Oct. 7: Dave Workman on Self-Publishing ‘Letter from Alabama’

WE’RE BACK after a long, beautiful summer! The next Olympia Communicators Group meeting is Wednesday, October 7, Noon-1:00, at the Association of Washington School Principals, 1021 8th Ave, Olympia.

Our headliner for the October 7 meeting is DAVE WORKMAN.

Dave is an Olympia-based communications professional and author. He was a newspaper journalist and columnist for 20 years, including several years in the Capitol Press Corps in Olympia, then entered public service as communications director for several state agencies in Washington. He served 23 years at the Department of Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Office of Financial Management, DSHS, and Ecology. He was executive editor of books and websites on natural resources, environment, and social and health services. For The News Tribune in Tacoma, he wrote Washington: A Centennial Portrait, a book about the state’s first 100 years. He retired from state service three years ago.

At the October meeting, he will talk about his experiences in writing and self-publishing his new book, Letter from Alabama: The Inspiring True Story of Strangers Who Saved a Child and Changed a Family Forever, released earlier this year. Letter from Alabama is the true story of two orphaned and abandoned children saved by grace and a family’s love, and by a letter that traveled hundreds of miles in an envelope and landed in the pages of a newspaper. The story richly portrays life and coming of age in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s — including glimpses into the world of communication and media before the era of instant and ever-present communication. Inspiring people and surprising events inhabit the book’s pages. For more info: www.facebook.com/letterfromalabama

Dave now operates Workman & Associates, a communications consulting firm: www.workman-inc.com.