Update from the President:
To: Authors of the Flathead
From: Betty Kuffel, Pres.
The tumultuous year of 2020 has required unusual patience and adaptation. Writing is a solitary process, and many of our group I have spoken with said they have not minded social restrictions to limit COVID-19 spread. But increased stresses, both financial and health, took a toll on creativity that is finally improving.
Our transition to Zoom meetings left many members behind who were not Zoomers. We are gaining more writers, and I hope you will join in. If you don’t have a computer video camera, you can join in as an audio participant. Instructions and Zoom links are on our Schedule site.
Google Group for Authors of the Flathead is a new option to connect with other writers. Dennis set this up recently, and I encourage you to join the group. There will be periodic messages related to speakers or events, but mostly it’s an easy way to stay in touch with other writers.
Since we are no longer meeting in person, the sharing and conversations we had at our meetings are no longer possible. Until we can meet again, we’ve created an alternative way for all of us to communicate, ask questions, provide answers, and help one another navigate the world of writing. Google Groups is an email-based way to send emails to all group members just using one simple address. And when any member sends an email to the Google Group, you will receive a copy, and you can reply.
-If you join (for free) and decide this is not for you, you will find an “Unsubscribe” button at the top of each message you receive. Just click on that, and you will be taken out of the group.
-To join, just send an email to email@example.com with your name and email. We’ll send you an invitation to join.
So join us and watch how we can pick up the conversations we once enjoyed at our regular meetings.
-After you join, you can send any message you want to the group by using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentations/classes: 7 p.m. via Zoom
Kathy Dunnehoff is teaching the first Thursdays classes. Her next session is on January 7th. I am gathering speakers for the second Thursdays, currently scheduled through April. I would love to hear from you about topics or speakers you’d like. Our Open Reading on third Thursday evenings is a great place to read a manuscript portion and get feedback. (Directions are posted.)
In 2021, on monthly 4th Thursdays, Barbara Schiffman’s Montana Screenwriting group continues to meet online (at least until we can gather in person again). Get details on MT Screenwriting “script of the month” discussions at: https://meetup.com/MTScreenwriting.
Some writers who believed they would accomplish their 2020 goals were too distracted to find the focus creative writing requires. Overdue projects and home improvements got in my way, but I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November and get back to writing. My goal was to complete at least 50,000 words in the first draft of a novel I had conceptualized, begun writing but had no ending. I completed 40,000 words in 30 days and outlined the storyline to “the end.” I’d never participated in NaNoWriMo previously but found it fun and productive. You could do it any month on your own, but each year, Kathy Dunnehoff mentors a course on the process in November, and you could join her at FVCC.
If you are writing but need some input on storyline or feedback on a section of manuscript, try out the Third Thursday sessions and share. Critique groups are very helpful and if you don’t belong, talking with other writers helps improve your work.
We are proceeding with a virtual conference in mid-October. Craig Naylor is the conference coordinator and may be calling on you for assistance. We have three media and marketing members who will be helping with not only the conference but with posting the weekly meetings as reminders on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I will update you on more details as they evolve.
Authors of the Flathead Board:
Board members all agreed to continue in their roles for an additional year. We usually meet and hold in-person elections in November; however, with the current situation of viral precautions and difficulty of holding an election, the board voted to remain in their positions and hold the election in the fall of 2021. Current Board Members: President Betty Kuffel, VP and the VP role is covered by the president, Secretary Fran Tabor, Treasurer Tom Kuffel. At large members: Dixon Rice and Dennis Foley.
Best wishes for the coming year, and may you meet your writing goals.