ASJA PNW Meeting 2022-10

Nine writers from ASJA’s Pacific Northwest chapter joined the October virtual meeting to share news on published work, market opportunities and projects in the planning.

The chapter intends to continue hosting occasional guest speakers with expertise in various aspects of the writing business. Tax issues are on the agenda for November, while public speaking and contract negotiation have been suggested for future.

Also discussed at the meeting:

  • Ideas for formatting and structuring a nonfiction book
  • Progress in transitioning the chapter newsletter from MailChimp to WordPress
  • The Story Circle Network, which supports women writers of memoir, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Rosemary Keevil, who belongs to SCN, outlined publishing opportunities, classes, contests and other member benefits.

In member news:

Minda Zetlin, Inc. columnist and author of Career Self-Care: Find Your Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment at Work, gave a talk followed by a book signing at the Elevate Festival in Toronto in September. Minda’s presentation at the three-day tech and innovation festival focused on work-life balance.

British Columbia writer Rosemary Keevil’s book, The Art of Losing it, a Memoir of Grief and Addiction, received 1st Place Blue Ribbon in the Journey Book Awards for Overcoming Adversity Non-Fiction, a Division of the 2021 Chanticleer International Book Awards.

ASJA members attending the October 19th meeting: Maxine Cass, Fred Gebhart, Rosemary Keevil, Catherine Kolonko, Christina Leimer, M. Carolyn Miller, Joanna Nesbit, Randy Stapilus, Minda Zetlin,