but does this interior voice behave according to the usual POV rules? In this talk we will consider who speaks, but we will also comb through a variety of examples in authors as widely divergent as Willa Cather, George Saunders, and Henning Mankell, in order to explore the more complex subject of just how stories do manage to get told.

April 7, 2016   Genre Fiction: Trends and Subgenres

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speakers: Bernadette Pajer, Terry Persun, Deborah Schneider, and Boyd Morrison

 

New writers, or those new to genre fiction, often have questions regarding sub-genres. What are the benefits and risks of breaking conventions and exploring outside the current rules? What roles do reader expectation, publisher constraints and indie-publishing play?

May 12, 2016   Memoir

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speaker: William Kenower

 

Your life is a story, and if told correctly, a very interesting one. There is an art to taking the sprawling events of your life and reducing them down to a personal essay or memoir. Using Bill Kenower’s unique inside-out approach to writing, we will look at how to tell the fine difference between telling a story about your life, and using your life to tell a story.

June 9, 2016   Life's a Pitch: Calm Your Conference Jitters and Prepare to Perfect Your Pitch

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Speaker: Ericka Mitchell

 

Join us for an evening of practical tips, encouragement, and useful nuts-and-bolts information that will equip you to ace the upcoming PNWA conference and nail your pitch session with the agents and editors you'll meet there.  

 

HOLD THE DATE - PNWA 61ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE: JULY 18-31, 2016




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9/17/2015
Social Media Success: Maximize Your Online Presence

9/26/2015 » 10/24/2015
2015 Fall Quarter Beginning Memoir Course

9/28/2015 » 10/26/2015
2015 Fall Quarter Intermediate Memoir Course

10/6/2015 » 12/8/2015
2015 Fall Quarter Fiction Course: Write Your Story

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2015 Fall Quarter Fiction Course: After the First Draft

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