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Demystifying Character

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

9:30 am - 12:00 noon

Join Nicole Persun this coming Saturday to character development for heroes, anti-heroes, villains and characters who don't change.  

$50/members; $75/ nonmembers

You can pay at the door.

Quote of the Week


"There's an old adage in writing: 'Don't tell, but show.' Writing is not psychology. We do not talk 'about' feelings. Instead the writer feels and through her words awakens those feelings in the reader. The writer takes the reader's hand and guides him through the valley of sorrow and joy without ever having to mention those words." 

  Natalie Goldberg

Prompt of the Week

You walk into your house after a lovely evening out only to discover a robber ransacking your house....but he/she isn't very good at it.  Describe the actions of the incompetent burglar.




Member Spotlight

Gerri Russell

Along Came Mr. Right

Olivia Tyler loves helping foster children find their forever homes, but she’s still waiting for her forever love. Ever since her ex-boyfriend humiliated her on Facebook, she hasn’t been ready for a commitment. But on the night of the charity auction for her adoption agency, she gives in to temptation with a stranger who helps her out of a jam…and out of her bright-blue stilettos.

But when Olivia finds out her mystery man is also someone else’s fiancé, no matter how much they seem to click, this romance doesn’t add up. When a troubled teen comes to both of them for help, Olivia is willing to put their differences aside temporarily. But as the three spend time together, she discovers the truth about Max’s heart, and it just may be the key to opening her own.  

Available here.


 Member Spotlight

Heidi Hostetter



The Inheritance: An Inlet Beach Novel 

It started with three letters. Letters to three estranged sisters describing an inheritance: a magnificent beach house on a bluff, overlooking the ocean, and to each of the sisters, this inheritance has come at exactly the right time.

Maureen’s family is scattered. Her children are getting older, with friends and lives of their own, and her husband of 20 years works long hours at his job. This beach house could mean a private retreat for her family before her teenage children leave her with an empty nest. Lydia, the middle sister, makes it a habit to live far above her income. A quick sale of prime beach property would give her money she desperately needs to pay off creditors. Tyra, the youngest sister, wants something very different: a second chance. Her drug conviction fifteen years prior tore the family apart and she has been alone ever since. This inheritance will bring the sisters together physically, and the way Tyra uses that time will determine if she gets the chance she wants.  

Available here. 





Mark your calendars! 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

10:00am - 3:00pm


King County Library Service Center

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA 98027


All day: Authors and book signings

10-11am Meet the Authors
11-Noon National Live Streaming Q&A with writers, agents, and other industry leaders
12:30-1:30 Local author panel discussion #1
2-3pm Local author panel discussion #2

Event is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association.


Fall Workshops at the Cottage



Demystifying Character -  Saturday, September 24

Craft compelling heroes, anti-heroes, villains and secondary characters.


Write Your Story - Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Nov. 30

Get that idea for a novel down on paper.


After the First Draft - Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Nov. 29

Polish up that first draft.


Fearless Writing - Saturday October 8th

Learn how to get out of your own way.


Memoir - Saturday, Oct. 22 - Nov. 19th

The art and craft of memoir


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