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Where can you meet Rick Steves, Bharti Kirchner, Jack Remick, Larry Brooks, Robert Dugoni & more? At Pacific Northwest workshops this fall.

For me, fall is all about getting back to the business of writing and the hustle-and-bustle of living the Pacific Northwest life that I love. A life that dances with the sound of rain, understands the metaphor of falling leaves and relishes the art of coffee shop writing. Of course there’s the wearing of sweaters purchased on trips to

Ireland, prepping gardens for the cold to come, lighting the fireplace, making soups, and carving pumpkins – all so cliché, and all so cliché for good reason.

Natalie Goldberg and Me at WOTS

And of course fall also means attending a favorite community conference; the Edmond’s Writers on the Sound conference, WOTS, in Edmonds WA. On Monday we (volunteers) put the WOTS participant packets together and I can tell you, there’s going to be some great classes.
This year I’m attending the first two days; Friday workshop with RobertDugoni and then all day  Saturday I’m attending classes, including my travel guru Rick Steves.
And then on Sunday I’ll be volunteering all day, starting with coffee pick up at 6:30 AM for conference attendees. You can imagine the crushing stress I’m under; responsible for early morning coffee for 280+ coffee drinkers. This is a dangerous assignment. I envision them all lined up, empty cups in hand, glaring at me, impatiently waiting for their magic elixir. Scary! However, being a coffee enthusiast myself, I guarantee, the coffee will be there bright and early; no need for bodily harm.
This year, as in years past, the conference sold out quickly. Being a small conference there are only about 280 seats. I missed out last year for the first time in 8 years. I was so bummed. This year I signed up as soon as they released the brochure.
TIP: if attending smaller conferences, keep that in mind; seating is limited, sign up early.

If you are in the Seattle area and missed sign up for the WOTS conference you’re not completely left out. The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, PNWAis offering a couple workshops on October 6th in Issaquah. These are great classes and an opportunity to have one day fall workshop with some talented teachers. Also, on November 3rd, my friend Jack Remick will be teaching a PNWA workshop. Jack is always amazing.
Check out PNWA’s Fall Workshop Series at this PNWA link. All workshops will be held at the Writers’ Cottage in Issaquah and are approximately $50.00 each.

If not living in the Seattle area, check out workshops and conferences in your area that are sponsored by your  local city arts organizations, writer’s organizations, local community colleges, art museums and libraries. I have to say, the King County Library scene around here has really got some great educational programming for writers.

Also if you’re in Oregon you never want for a writer’s event, educational or networking opportunity if you’re near the WillametteWriters. Or the Writer’s Colony, for example, LARRY BROOKS is teaching a workshop on November 10th in Portland Oregon; STORY 404 — Advanced Story Development and Execution for Serious Writers This intensive workshop will examine and empower the art of storytelling by breaking it down into its three component parts:- The Search for Story – Story Design – Story Execution.

Fall is a good time to settle back into life, get back to work and harvest some great local colloquium.  Cheers, Mindy


One comment on “Where can you meet Rick Steves, Bharti Kirchner, Jack Remick, Larry Brooks, Robert Dugoni & more? At Pacific Northwest workshops this fall.

  1. Judith Works
    September 28, 2012

    Can't wait for the WOTS conference. It's always excellent.

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