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September 04, 2013

MISSOULA – Members of the public are invited to join the University of Montana Creative Writing Program for the Writer’s Fall Opus. The fifth annual fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Governor’s Room of the Florence Hotel, located at 111 N. Higgins Ave. in Missoula.

Friends of the Creative Writing Program will gather to support the arts and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live and silent auctions and a raffle worth more than $800.

Silent auction items include first editions of nine local or regional authors paired with fine beverages for the Books and Bottles segment, jewelry crafted by local artisans, a bone machete from Zombie Tools, rare broadsides, a limited edition print of Monte Dolack’s “Haunted by Waters,” a Black Velvet snowboard, a Lewis and Clark chess set and more.

The live art auction includes the Monte Dolack original oil painting “The Hills of Marin” and custom-framed and signed/numbered lithographs by Russell Chatham, Jay Rummel and James Bama. The live auction also will feature a guided fly-fishing trip with local writer Jamie Rogers, a catered dinner for eight, a private beverage tasting with food pairings for 10, an afternoon of leaf raking at your residence and more.

Preview auction items online at

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door and cost $40 a single or $75 for couples. Attendees must be age 21 or older.

For more information call UM Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267 or email



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Contact: Karin Schalm, program coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,