to Dec 18

In-Person Class: The Six Secrets of Viral Stories

Six principles work the engine of virality, making readers not only finish a story, but feel compelled to post it everywhere with the message, “You’ve got to read this!” In this class, taught by the author of an essay Elle described as going “super-viral,” you’ll examine viral stories, study one principle of virality each week, and learn to incorporate these tools in a finished work of your own. We’ll also read Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.

We meet every Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.

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to Sep 23

Peace Corps Writing Workshop

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Want to spend three days in September on the Eastern Shore of Maryland discussing your book with other writers and RPCV authors?

Peace Corps Writers, supported by the Peace Corps Fund, is arranging an inexpensive and small workshop for ten to fifteen RPCVs working on their own Peace Corps memoir, poetry, or fiction.

This workshop will be held on the Eastern Shore of Maryland from Friday, September 20th to Monday, September 23rd.

There will be talks, reviews of your manuscripts, individual conferences, stories to tell (and how to tell them) and plenty of time for conversations and relaxation. Space is extremely limited. At the moment we have not set the workshop fee but we want to make it as reasonable as possible for everyone. If you are interested in attending please let me know.

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2:45 PM14:45

Cider Toast 2019: Launching Your Freelancing Career

Cider Toast 2019: Published!


Saturday & Sunday August 3, 4, 2019 at the world famous Captain Whidbey Inn


1 to 3:45 PM Saturday (with readings to follow)

10 to 4:30 Sunday (with Shakespeare Festival to follow)

Now that you've published that book, how well is your media presence helping with sales? Join us for August 3rd and 4th 2019 for a survey of media and marketing strategies to improve your bottom line. There are sure to be some tangible takeaways. Invite a friend to Cider Toast 2019! General Public is welcome.

A group reservation has been made for the Lagoon Rooms at the Captain Whidbey Inn. Rates are discounted, so please remember to remind the Inn that you are with the NILA Writer’s Cider Toast Event. They can be reached at 360 678 4097. Tell ‘em Bob sent ya!



Set-up/Greetings/Lunch on Patio (w/reservations please)




Ice House







Stephanie Hammer

Editing for publication and the Experience.

Steve White

Indie Author 2019





Kate Kaufman:

Hybrid/Partnership Press & Publicist: Ledger Dos and don’t.

Terry Persun

Get Published – Stay Published!




Saturday Evening Readings




Ice House




Sarah Jones

The Poem as Humanized Research

Joe Gillard  

Social Media: How to Develop a Marketing Campaign




Lunch – on or off premises.

(note: if on premises, Cpt. Whidbey Inn requests that we make a reservation to better serve us. Thanks.)



Kathleen Alcala

How I Became a Successful Writer, Got Rich, Found True Love, and Lost Fifty Pounds!!!

Alice Acheson

13 Steps to Manuscript Publication



Nick O’Connell

Tooting Your Own Horn: The Writer’s Guide to Book Tours and Beyond

Paulette Perhach

Launching Your Freelancing Career



Final Gathering and Cider Toast at Lagoon Gazebo



Langley Shakespeare Festival


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Welcome to the Writer's Life Book Launch
6:00 PM18:00

Welcome to the Writer's Life Book Launch

An event for everyone who loves writing, and especially those who want to start taking it more seriously. 

A Bad Author's Photo Booth (berets, quills, large books, etc!)
The launch of the Welcome to the Writer's Life book
The gorgeous setting of Hotel Sorrento's Fireside Room

Stick around afterward to enjoy the beautiful garden.

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6:00 PM18:00

Hugo House Hang Out--Music & Readings at Type Set

Get ready for some summer fun--Type Set is hosting a Hugo House ‘Hang Out’ on August 12! Part of Columbia City Columbia City Beatwalk, we’ll have music by The Bushwick Book Club (Seattle) in our courtyard along with readings by authors Paulette Perhach and Jarret Middleton. RSVP at the link below using password SUMMERBOOKS.

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