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PNWA and the community

PNWA and the community

As a nonprofit organization, PNWA takes community involvement to heart!

We pride ourselves in introducing young authors to the world of writing. We do this by bringing published authors into classrooms, hosting a free annual writing event for kids (ages 8-12), and supporting the nationally recognized King County Library system. We also encourage new writers each year through scholarships to the PNWA Writers Conference. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to have been supported in our endeavor by members through a portion of membership dues and by the actions of volunteers.

If you're interested in joining our efforts please donate to PNWA via our secure online donation system.


In 2008 we partnered with Echo Lake Elementary School to launch a program dedicated to the love of writing and reading in children. Authors engage the students over a multiweek period on the world of writing and reading.

With expansion on the brain, PNWA wants to bring this rewarding program to as many children as possible. We are currently looking into other elementary schools in Western Washington that will be a great match for this program.

If you think you know the perfect school for this program please contact us.


Five years ago we launched a new FREE program dedicated to young writers. This one-day mini-conference provides workshops for children 8-12. In years past we have brought in authors like R.L Stine, Gerry Swallow, Janet Wong.

Past workshops include:

  • How to Create and Write for Comic Strips (ages 6-11)
  • You Want to be An Author, Now What? (ages 12-18)
  • How a Story is Turned into a Movie (all ages)

The 2019 instructors and classes for Young Author's Day will be announced in the Spring.



The KCLS Foundation supports programs that reach our and encourage residents of all ages to enjoy reading and learning. Each year nearly 2,000 children, youths, and adults benefit from the Foundation-supports programs in our libraries and in our communities.

  • Funding for books in the four Library2Go! vans. These units visit day-care homes and centers, apartment complexes, community centers, senior centers, and other venues.
  • Books for Babies provides reading tips, packets, books, and an Early Literacy DVD to low-income parents of newborns.
  • Play and Learn is a pilot project at two libraries that involves parents and focuses on early literacy activities.
  • Reach Out and Read supports conversations about reading during visits to pediatricians.
  • The Ready to Read program bring early literacy training to parents and caregivers.

thank you to our supporters and members!

Linda L. Allen
Jeff Ayers
Ken Bennett
Elizabeth Blake
Chenelle Bremont
Beth E. Button
Amber G. Christensen
Matthew Clark
Julie E. Coryell
Christine Dahl
Jennifer DeTemple
Jim Fisher
Bonnie Jean Hardy
Jim Harris
Jim Heher
Valerie Lynn Hendel
Ted Durant Henkle
Bettye Johnson
Kael Kelly
Patrice Koogler Foley
Constance Anne Logan
B.D. MacCullough
Tanya McDonald
Kay Morison
Rodney A. Nelsestuen
Anne-Marie Parsons
Tally R. Reynolds
Eileen Riccio
Priscilla Louise Sharrow
Madeleine Sklar
Lucy Stimmel
Anne Sweazy-Kulju
Jeremy Eugene Thomas
Bill Thorness
John D. Trudel
Peter Waugh
Julie Weston
Madeleine Wilde
Lynn A. Wiley Grant
Heather-Marie P. Wilson
Margie K. Young

Ilene Mary Birkwood
Jason Black
Jeffrey D. Briggs
Joan Brown
Kathryn Brown
John DeTurk
Danika Dinsmore
George Patrick Dovel
Sunnie Empie
Kathy Gehrt
Kathleen Glassburn
Linda S. Gray
James Greenfield
Sheryn Hara
Margaret Hellyer
Wendy Hinman
Jarlath Hume
Candice E. Jackson
Susan Glenn Lampe
Mary S. Lawrence
Ken LeMaster
Elizabeth C. Main
Sandy McCormack
Jean Miller
Jim Molnar
Norma Nill
Nicholas O’Connell
Robert L. Pace
Carrie L. Phelps
James Preston
David Alexander Rivera
John Ryan
Tara Sheets
Hal R. Smith
Ruth Annette Stender
Elizabeth Stephan
Peter Stockwell
Kate van Gelder
Marla Wirrick
Devin Morton
Michael Munson

Robert Dugoni
Krista D. Scott


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9/24/2020 » 9/27/2020
2020 PNWA Conference

Thursday Session: Keynote Brit Bennett

PNWA 2020 Friday: Business and Publishing

PNWA 2020 Saturday Session: The Craft of Writing

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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