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Holiday Bookfest 
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 from 3-5 pm 
Think about holiday shopping.  Imagine malls.  Parking.  Crowds.  Now imagine a Saturday afternoon in November, walking up the deliciously worn wooden steps of the Phinney Neighborhood Center to find a boutique bookstore, created especially by local indie bookstore Secret Garden.  Imagine encountering not only the books, but the authors who wrote them - signing, reading (and sometimes even singing).  And all the while you can nibble on fresh baked goods, created by the authors themselves.

Authors include Kevin O'Brien, Elizabeth George, Tara Conklin, Deb Caletti, Carol Cassella, Laurie Frankel, Lynn Brunnell, Sean Beaudoin, Peter Mountford, William Deietrich, Bharti Kirchner, Bob Dugoni, Bernadette Pajer, Donna Miscolta, Frances McCue, Kathleen Alcala, and more.  A portion of the proceeds will go to 826 Seattle and the PNA, so you can indulge your bookishness and help two good causes, all at the same time.

p.s. We'll be collecting gently used books for the pocket library programs - bring three or more books and get a reusable Seattle7Writers bag you can use to carry your purchases.




Love Water Memory, Jennie Shortridge's new novel, is now available in hardcover and paperback from Gallery Books!

Read more about it, listen to the music inspired by it, and check here for Jennie's event schedule.

"A lovely book, filled with wit, tenderness, and emotional vigor."
   -Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author

"A moving story told by a wonderful writer...Reminds us that the people around us have helped form who we are, but in the end, the person we are capable of becoming is up to us."

   -Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author, in Real Simple






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The New Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers  

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support readings, memorial gatherings, or other similar events and study groups celebrating a woman writer's work.
The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

All events and study groups will be open to the public and offered at no charge.

Go to our website for more details: 



Write on the Sound (WOTS) is a unique, high quality, affordable conference focusing on the craft of writing. Over 30 workshops and panel discussions are presented for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today's publishing industry. A limited admission of 275 attendees makes WOTS the perfect place to spark your creativity, share ideas and network with other writers.

Now in its 29th year, WOTS attracts presenters and participants from all over the Northwest, the U.S. and from abroad. Plenty of free time is available to explore the picturesque community of Edmonds, located right on the Puget Sound.


This year's conference highlights are:


* Pre-conference full-day and half-day workshops and sessions
* Over 30 regular conference workshops and panel discussions
* Manuscript critiques
* A writing contest (this year's theme is "Catch")
* An evening with film critic Robert Horton on Friday Oct. 3
* Keynote speaker Robert J. Sawyer on Saturday Oct. 4
* Round table topic discussions during Sunday Oct. 5 lunch hour
* Presentation by illustrator and author Robyn Chance on Sunday Oct. 5


Willamette Writers members Bill Johnson and Clark Kohanek will be teaching workshops.