We meet on the first Monday of each month, September through June, at Eastside Foursquare Church - 14520 100th Ave. NE Bothell, WA 98011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. When there is a holiday on the first Monday of the month, we meet on the second Monday.
Come in early! We start informal networking at 6:30 PM.  It is a great time to meet people and enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack.

See the list below for upcoming events that will inspire your writing life.

Upcoming events

    • March 03, 2018
    • Burien

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    Forensics and screenwriting expert, JENNIFER DORNBUSH,

    shares her gifts and talents in a screenwriting workshop.

     This class is to be held on March 3 at Jill Esau's Burien Puget Sound view home.

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    • March 03, 2018
    • 1:00 AM - 5:30 AM


    Seminar Descriptions:

    1. Screenwriting 101 for Novelists  –  How To Pitch & Sell to Hollywood

    Saturday March 3 from 1-5:30nwith a half hour break in between the halves

    Ever dreamed of seeing your idea, story, or novel on the screen? With so many platforms for screen story telling, there’s never been a better time to make the transition to screenwriting. This seminar covers screenwriting basics – structure, formatting, pitching, and selling. Taught by Hollywood-based film and TV scribe, Jennifer Dornbush, who has penned feature films, developed several television series, adapted scripts to novel (and vice versa), and created a kid’s TV show.

    Who should attend?

    • Emerging and experienced authors wanting to see their work on the screen.
    • Any level authors wanting to expand their skills to screenwriting.
    • Savvy authors wanting to understand how to break into “the biz”.
    • Curious authors who want to know if they have what it takes to be a screenwriter. 

     What you’ll learn?

    Structure 101 – how to structure your stories in film and TV format

    Formatting 101 – everything you need to know to make your scripts look professional

    Pitching & Selling 101 – the difference between pitching and selling to Hollywood

    Q&A about the Biz – ample time to get your questions answered

    2. Seminar for ACFW Meeting -- Monday March 5

    Mini Forensic Science Boot Camp for Writers

    Crime/mystery/thriller writers who want to incorporate authentic forensic elements can find it daunting to know where to start. If you struggle to sound authentic when writing forensics into your story, this class if for you.

    Jennifer will take you through a mini-forensic science boot camp, much like the one she went through that birthed her book, Forensic Speak. You’ll gain a thorough overview of the forensic field and discover the best resources out there. Jennifer will introduce you to forensic shortcuts that will reduce your research hours so you gain more writing time! Most importantly, you will acquire ways to authenticate your work while keeping the entertainment value front and center of your project.

    You’ll leave the seminar leaps and bounds ahead in your forensic knowledge. And you’ll be equipped to take your next story from generic to exceptional!

    What you’ll learn:

    •    How to break down the eight major disciplines in forensic science field.

    •    Who does what --  Forensic Jobs and descriptions.

    •    How to speak forensics fluently.

    •    How to authenticate forensic science in your writing.

    •    Forensic short cuts to reduce your research time.

    •    When you have to fudge forensics for greater entertainment value.

    •    How to write forensic science like an expert.

    •    Introductions to valuable forensic science resources most people don’t know about.

    •    How to use Forensic elements that make your story unique and memorable. 

    Who should attend?

    •    Writers who feel overwhelmed with forensic research.

    •    Writers who want to be more authentic in their voice and story telling.

    •    Writers working on their first or fiftieth crime story.

    •    Writers who want to jump start a new crime story.

    •    Writers who want to test out the genre.

    •    Writers who are having trouble making their manuscript stand out.

    •    Writers who want to gain a competitive edge.

    •    Writers who want to elevate their crime writing.

    Also, those curious about Forensics.

    Page critiques:

    I would be definitely willing to offer an opportunity for up to 10 Three to-five page critiques at $100/per critique. Due by Monday, March 19th to my email:

Past events

January 08, 2018 Clint Kelly
November 06, 2017 Robert Dugoni
October 02, 2017 Conquering Fear ~ Jennifer Slattery
September 11, 2017 Why Writers are Our Greatest Hope
June 05, 2017 Success Secrets ~ Melanie Dickerson
May 05, 2017 2017 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
May 01, 2017 Never Alone in Your Writing Journey ~ Tricia Goyer
April 03, 2017 Round Tables: Multiple Presenters
March 06, 2017 Show Me a Story-- Writing Cinematically ~ Deborah Raney
February 13, 2017 NEW DATE!!!! The Genesis of a World, Building Your Storyworld ~ with Jill Williamson
January 09, 2017 The Anti-hero, Developing a Believable Shadow Character ~ with Gloria Kempton
November 07, 2016 Chip MacGregor - What You Need to Know about Today’s Publishing Industry
October 03, 2016 Lynette Bonner - Allowing the Hardships of Life to Influence Your Writing
September 12, 2016 Jan Cline - The Creative Genius... and the Rest of Us
June 06, 2016 Jeremiah Webster - "Seeing the Invisible: Affirming the Soul through Poetry"
May 13, 2016 2016 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
May 02, 2016 Janet Lee Carey - "Character Constellations: How Character Relationships Build Story"
April 04, 2016 Write Coach Workshops for Writing and Conference Success
March 07, 2016 Katherine Grace Bond - "Spiritually Speaking: Embedding a Spiritual Worldview in Books for ANY Audience"
February 01, 2016 Dennis Brooke - "The Path to Publication: One Author's Journey"
January 04, 2016 Michelle Hollomon- "The Secrets of Fantastic Speakers Unveiled"
December 07, 2015 Grace Fox - "Changing the World with Words"
November 02, 2015 Marlene Anderson - "Hello. I am Your Reader"
October 05, 2015 Mick Silva - "Writing to Heal - Ourselves and Others"
October 02, 2015 Story Vision Fiction Retreat with Mick Silva
September 14, 2015 Bette Nordberg - "New Depth and Direction"
June 01, 2015 Angela Breidenbach - "Designing Your Dream Career"
May 30, 2015 May Mini Conference with Angela Breidenbach
May 15, 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with Angela Hunt
May 04, 2015 Write Coach Workshops
April 06, 2015 Michael Duncan - "Running on Empty"
March 02, 2015 Janalyn Voigt - "Engaging Readers Through the Who of You"
February 02, 2015 Steve Brock - "Travel Better, Write Better: The Virtuous Cycle of Travel and Creativity"
January 24, 2015 The WriteTech Conference with Thomas Umstattd Jr.
January 05, 2015 Ocieanna Fleiss - "Bible Personalities Teach Us About Building Memorable Characters"
December 01, 2014 Skip Moody - "Endurance is Progress! Being Obedient to God's Call is the Call"
November 03, 2014 Kathleen Freeman - "No Contestt: Entering Writing Contests to Win"
October 06, 2014 Lynnette Bonner and Lesley Ann McDaniel - "Indie Pubishing"
September 08, 2014 Evelyn Clark - "Your Story is God's Story"
June 02, 2014 Peter Leavell - "Meet Your Potential with Confidence"
May 05, 2014 Laura Christianson - "Blog Your Way to a Book Deal"
April 11, 2014 Northwest Christian Writers with Davis Bunn
April 07, 2014 Melissa K. Norris and Janalyn Voigt - "Branding Made Simple"
March 03, 2014 Write Coach Workshops - "Helping You Excel at a Writers Conference"
February 03, 2014 Karen Maher - "Five Fatal Blocks to Writing: How to Stack Them in Your Favor"
January 06, 2014 Jeremiah Webster - "Writing as a Pilgrimage"
December 02, 2013 Michelle Hollomon - "Seeing Your Writing in the Light of God's Love"
November 04, 2013 Dennis Brooke - "Writing as a Team Sport"
October 18, 2013 2nd Annual Serenity Writing Retreat
October 14, 2013 Mick Silva - "From Vision to Provision: How the Writing Life Revises Us"
September 09, 2013 Beth Harris and Linda Wagner - "Perspective from a Solid Foundation"
June 03, 2013 Marty Nystrom - "If They Asked Me I Could Write a Song"
May 17, 2013 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with Jane Kirkpatrick
May 06, 2013 Writer's Coach Workshops
April 01, 2013 Dawn Jones - "Journey as a Professional Speaker"
March 18, 2013 Author Media Webinar - "Seven Secrets for Effective Author Websites"
March 04, 2013 Caleb Breakey - "Beat Resistance and Write Like Crazy"
February 04, 2013 Tony Marino - "So You Wrote a Book - Now What?"
January 07, 2013 Laura A. Smith - "Speaking with Relevance"
December 03, 2012 Matt Hooper - "How Writers Can Protect Their Legal Rights"
November 05, 2012 Terry Hershey - "Soft Hearts from Hard Places"
October 01, 2012 Bryan Heathman - "To the Bookstore...and Beyond!"
September 28, 2012 Serenity Writing Retreat with Clint Kelly
September 10, 2012 James L. Rubart - "The Heart of Freedom"
June 04, 2012 Doug Bursch - "Not a Book, But a Message"
May 18, 2012 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
May 07, 2012 Writers Coach Workshops
April 02, 2012 Diana Savage - "How to Earn a Living in the Writing Industry"
March 05, 2012 Michael Duncan - "Slicing Literary Tomatoes"
February 06, 2012 Gigi and Gabe Murfitt - "Platform and Publishing Tools"
January 09, 2012 Introduction to Monthly Meetings
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