The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Writers’ Series closed out 2012 in November with author Jen Violi drawing a good crowd and with eight great Open Mic readers including two first-timers.
Over the past 4-1/2 years the series has put on 42 evening events and 19 writing workshops. Many dedicated volunteers helped make it happen. We want to thank our regulars, Tela Skinner, Phyllis Mannan, Amy Pulitzer, Dave Dillon, and Brenda Smith. We also thank the many others who stepped in to help when we were short-handed at an event: Peggy Biskar, Elia Seely, Gary and Melinda Seelig, Holly Lorincz and others.
One of the key things that makes this event possible is the lodging donated to the featured authors. Thanks to the generosity of Ann Coleman and Margaret Moore for donating their houses this year and to Matt Gray for his coordinating efforts.
We thank Cloud & Leaf for providing book sales at the events.
And thanks of course to those of you who attended the readings. Without an engaged audience, we wouldn’t have a series. Authors often comment on how thrilled they were to have such interested attendees.
We partnered with the North Coast Citizen this year to publish our first community literary magazine, The North Coast Squid. We received many submissions for the 2013 Squid, which will be released at our first 2013 Writer’s Series event on February 16, 2013.
We continue to focus our efforts on getting the best possible featured authors to read and to host occasional workshops. We’re excited to have authors like Whitney Otto (of How to Make an American Quilt fame) and Patrick Dewitt (The Sister’s Brothers) along with a great slate of others joining us in 2013.
We encourage local writers to hone those original pieces of writing and practice them to read for five minutes at the Open Mic. We’ll run seven evening events in 2013. Think of that as seven deadlines to write something new!
Thanks for joining us in 2012. We hope to see you in 2013. Click here for our upcoming schedule. Also look for announcements in the North Coast Citizen and on the Manzanita Writers’ Series Facebook page.
Thanks, Kathie Hightower and Vera Wildauer
Co-founders of the Manzanita Writers’ Series