March 30, 2020

Dear Writers,

Authors of the Flathead Board has made some adaptive changes to comply with social distancing in compliance with guidelines related to the spreading coronavirus. We cancelled our meetings at FVCC. We cancelled the Flathead River Writers Conference with plans to skip 2020 and reschedule about the same time in 2021. It appears all the presenters scheduled for this year are anxious to participate when travel and congregating are deemed safe. I will update you when we receive a confirmed date in September 2021.

Sadly, Dennis will be unable to continue monthly sessions with the group due to his health issues, and with the pandemic, he is cautiously remaining confined at home like the rest of us. We wish him well and are staying in touch. We thank him profusely for the decades of devotion to our group in leadership and education.

Kathy Dunnehoff has agreed to provide classes on the first Thursday of each month in his place. Her first meeting will be April 1, currently planned to be accomplished via Zoom. Those of you who are unfamiliar with Zoom, it is a cloud-based online video conferencing program. If you do not have a digital camera, it can be accessed by computer/audio only. More information will be posted.

Another exciting project in the planning stage is to develop a screenwriting monthly event orchestrated by Barbara Schiffman. Before the cancellation of meetings, the 4th Thursdays were to be the time to gather for a master class of examining and discussing award-winning screenplays, and writing/critiquing participant scripts. There is discussion about trying the process in a Zoom format. More information will be posted.

I hope you will all take care, be safe, and remain healthy during uncertain times.

Best wishes. Keep writing.

Betty Kuffel, President of Authors of the Flathead

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