December 3, 7pm PST | Family Matters: Works in Progress
Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA
We had so much fun at the last Family Matters reading that we’re doing it again, bigger and better! Join me and five kick-ass local writers—Allison Ellis, Jennifer Haupt, Jane Hodges, Kristine Lloyd, Brian McGuigan—as we read brand-spanking-new creative nonfiction, all centering around various ideas of family. Be the first to hear memoirs as they develop and take shape. We aim to put the “fun” in dysfunctional during this lively, moving evening! Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch) will emcee the event, which is free. The bar will be open serving beer, wine, and cocktails. Add it to you calendar and be sure to have one awesome evening during the holidays!

Upcoming Business of Books events:

January 31–February 1 | Women & Words at Willows Lodge
Willows Lodge, Woodinville, WA
Do you dream of publishing a book, but aren’t sure what path to take—or even how to start? Start the new year by taking care of you and your book idea by coming to a unique retreat for women writers! Whether you have a glimmer of a concept or a polished draft, we’ve structured a weekend retreat to help you get published. During this practical and inspirational weekend, you’ll be treated to hands-on workshops and receive individual attention to move your book project forward in a significant way. It all takes at Willows Lodge, where distractions feel a world away.

  • On Saturday, we’ll focus on your book project and crafting a proposal. After a state of publishing overview, we’ll settle into the agenda, offering up-to-the-minute intel about what publishers and agents do and don’t want from new writers. After lunch, we’ll guide you step-by-step on how to create a killer proposal in a hands-on workshop. You’ll have a chance to meet other writers over drinks and dinner from the Barking Frog, before gathering for a late-night writing jam in your pajamas. We supply the milk and cookies and writing prompts!
  • On Sunday, we’ll turn our attention to the submission process and the ultimate goal of getting published. After an informal publishing chat and continental breakfast, get ready to brainstorm in a book marketing workshop. Fun exercises will result in a creative marketing campaign for your book and a solid author platform that you can present to publishers. We’ll end the day with an insightful and encouraging talk about submissions, query letters, and staying focused and motivated through the process.
  • Retreat attendees can add on optional activities, including a Sunday lunch or spa treatment.
  • A special room rate will be available for attendees who would like to arrive on Friday. We will be on hand Friday evening for an informal publishing chat and one-on-one time.

Rates start at $756.50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) based on double occupancy. To make your reservation, please contact Kathleen Boyd at 425-424-2589 or via e-mail There will be a 7-day advance cancellation policy and package price will be charged at that time.