President's Letter - June 2024

Greetings Writers!

I hope your summer is filled with productive writing and time to enjoy our magnificent part of the world. I'm working on multiple novel, poetry, and article projects as I also fill the woodshed, get the garden in, fight fire blight in the orchard, and spend time with my wife. My dogs are also showing their age and I don't want to take for granted the years we have left.

Some organization details are below, followed a very important notice at the end, especially for the writers with more than one book in publication.

Please check the calendar throughout the summer as the schedule changes to accommodate holidays and travel. July is especially impacted as Open Readings moves to the second Thursday, and Kathy Dunnehoff's always insightful class moves to the third Thursday.

The Flathead River Writers Conference, October 5/6 at the Red Lion is filling up. Get your seat reserved for this lineup of wonderful and diverse speakers -

Keir Graff's Friday workshop, Capture Readers With Conflict, has a few seats left. His phot is in this newsletter.

 Everyone meeting an agent/editor at the conference was emailed the guidelines on June 14. Check your Spam folder if you didn't receive it. One correction: The ten pages of manuscript should be double spaced but the Synopsis should be single spaced. Submissions need to be emailed to me by August 26.

Thanks to all who have renewed their membership. Authors of the Flathead continues to grow and we appreciate your support. If you're not a member, you can do so on the website.

From Barbara and Glenn Schiffman: Flathead Story Concerts hosts one more live story event this year, Tuesday 9/17 at Sacred Waters Brewing in Kalispell. At the May event, 70+ listeners enjoyed true and fiction short stories and poems by 7 local writers (most of them AotF members!). Now FSC needs 4 more inspiring stories for 9/17 (6 Tellers total). Fall story themes are (a) Firsts and Lasts, or (b) All in the Family. Curated by hosts Glenn and Barbara Schiffman (not open mics), FSCs are co-sponsored by AotF. Submit your 6-8 minute tellable stories by email for review (deadline = 8/1). Details:

The Important Notice: The Authors of the Flathead Board is having a visioning session on Saturday, July 6, where we will discuss current issues, the website, long term finances, but also brainstorm ideas for the future for the organization. Our mission statement, Writers Helping Writers is, for me, a wonderfully concise phrase that has two parts: 1) experienced writers coming to the gatherings to visit with and mentor younger writers; to give back and pay forward, and, 2) an organization that meets the needs of writers at all levels. Right now, we have a dedicated handful of experienced writers attending the meetings regularly who, at the breaks, visit with and advise the younger writers. I'd like to see more of the published authors coming and I'd like to know what would attract, what we as an organization can do to offer events and topics that will intrigue those of you with multiple books out, speaking engagements, book tours, and a wide sphere of influence. We could use your vast expertise.

I ask your input on these and other matters of your concern. Please send them to me in an email and I'll include them as food for thought on July 6.

Write on!



Craig Thomas Naylor, DMA

President, Authors of the Flathead