December WordFest celebrates National Novel Writing Month

Aspiring novelists who took the writing challenge in November will read from their works at the next WordFest on Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. (Note: WordFest occurs on the first Tuesday in December.)

During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), people across the country commit to writing a novel of approximately 30,000 words in 30 days. Even if they don’t achieve their goal, many writers have used this as a way to start the novel that has been gestating in their mind.

Vikki J. Carter will host the event where local NaNoWriMo participants will introduce and read from their projects. Vikki is the producer of Authors of the Pacific Northwest, a weekly podcast for writers who are interested in learning how to be successful in the publishing industry.  Her company, SquishPen Productions, focuses on helping writers learn tips of the trade from published authors so they too can succeed in a competitive field.

Vikki has two books in the works, the first is part of a series set in Elizabethan era England and the clashing world of a woman’s choice for love.  The second novel follows  a young couple’s chaotic relationship as they struggle with the not-so-glamorous pursuit of fame in the world of rock-n-roll. You can learn more about SquishPen Productions at



Lorraine Merrin will be highlighting the poetry of David Lee, Utah’s first poet laureate. Lee captures small town America with affection and humor and an ear for truth within the vernacular. He has been called “the pig poet,” and may be best known for his collection of poems, The Porcine Canticles.   He has won numerous awards and holds a PhD with a concentration on the poetry of John Milton.

Lorraine’s poetry has been published in Rattle, Thema, Time of Singing, and other literary magazines, two anthologies, and in her own collection, Holding Tight To Gravity’s Tail.


There will be an open mic period following the presentations.


The monthly gathering of readers and writers meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Cassava. The events are free and open to the public.


Cassava offers a dinner menu for those who wish to enjoy a meal with the readings, as well as local wines and brews.


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