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We meet for dinner from 5-7 PM; see "Dinner Details" below. If you would like to join us for dinner, please email dana@danadelamar.com by Monday 9/8.

Bernadette Pajer -- Triggers! Trust your Triggers, Engage Your Readers
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7pm 
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98005, 425.883.2777 


Triggers unleash the reader’s imagination. They build castles in the reader’s mind, they instill fear, or hope, or love, in the reader’s heart. Best of all, triggers engage the reader by allowing them the extreme pleasure of participating actively in the story. In this workshop Bernadette Pajer will share her hard-earned “aha” moment that led her to coin the term “Triggers” and will show how you can use this powerful tool to engage your readers.


Bernadette loves the Pacific Northwest. She spent her childhood in Seattle, surrounded by beautiful mountains, listening to KJR (which played top 40 hits back then), and daydreaming (the first stage of writing). After high school, she studied pre-engineering at the University of Washington for two years before love—and a growing awareness that she was indifferent to Differential Equations—intervened. Newly wed, she and her husband moved to Orcas Island where the idea of being a writer took hold. She was working at the local bank when she met one of the island’s most famous residents, Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. She’s sure he doesn’t remember the occasion, but she recalls clearly how very kind he was. She told him she was thinking of writing, and he smiled gently and told her not to think, do. Writers write.

She began to write. And write. And submit, and wait, and write. Fast forward a decade, past dozens of rejections and a growing pile of manuscripts, and she returned to the UW to take a Creative Writing Certificate course, where she met fellow writers who are very dear to her today. In 2001, she decided to complete her degree at the UW at the Bothell campus. Her focus was on Culture, Literature and the Arts. It was during spring break of her final quarter that her son, at last, was born.

When she returned to writing fiction, she discovered that her heart and her passions were encapsulated in characters she’d created years earlier. Professor Bradshaw, his son Justin, Mrs. Prouty, Henry Pratt, and Missouri Fremont. She knew, after her long writing journey, that her writing home belonged with them, at 1204 Gallagher in Seattle. Now she is immersed in writing the Professor Bradshaw Mystery Series, with three published, happily exploring with her favorite characters the early days of the turn of the last century, a wondrous time when the race was on to discover and invent—everything—including the very same radio that some 70 years later carried music to a daydreaming teen.

All three books in the series thus far have earned the Washington Academy of Sciences Seal-of-Approval for Science. 


We meet for dinner beforehand (at 5:00) at Angelo’s in the banquet room. If you would like to join us for dinner, please email dana@danadelamar.com so we can give the restaurant a heads-up about how many people we will have.
  • Do not feel obligated to buy dinner at the restaurant. However, since the restaurant is giving us the space for free, it would be nice of us to have dinner there when feasible (no pressure though; we know some folks don't have the time or have budgets to stick to).
  • If you can't make it at 5:00 for dinner, you can still order dinner if you get there later; just please be there to place your order by 6:30-6:40 so that we don't interrupt our speaker.
We'd love to see you there! :)

Jodi Ashland
Eastside RWA President

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