• Meeting Schedule 

    All regular meetings start at 6 pm until further notice

     

    Important: Our in-person meetings are held in the classroom at A1 Vacuum and Sewing Center, 140 West Center Street, Kalispell, MT. We ask you to please park in the rear and use the back door.

    May 21 - Flathead Story Concerts - Live Event

    Flathead Story Concerts are back in 2024 with new stories told live! Join us at Sacred Waters Brewing in Kalispell to hear 6 Flathead locals share true personal essays, short fiction and poems with story fans and friends. Most of our May 21st Tellers are AofF members.

    May Story Theme is "All in the Family." FSC story events are themed and curated (like The Moth Radio Hour).

    This free community event is hosted by story coaches Glenn & Barbara Schiffman plus Sacred Waters Brewing. Ongoing FSC sponsors also include Authors of the Flathead and The Bookshelf in Kalispell.

    When: Tuesday May 21st - stories from 6:00-7:30pm (doors open at 5:30, open seating)
    Where: Sacred Waters Brewing, 3250 U.S.Hwy 2 East, Kalispell - in The Wild Side Room >> No reservations needed but seating is limited.

    Next 2024 Flathead Story Concert is Tuesday 9/17 (also at Sacred Waters Brewing). If you have a story to submit for review for 9/17 or want to learn how to craft a tellable story, email Barbara Schiffman at story23fvcc@gmail.com for guidelines.

    Get more info or "follow" Flathead Story Concerts at: https://FlatheadStoryConcerts.wootick.com

    Free Online Workshop - May 22

    The Montana Arts Council is hosting Hamilton Summie for this online workshop on Promotion Basics for Writers

    For details click here

    June 6 - Kathy Dunnehoff

    Topic: The Frankenstein Method for Revising Your Stories
    Time: Jun 6, 2024 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 422 105 0569
    Passcode: Authors

    June 13 - Guest Speaker - Randy Ingermanson

    This is a Zoom-only presentation

     

    Topic: Scenes that work!

    You only need about 10 basic skills in order to write a pretty good novel. What’s #1 on that list of skills? Writing a solid scene that moves your reader emotively. If you can write one powerful scene, you can write 100, and that’s a novel. Randy Ingermanson will teach us how to decide which kind of scene is appropriate. He will show us how to diagnose a broken scene. Then, demonstrate how to fix a scene, or tell when it isn’t fixable. 

     

    Bio: Randy Ingermanson is the inventor of the wildly popular Snowflake Method of designing a novel. He’s the author of three best-selling books on how to write fiction and the author of eight novels. In a previous life, Randy earned a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley, and he is currently Director of Software Engineering for a biotech company in San Diego. He used to be the unpaid manservant for several surly and demanding cats, but they have now moved on to a higher plane of existence, while he doggedly remains on this one. He blogs whenever the spirit moves him at www.advancedfictionwriting.com.

     

    Here’s a link to the book most closely related to this lecture: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1937031187/

     

    Zoom link

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    Meeting ID: 829 2642 2018
    Passcode: 795372

    June 20 - Open Readings

    Time change: Beginning Dec 7, 2023 all meetings will start at 6 pm through the rest of the Winter months. 

     

    You are invited to our Open Readings at 6 pm at A-1 Vacuum in downtown Kalispell - please park in the rear & use the back door.


    Plan to read up to 6 pages if there is a light crowd; otherwise, 2-3 pages, double-spaced with 1" margins.


    If you have a few pages, you'd like input on, make about 8-10 copies to pass out, and bring them along. Plan to read up to 6 pages if there is a light crowd, otherwise 2-3 pages, double-spaced with 1" margins. If you're shy about reading aloud your own prose, someone else would be glad to read for you.
     

    If you don't have anything to present, please come and share your enthusiasm & experience with the readers. We were all newbies at one time...

    July 4 - Kathy Dunnehoff

    Topic: TBA

    August 8 - Guest Speaker - Diane Boyd & Jane Billinghurst

    Zoom only

    Your memoir is coming out. Now what? "The Author/Editor Relationship: Dream or Nightmare.”

     

    Join us in discussion with host Susan Purvis and Memoirist Diane Boyd and her Editor Jane Billinghurst with Greystone Books.

     

    Jane's bio:

    Jane Billinghurst has forty years’ experience working in the book publishing industry in the UK, the US, and Canada. She has worked as an editor, publisher, writer, instructor, and translator. She specializes in editing adult non-fiction natural history titles for a general audience.

     

    Diane's bio:

    Diane Boyd has forty-five years experience working with wolves in North America and Europe, but has focused her career on natural wolf recolonization in Montana. She has worked as a researcher, manager, and educator. Most of her publishing has been in scientific journals and this new memoir is her debut book.
     

    Topic: The Author/Editor Relationship: Dream or Nightmare

    Time: Aug 8, 2024 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

     

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    Meeting ID: 899 4967 0645

    Passcode: 090999

    Topic: TBA