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From your President

July 22, 2020

Update from your President.

Greetings to Authors of the Flathead,

I miss seeing all of you and hope you are doing well. When we entered 2020, the situation we are in currently was not on our radar. But writers are adaptable storytellers and often solitary creatures, so physical separation required by virus containment procedures have not been problematic for most. Huggers miss the hugging, and masks hide our smiles, but the greetings online and smiles without masks sent through cyberspace are comforting.

If you haven’t been joining the Zoom sessions, I highly recommend you give it a try. We have had some great conversations and presentations online.

Kathy is now doing our first Thursday presentations online via Zoom. The sessions on all four Thursdays are ongoing. Although some of the gatherings have been small, they have been energizing and educational.

When FVCC opens for more public meetings we will research in person meetings with appropriate distancing and masking, with the meetings Zoomed for those with health issues and not inclined to meet in person. At this time FVCC is opening on a limited basis for some students.

Our Flathead River Writers Conference was cancelled but the presenters all agreed to present at the next event scheduled for September 18 and 19, 2021, if circumstances allow large meetings. At this time, a workshop with Larry Brooks is also tentatively scheduled for the preceding Friday, Sept. 17th.

The Fernie Writers Conference decided to significantly scale back this summer. The Canadian Border is closed to non-essential travel making the joint Whitefish component scheduled for August, difficult. For upcoming events, check their website

Authors of the Flathead receive 10% off any tuition at Fernie Writers Conference events.


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Aug 6, 2020 07:00 PM

Join Kathy Dunnehoff with Authors of the Flathead

The Make-it or Break-it First Page

Join in the workshop and add your first page!

Submit your first page by August 4th via email: , and we'll help you keep readers reading. Double spaced.

We may judge a book by its cover, but we keep reading or stop by what we encounter on the first page. Let's talk about capturing the reader's attention and giving them the right amount of information on that critical first page.

Sign up for the scheduled interactive Zoom meeting.

Participating in a Zoom session is easy. Instructions are at our website.

for instructions and join just before the meeting be clicking on the unique URL.

It’s easy and fun. You can just listen if you don’t want to participate in the critique. If you don’t have a digital camera on your computer, you can join by the smart phone Zoom ap or by phone.

Our weekly sessions have been popular during the necessary changes to protect our health during the Covid Summer. Be sure to check the schedule now and then. August 13th is pending, August 20th is Open Reading, and on August 27th Barb Schiffman will be hosting another MeetUp Screenwriting and Storycrafting session.

Screenwriting and Storycrafting Details available here:

Barb Schiffman’s Screenwriting Group meets at the usual time on the 4th Thursday of each month. When we are able to meet in person again at FVCC, this group will meet each Thursday. Until then, all information is at Meetup. See the info at above URL to participate and read the screenplay and/or see the movie prior to discussion.

July 23rd - Storyline #4 “When Harry Met Sally” – Romantic Comedy – 7 pm

Montana Women Writers will not meet in July or August. Noon on September 24th is the next MWW Zoom session Hosted by Barb Schiffman, she is also the presenting: Haiku and Writing Poetry

Please let me know if you have some ideas for speakers and topics.

Thanks for all you help and patience during interesting times.

Stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes for completing many writing projects.

Betty Kuffel

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