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September 28th  Meeting

Our Sept 28th meeting features Kip Robinson Greenthal

Brandywine Kitchen, 5:30 -7:30

1317 Commercial St, Bellingham






Shoal Water, My First Novel, a Love Story

Shoal water… the shallows, where the sea floor comes up just beneath the surface of the sea, a treacherous place to be. Not in deep water, and not on land, it is a place in between, full of unexpected hazards, of submerged sandbars, diffracted waves, and countercurrents.

Yet shoal water is also where the richest fishing grounds lie.

At 74, I won the 2020 Landmark Prize for Fiction sponsored by Homebound Publications. At 75, I am at last holding Shoal Water in my hands.

Shoal Water is a haunting, lyrical, and startling debut novel set in a close-knit Nova Scotian fishing village. Disillusioned by the Vietnam War, two young Americans move there in search of a simpler life. In this barren place, a rogue wave, a love triangle and a tragic accident change their lives forever. Kip Robinson Greenthal will read short passages highlighting her main characters and the tension that builds in this maritime story. Kip’s husband, musician and songwriter Stanley Greenthal, will accompany Kip on guitar, and sing “Shoal Water,” a song they wrote together.

Kip Robinson Greenthal has dedicated her career to the written word, storytelling, and literary endeavors. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Grace Paley. For eighteen years, she worked as a librarian in schools and public libraries. In 1993, she became the Education Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures, and founded and directed the Writers in the Schools program (WITS). Believing literacy empowers a person’s life, Kip collaborated with a vast number of authors—Tim O’Brien, Frank McCourt, and Marilynne Robinson among them— to work with teachers and students in the classroom. Under her guidance, WITS received the prestigious Golden Apple Award, which honors education, programs and schools in making a difference in Washington state education.

Her first novel, Shoal Water, won the Landmark Prize for Fiction sponsored by Homebound Publications, and was published in October 2021. Homebound Publications nominated Shoal Water for the Pushcart Prize, and in May, 2022, Shoal Water received a silver medal from the Nautilus Book Awards. The story takes place in Nova Scotia, where Kip lived for twelve years.



After nearly 3 years without taking dues as we weren't meeting it is finally time to start again. Details are below. 


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Welcome, Pacific Northwest Writers! 

We meet every last Wednesday from September to June in scenic Bellingham, WA. Supper starts at 5:30, and the speaker starts at 7:00.  


Dues are 25 dollars a year or 40 for two years. We use the dues to pay for our speakers to come from around the region, and for an occasional table at local writer events. Our dues year runs from September to June, like our meetings, but will roll over if you pay late in the cycle. If you want to try us out first, feel free. Speakers in the past have included authors Cami Ostman and Robert Dugoni, and agent Donald Maass, covering topics such as social media, self-publishing, memoirs, mixed media, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. It is our goal to offer something for everyone, no matter your place in the writing journey-- just starting or long-published. Old school or new. If you have an idea for a speaker or topic, let us know, but if it has been covered recently it might not be picked up.

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