• President's Corner




    Dear Authors,


    The October 1 & 2 Flathead River Writers Conference is only a month away! We still have one space in the Friday, September 30, Make Your Writing Pop workshop with Val M. Mathews. She also has a few spots left for author visits. Please spread the word – we still have conference seats available. For those attending: we provide lunch both days, coffee, tea, a few snacks. We will have cups and other utensils but, to cut down on trash, we ask you to bring your own sealed-top ad reusable cup for your beverage.


    The annual Authors of the Flathead Picnic will be Thursday, September 15, 4:00 – 8:00, at Whitefish City Beach Gazebo 3. This is a venue change from last month’s newsletter. It is a potluck so please bring food to share. A grill will be available. We will have some utensils and cups but Authors of the Flathead is moving toward an environmentally sustainable future so we ask you bring your own plates, cups, utensils you can take home and wash. Family is always welcome at this event. Bring a coat, it gets a bit chilly when the sun hangs low in the sky. Picnic tables are provided but folding chairs are also handy. Beer and wine are okay.


    Authors members Glenn Schiffman, Kathy Dunnehoff, and Mark Leichliter teach FVCC continuing education classes this fall. These published authors have much to offer. Please note that Glenn’s Art of the Personal Essay time in the printed catalog is incorrect. The time listed on the FVCC webpage is correct: W: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.


    Last call for book info for the conference slideshow! If you are an Authors member and have a book that is either new or never been part of the slideshow, please get your info to Betty Kuffel yesterday (if not sooner) - bettykuffel@gmail.com. Send cover art, a brief bio and book description, a head shot. We’re working on some tables for authors to display during the conference and Kyle at the Bookshelf in Kalispell will handle sales for the Saturday evening reception at his store.


    We have many events to help us tie up loose ends for the conference.


    Sept. 1 - Kathy Dunnehoff will help us polish our conference pitch: FVCC (and Zoom) at 7:00 pm, BC 141.


    Sept. 8 - Make the Flathead River Writers Conference Count: A Panel Discussion with Susan Purvis, Kathy Dunnehoff, Betty Kuffel, Debbie Burke, who will share final tips in a Q & A session about preparing your pitch, your synopsis, your query. These insights on how to take full advantage of the conference from published writers who've been there and emerged with great successes will be a not-to-miss evening.


    Sept. 15 – Annual Picnic (see above)


    Sept. 22 – Join the Montana Screenwriters Group for a special online-only session (via Zoom) with LINDSEY HUGHES, aka "The Pitchmaster." She's been on all sides of Hollywood's pitching and project sales game since the mid-1990s, working as a Disney Studios creative executive and also developing feature films and family TV series with producers, including some inspired by children's books or toys. Lindsey will share her special tips and tricks for launching or expanding your writing career. She and Barbara Schiffman both studied career building and project marketing with Suzanne Lyons at Flash Forward Institute. See the Authors of the Flathead Schedule web page for login information.


    Write on!


    Craig Naylor, President

    Dear Writers,


    The Oct. 1 & 2 conference brochures are out and online registration is now live in the AoF website. Please note the special workshop with Val Mathews on Sept. 30 that is well worth the additional investment.


    Our meeting tonight, May 12, is sure to be a great one as Massie & McQuilkin agent Julie Stevenson gathers with us. This is a Zoom-only event. Login codes and Julie’s bio are on the AoF Schedule web page.


    Also on the Schedule page is info about the third Thursday open readings hosted this month by Dixon Rice. Fourth Thursday screenwriting events hosted by Barbara Schiffman links are there, as is the first week class with Kathy Dunnehoff. Kathy is endeavoring to also have her sessions on Zoom for those unable to get to FVCC.


    May spring blossom for us all. Write on!


    Craig Naylor


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