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From our President


April 27, 2021 

Dear Authors, 

Spring Greetings after the cold winter and year of COVID-19 separation. I hope you have been able to accomplish the writing goals you set for yourselves. If not, get back on track and energized by joining the group more often on our weekly Thursday meetings online. Zoom links and events are on the Schedule page of the website.   If you haven’t surveyed the Resources menu, take a look at it. All of Dennis Foley’s Power Point presentations are there along with many references for authors including how to write synopses, copywriting and editing information. 

  If you have a new book that isn’t listed, please let me know and email a short overview with a jpg image of the book cover. This is one advantage of being a paid member of our group. 


The next Zoom meeting with Kathy Dunnehoff is Thursday May 6 at 7 pm. Topic: Where Do Ideas Come From? Be sure to bring your ideas to share with the group. Next month, for the first time in a year, the June 3rd Thursday class with Kathy Dunnehoff will be in person at FVCC. This will be a combined in person and virtual Zoom session. For those who are not immunized or have in-person risks warranting reduced contact, the Zoom link will be located at the Schedule of the event. 

Also - Be sure to check the Schedule on our website for the room location. - Please let me know if you have any topics of interest you’d like to request for future presentations.  Check the schedule for weekly gatherings online for: Guest speakers, Open Reading and Screenwriting. 


The deadline for submissions is May 7th. I will receive all of the submissions from Tamara Sundberg the school contest coordinator within a couple days following that date and will send them to each of the judges. We have seven judges who will judge all manuscripts and get them back to me for processing and tabulation. For each category, Short Story and Poetry, there will be first, second and third monetary prizes. Checks will be forwarded before the 17th, so judges will need to read and score the manuscripts within a few days of receipt. I appreciate all the help on this event. The first-place winners also receive free attendance at the Flathead River Writers Conference in October. 

  VIRTUAL FLATHEAD RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE OCTOBER 16-17 Saturday/Sunday OCTOBER 15 Friday only – Workshop with Larry Brooks – Limited attendance for workshop so be sure sign up early. The presenters and schedules have been confirmed. The brochure will soon be finalized, printed, mailed out and published on our website. Members of Authors of the Flathead will receive the mailed brochure two weeks in advance of the rest of our mailing list and posting. Critiques by Agent or Publisher One of your advantages as a paid member is early notice and the ability to be an early registrant for the two-day conference and to be one of the first 24 paid attendees to receive a critique of a portion of your manuscript plus a Zoom personal conversation with either the agent or editor you request. (Each will provide 12 reviews - First come first served, so be ready to pay and submit if you’d like to speak with one of them.) DUES $25/year: Pay online or mail a check to Authors of the Flathead, PO Box 7711, Kalispell MT 59904 Best wishes in your writing. Hope to see you online or in person soon. 

Betty Kuffel 

President Authors of the Flathead

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