February 3, 2021

Greetings from your President

Dear Authors,

Our annual high school student writing contest is in progress. We will need a group of six authors willing to review and judge all submissions. This was done online last year and was efficient. It typically takes a couple of hours to read and tabulate Short Story and Poetry categories, first, second and third place in each. We had 16-17 submissions in the two categories.

The contest ends May first and within two weeks, the submissions will be emailed to judges. The awards need to be given out before graduation on June 5th. Judging must be completed within a couple of days of receiving the manuscripts and returned to me. Please let me know if you are interested in being a judge.

We have had increased participation in our Zoom sessions. If you haven’t attended, give them a try. All are at 7 p.m. with links to each session at the Schedule location on our website. Kathy’s presentation on February 4th is Every Story Could Use a Little Romance!​ Our second Thursday meeting topic is Writer Support by Clare Wood who is co-owner of Self-Publishing Services, LLC. This Missoula-based company provides multiple services including coaching, editing, cover design, formatting, and much more, including website design and marketing.

Looking for some feedback or help on a writing issue? Join Fran Tabor and the third Thursday group and for those interested in screenwriting join the active group on the 4th Thursdays with Barb Schiffman via a MeetUp FB group. The link is at our Schedule website location. Their latest topic was a review of Groundhog Days with the screenwriter & author a featured presenter. Even if you are not a screenwriter but have an interest. They discuss a script each month and often have other presentations. On February 4th there is a special Stage 32 Netflix TV Pitching workshop. To participate, click the link and RSVP.

Craig Naylor, Conference Coordinator is pushing on with details and organization of the 2021 fall return of Flathead River Writer Conference. This will be virtual only this year due to the unknown safety circumstances with COVID-19 and the variants. With more people immunized, we hope to return to an in-person conference in 2022. Diane Bokor, Debbie Burke, and Dixon Rice will be managing the media and marketing aspects. Thanks to all of you and Craig for making the conference happen.

Please let me know if you have a suggestion for a featured presenter on the coming second Thursday scheduled events. We are currently scheduled through March.

Be sure to check the FVCC schedule. In the coming months, there are two Creative Writing non-credit continuing education courses. The Write Plan (Zoom) 4/05/21 (Kathy Dunnehoff) and Writing Memoir: Telling Your Story (In-person w masks and social distanced) 2/24/21 (Mark Leichliter).


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