The conference kicks off Friday evening at the Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor Campus with a plenary session keynoted by Dave Boling. Saturday activities include a master class taught by Mr. Boling and a full complement of workshop sessions focusing on the craft and business of writing. Designed to provide writers with an intimate setting in which to hone their craft, conference attendance will be limited to 80 participants. Registration opens July 25th.
A sneak peek at Dave Boling’s keynote address and master class:
A Writer’s Journey
At age 53, journalist Dave Boling sensed impending troubles for the newspaper business and thought it wise to examine alternatives. As a fallback plan, he gave fiction-writing a try. While still writing four newspaper columns a week, he dedicated every free moment to crafting his first novel, the award-winning, historical-fiction debut “Guernica,” which was published around the world. It was another step in Boling’s unusual progression from blue-collar laborer to journalist to author. In addition to his second novel, “The Lost History of Stars” (2017), he has published three sports books and two collaborative memoirs. His co-authored “The Warner Boys,” will be published in the fall of 2018. It is a collaboration with former Seahawk star Curt Warner (and his wife, Ana) accounting their lives raising twin autistic sons. His message to aspirational authors is clear: No matter your age or work background, getting published is always a possibility.
A Writer’s Conscience
Pinned to a cork board next to author Dave Boling’s computer in his home office is the transcript of John Steinbeck’s 1962 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Underlined is a portion in which Steinbeck cites his theories on a writer’s obligation. “The writer is delegated to declare and celebrate man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit — for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love.” Through the challenges of selecting topics, creating characters and plotting their stories, Boling finds it crucial to maintain a guiding principle, a “true north” writer’s compass by which he steers his works. This pledge by Steinbeck is one, among others, he will discuss in his presentation.