For Winter Quarter of 1997 I was asked if I’d like to teach a Fiction Writing class in Highline Community College’s Continuing Education program. I was trying for a career change from office work to teaching. I had taught Poetry for their Senior Program the previous year and enjoyed it. Since I had worked on two fiction novels and knew the process of writing a novel well, I said yes. One of my students in that first Fiction Writing class was LC McGee as well as another mystery writer, Nancy Conkle. At the end of the quarter I offered a critique group for interested student’s off-campus. Five students, including LC McGee and Nancy Conkle joined. We met twice a month in a room in back of a used bookstore called Book World. It wasn’t the most comfortable room but all we really needed was a big table and chairs. Most students were seriously working on novels. I taught the class again Spring Quarter and the critique group continued off-campus. That Summer Quarter Gwen Knechtel and Kate Thompson attended the class. Gwen said right off she was looking for a writer’s group. So at the end of the quarter the critique group kept going only now it was down to LC, Gwen, Kate, Nancy and another writer, Leslee Browning. Since the room at Book World was no longer available we met at various County Library meeting rooms. Then Kate’s apartment event room came available where we met for our once-a-month meetings for over two years.