A Great Length of Time

Joyce Cresswell’s first novel is now available, if you’d like to order a copy please contact her here.

A Great Length of Time: Assigned as a nurse to a hospital ship during the Civil War, Dr. Rose Barnett hopes someone will apprentice her in the modern art of surgery. But she has more to learn than how to amputate the mangled limbs of Union soldiers. Confronted by her own preconceived notions of class, love, and race, she struggles to untangle life’s persistent contradictions. As a pacifist, her greatest challenge is coming to grips with the terrible ironies of war. As a woman, her challenge is to follow her heart. Based on the true story of a woman doctor in the American Civil War, A Great Length of Time is a woman’s view of the politics and gender roles of the day, offering a fresh look at the war and the women who nursed its soldiers.


Terra Chapek launched online journal Underpass: Shortcut to to World Writing.

Tarra1With help of international collaborators, Oregon Writers Colony member, Terra Chapek has just launched an online journal for literature in translation, Underpass: Shortcut to to World Writing. The website will feature fiction and narrative nonfiction from around the world., with a focus on translations into English from small and marginalized language group. It launched with sixteen modern writers from Croatia and will be launching new countries periodically, as time and submissions allow. More Information


Jim Hardison

Jim Hardison has worked as a writer, screen writer, animator and film director. He started his professional career by co-writing and producing a low-budget direct-to-video feature film, The Creature from Lake Michigan. Making a bad movie can be a crash course in the essential elements of good character and story, and The Creature From Lake Michigan was a tremendously bad movie. Shifting his focus entirely to animation, Jim joined Will Vinton Studios where he directed animated commercials for M&M’s and episodes of the stop-motion TV series Gary and Mike. While working at Vinton, he also co-wrote the television special Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy with actor Paul Reiser.

jim_hardisonJim has appeared on NBC’s The Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, developed the characters and wrote the pilot episode for the PBS children’s television series SeeMore’s Playhouse and authored the graphic novel, The Helm, named one of 2010’s top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the American Library Association. These days, Jim is the creative director and co-owner of Character LLC, a company that does story-analysis for brands and entertainment properties. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog. His epically silly epic fantasy, Fish Wielder, is set for publication by Fiery Seas Publishing in August of 2016.

Join Jim at the Publishing Conference March 5, 2015. He will be sharing his creative and detailed marketing plan he developed with his publisher.  He will present with Vargus Pike on marketing. More Info






Book launch and 10th Anniversary

She Holds the Face of the World: Ten Years of VoiceCatcher

From 2005 through 2015, VoiceCatcher has lifted the voices of hundreds of women by publishing their poetry, fiction, nonfiction and artwork in six VoiceCatcher print anthologies and seven online issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

With over 80 stories and poems, She Holds the Face of the World is a print collection of some of the most compelling works VoiceCatcher has published in the last decade. We invite everyone – men, women, young and old – to grab their favorite beverage, get comfortable in their favorite reading chair, and peruse these pages that celebrate women from all walks of life: their stories, their heartbreak, their humor, their courage and their strength.

Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015 7pm @ Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97217     (503) 286-9449




New Releases: “Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction”

51PHErhWKpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Just in time for Halloween: “Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction,” including Oregon Writer’s Colony member Mollie Hunt’s Crazy Cat Lady short story, “Cat’s Cradle.”

“From magic to murder, from felines to faeries, the authors spin thirteen tales featuring those sometimes aloof and occasionally dangerous but always adorable creatures we know and love as cats. Whether it’s mystery, fantasy, historical, or romance, these cat tales provide plenty of entertainment and thrills.”

Available on Amazon and Smashwords October 2.


T. L. Cooper New Book Released

T. L. Cooper released her fifth book of poetry, Vulnerability in Silhouette: Poems, in September. Available in both trade paperback and ebook.

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Book Description:

Vulnerability’s reputation often causes it to be maligned. Vulnerability creates insecurity and destroys confidence. Delve into the human experience of balancing vulnerability and strength while finding one’s place in the world. Explore the strength in vulnerability and the vulnerability in strength through soul-searching poems that travel the full spectrum o f vulnerability from weakness to silhouette.


Cindy Brown Book Launch Party



cindy-brownBook Launch Party!

Join OWC Member Cindy Brown, Annie Blooms Books, and local actors Cyndi McGean, Bruce Miles, Brian Tennison and Jennifer Zubernick as they launch The Sound of Murder, a new mystery from the award-winning Henery Press. The free festivities will be held Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR. It’ll be an evening of comedy, mystery, and a few silly songs (plus a cash bar and free cake)!

Cindy Brown is the author of the Ivy Meadows theater mysteries.  Reach Cindy at cindybrownwriter.com


Class on writing about Portland cemeteries

Christine Colasurdo is teaching a class this fall entitled “Reading and Writing about Portland’s Cemeteries at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland.

The class begins Oct. 2 and meets 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Writing exercises will focus on life, love and loss, and the class will take three field trips to historic cemeteries.

For more information, see the Fall 2015 catalogue.


Christine Colasurdo’s new chapbook part of exhibit

Christine Colasurdo
is one of 11 artists participating in the exhibit “Rain” during October at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River.

She is launching her new chapbook celebrating rain as part of the exhibit. The exhibit opens with a gallery reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. Copies of Christine’s chapbook will be for sale.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through October 31.


Randall Platt’s novel sold to Skyhorse

Randall Platt announces that her novel, “The Arab of Warsaw,” the searchadventures of a teenage Jewish girl posing as a boy and living on the streets of Nazi occupied Warsaw, has been sold to Julie Matysik at Skyhorse, for publication in Spring 2017.

“I am so proud of this book and can’t wait to start working with my fantastic editor to knock it out of the ball park,” Platt says. “Thank you to my agent, Andy Ross, for believing in this story of survival, courage, and stepping up!”