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The Path from Writer to Author

Join the Florence Festival of Books for a free, educational panel describing the “The Path from Writer to Author.” Join us on on Friday, September 17 from                              3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Florence Events Center, on the main auditorium stage.  Time will be provided for audience questions.

Bob Welch and William “Bill” Sullivan represent two of the most admired and successful authors in Oregon. Though they took different paths to success, they did intersect as both were columnists for many years at Eugene’s Register-Guard. More similarities include: They both live in the Eugene/Springfield area, each now has 20+ books to their credit, each has been honored for their work, and each has a multi-generational cabin they can escape to at the coast. Join panel host Judy Fleagle–herself a longtime Oregon author who has worked with both Bill and Bob–to learn more about their journeys from writer to author.

William “Bill” Sullivan, best known for his hiking guide books, has also written six novels, three Oregon travel and adventure books, and two Oregon histories. His Listening for Coyote was selected as one of 100 most significant books in Oregon history by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. This fifth generation Oregonian is often a guest lecturer on Oregon history, backpacking, and wilderness conservation topics. Learn more at

Bob Welch is an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of 20+ books including The Wizard of Foz, American Nightingale, the My Oregon series, 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life, and Cascade Summer. He is a very eclectic writer, inspirational speaker, and a writing teacher who holds workshops each year and has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. Learn more at


No registration necessary to attend this event. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.