A supper club connecting
Whatcom writers and industry speakers
Online meeting Jan. 13th

Research Travel: Elevate Your Fiction While Seeing the World

This presentation teaches writers how to incorporate their love of travel, real or virtual, local or far-flung, into their fiction. As a frequent traveler, Walsh knows how common it is for our adventures to inspire a story. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear how to incorporate our experiences in original and unexpected ways. This workshop shows authors how to travel as a researcher, break from one’s comfort zone, and enrich our stories with a level of authenticity that readers will remember forever. Armchair vagabonds needn’t be left out! This talk also covers many of the ways in which the Internet can be mined for useful information and inspiration (though the pitfalls are many!). One’s budget and willingness to travel needn’t be a limitation.

Doug Walsh is an Amazon bestselling adventure romance author, avid traveler, and indie publishing coach from Snoqualmie, Washington. His prizewinning debut novel, Tailwinds Past Florence, was directly inspired by his round-the-world bicycle tour. Following an eighteen-year writing career in the videogame industry (chronicled in his memoir The Walkthrough: Insider Tales from a Life in Strategy Guides) Walsh transitioned to fiction. A recurring speaker at PNWA and writing groups across the country, Walsh is forever excited to share his combined passion for writing and travel. His upcoming novel, Shadows of Kalalau, set in a remote corner of Kauai, is expected to release in Fall, 2021.

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Welcome, Pacific Northwest Writers! 

We meet every second Wednesday from September to June in scenic Bellingham, WA. Supper starts at 5:30, and the speaker starts at 7:00. Happy hour prices at Nikki's Bella Marina (see map below) apply until 6, if you want a drink to relax while you chat and have dinner upstairs in the Skyline room. 


The 2020-2021 year Dues are suspended. 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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25 for 1 year

40 for 2 years

40 for couples

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We have a paypal account if you would prefer to pay on line. You can also pay by check; just drop it off with the treasurer at a meeting.


PO Box 4030  Bellingham, WA  98227