The Writers Connection - E. C. Murray, Publisher          Wendy Hinman, Editor


Dear Readers and Writers,            

       The Writers' Connection assists emerging writers as well as those who've tasted success. Please see our Writer Resources listed below.   We also publish a newsletter in which we've interviewed Elizabeth George, Erik Larson, David Guterson, Debbie Macomber, Theo Nestor, Garth Stein, Susan Rich, and more, about their author's journey. See two of these interviews here.

          The Writers' Connection originally linked writers in Gig Harbor, but we now reach writers anywhere.  Check our fun and informative Face book page, Gig Harbor - Kitsap Writers Connection!
            We hope you find these resources helpful as you pursue  your writing dreams.
Please contact us at [email protected].      

E. C. Murray, Publisher, 
   Author of A Long Way from Paris A KIRKUS BEST BOOK of 2014 and Life Kind of Sucks
Wendy Hinman, Editor,    
   Author of Tightwads on the Loose


Beginning with local resources and further afield.

*For many more resources and events for 
writers and readers in Seattle, 
begin with Elliott Bay Bookstore      

Scroll below for reader and writer resources from national conferences to local events to writing books. 

Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Key Peninsula, Washington

Creative Colloquy Writer events, open mic, and more

Watermark Writers offering writers groups and open mic for details. 

Tacoma and Pierce County Library systems (includes Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula and more) offer excellent writer events. 

Kings Books, Tacoma,  Book clubs, open mics, poetry readings, and special writer/reader events (253) 272-8801

Tacoma Community College, Gig Harbor Phone (253)460-2424 Writing classes and the Write on the Sound writer's conference offered in November each year.

Watermark Writers, Key Peninsula. Open mics with featured author or poet to be announced monthly at Blend Wine Shop 8914 Key Pen Hwy Call 253-884-9688 for information. Free writing group where writers meet to assist one another, share & strengthen work plus special writer events (253) 778-6559


826 Seattle, a Nonprofit Writing and Tutoring Center 826 Seattle is dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative writing skills. They are a chapter of a national program and offer after-school tutoring, workshops, field trips, in-school support, and publishing. They welcome volunteers.

Elliott Bay Bookstore has the most comprehensive list of author events in Seattle on their site. 

Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America. The mission of the GSRWA is to promote excellence in romantic fiction. One of their goals is to provide a place where writers can come for growth and support with monthly meetings in Bellevue.

Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers and other professionals in the mystery field, and the Northwest Chapter serves members of MWA that live in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. 

Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Foremost writers association in Seattle with annual conference, and monthly meetings, annual contest.

Richard Hugo House fosters writers, builds community, and engages the Pacific Northwest in the world of writing. They have a multitude of workshops and events year-round.

Seattle7 Writers is a collective of Pacific Northwest authors who want to create connections between writers, readers, librarians, and booksellers. They conduct workshops and fund raising events.

Seattle Arts & Lectures  SAL’s 2012/13 Literary Series features an impressive lineup of distinguished authors. 

Seattle Free Lances Founded in 1921, Seattle Free Lances is Seattle's oldest association for professional writers. "Rolodex of freelance and contract talent

Sisters in Crime We are 3600 members in 48 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. 

The Society of Children's Book Writers & IllustratorsThe SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. 

University of Washington School of Professional and Continuing Education , nonfiction and fiction writing classes for beginners through advanced. 

The Writer's Workshop The Writer's Workshop is an on-campus and online writing program based in Seattle, Washington. The Writer's Workshop offers classes in Creative Nonfiction, Nonfiction book, travel and fiction writing. Contact [email protected] (206-284-7121) for more info. 


Washington state, and Puget Sound in particular, has a plethora of opportunities to develop their craft and connect with other writers. Here are a few, most of which offer writing classes.

The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend, WA conducts writing workshops, has a large stock of titles on the art and craft of writing, and maintains extensive resources for teachers. Of Interest to Writers 


For conferences, discover countless world wide in Shaw's Guide. Note that The Writers Connection does not endorse these conferences and highly recommend you research each one
which holds interest

Willamette Writers Conference - Portland, Oregon

Oregon Writer's Colony Non-profit literary organization dedicated to nurturing writing skills of the Oregon writer. A wealth of learning, classes  and information     Contact Sarah Grace Del Rosario, Community Outreach


·         On Writing by Stephen King         
·         The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White. 
·         Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg
·         Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

          Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass 
·         A New Guide to Better Writingby Ph.D. Rudolf Franz Flesch and A. H. Lass

·         The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
·         The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
·         Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

·         Writing Well by William Zinsser
·         Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

·          Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on the Writing Life by Anne Lamott

·         The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

·         The Writing Life by Annie Dillard


Poets and Writers Magazine with articles on writing and lists of contests, schools, and residencies.  

New York Times Book Review. Need I say more? 

While we strive for accuracy, we suggest you check details before attending events listed on The Writers Connection. Changes often occur without notice. All rights reserved  Elizabeth Corcoran Murray copyright 2013-2016


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