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Robert HoffmanBy Robert Hoffman
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Robert HoffmanBy Robert Hoffman
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, March 18 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

We are raising funds for the Third Annual NILA Writers Cider Toast, to be held August 3 & 4, 2019 at the Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island.

The Cider Toast is a unique experience for writers. It's part reunion, a chance for students, graduates, and instructors of the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts to reconnect, share, and enjoy each others' company. It's also part conference, with panels and speakers, focused on education and growth, because we writers know that there is always more to learn.

The first two Cider Toasts were wildly successful. Thanks to funds from the alumni association and the generosity of speakers who donated their time, we were able to host both events free of charge.

This year, we want to go further.

  • We want to host it again at the Captain Whidbey Inn, home to so many fond memories.
  • We want to expand from a single afternoon to a two-day event.
  • We want to provide a stipend to our speakers, so we can schedule the best presenters available.
  • And we want it to be free of charge and open to all.

Sound impossible? You're right. It is.

The Captain Whidbey Inn is under new management. They're renovating and raising their prices. Our alumni association is no more and the funds we relied on are gone.

Fiction Panel Cider Toast 2018 - bring your brains!
Fiction Panel Cider Toast 2018 - bring your brains!

We can't do this without you. But with you, we can make this the greatest Cider Toast yet.

Coupeville Pier with a winter frost.
Coupeville Pier with a winter frost.

Please take a look at the rewards. We had a blast coming up with them.

Please donate.

And please be there.

The Gazebo and Lagoon Cabins, c. 2011
The Gazebo and Lagoon Cabins, c. 2011

Risks and challenges

We're getting to know the new folks at the Captain Whidbey Inn, and since we hope to reach out to potential speakers with funding secured, our schedule of presentations is yet to be determined.

Anything can happen. But we've seen the resolve, creativity, and energy of this community of writers, and we believe that with your support, this Cider Toast will be an amazing success.

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    Join the Club

    Thanks for your support! This will help with keeping the Cider Toast free to the public. We'll keep you posted with panel updates.

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    Video Access

    Receive an emailed link and password to access videos of the Cider Toast talks. Perfect if you can't be there in August, or if you want to know what happened in the other track.

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    Your Very Own Beta-Reader

    Along with getting Video Access, science fiction and fantasy author Steven W. White will read your novel manuscript (up to 100K words) and email you a critique.

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    Lesson From a Master

    Along with Video Access, Carolyne Wright will read three of your poems and provide an emailed critique.

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    Lesson From a Master

    Along with Video Access, Carmen Bernier-Grand will read ten pages of your children's/young adult fiction manuscript and provide an emailed critique.

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    Lesson From a Master

    Along with Video Access, Larry Cheek will read ten pages of your nonfiction manuscript and provide an emailed critique.

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    On the Writer's Path

    Along with Video Access, you'll receive a custom NILA graduate walking stick, hand delivered to you at the Cider Toast.

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    Room With A View

    Thanks for your support! You will get a Captain Whidbey Inn Lagoon Room (with a view) for August 3rd and 4th, taxes and gratuity fees included. Comparative pricing will be available for two days before and after the weekend, should you want to stay longer. Extra requests and added services will be the sole responsibility of the guest and settled between the the guest and the Captain Whidbey Inn.

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