Tacoma literary grab bag of events on the way


There is a batch of writers’ and literary events happening around the greater Tacoma area. Last week was a poetry reading by Tacoma Poet Michael Magee, and coming up there are more readings and book releases by local authors. In Gig Harbor, meanwhile, a writer’s conference is slated for early November. Also in early November, a workshop for authors and would-be authors of children’s’ books is scheduled to take place on Bainbridge Island.
See below for details on all of these events:

Flash Women, Fast Cars, and Flaming Stars

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl. W., Ste, 100, University Place
Connie Walle and Michael Magee will read poems from their newly published books by MoonPath Press. Walle flexes her poetic muscles in “What’s Left,” poems about the role of strong women. Magee’s “How We Move Toward Light,” meanwhile, explores myths and urban legends. Walle and Magee are longtime friends and invite you to celebrate autumn, with a book signing to follow. Walle hosts the Puget Sound Poetry Connection, founded Our Own Words, a teen poetry contest, and won an AMOCAT arts award from the City of Tacoma. She Is a resident of University Place. This is her debut collection of poems. Magee is a prize-winning poet and playwright whose poems and plays have been published and produced in the U.S. and England. This book is dedicated to his wife, poet Jean Musser, who was a resident of University Place.

Info: calendar.piercecountylibrary.org/event/994280


Write in the Harbor

Nov. 2-3
TCC Gig Harbor Campus, 3993 Hunt St. N.W., Gig Harbor
Discover the writer in you. Write in the Harbor (WitH) is an annual event offered through Tacoma Community College’s Continuing Education department. WitH supports the literary arts by providing opportunities for writers to convene and learn the craft of writing and the business of getting it published.

The conference features a keynote and master class by a local author and workshops focused on the craft and business of writing. Authors Garth Stein, Jim Lynch and J.A. Jance have been featured at previous conferences. This is a popular event and seats are expected to sell out again this year.

For 2018, Write in the Harbor will be held Friday evening, Nov. 2, and all day Saturday, Nov. 3

Info: www.tacomacc.edu/academics-programs/continuingeducation/writeharbor


Weekend on the Water Retreat

Nov. 2-4
IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island
Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for the 10th annual SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Western Washington Weekend on the Water Retreat at IslandWood on Bainbridge with special guests Newberry award honoree Kirby Larson and illustrator Jennifer K. Mann.

The theme is art/life balance: generating powerful creative work in a busy world. At nature-filled IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, you’ll step away from the daily grind to ramp up your creativity and connect with others in the “kidlit” community.
Join in if you’re a writer or illustrator, beginner or seasoned pro. The weekend is jam-packed with opportunities for inspiration. Or, if solitude is what you’re craving, you can find it in this natural setting.

Registration for the 2018 Weekend on the Water includes:

• Three days of and two nights’ lodging at IslandWood. Choose a single or get matched for a shared room. Either way, you get private shower and toilet facilities in IslandWood’s beautiful, sustainable buildings.
• Six catered meals that meet your food preferences, plus snacks and s’mores by the campfire.
• Special guests author Kirby Larson and illustrator Jennifer K Mann.
• Open access to the creativity programs, networking, and nature walks. A hands-on illustrators’ workshop will help you gain new skills and perspectives. The writers’ track offers inspiration and productivity insights.
• Optional add-on day and night Thursday, Nov. 1-2, gives you time, glorious time, to work on your craft or just escape from the grind and revitalize your creativity.

Info: www.scbwi.org


Children’s book author Hillary Homzie to release ‘Apple Pie Promises,’ book set in Tacoma

Hillary Homzie’s new middle grade novel for tween girls, “Apple Pie Promises,” is set in Tacoma, and it releases this month. Homzie is the author of 11 books for children. Her novel “Pumpkin Spice Secrets” is currently the front page book for Scholastic Book Fairs nationally, and her chapter book series was bought to become an animated television series by ABC Australia.

In a former life, Homzie wrote features for New York Newsday, and currently teaches media writing at Sonoma State University. “Like any sensible person,” says Homzie, “I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, and specifically Tacoma the first time I saw it. I was thrilled to be able to set my book in your beautiful city.”
For more on Homzie and her works, visit www.hillaryhomzie.com.

Works by Homzie:

  • Ellie May” chapter book series (forthcoming Charlesbridge/Random House, Dec 2018)
  • “Apple Pie Promises” (Sky Pony, Oct. 2018)
  • “Pumpkin Spice Secrets” (Sky Pony)
  • “Queen of Likes” (Simon & Schuster)
  • “The Hot List” (Simon & Schuster)
  • “Things Are Gonna Get Ugly” (Simon & Schuster)
  • “Alien Clones From Outer Space” chapter book series (Simon & Schuster)

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