TUESDAY, JAN 4

Jennie Shortridge
Local novelist Shortridge worked in marketing for 15 years, then turned to writing and struck gold. Her first novel Riding With the Queen has been optioned for a movie, giving her the nest egg needed to pursue fiction fulltime. Sounds like a dream, but to achieve such a goal you have to have more than writing talent; you have to have the kind of business savvy that over a decade at a marketing firm can teach you. Tonight Shortridge talks about the parts of pursuing a writing career that you wish you didn't have to think about. Willamette Writers, 9045 SW Barbur Blvd., 452-1592, 7 pm, $5-10