• President's Corner

    Update from the President:

    National Novel Writing Month

    November 1, 2020

    Greetings to Authors of the Flathead,

    It's November and time to focus on that writing project you'd like to complete. Many have completed a novel or even a non-fiction from beginning to end with a draft of 50,000 words using the format at: https://nanowrimo.org/ Do you need short-term goals to push you forward and the camaraderie of writing with others to remain focused? If that sounds like you, check out the website and get to work.


    With fewer commitments and less travel due to physical distancing for safety from the virus, I made great progress with Covid Home Improvements but did little writing the past few weeks. Now that I have finished painting walls, I'm back to writing and hope you are, too.


    We are offering weekly Zoom sessions but have low attendance, usually fewer than ten. I encourage you to join us and bring friends. It's a friendly group and often begins with a few minutes where we catch up on what people have been doing, followed by a presentation.


    Kathy Dunnehoff presents the first Thursday each month as Dennis Foley did. If you have a requested topic, let her know.


    To enter the Zoom session, arrive a few minutes early, go to Schedule and click on the link. If you don't have a video camera, that is fine. You can attend as an audio participant. For your convenience, here are the next three sessions:


    Join Zoom events for Authors. Come and bring your friends.

    Thursdays at 7 pm – Zoom invitation at www.authorsoftheflathead.org

    Nov. 5th: Character Arcs: Character Evolution=Reader engagement - Kathy Dunnehoff

    November 12th: Interviewing for Authors

    Join true crime author Betty Kuffel, MD, and experienced podcaster Barbara Schiffman. They will discuss being interviewed, interviewing others, podcasting, and Dr. Kuffel's experiences interviewing investigators, victims, and an imprisoned pedophile suspected of cannibalism.


    November 19th - Open Reading - Fran Tabor - Share your writing samples and get feedback from other authors. Check schedule for manuscript guidelines.


    November 26 and December 24 - Holiday break from Meet Up Montana Screenwriting but there is a Holiday Movie Challenge with a prize for winner, deadline 1/21/21. Get Movie Challenge details to participate during November and December at: https://www.meetup.com/MTScreenwriting/ You are encouraged to join to discuss movies and practice writing loglines and brief synopses for each. Plan to write one for a film you enjoy and enter the challenge. This is great practice for novelists and non-fiction writers.


    We have a new addition to our website. I just finished compiling as list of our members and their books. The list will remain as a static display to help gain readership for your great work. If you have a book I haven't listed or when you have a new one and want it displayed, please let me know.


    We will do this for our members. If you wish to remain on the listing, please pay your dues online in January or mail a check for $25 to Authors of the Flathead, PO Box 7711, Kalispell, MT 59904. I placed everyone on the list that I could identify. Some of you have not paid dues. Wait till January to pay as the dues run January through December.


    Take care. Be safe. Join a Zoom session and Write.


    Betty Kuffel




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