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Welcome to the new home of Saipan's writers. The mission of this site is to provide information, inspiration and ideas for Saipan's many writers, and to showcase Saipan's writers to the world!

Through this site, you'll be able to find and contact authors, purchase their books, sign up for writer workshops led by book coach Walt Goodridge and hosted at various locations on Saipan!

Our Writer Group Success Stories!

Following are individuals who, through my coaching or workshops and have gone on to complete and publish their books!
Chun Yu Wang, former garment factory worker (with my help), published Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin, Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, used in Women's Studies and Textile courses in at least 3 colleges in the US (Check it out at http://www.saipanfactorygirl.com and see the 162 reviews on Amazon)
Riza Ramos, a nurse at CHC and a workshop attendee, published Drinking Seawater (a Soudelor account and memoir) shortly after attending workshop #2! You can check it out at www.rizaramosbooks.com and on Amazon
Dr. John Joyner, long-time resident and educator, with translations by Angie Hu, published This Baby Can Speak (a child development guide) in English, Spanish and Chinese after attending workshop #3! You can check it out at www.thisbabycanspeak.com and on Amazon.
Zaldy Dandan, editor of the Marianas Variety, inspired by the workshop, published We'll Kiss Like It's Air and We're Running Out of It (a book of poetry), AND Die! Bert! Die! (a book of short stories).
George Gomez, workshop attendee, inspired by the ease of the process, started a publishing company and published a Cajun recipe cookbook of Chef Donn Gueniot's best recipes! Find it online on Amazon!
Tony Peters, workshop attendee, published his The Alphabet in Tropical Nature book, featuring simple educational tools of the alphabet and the numbers 0 through 9 against a backdrop of nature photos taken right here on Saipan!
Me! And, since the last workshop, I've published There's Something About Saipan! A visitor's guide to fantastic facts, tantalizing trivia, startling statistics, dramatic diaries and hair-raising history from America's most colorful island territory! AND The Amelia Earhart Saipan tour supplement. View them at http://www.cnmitourism.com. View all Walt's books at www.waltgoodridge.com/books
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WHEN: Friday, July 13, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm

WHERE: Tinian Public Library

ADMISSION: FREE! 15 registrants needed for the event to take place. Please see Julie Sablan (433-0504) at the library to sign up.

Please bring your laptop or preferred means of writing! It would be helpful (though not mandatory) if you have either Microsoft Word or the free Open Office text writer software installed on your computer. (Download Open Office at www.openoffice.org)

Yes, the CNMI is a writer's haven! Have an idea for a new book? Want to re-issue your out-of-print book and sell it on Amazon? Want to know how to report your author income/claim deductions on your taxes? It's easier than you think and may not cost a penny out of your pocket! Remember, "repetition is the key to mastery." So, even if you've attended these workshops in the past, please come again!


First ever workshop on Tinian!

Thanks to the Tinian Mayor's Office and staff, and Friends of the Library, Tinian's first Writer's Workshop on Friday, July 13, 2018 was a resounding success with over 20 registrants and staff in attendance!

Shown: Gene Borja, Julie Sablan (Library Supervisor), Euneen Mendiola, Elaine DelaCruz, Malena Hofschneider, Wayney Lizama, Alexis Hofschneider Kwon, Tania Mendiola, Walt Goodridge, Cassandra Randolph, (Vicky Hall hiding), Ryana Diaz, Nicole Ashley Diaz, Nikki Cepeda, Melanie Cruz, Denise Cruz, Rochelle Cruz, Ringo Reyes, Jovita SN Paulino, Nikki Cepeda, Cheryl Evangelista, Terence Aquiningoc Photo by: Michael Borja
Thanks also to Lina Cabrera (VIP car service), and Edwin Cabrera

I was recently interviewed by Bob Coldeen of KSPN2 News here on Saipan about the upcoming writers' workshop on Tinian! The interview starts at 13:30, but check out the entire newscast to get a taste of life and media in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands!
Part 1 July 6, 2018 episode: www.vimeo.com/278623971
Part 2 of interview: www.vimeo.com/279002693

#7! Authors, poets, photographers and artists--both published and soon-to-be--attend Walt F.J. Goodridge's 7th Saipan Writers Workshop at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Saturday, June 23, 2018 on Saipan, CNMI. 20% of the admission proceeds were donated to Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. Stay tuned for announcements of workshops on Tinian and Rota!

From left to right: Nhuy Cook, Egor visiting from Russia, Fernand Ramos, Rosemary Diaz, Joe Hill, Anhkiet Huynh, Jr., Walt Goodridge, Naomi Tudela, Zeraida Cuerdo, Ann Werstler, Rhea Rutaquio, Gary Liddle, Emily Van Weerdhuizen, Grace Brooks. (Not shown: Yuxin Jiang)

#6! Jan 27, 2018: Authors, poets and artists--both published and soon-to-be--attend Walt F.J. Goodridge's 6th Saipan Writers Workshop at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 on Saipan, CNMI. 20% of the admission proceeds were donated to Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. Stay tuned for announcements of workshops on Tinian and Rota!
LtoR: Fei Fei Lei, Jacky Sheng, Martin Dalsaso, Joe Hill, LeeAnn Bonds*, Ambrose Bennett*, Walt Goodridge*, Euneen Mendiola, Emily Van Weerdhuizen, Jazzy Concepcion, Manuela Babauta, Gerard Borja, Riza Ramos*, Dylan Ramos and Beth Demapan, Technical Services Librarian. (not shown: Tony Peters*, Claire Grove, MD)
*published authors

Jan 27, 2018: Author, Tony Peters, workshop attendee, and his new children's book!
Dec 29, 2017: Author, Riza Ramos, with her independently-published books at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library 26th Anniversary Author Meet & Greet event! You should have been there!
Dec 29, 2017: Author, Riza Ramos, at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library 26th Anniversary Author Meet & Greet event! You should have been there!
Dec 29, 2017: Author, Walt Goodridge, at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library 26th Anniversary Author Meet & Greet event! You should have been there!
Dec 29, 2017: Author, Walt Goodridge, at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library 26th Anniversary Author Meet & Greet event! You should have been there! Aspiring and published writers from a wide range of backgrounds, passions and ages attend Walt's Writer's Workshop at the Joeten-Kiyu public library! July 1, 2017

Aspiring and published writers from a wide range of backgrounds, passions and ages attend Walt's Writer's Workshop at Northern Marianas International School (www.saipanwriters.com) Back: John J. (NMIS Principal), Marlon R., Joe H., Riza R., Tim A, Cherry dG., Maryann H., Emily D., Steve W., Gary L. Front: Alana P., George C., Rose E., Walt G. (Presenter), Louie A., Tony P. (April 8, 2017)

Catherine Perry Harris with authors Riza Ramos, John Joyner and Walt after interview to promote their books and upcoming workshop. The interview aired on Power 99FM on the "Your Humanities Half-hour" show produced by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council (April 1, 2017)

Workshop graduates, John Joyner and Angie Hui with Walt upon completion of This Baby Can Speak (Feb 17, 2017)

Workshop at Northern Marianas International School (October 8, 2016)

Attendees of workshop at Northern Marianas International School (October 8, 2016)

Workshop at Joeten Kiyu Public Library (Feb 20, 2016)

Join the Family!

sign up to the Saipan Writers Google group for more! a collection of books by Saipan-based writers at Joeten-Kiyu public library

SAIPAN: Most Writers per Square Mile? Yes, we can!

by Walt F.J. Goodridge, assisted by Marlon Regaton, Rosalyn Ajoste, Ray DeLeon Guerrero, Beth Demapan and Lisa Hacskaylo

Appears here in the Marianas Variety

It must be something in the water or the lagoon's many inspiring shades of "saipan blue!" It may be the documented fact we have "the cleanest air in the United States"--and the effect that may have on creativity. Maybe it's our proximity to the Marianas Trench, and we're pulling deep thoughts from the deepest part of the ocean! Or maybe it's the tropical climate, and that (it's said) we're cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as having "the least fluctuating temperatures in the world." Whatever the reason, we may have one more thing to add to the list of what makes Saipan so special: I suggest to you we may also qualify as having "the most writers per square mile!"

Work with me on this one. From my unique vantage point as a book coach here on Saipan, it occurred to me recently that for such a small island, there are an awful lot of writers churning out books. Now, as you may know, Saipan is approximately 12 miles long by 5.6 miles wide, with a total land area of 44.55 square miles (let's say 45). What if, I thought, Saipan actually has more writers per square mile than any place else on the planet? That would be a feather in our collective cap we could boast about and use to carve out a new type of tourism!

To test my hypothesis, I set off to compile a thorough list! I recruited the help of Marlon Regaton of Bestseller Bookstore, Lisa Hacskaylo of Northern Marianas College, librarian Rosalyn Ajoste, and librarians Ray DeLeon Guerrero and Beth Demapan of the Joeten Kiyu Public Library, and to help create a list of Saipan-based, Saipan-inspired authors who met the following criteria:

1. Author need not be a current resident, but must have been born on or living on Saipan during the authorship (not necessarily publication) of at least one title.

2. Author may reside permanently elsewhere as long as he/she returns to Saipan for inspiration.

3. Books may be independently published and can be on any topic fiction or non-fiction.

A few days of exciting research ensued, and I now present, in alphabetical order, the first iteration of the "Ultimate Saipan Writers List" of individuals who--inspired perhaps by Saipan's sunshine, water, air, history, cultures and lifestyle--turned a passion for sports, cooking, poetry or unique life experience into these timeless literary works!

*= Writer's Workshop attendee or person I've coached on product creation.

Former Governor, Juan N. Babauta: In Retrospect

Kurt Barnes: Sports Legends of Micronesia

Beverly Battaglia (former Tinian resident): (1) A Pictorial History of the Northern Mariana Islands, Part 1; (2) A Pictorial History of the Northern Mariana Islands Part II: The Japanese Era

Manuel Flores Borja and Jose Somorang Roppul: Directory of Traditional Healers and Medicinal Plants in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Joaquin Flores Borja with Manuel Flores Borja and Sandra Chung: Estreyas Marianas Chamorro

Captain Carl Brachear*: How to Become a Professional Handyman

Genevieve S. Cabrera: Historic and Cultural Sites of the CNMI

Marie S. Castro (Miss Soledad): Without A Penny in my Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After World War II

Dennis Chan: Our Northern Islands: The first expedition to the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument

Bob Coldeen: (1) Bumps in Paradise - Tales from Micronesia and Beyond;

Zaldy Dandan*: (2017)We'll Kiss Like It's Air and We're Running Out of It: Poems & Other Impieties

Justice Jose S. Dela Cruz: From Colonialism to Self-Government: The Northern Marianas Experience

Don Farrel: (1) History of the Northern Mariana Islands; (2) The Sacrifice of Guam, 1919-1943; (3) Guam: A Brief History; (4)The Pictorial History of Guam: Liberation 1944 with Phyllis Koontz

Nancy Bo Flood: (1) Marianas Island Legends: Myth and Magic with Connie J. Adams (Illustrator); (2) From the Mouth of the Monster Eel: Stories from Micronesia with Margo Vitarelli; (3) Micronesian Legends with Beret Strong; (4) No Name Baby; Pacific Island Legends, and others.

Thomas Frank: (1)The Wrecking Crew

John Furey: Island Ecology & Resource Management + 15 contributing authors!

Guy Gabaldon: (1) Saipan Suicide Island; (2) American Betrayed!

Lloyd Glick*: (1) From Bugle Boy to Battleship: a Battle of Saipan Veteran's Memoir as told to Walt Goodridge

Walt F.J. Goodridge: (1) Saipan Living; (2) Doing Business on Saipan; (3) Jamaican on Saipan; (4) Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin; (5) Saipan Now! (6) How to Become a Nomadpreneur (2017); (7) Turn Your Passion Into Profit; (8) Ducks in a Row; (9) Living True To Your Self; (10) Jamaican in China; (11)The Obama Legacy, (12) The Obama Legacy Timeline; (13) Donald Trump: Let's Look at the Bright Side; (14) Masculinity 2.0; (15) The Man Who Lived Forever; (16) Fit to Breed; (17) A Clean Cell Never Dies, and others.

Arin Greenwood: (1) Tropical Depression; (2) Save the Enemy

Holani: Jihad: Holy War in Paradise

Dr. John B. Joyner*: (1)This Baby Can Speak; (2)This Baby Can Speak (Chinese) with Angie Hui; (3)This Baby Can Speak (Spanish) with Walt F.J. Goodridge

Dr. David Khorram: (1)World Peace, a Blind Wife, and Gecko Tails: Intriguing thoughts from an island on making life happier and healthier, and laughing along the way; (2) Don't Go Blind From Diabetes: An easy to understand guide to keeping your vision for people with diabetes; (3) Medical Procedure Technical Manual

P.F. Kluge: (1) The Master Blaster; (2) The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia (lived on Saipan while writing), and others.

Katrina Manning: (1) Marmalade's Exciting Tale (2) Lupus Obscurus (Children)

Dolores Ichihara Marciano with Rodante Guarda (Illustrator): I kandet Siha Gi Langet

Lino Olopai: The Rope of Tradition

Tony Pellegrino: Shrimp: The Way You Like It (a cookbook with Joe Race)

Bruce M. Petty: Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War

Joe Race: (1) Moon over Manila; (2) Ramblin 'On; (3) Continuin' On and others.

Lynn Raulerson, Agnes Rinehart: Trees and Shrubs of the Northern Mariana Islands

Dr. Elizabeth Rechebei & Sam Mcphetres: History of Palau:Heritage of an Emerging Nation

Riza Oledan-Ramos*: (1) The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan with Rodante Guarda (children); (2) Germ Stopper Boy with Rodante Guarda (children); (3) Drinking Seawater: of storms & survival with Walt Goodridge

Scott Russell: Tiempon I Manmofo'na and others

Dave Sablan: A Degree of Success Through Curiosity

Barbara Sher "The Games Lady": (1) Social, Motor and Sensory Games,(2) Home Grown Baby, (3) Extraordinary Play with Ordinary Things, (4)Self-esteem Games, (5) Early Intervention Games and many others! (For parents and children)

Alexander Spoehr: Saipan: Ethnology of a War-Devastated Island

William Stewart: (1) Ghost Fleet of the Truk Lagoon: An Account of "Operation Hailstone"; (2) Business reference & investment guide to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands =: Kita Mariana Jichi Renpo bijinesu toshi gaido

Donald M. Topping, Pedro M. Ogo, Bernadita C. Dungca: Chamorro-English Dictionary

First Lady Diann Tudela Torres: A B Ch Yan Mas (Children)

Turtlesong Young Writer's Workshop: Costumes of Micronesia (organized by Kathryn Tutten-Puckett + 10 young writers)

Kathryn Tutten-Puckett, et al.: We Drank Our Tears

Scott Vogt and Laura L. Williams: Common Flora and Fauna of the Mariana Islands

Chun Yu Wang:* Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan with Walt Goodridge

Whispering Palms School Cookbook Committee: International Cookbook (5 Committee members: Lynn Corella, Jill Arenovski, Karen Buettner, Janet McCullough, Heidi Yelin)

Franicia Tomokane White: Count Them with Me; I Know You Love Me, Mommy and Daddy;The Blessings of Visiting Grandma and Grandpa; Healthy ABCs(Children)

Dottie Wintterle with Judy Flores (Illustrations) and Ann Rivera (Translator): Grandma's Love (Children)

At press time: Jay Sanchez and Epiphanio Cabrera, Henry Sablan, Lynette Villagomez and Bobby Cruz, MHS Art Club's anti-bullying comic book writers! Daisy Demapan, Valentine N. Sengebau, Christy Sakaziro

Honorable Mention: Videoographers and Book Ideas:

Cinta Kaipat: Liewaila: A Micronesian Story "The Carolinians" Video Documentary

Mike Tripp: The Underwater World of Saipan Video

Dan Shorr*: Looking for America Video

Marlon Regaton: Marlon of Bestseller is the idea man behind my own Saipan Now: a photo adventure, and the soon-to-be-published Saipan Carolinian Language Book series


At first blush, we've identified 63 published writers (over 90 with group collaborations/special mentions) with books on sale at Bestseller or online, or available at the public library! Now, let's apply the GLAD Hypothesis & Formula (that would be Goodridge's Land Author Density Hypothesis & Formula in case you weren't paying attention):

GLAD Formula: writers divided by square miles = writers/sq.mile

63/45 = 1.4 writers/sq.mi (OMG!)

Eureka! It's true! It's official! At just first blush, we're at almost 1.5 writers per square mile! Someone please do the research and let me know if any other US state, territory or commonwealth can boast the same! Internationally, forget what you'll read about Iceland (that one in ten will publish a book)! Don't be swayed by Norway's reputation (of having the best government support for authors). This is a major accomplishment! However, we can do better! We must do better! If we're to credibly secure this new identity, we need to base it on the square miles of the recognized "inhabited" islands of Saipan/Tinian/Rota (45+39+33=117sq.mi), or even the entire CNMI (~179-185sq.mi)! We can do it! This was just a preliminary search and we know there are others out there!

So, I need your help! No, the CNMI needs your help! Did we miss anyone you know? Find any errors? Add yourself and books you know of at www.saipanwriters.com where you can view the growing list (with author bios and links). Email me at walt@saipanwriters.com, and follow the growth at Facebook.com/Saipanwriters!

Meanwhile, however, spread the word! Tell your friends: "Saipan: we've got writers for miles!!"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: "Once upon a time, there was a Jamaican civil engineer living in New York who hated his job, followed his passion, started a sideline business publishing his own books, found the courage to quit his job, escaped the rat race, ran off to a tropical island in the Pacific, and started a tourism business so he could give tours of the island to pretty girls every day...and live a nomadpreneur's dream life."....and now helps others live true to themselves! Learn more at www.waltgoodridge.com

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