Good deeds for the day: Conferred with Karen Junker; volunteered to write fundraising letter in hopes of resuscitating the writing conference; wrote letter; sent letter.
Hey, everybody. My name is Sarah Avery, and I'm a regular volunteer at
Today, I volunteered to do something really hard. I volunteered to tell you
all that, if we don't raise a sizable chunk of money this month, the
organization is going to have to fold. We love running these events, and
you have told us you love coming to them.
If you help us meet some very specific, very achievable goals, we can all
hope to keep meeting for panels and pitches, banquets and drinks, workshops
and book signings, for a long time to come. If we can't meet these goals in
the month of November, well, the past few years have been great, and we
wouldn't have missed them for anything.
Here's what we need in order to continue with the events we have scheduled
At least 200 people would have to join as members, and
At least 30 people would have to register for the March event on the East
At least 30 people would have to register for the June event in Seattle, and
All of those people would have to go to paypal.com and actually send the
actual money for those memberships and registrations.
The bottom line is, if you were hoping to come to Writer's Weekend this
year, or any year, now is the moment to register.
If you were thinking of joining as a member, now is the moment to join. A
membership only costs $20. That little $20 saves you $50 on registration
for the big event in March, and $50 on registration for the big event in
June, and $65 on the small event in February. If you were planning on
coming to all of them, that little $20 saves you $165. Even if you can't
spring for the full cost of registering now for those programs, the $20 cost
of your membership is a gigantic vote of confidence, right when it matters
And if we don't make our goal, if Writer's Weekend folds, your membership
and registration money will be refunded, so there's no risk to you.
For the past couple of years, the plan has been to incorporate Writer's
Weekend as a non-profit, but if the organization is ever going to have
enough resources to make that transition, it needs your support.
Don't put it off until after Election Day. Don't put it off until the end
of National Novel Writing Month. Don't put it off until you get home from
Thanksgiving. Go to www.writersweekend.com right now, and do whatever you
If together we can all pull this off, then at the next Writer's Weekend we
can raise a toast at the bar and sing Auld Lang Syne like a bunch of extras
in a Frank Capra film--because it is, in point of fact, a wonderful life.
We can save this thing. The only tricky part is doing it fast.
Every time a bell rings, a writer gets her wings.