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I’m working hard to get this website up and ready for the next Southwest Washington Writers Conference on September 8, 2018. However, the site is now under redesign and construction so please excuse our mess.


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Poet Laureate come to Centralia

On Saturday, September 9th, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will be at Centralia College for two engagements. During the day he will teach a poetry workshop at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference in the Walton Science Center. Click here to sign up for the writers conference.

At 7 p.m., he will hold a poetry reading at the TransAlta Commons.

Tod Marshall, a professor at Gonzaga University, earned a master of fine arts degree from Eastern Washington University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. He is the author of Bugle, winner of the Washington State book award in 2015, and The Tangled Line, both published by Canarium, and Dare Say, from University of Georgia Press.

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Two workshops by Kyle Pratt


Author Kyle Pratt

My name is Kyle Pratt and I’m the author of nine action-adventure and speculative fiction novels, novellas, and novelettes. Many of these books have ranked high on Amazon bestseller lists. Through Many Fires, the first book in my post-apocalyptic Strengthen What Remains series came out in paperback, Kindle and on Audible in August 2013. Within two weeks the novel appeared on the Kindle Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic list, reaching #10, and reached #1 on the list on December 2, 2014. The second book in the series, A Time to Endure, reached the #1 position on the Amazon Kindle war fiction genre list just over a month after release and then again in January of 2016. At the same time Braving the Storms reached the #8 spot.

I’ll be conducting two workshops on issues concerning indie authors. Topics range from skills every author needs, formatting ebooks and books, marketing and more. My goal is to provide practical advice and information.

The Southwest Washington Writers Conference will be September 9th, at the Walton Science Center at Centralia College. If you’re interested in writing and publishing I encourage you to attend this local event.

I’ll be there and I hope to see you!

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Poet Laureate

We are honored that Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will teach a workshop, “Three Notes Played on a Silver Flute,” at the Sept. 9 Southwest Washington Writers Conference.

That evening, the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Endowed Professor in the Humanities at Gonzaga University will do a poetry reading at Centralia College. The reading, cosponsored by Centralia College and Book ‘N’ Brush in Chehalis, will begin at 7 p.m.

Marshall, a New York native who grew up in Wichita, Kansas, earned a master’s of fine arts from Eastern Washington University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. His published books include Bugle, released in 2014 by Canarium Books, The Tangled Line (released in 2009), and Dare Say, published by University of Georgia Press. His books will be available to purchase at the poetry reading.

The Washington State Poet Laureate program, designed to build awareness and appreciation poetry throughout the state, is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA.

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Registration is Easy

Registration for the fourth Annual Southwest Washington Writers Conference on September 9, 2017, is open. This year, just as in previous years, the conference will be held at the Walton Science Center at Centralia College.

You can register online or by mail. See all the details, including presenters, and workshops on the conference page of this website (shown here). Click on your preferred method of registration, either by mail or online and complete the form.

Please register early and help us spread the word. This year all proceeds from the conference will benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum.

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Official Poster!

The official poster of the Fourth Annual Southwest Washington Writers Conference is now available. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in the Walton Science Center at Centralia College.

Please help us spread the word by linking to the website or this blogpost. Feel free to use the unaltered poster image on your own blog or website. The pixel size used in this blogpost is excellent for that. If you’d like a large poster image emailed to you, contact us.

We’re excited about the terrific line-up of speakers. We hope to see you there. The $65 registration fee includes lunch, but the cost jumps to $85 after July 15th. To register, click here.

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Debunking Fake News

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”― Mark Twain

Micheal T. Hurley author of I Solemnly Swear; Conmen, DEA, the Media and Pan Am 103,  refused to be a placid victim when the mainstream media cast him as instrumental in causing the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Three libel actions in the Queen’s High Court of Justice in London, England focused on court admissible evidence to debunk the libelous propaganda. That propaganda targeted him and his US government employer, the Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA) as scapegoats for acts of terrorism spawned by Libya’s Intelligence Organization.

Micheal, one of the founding members of the Southwest Washington Writers, works with the group in the production and promotion of their annual writers conferences.

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New Logo

Courtesy of Colleen Stewart we have a fantastic new logo.

Since we started the Southwest Washington Writers Conference in 2013, we’ve been blessed with terrific community support from sponsors such as Gorham Printing, The Chronicle, and South Bay Press. Now we have a new logo, courtesy of Colleen Stewart, a graphic designer and print specialist for more than forty years. She offered to help, and we never turn down assistance.

SWW LOGO_HI“I love volunteering my graphic design skills with non-profits and small organizations,” she said. “I’ve found that their members join together because of their cause, their love of what they are doing but it is often hard to find the time and energy to do promotion or create a branding for the organization. In many cases the branding helps bring success and identity to the cause.”

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Kyle Pratt’s Latest Release

Southwest Washington Writers member Kyle Pratt released his fifth book. The novel, Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series.

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Author Kyle Pratt

In the first book, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism strikes the nation’s capital and six other American cities. In the second book, A Time to Endure, society continues to unravel, and civil war threatens the divided and economically-crippled land.

Now a new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas. Caden must succeed, but how can he, when both the epidemic and chaos attack his hometown and family?

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Julie Zander’s Newest Book

Southwest Washington Writers member Julie Zander recently released her latest book. For more than a century, the Southwest Washington Fair has drawn farmers, friends, and families to the fairgrounds in Chehalis to show off their livestock, agricultural products, cooking and handicrafts.

Julie Zander

Author Julie Zander

Now the history of the Southwest Washington Fair, the only one in the state mandated by the Washington Legislature to occur every year, has been captured in a comprehensive 329-page book published this month.

Chapters of Life at the Southwest Washington Fair features stories and photos about the fair, which began in 1909 and still flourishes today. Edna Fund, now a Lewis County commissioner, and I began collecting memories from people during the 2009 centennial. Many of those recollections appear in the pages of the book.

I scanned photos from the fair office, the Lewis County Historical Museum, The Chronicle, Washington State University Extension’s 4-H office, and Centralia teacher and FFA coordinator Chris Guenther’s scrapbooks. Continue reading

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