Field's End Offers Writers' Roundtables
The monthly Field's End Roundtables, free and open to writers of all levels and interests, take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Bainbridge Public Library. A guest speaker talks about a topic of interest to writers, then we join in a Q&A period and network with other writers. For more information, please visit www.fieldsend.org.
January 15, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free.
Finding Stories in Everyday Life
with Dylan Tomine
Bainbridge Islander Dylan Tomine describes the process of sifting through the clutter of ordinary life to find stories. Ultimately, Tomine found more than enough to create a book—Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods, and at the Table.
Dylan Tomine is a writer, conservation advocate, blueberry farmer, and father—not necessarily in that order. His book Closer to the Ground was published in October, 2012. Tomine’s work has also appeared in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, Golfweek, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. He lives with his family on Bainbridge Island, where they run a u-pick blueberry farm. www.dylantomine.com
February 19, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free.
Your Diverse Futures: Writing Inclusive Science Fiction
with Nisi Shawl
Representing the world’s diversity in imaginative fiction makes flights of fancy more believable as well as more accessible to a wider audience. Using examples from her own and others’ work, Nisi Shawl shows what is gained through this strategy: which tactics are potentially powerful, ambivalent, or a total failure when it comes to getting everyone involved in your speculative fiction story.
Nisi Shawl’s story collection Filter House won the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Recently her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Crossed Genres. In 2011 she was WisCon 35’s Guest of Honor. Shawl is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. With Cynthia Ward she co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, which helps writers create believable characters whose race, gender, and other demographics differ from their own. www.nisishawl.com
Photo credit: Caren Ann Corley
March 19, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free.
Writing from History: How Washington Women Won the Vote
with Shanna Stevenson
Shanna Stevenson, Coordinator of the Washington Women’s History Consortium, comes from Olympia to help celebrate National Women’s History Month. She describes her use of the Women’s Suffrage Collection archives to research and write her book, Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington. In addition to sharing her expertise about the archives, Stevenson relates how Washington women gained the right to vote ten years before the Nineteenth Amendment.
Shanna Stevenson is a longtime local historian in Olympia. Formerly the Historic Preservation Officer for Olympia, Thurston County and Tumwater, she joined the Washington State Historical Society in 2006 as the Coordinator of the Women's History Consortium project. She has a BA in History and Education from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She also directed planning for the commemoration of the Washington Suffrage Centennial in 2010. www.washingtonwomenshistory.org
April 16, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free.
How to Make a Difference in Your Local Poetry Community
with Jeannine Hall Gailey
Poet Jeannine Hall Gailey discusses how to make an impact on your local literary community. Possibilities include volunteering to lead a reading series, partnering with other artists, or working with schools or local government. Come learn how each of us, as writers, can make a difference by bringing our unique gifts and contributing to the creative space we're looking for ourselves.
Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She is the author of the poetry collections Becoming the Villainess and She Returns to the Floating World. Her third book, Unexplained Fevers, is forthcoming in 2013. Gailey’s work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She volunteers for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches in the MFA program at National University. www.webbish6.com
May 21, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free.
Two Milestones on the Way to a Published Book
with Elizabeth Wales
How do you know when you are ready to seek a literary agent? How then do you find one? Elizabeth Wales, who founded Wales Literary Agency in 1990, addresses these two important questions for writers looking for professional guidance. Mediabistro.com has called the agency a "discerning Seattle outfit in search of literary nonfiction and fiction from the Pacific Rim and beyond."
Elizabeth Wales, owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency, began her career in publishing at Oxford University Press in 1980. Wales also worked at the Strand Bookstore and in trade sales and marketing at Viking Penguin in New York. The Seattle-based agency has come to be regarded as a competitive boutique agency with a quality list. Client titles have appeared on The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and other national bestseller lists; earned strong reviews; and attracted a long list of awards and grants. http://waleslit.com
June 18, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free
From Proposal to Press: Writing for Bainbridge Island Magazine
with Michael Cyger, Vicki Wilson, and Erin Jennings
Listen and learn from Bainbridge Island Magazine publisher Michael Cyger, editor Vicki Wilson, and regular contributor Erin Jennings, as they share what it takes to be a part of a hometown magazine. New in 2012, the magazine is “Celebrating the Best of Bainbridge Island” and of interest to writers and photographers.
Michael Cyger is founder and publisher of Bainbridge Island Magazine and BainbridgeIsland.com. He jumped into the publishing world in 2000 after more than a decade in corporate America. Today Cyger’s publications reach half a million unique readers per month, and feature print and online magazines, video interviews, industry research, discussion forums, directories, software as a service, product marketplaces, and job boards. www.bainbridgeisland.com/magazine
Vicki Wilson is the editor of Bainbridge Island Magazine. Wilson has been writing professionally since 1994, when she began her career as a copywriter at Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago. From award-winning community weeklies to monthly parenting magazines to The Washington Post, Wilson has enjoyed connecting with her neighbors with her reporter’s notebook in hand. Wilson has a degree in marketing communications from Columbia College. www.wordsbywilson.com
Erin Jennings is a regular contributor to Bainbridge Island Magazine. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Before opening Windmill Writing—her freelance writing business—she worked for Sound Publishing where she focused on the lifestyle and culture of Kitsap County. www.windmillwriting.com
Michael Cyger/Katie Brase
July 16, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free
Girl Meets Boy: The Essence of the Romance Novel
with Lisa Cach
Do you wonder how romance writers make their readers' hearts sing? Learn how to keep them turning the pages into the wee hours of the night with this quick guide to the secrets of writing romance. Lisa Cach, an award-winning author of more than twenty romantic novels and novellas, discusses this and more. Learn about character growth, emotions, tension, and “the naughty bits” of romance writing.
Lisa Cach writes across sub-genres including romance, paranormal, historical, contemporary, chick-lit, and young adult. Her latest novel is Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells (2012). Dating Without Novocain was named one of Waldenbooks’ “Best Books of 2002.” Cach is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. She has hiked the foothills of the Himalaya and sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner. She is a writing instructor aboard the MV Explorer during a 2013 Enrichment Voyage around Europe. http://lisacach.com
Field's End Vacation in August
No Roundtable in August! The volunteers who make up theField's End Core Team and Core Support Team take the month off (from Field's End at least) to write, read, and relax. We hope you have a fun and productive month. See you in September!
September 17, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free
Bringing Your Whole Self to the Story
with Sarah Ellis
What goes into a piece of fiction? Canadian Sarah Ellis, author of fourteen books for children, details her own process. She describes how the news, documentary films, city walking, magazine articles, and the squirrels she sees from her study window all found their way into her latest novel for young readers.
Sarah Ellis’s published work includes picture books, short story collections, middle grade novels, and nonfiction. Her books have been honored with the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. After 30 years as a children’s librarian she took up a new career teaching at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also writes book reviews for The Horn Book Magazine and lectures internationally. Ellis lives in Vancouver, BC. www.sarahellis.ca
October 15, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free
A Writer's Guide to Social Media
with Trish Bittman
Writer, blogger, and social media maven Trish Bittman tells how and why you should use social networking to promote your writing. A frequent user of Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites, Bittman discusses how writers can build their brand in just one hour a day.
Trish Bittman moved to Bainbridge Island after discovering it on the Internet. Life on the island has turned out to be all she hoped it would be and more. She is a freelance writer, a social media manager for several companies, and a regular contributor to Bainbridge Island Magazine. Bittman also maintains a humorous blog, “3 Kids and a Breakdown.” www.3kidsandabreakdown.com
Photo credit: Sally Chabon
November 19, 2013 | 7PM - 8:30PM | Bainbridge Public Library | Free
Holy Ink: Exploring Spiritual Writing
with Cathy Warner
Spiritual writing moves us beyond outlines and plots and beyond religious creeds and professed beliefs toward discovery. Freed from expectations of what and how we should write, spiritual writing opens us to encounter mystery. It also helps us delve into the unknown and attempt to name what is powerful, moving, and true for ourselves at a heart and soul level. Come for an evening of inspiration and leave with tools for the journey.
Cathy Warner holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University and serves as Literary Editor for the “Good Letters” blog in the journal Image. A former United Methodist pastor, she has led spiritual writing workshops for more than a decade, and was published by The Upper Room. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals. A Californian for fifty years, Warner now lives on Bainbridge Island where she blogs, writes, works as an editor, and hosts writers on retreat. Her website, Bainbridge Island Ink, can be seen at www.cathywarner.com.
If you have an idea for a Writers' Roundtable topic or guest speaker, or if you would like to present a Roundtable, email Field’s End at or write to:
Bainbridge Public Library
1270 Madison Ave. North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Field's End is a 100% volunteer organization affiliated with the nonprofit Bainbridge Public Library. For other Field's End programs please visit www.fieldsend.org.