David Oates teaching course at Sitka

david_oates_portraitDavid Oates teaches “Honing the Very Short Personal Essay” at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Sept. 7 and 8 in Otis, Oregon.

Oates will help you craft two short, polished essays in the two-day workshop. Writers will draw inspiration from their own lives in addition to learning from examples read together and observations made during walks about the Sitka Center.

Cost is $235.


Poet Nancy Flynn to read in Seattle

Portland poet Nancy Flynn will be among the poets and writers reading from their work at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle on Sept. 12 to celebrate the Raven Chronicle’s latest journal, “Sound Tracks.”

The celebration will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the $9 magazine will be on sale.

“Everyone’s life has its own “soundtrack”—certain sounds or songs that whenever they’re heard reawaken a memory. Music plays this role for many. But it could be the sound of a waterfall, or traffic noises, or nightly arguments on the other side of the wall; the wailing of sirens, the music of bird song. Whatever the memory there’s a story connected to it, or perhaps a poem, or a painting.”


Critique group seeks new member

Small critique group is looking for one more member who is committed to moving steadily forward with a novel. We meet every week, during the daytime at my home. We concentrate on prose fiction. Within that genre, we’re an eclectic bunch. We have romance, mystery and science fiction, so far.

If you’re interested, please contact Marlene Hill at 503-353-6666 or


New Releases: “A Question of Mortality”

Susan Clayton-Goldner announces the publication of her latest book, a collection of poems released by Wellstone Press.

“A Question of Mortality takes us, step by step, through the difficult terrain of family history–its griefs, its losses, its regrets–offering up image-rich lines that “go by foot/into celebration or sadness….” This collection is the child of memory, its poems rising from that place where recollection does its epiphanic work. In the quotidian, Susan Clayton-Goldner’s voice seeks and finds the mystery that restores both the poet and the reader.

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate


New Releases: “When Patty Went Away”

Jeannie BurtWhen Patty Went AwayJeannie Burt’s new novel, When Patty Went Away, is a family drama set in the mid-1970s. It plays out in a remote farming community in the Northwest when rebellious and nasty fifteen-year-old Patty Pugh disappears.

Jack McIntyre, a quiet farmer, and his beloved daughter, seem to be the only ones who care. No one looks for the girl, yet Jack cannot let her go, and a search will require him to rise against his own wife and against the customs and traditions of his community.

In a quest reminiscent of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Jack sets out on an uncertain journey which lands him in the underbelly of Montreal, where he encounters a world he could never imagine.

Midwest Book Review called the novel a “…minor literary masterpiece.”

“A deftly written novel showcasing the quiet struggle of farmer and his family within the framework of a deftly written mystery.”


New Releases: “The Lanvin Murders”

lanvinmurders_800x572_cvr-214x300 Angela M. Sanders just published her first mystery novel, The Lanvin Murders. Angela’s goal with The Lanvin Murders was to mash-up Portlandia and Agatha Christie, with a few dozen vintage dresses tossed into the mix. In The Lanvin Murders, all Portland, Oregon, vintage clothing store owner Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies. But when Joanna finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. She must find a very real—and present day—killer before she becomes his next victim.

Angela also sends out a monthly newsletter filled with the sorts of things the book’s heroine likes. Past newsletters have included old cocktail recipes, dating advice from Zsa Zsa Gabor, profiles of women mystery novelists, a drag queen’s makeup tips, and more.  The Lanvin Murders is $3.99 on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. A trade paperback, $12.95, will be available for order in bookstores or online the week of June 23.


Daniel H. Wilson featured on Authors Road series

Science fiction writer Daniel H. Wilson describes how someone with a PhD in robotics became a best-selling author in an engaging LookingDown-altWbLgvideo interview that is sure to inspire writers of all genres.

Wilson, the author of Robopocalypse, Robogenesis, and How to Survive a Robot Uprising, says writing about what you love is essential.  “Only write what you are really interested in,” he says in a wide-ranging interview that explores what inspires and motivates him.

“I’m a dork. I’ve always loved robots… that gives it a certain veracity.  There’s no faking it. If you really enjoy it, it shows.  People can tell.”

Wilson wraps up by describing his latest project – an interactive story experience for an iPhone.  “Human beings communicate through stories,” he says.  “Any technology that pops up, we’ll use it to tell stories.”