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Peace of Mind: 8th Annual BWC Reading on 11.3.17 @ 7 pm

New works by 13 writers, in many genres. Music by Bob Dalrymple. Gift basket raffle. Meet the authors’ opportunity. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. With Charlotte & Michele Bacon, Kristina Cerise, Jan Dalrymple, Diane Eiser, Ileany Fields, Treya Forlenza, Karen Gamble, Roselle Kovitz, Mary Jean Lord, Ann Teplick and Francine Walls.

3003 NW 66th, Seattle

Free Admission

Seventh Annual Event

Seventh Annual Ballard Writers Event

Lucky Seven

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Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse
3003 NW 66th
Free admission

Seven genres. Seven minutes. Seven raffle baskets.

Prose. Poetry. Memoir. Horror. Short story. Essay. Epistolary.

Karen Anderson , Michele Bacon, Alma Garcia de Lilla, Carol Levin, Mary Jean Lord, Jennifer D. Munro, Meg Pasquini and Lauren Ziemski.

Doors open at 6:30. Come meet seven years of Ballard Writers.

Ballard Writer’s Pop-Up Park on 9.17.16

It’s time for “Ask the Writer” at our outdoor reading room on 6400 block of 32nd NW, Sunset Hill Green Market (west side). Visit us on Saturday, between 10-5 p.m. Tell a story to the new local radio station between 12-1:30. Exchange books and ideas with local writers. (New writers every hour).

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Friday the 13th 2015. New works by almost 13 Ballard Writers plus a real thirteen year old

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Thirteen new works by 13 Ballard Writers on Friday the 13th November at Sunset Hill Community Association Clubhouse!

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Laurie Blauner Book Launch

Open Books will host the book launch for Laurie Blauner’s latest book of poetry “It Looks Worse than I Am” on Friday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m. The poetry collection is forthcoming from What Books Press in October, 2014 and was picked in their first Open Book Competition.  Blauner will also be reading from it in December at the Ballard library. Blauner_cover_v2

BWC Pop Up Park on 9.19.14

Meet other Ballard Writers as part of Seattle’s Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 19, 2014 in front of The Scoop at 6406 32nd NW. Hang in person with other BWC members, friends and family. Take advantage of the Ask the Writer booth, exchange books, tips and literary magazines. Officially from 9-3.

A note from Carol

I am so pleased to share my coming event  (Book Launch on 9.21.14) with BWC. What pleases me more is that this is a three way Ballard Celebration. Secret Garden Books, our independent bookstore, the lovely space at Seattle Creative Arts Center and then at my home where nothing can please me more than filling it with company. I am so excited about this, my second full volume of poems and pleased to have the opportunity to dedicate this book to Seattle Opera, one of Seattle’s precious treasures. Come celebrate all this with me. Sept 21st 2:00.

Jenny Zenner: A Wake of Happiness

jzheadshotA profile of Jenny Zenner

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A Wake of Happiness

Despite coming from an unexpectedly long meeting, getting caught in heavy traffic from Bellevue, and arriving late for our interview, Jenny walked into The Scoop @ Walter’s without a hint of stress. As soon as she sat down, she calmly, directly told me she was ready.

I’d met Jenny at several BWC events before we crossed paths earlier this year at Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco, a conference focused on mindfulness and technology. In each conversation with her, I noticed she had a calm presence and clear vision of what’s important in her life.

Raised on a fourth generation farm in Idaho devoted to sustainability, it’s not surprising that she finds connection and meaning in nature. “I really like those primitive truths–those that once you realize them you cannot deny,” she explained. “For example, eating actual food allows our bodies to do better.”

A 400-meter hurdler at Washington State University, Jenny headed back east to earn an MBA and M.Ed. in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Virginia. It was on a stopover in Seattle during a trip home to Idaho from grad school that brought her to Seattle. “When I listened to people talk,” she said of the brief layover, “I felt like I had arrived home. It felt like where I was connected and where my roots were.” After nearly nine years on the east coast, she moved to Seattle in 2005.

In 2008, she wove together her love of nature, exercise, nutrition, psychology, and eastern spiritual traditions into SEEDS, what she calls “a self-check mnemonic (sleep, eat, engage, dance, smile) to bring you positively into the present in as many moments as you can muster.”

Using this combination of practices, Jenny herself has found a way to live a full, yet healthy life. She has structured her work so she can spend time with her family, especially her two young sons. “When the boys’ great grandmother was ailing, I was able to take them to see her,” she told me. “The boys ran past the oxygen carts and down the hall, leaving a wake of happiness. I want my family to be able to do that whenever we can.”

In addition to nature and family, Jenny’s other passion is helping people. “Helping has been a key theme for me lately—and giving myself permission to serve.” A senior recruiter at Expedia and a part time yoga teacher, Jenny loves connecting people—to work, to resources, like yoga, and to each other. She also loves challenging them to be and to do their best. “I have lots of ways I can do that,” she notes.

One of the most recent ways she is doing that is by writing a book. It’s a combination of self-help and memoir, she says, weaving together themes of mindfulness, yoga, nutrition, and positive psychology. Writing it, she tells me, Is actually helping her to be a better person. “In learning memoir I found out you have to wait until the story is over [to write it].” With that in mind, she regularly asks herself how she wants to look in a particular “scene.” “I don’t want to have to edit it to make me look better,” she confides.

As we finish up the interview, Jenny gathers her things to head home to her husband and twin boys. “My boys,” she tells me, make me incredibly happy.” She then disappears out the door, back to that wake of happiness.

Book Launch on 9.21.14 with Carol Levin

Sept. 21st  2014. Ballard’s Secret Garden Books will host @ Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 NW Market St. a launch of “Confident Music Will Fly Us to Paradise” from MoonPath Press. 2 p.m. Carol-cov-D (1)