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Writer's Circle: Becoming A Published Author with Sarah Cannon

A supportive group of writers who gather together every month at The Hivery to share resources, wisdom, experiences, and receive writer-to-writer support! 

Keep your writing projects in focus by attending The Hivery's monthly Writer's Circle. After each gathering, we continue to cheer each other on while writing at The Hivery, attending other Hivery community events, workshops and participating in our online forums. Come join us!

In December, we are excited to welcome Seattle based author Sarah Cannon who has just released her memoir, The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press).

Sarah will be sharing her journey of how she went from being a full-time caregiver at age 32 of children and her then-husband who became disabled in a terrible accident, to graduate student. An author of essays (including ones published in the NYT and Salon) while starting a new career in the literary arts, and becoming a published author with her first book at age 44.

Sarah will be providing insight about her low-residency MFA program and the path from submitting to signing a contract with an "Indie" press to revision to final product. She will also be sharing the process she went through to "get happy" again and how it can inspire others to follow their passions and carve out a path that's right for them.

Sarah will also be facilitating a discussion with the group to dive the messages in her book, that can provide support for those struggling in any kind of lonely situation. 

Key Takeaways In This Workshop Include:

  • Hearing Sarah’s story from full-time caregiver to first time published author

  • Get insight about her MFA program and the path from submitting to signing a contract with an "Indie" press, to final product

  • Listening to the process Sarah went through to "get happy" again

  • What messages in new book The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press) that can provide support for those struggling in any kind of lonely situation

The Writer's Circle is facilitated by Hivery Member, Thais Derich. Thais Derich's memoir—Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean (She Writes Press, May 9, 2017)—was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews' 2017 Book of the Year Award. Second Chance was also a finalist for the Creative Non-Fiction Magazine’s Baby Anthology. Thais is an international writer and public speaker on "Being the Hero of Your Life" and "Seeing Invisible Choices" in childbirth and beyond! She is also the founder of the "Write Your Impact" book program.

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. BYO brown-bag lunch discussion.  All are welcome!

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The Writer’s Circle is one of The Hivery's monthly member events. Mark your calendar for the second Thursday of each month from 12:30-1:45pm to join this program.

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About Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon is a debut author at age forty-four after having spent a decade caring for her family. Sarah’s memoir, The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press), out November 13th has inspired a new career in book publicity. Sarah earned her MFA from Goddard College in 2012, where her creative thesis informed the revision work that would become her book. Born and raised in the Seattle area, she has two teenagers and a houseful of animals. When Sarah is not teaching creative writing or consulting on book projects, she works on technical editing projects for Microsoft.


"It’s a real testimonial to your Writing Group because I felt supported and therefore took bigger risks in my writing.  I am very grateful. Lots of high fives to you." - Lisa Pepper-Satkin, Executive Therapeutic Coach, MA, MFT after getting paid for placement of her essay. 


Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the best-seller novel THE NEST; Melissa Cistaro, author of NCIBA BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2015 winner PIECES OF MY MOTHER; Elizabeth Stark, author of SHY GIRL; Heather Young, author of LOST GIRLS winner of the 2017 Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel; Nina Schuyler, author of THE TRANSLATOR winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction; Katherine Ozment author of GRACE WITHOUT GOD winner of Publisher Weekly's Best Books of 2016; Kaitlin Solimine author of EMPIRE OF GLASS short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize; Jill Dodd, author of The Currency of Love, and Victoria Piontek, literary associate and author of The Spirit Of Cattail County.