• Meeting Schedule

  • All in-person meetings start at 7pm in Room 141 at the Broussard Center at Flathead Valley Community College

    August 11 - Guest Speaker

    Nate Schweber is the author of THIS AMERICA OF OURS: Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild. (Mariner, 2022). He is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Anthony Bourdain’s Explore Parts Unknown, and others. His conservation articles won awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America in 2015 and 2018. In 2020, a ProPublica series he contributed to won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Born in Missoula, Montana, he attended the University of Montana School of Journalism and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.


    Check back for Zoom info.


    August 18: Open Readings

    Bring 6 pages, double-spaced, preferably at least 6 copies to share with others for written feedback.


    If you want to take a chance fewer than three will show up, you can bring 10 pages double-spaced. But if more than three, no more than 6 pages will be read so we can have a good discussion with lots of supportive feedback.


    The usual time limit is 7 to 9 minutes.


    This will be an in-person meeting at FVCC Broussard Center Room 141.

    Special Event: Murder in Montana - August 21

    Join local authors Debbie Burke, Leslie Budewitz, Christine Carbo, and Mark Leichliter to enjoy refreshments and chat about their mystery and thriller books set in Montana. Sunday, August 21, 2022, 12:30 p.m. at Lake Baked Bakery-River View Bar, on the lawn next to the Swan River, Bigfork. Books will be for sale and the authors will be glad to sign them. The event is free and open to the community.


    Lake Baked is owned by AOF member Jana Van Pelt who's graciously provided this venue for the third year in a row.

    August 25 - MT Screenwriting Group w/guest Jennifer Dornbush (online)

    This month we'll be joined (via Zoom) by Jennifer Dornbush, a top Hollywood forensic consultant for TV series and films. She's also a crime series novelist, a film/TV writer and author of the educational and fun writers guide "Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas" (available on Amazon).


    Jennifer will share her Essential Ingredients of a Great Crime Thriller. This is for screenwriters and also novelists who craft thrillers, suspense, mystery or crime stories. Per Jennifer: "Crime dramas, mysteries, and procedurals are a staple in our entertainment diet. Great crime stories are engineered, not just imagined and Hollywood knows how to kill it (pun intended)!"


    Get more info on Jennifer at https://jenniferdornbush.com. She suggests you watch the film prior to 8/25 to enhance your understanding of what she will cover. View "Prisoners" on Hulu (free with subscription) or on AppleTV, YouTube, or Google Plus $2.99 rental fee). You can get the screenplay PDF (for educational purposes only) at MT Screenwriting Group's dropbox:



    Join Zoom Meeting



    Meeting ID: 894 8343 1139

    Passcode: forensic


    If questions: email Barbara Schiffman at montanascreenwriting@gmail.com

    Sept 1 - Kathy Dunnehoff

    And the pitch is good! How to talk about your work to hit a home run with agents, editors, and readers.


    This presentation will be in-person as well as on Zoom.


    Join Kathy at 7 pm in Room 141 of the Broussard Center at Flathead Valley Community College.


    or login to her Zoom presentation at:



    Meeting ID: 422 105 0569
    Passcode: writeMT

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