The Northwest Author Series Call for Presenters for the 2009-2010 Season

2008-2009 Northwest Author SeriesThe Northwest Author Series is a literary speaker series sponsored by The Wilsonville Public Library, The Wilsonville Friends of the Library and the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council. The series is created, publicized and hosted by Wilsonville author Christina Katz.

We are now scheduling our third season.

Our presenters last season included Elizabeth Lyon, Carmen T. Bernier Grand,  Brian Libby, Christine Fletcher, Linda Kuhlmann, Cynthia Whitcomb, and Samantha Ducloux Waltz. In our first season, we welcomed Marc Acito, Heather Sharfeddin, Cynthia Whitcomb, Shelly Lipkin, Sage Cohen, Susan Fletcher and Elizabeth Rusch.

The series takes place the third Sunday of each month during the school year (September – May) and features writing professionals who have a desire to share what they have learned in a how-to format with our growing suburban literary community. Attendance at our monthly event averages between 30-40 writers, authors and aspiring authors all eager to learn as much as they can in each author’s one-and-a-half hour presentation.

Refreshments are served. Door prizes are given to two members of the audience and a grand time is had by all. If you’d like to hear from our hostess and some of our attendees, please scroll down to the next post and watch the video about our series by Bill Johnson.

Presenters are encouraged to include as much anyone-can-try-it how-to instruction throughout their 90-minute presentations. We strongly prefer a how-to presentation rather than a how-I-did-it presentation. Writers come to our series to learn new skills that they can turn around and apply themselves.

Final selections will be made by June 30, 2009 for the 09-10 season. We will contact those selected at that time to set a presentation date.

Anyone who is interested in being considered for the upcoming season, please submit your brief course description, a short bio, and a professional-quality headshot to Christina Katz (see e-mail address in the sample presentation). Presenter pitches should follow our sample format. Pitches that do not follow the format will not be considered.

The Friends of the Wilsonville Library offers our presenters an modest honorarium. Sorry, we cannot cover travel expenses.

Interested in applying? Please closely model your pitch after NAS Sample Presentation Pitch 2009.

Submissions instructions are included in the sample. Topics that have been covered include:

  • humor writing
  • platform development
  • children’s writing
  • book proposal writing
  • freelance writing
  • writing fiction
  • self-publishing books
  • screenwriting
  • playwriting
  • personal essay writing
  • poetry writing
  • researching children’s writing and young adult fiction

We would love to offer fresh topics in 2009-2010! So if you have something else you can offer in a how-to format, please submit a proposal.

Please note that all of our presenters for the Northwest Author Series are traditionally published authors. We won’t be repeating any of  the authors from the last two seasons next year.

Thank you for your interest in the Northwest Author Series. I hope we will have a chance to enjoy your presentation.

Contact christina katz at earthlink dot net if you have any questions.


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