A collective of Pacific Northwest authors creating connections between writers, readers, librarians and booksellers to foster and support a passion for the written word.
Seattle7Writers began in 2006, when two Northwest authors, Jennie Shortridge and Garth Stein, got together for coffee one afternoon to talk shop. Over the next year, they met for coffee every last Friday of the month, each time inviting a few more local authors. Stephanie Kallos, Kit Bakke, Randy Sue Coburn, Heather Barbieri, Mary Guterson were soon to join the group. The seven writer friends immediately recognized the benefit of sharing ideas about marketing and publicizing their work. As they continued to meet, they added to their ranks: Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella, and Maria Semple rounded them off to an even ten.
They realized that their collective energies could be used, not only to promote their own books, but to energize their reading communities, and in the spring of 2009, they pledged to undertake several community outreach initiatives, including: panel discussions and writing workshops with all or partial proceeds benefiting literacy programs in the Northwest; the development of community “pocket” libraries in unconventional places; and book club events to encourage community support of local libraries and independent booksellers.
Through these initiatives, Seattle7Writers also encourages and promotes Northwest literature with the rallying cry of “Read Local.” The Pacific Northwest produces a bounty of talented authors and fine books. At Seattle7Writers events, readers can discover new favorites or keep abreast of old favorites. Many well-known Northwest authors will be included as guests at various events to ensure a broad diversity of ideas and a great appeal to readers of all kinds. With camaraderie and enthusiasm, Seattle7Writers encourages you to support your local writer, and to support your local independent bookseller and library system.