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NWPA presents: Building Your Brand with Garret Romaine

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The Northwest Writers and Publishers Association (NWPA) is hosting its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 14, from 6:30-8:30 pm. The evening's topic will be Building Your Brand as a Non-Fiction Writer. During his presentation, featured speaker Garret Romaine will share how he turned his twin passions for rock hounding and writing into a successful career as a columnist, freelance writer, and published author.

Garret Romaine is an award-winning journalist who also teaches technical writing at Portland State University. His interest in rock hounding started when, as a boy, he visited mines, ghost towns, and other rock collecting sites around Baker, Oregon. This boyhood interest sparked a lifelong passion. From rock collecting, he went on to earn a geology degree from the University of Oregon, followed by a master's degree in geography at the University of Washington.

Romaine is the author of several articles and guidebooks about gems, rocks, minerals, and rock hounding in the Northwest. He's written a regular column titled "Mining the Internet" for the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA). He also appears in a series of YouTube videos called Garret's World of Geology. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. (see complete author bio here)

The Northwest Writers and Publishers Association is a nonprofit organization which provides valuable networking opportunities for authors, publishers, journalists, freelance writers and marketers in the greater Portland/Vancouver/Salem area. Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month with featured speakers who talk about topics of special interest to the writing community. The NWPA also sponsors a midsummer NW Book Festival every year at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.

January's meeting takes place at the Tualatin Public Library which is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue in Tualatin OR. Everyone interested in establishing their brand as freelance or non-fiction writers is urged to attend! There is a general $10 admission fee payable at the door. (only $5 for a member's guest) No charge at all for NWPA members or students under age 18. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

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