A supper club connecting
Whatcom writers and industry speakers
Online meeting Feb. 10th

Pathways to Publication

presented by Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center

This discussion for writers at all levels of experience offers an overview of how best to identify and utilize directories of vetted opportunities for publication (agents, publishers, contests, and journals) with an emphasis on pathways into small independent presses. From traditional models to self-publishing to hybrid, myriad opportunities now exist for writers, but finding legitimate paths to publication can be a challenge for many burgeoning writers. By way of introduction to the topic, this session will also include the instructive and hilariously cautionary story of how Pat Conroy's first two books, The Boo and The Water Is Wide, came to be published.


Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Conroy, named by Garden & Gun Magazine as one of "the top ten things to love about the South." Jonathan’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Savannah Morning News Beacon magazine, Southern Review of Books, and Southern Writers Magazines Suite T blog. He is co-editor with Nicole Seitz of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, now the winner of 17 book awards. Jonathan also serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and the affiliates committee of the American Writers Museum. In 2020, he was recognized with the Doug Marlette Literacy Leadership Award, presented by the Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the U.S.

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center was established in 2016 to honor and continue the legacy of best-selling writer Pat Conroy, the author of The Prince of Tides, The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini, The Water Is Wide, and more. The Conroy Center is both an interpretive center to the writing and teaching life of Pat Conroy and an educational center offering instruction and resources for readers, writers, teachers, and students. Based in Conroy's adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, the Center has been recognized as South Carolina's first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark, winner of Beaufort's 2019 Civitas Award for Tourism Leadership, and Tripadvisor's top-rated destination in Beaufort. Many of the Conroy Center's writing workshops, author discussions, lectures, and tours are available online as virtual programs. Learn more at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org or on the Conroy Center's Facebook page and YouTube channel.  

​How to access the event:

Each person who registers will receive a confirmation email alerting them to how they can access the event on the 10th.


Village Books: https://www.villagebooks.com/event/litlive-wwp-jonathan-haupt-021021

Eventbrite registration page: Whatcom Writers and Publishers Supper Club Featuring Jonathan Haupt Tickets, Wed, Feb 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

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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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