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WRITERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA WINS 2017 LAS VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL CRYSTAL BOOKMARK AWARD M ORGAN S T . J AMES As a board member of Writers of Southern Nevada, I am so excited to announce that we are one of the two winners of the prestigious 2017 Crystal Bookmark Award. Led by our President Eric James Miller, the board members are Diane Taylor, Greg Blake Miller, Elizabeth Daniels, Steve Fey, Tami Cowden and myself. This awards project recognizes contributions made to advance the cause of literacy in Southern Nevada. The two awards will be presented at the Opening Reception for the Las Vegas Book Festival Friday, Oct. 20. Nominees must have made a contribution to the encouragement of the written, spoken and illustrated word in the past calendar year (September 2016 – September 2017). The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada. It will celebrate its 16th year with keynote speakers Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, and Sharon Draper, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards. Founded in 2010, Writers of Southern Nevada (WSN) is a member-based, 501(c)(3) literary organization for professional authors and wordsmiths that strives to advance the craft of writing and keep up with the ever-changing business of being a professional writer through education, collaboration, networking, and shared resources. Its flagship author reading series PAINTED STORIES puts professional artists up on stage with authors so that words turn into works of art live in front of the audience. It's monthly Writer's Roundtable provides an open forum for authors to share and discuss a variety of creative and business concerns. Additionally, Writers of Southern Nevada presents workshops for writers with an eye to choosing topics that are not mainstays at writer’s conferences. For example, the last workshop was “Improving Your Presentation Skills” featuring actor Anthony DiMaria and Toastmaster Brian Gardner. For a full list of past and future workshops and events, please visit www.nevadawriters.org. W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE P AGE 11 WSN’s Writers Roundtable is a monthly forum for members, prospective members and guests to gather, discuss, and/or diverge from a general topic of discussion in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. “WSN helps our vibrant, exciting and colorful writing community flourish not just locally, but also beyond the La 0fVv2fW( ТW&2W0֖W"&W6FV@bw&FW'2`6WFW&WfFr@sGvVfRFV&W'667G2ǒCCRb#