Dear Authors of the Flathead,
Happy 2020 to all of you! May you achieve your writing goals this year and have fun along the way. As Dennis Foley says: Read a lot. Write a lot. Hang out with writers and hone your craft. Attend classes, find a critique group and focus on minutes. You have 1,440 minutes each day. Time is valuable. Spend it wisely.
This is a reminder to complete your screenplay submission and get it to Barbara Schiffman before February 2. She will be unable to attend the Jan. 9th meeting but will be available at most other meetings if you have questions check out this site.
We have writing events planned for 2020, including the 30th year for our annual conference! Save the dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th. Preceding the conference, a special one-day writing workshop by Larry Brooks will occur on Friday. Seating will be limited for the workshop. Details, cost and location will be announced with the early mailing of the brochure to members.
If you haven’t paid your $25/year dues, you can pay online, mail in a check, or hand it to the treasurer at a first Thursday evening meeting. The primary personal benefit for membership is supporting other writers as they support you. You also receive early conference registration to reserve a manuscript critique and meeting with an agent or editor at the conference. The money also contributes social events and prize money for the annual high school writing contest.
Volunteers have been instrumental in coordinating the contest. Thank you to Marsha Schulz, Rebecca Schuster and Tamara Sundberg (with Columbia Falls High School). I have many volunteers to help with judging the young writer contest and will contact you for a reading and judging session in March.
Members are invited to take over the preparations and planning for the annual picnic usually held at City Beach in Whitefish in August. Also consider participating in a leadership role in the group. Election for President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary and two at-large Board members will occur late in 2020. We will post the specific responsibilities for these positions on the website. This is a volunteer organization and to remain strong we must have more people assume leadership roles, so if you are interested, please let me know.
Best wishes and thanks for your support in 2019.
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