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Press Release: Third annual spring writer's retreat features William Dietrich

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February 13, 2009

Mary Faber
Recreation and Cultural
Services Superintendent

Third annual spring writer's retreat features William Dietrich

William Dietrich, prize-winning journalist and author of “Hadrian's Wall” and “The Rosetta Key,” headlines the Third Annual Federal Way Writer’s Retreat. Dietrich’s address is called, “The Writing Life.” He will also lead a workshop titled “Harnessing research and experience to make your story gallop.”

Sponsored by the City of Federal Way Arts Commission, the writer’s retreat is slated for April 24 and 25 and will be held again at the City’s Dumas Bay Centre overlooking Puget Sound.

Give your writing a lift, motivate your muse and network with other writers in a beautiful, inspiring setting. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the best writers in the country as well as enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and views of Puget Sound at the Dumas Bay Centre.

The retreat also features:
  • Ultra-marathoner and author of eight books, including “Lost Souls” and “Death of a Writer,” Michael Collins will reveal "What Novelists Need to Know" during Saturday's keynote presentation. Collins will read and comment on 12 novels from people attending the workshop (on a first-come, first-serve basis).
  • Sam Green, Washington's poet laureate, will lead the Friday workshop “The architecture of the heart: Scaffoldings That Work." He will also give the Friday evening dinner speech "The Archaeology of the Heart."
  • Robert Ray will lead a three-hour "Rewriting your novel" workshop.
  • Susan Zwinger will discuss "Using all 47 senses to give your story a home."
  • Barbara McArthur will explore "The adventures of a first-time mystery writer."
  • Ken Sturgis of Epicenter Press will provide helpful information on publishing.
Registration for the two days, including meals, is only $90. If you choose to stay overnight,
the room charge is $40 additional. Find more information or register online at www.cityoffederalway.com/writersretreat, or call 253-835-6900.



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