Kicking Off the Northwest Author Series September 21, 2008 at the Wilsonville Library

I LOVE libraries.

That’s why I partner with my local library and want to encourage other writers to do the same. In fact, I’ll be on a panel at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers trade show with Pat Duke, the director of the Wilsonville Public Library. We will be two of the folks discussing Working Together: Authors, Librarians & Booksellers on Tuesday, September 16 at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn. The panel will be hosted by Elizabeth Lyon and is sure to create a wonderful diologue and offer up examples of how all of us who love the written word can team up and work together. Hooray! I’m so happy about this. I’ll also be teaching a workshop called, 13 Easy Ways to Increase Attendance.”

And speaking of…

On September 21st, the regional author series that I created and host, The Northwest Author Series, kicks off. Hooray again! Here’s the scoop:

Personal Essay Writers Won’t Want to Miss How to Write and Market Personal Stories with Samantha Ducloux Waltz

Tell your story. Draw the reader in. Paint a whole world with words. In this ninety-minute writing workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to pull up a story from within, begin to polish it and decide where to submit it. You’ll get tips for creating successful leads, compelling plots, sensory-rich settings and convincing characters. You’ll have the opportunity to explore markets and discuss effective ways to place your personal stories. So bring a pen and your passion for writing. The power of your own words will surprise you.

Samantha Ducloux Waltz, an award-winning author, sold her first story at age eleven to the local newspaper, followed by First Fiction and Fiction awards as a teen for American Girl, and a stint as a guest editor for Mademoiselle. Currently she has stories in many anthologies including a number of volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Cup of Comfort series. She has also been published in The Christian Science Monitor and The Rambler. Other writing includes a nonfiction book Parenting: Four Patterns in Child Rearing and a young adult novel Young Rebel written under the name Samellyn Wood.

Date is Sunday, September 21, 2008. Time is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Location is the Wilsonville Public Library in the Oak Room, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Wilsonville, OR, 97070.

Cost is five dollars at the door. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author afterwards. The series is created and hosted by Wilsonville author Christina Katz in partnership with The Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council, and the Friends of the Wilsonville Library.

Everyone who attends will be entered to win two out of three of the following door prizes from Writer’s Digest Books: Subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine for one year, Subscription to Writersmarket.com for one year and/or $25 gift certificate to purchase Writer’s Digest Books. Starbucks coffee and refreshments will be served.

If you live in the area, I hope you can make it!

And if you love libraries too and you’d like to see what the smart folks in Clackamas County are doing to insure their future, visit Keep Our Libraries Open. It’s amazing what these folks are accomplishing. I’m a big fan!

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2 Responses to “Kicking Off the Northwest Author Series September 21, 2008 at the Wilsonville Library”


  1. 1 Kelli September 4, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I love libraries too! I wish I lived in OR. I’d totally be there. 🙂

  2. 2 The Writer Mama September 5, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Hooray for libraries!

    And thanks for promoting the giveaway in your blog, Kelli. 🙂


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