PictureWinner Donna Warren (photo by Yoojin Song).
The public is invited to party on Thurs., June 20, from 7-8 p.m. at Red Petal Cakes in Edmonds in celebration of our inaugural writing contest winners!

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Donna Warren’s entry, “The Red Pig,” took first place in EPIC’s inaugural writing contest. Warren, along with fellow winners in the Adult and Youth categories, will be honored at a party and reading at on June 20, from 7-8 p.m.

The Adult winners are as follows: First Place went to Donna Warren for “The Red Pig”; Second: Victoria Peters for “Kaidja”; Third: Susan Ferguson for “Citizen’s League”; Honorable Mention:  Jeanne Gerhard for “Inspiration.” In the Youth category, First Place went to Ailish Mackey for “Behind Those Glasses”; Second: Kunjan Chadha for “Mother”; Third to Lauren Mallory for “An Overweight Girl in a Dressing Room”; and Honorable Mention (tie) to Angela Lee for “Las Vegas” and Ethan Brown for “To Kill Intolerance.”

The contest was led by EPIC’s Dianne O’Connell, Sheri LaVay, and . When Jones was asked about the entries, she said, “I was surprised with the intensity of feelings and the grappling with harsh realities of life, which were much more evident than expected in the youth writings.”

O’Connell was struck by the opening line in “An Overweight Girl in a Dressing Room”: “A lonesome dove in a two-ton beast.” “It speaks for every girl of any age who has ever been told or who believes she is too fat,” said O’Connell. She was also “surprised and pleased at the number of Youth Division entries received. If we can continue to support and encourage young writers and poets, I think we will have done a very good thing.”

According to Jones, “The annual fall Write on the Sound set the stage for a strong writing community in Edmonds. The formation of EPIC cultivates a climate all year long to benefit those who desire to come together and support one another in the craft of writing. What once might have been considered a solitary endeavor has been reinvented into a community of those who write and encourage and inspire others to write.”

Contest leader LaVay summed up the value of writing: “Remember, you don’t have to be a published author to be a writer. Writing is simply good for the soul and many times is soul-saving.”

An e-book featuring the winning compositions is set to be released in time for the June 20 party. For more information on the event and the local writing community, see . (Cover photo All Rights Reserved for photographer Sienna Votry 2013).

Editor's note: The EPIC Group Winners e-book anthology is

Winner Donna Warren (photo courtesy Yoojin Song).
There are some things you can't help but look forward to -- like hearing about author Alison Krupnick's minivan travels. Krupnick will visit EPIC in the Edmonds Library on Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m., after the 10 a.m. writing group. Here's Krupnick's promo to get your engine revving:

"Alison Krupnick, author of "Ruminations from the Minivan:  Musings From a World Grown Large, Then Small," visits EPIC on March 18 to talk about why you should write that book you’ve always wanted to write, and her experiences with self-publishing and book promotion.

"Alison is a former world-traveling diplomat, turned minivan-driving mom and writer. As a Foreign Service officer with the State Department, she served in India, Thailand and Vietnam and in Washington, DC on the country desks for Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives.

"Her writing has been published in Harvard Review, Brain, Child, the magazine for thinking mothers, Seattle magazine, Crosscut and a variety of news and trade publications and literary journals and anthologies. She is also the author of the blog . Alison lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters."

Krupnick's talk will be followed by a board/general meeting at noon at Coldwell Banker Bain on Fifth Avenue. Everyone is invited to the writing group, talk, and meeting.

Image from Mary E. Trimble's book.
On Monday, Feb. 11,  author Mary E. Trimble will speak on developing a marketing plan, after EPIC's Monday morning 10 a.m. writing group. Trimble will speak at 11 a.m. The free event is in the Edmonds Library, although seating is limited.

According to Trimble, "Many agents and/or publishers ask for a  marketing plan before they'll consider taking  on an author's work. Even if an author plans to self-publish, having an organized marketing plan is an essential tool." Trimble will provide tips on creating your own marketing plan.

Trimble is the author of "TUBOB:: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps," and "Tenderfoot, Rosemount and McClellan's Bluff." She is a member of Northwest Women Writers, and her website is