• President's Corner

    Update from the President:

    May 25, 2021


    An Update from the President


    Dear Authors,


    Student Writing Contest:


    The annual Authors of the Flathead high school writing contest ended May 7th. Thank you to the judges for you hard work to make this possible. Thanks especially to Tamara Sundberg in the Columbia Falls school system for coordinating the contest again this year. This year our winners were students who attended Columbia Falls, Linderman in Kalispell and were homeschooled. The six winners will be posted on our website. Printed certificates of achievement and prize money checks will be awarded. First place winners also receive a scholarship to attend the Flathead River Writers Conference on October 15 and 16, 2021.


    Flathead River Writers Conference:


    The brochure for the conference is at the printer in its last edit before publishing so those of you who are members will be in the first mailing. This will give you a two-week head start on registering and requesting an appointment for a manuscript evaluation and personal interview with an agent or editor. (Cost is $100 for both days & no additional cost to speak with the agent or editor.) Instructions and formatting will be posted online and included in the brochure. Please follow the standard formatting and page limits. After two weeks, brochures will be mailed to the rest of our large list.


    Editor or Agent Appointments: There are 12 appointments available with each agent or editor. This requires an early submission of properly formatted double-spaced manuscript pages and a one-page single-spaced synopsis in 12 pt Times New Roman font. If you register with either, once your two-day registration is received, the treasurer will contact you directly affirming receipt and will forward detailed instructions and deadline to the email you submit.


    Friday Masters Writing Workshop:


    Early registration for both days will also give you the opportunity to attend the virtual workshop with Larry Brooks all day on Friday. (The additional cost is: $125.00) Limited to 25 attendees. See our website for details.


    Plans are proceeding in hopes of an in-person conference next fall. We already are accumulating suggestions for 2022 presenters. If you have ideas for content or speakers for next year, please contact Conference Coordinator Craig Naylor (craigtnaylor@gmail.com)


    When will we see each other in person?


    With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the prospect of meeting in person at FVCC in the fall looks favorable. However, at this time FVCC is not granting any classroom reservations and is unable to authorize scheduling the 2022 writers conference.


    Outdoor Gathering


    We have tentative plans for an outdoor gathering in late summer. We will not provide food or a potluck this year due to COVID-19 issues. Instead, it will be a bring-your-own drink and gather to talk and share information. No date is set at this time.’


    Critique Groups


    Check out the Third Thursday gatherings on Zoom to share manuscripts, get feedback and discuss writing. This is also a location to meet others looking for critique groups.


    Writers Helping Writers is our motto. One of our high school students of the past, tutored by Deb Burke and Dennis Foley in particular, is now searching for aliens – seriously.


    Sarah Rugheimer, PhD, Astrophysicist, is now in post-graduate research at Oxford. Here is a link to her recent TED talk:




    Best wishes and success in your writing through the summer.


    Betty Kuffel, MD










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