Edit, edit, edit!

editDo you have a first draft and don’t know what to do next?  Are you stuck in that infamous sophomore draft and need guidance?  Are you on draft nine and feel like you’re not finished?  Come to our Lit Lounge where expert editors will discuss what it takes to get a story ready to publish.  More Info

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Publishing Conference

Join 9Bridges and OWC for this one day event full of workshops and presentations from experts in a variety of publishing and related fields. You’ll learn tips and tricks from successful editors, publishers, book designers, agents and, most importantly, fellow authors who have successfully published their work. More Info

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2015 Writing Contest Winners Announced

The results of the OWC 2015 Writing Contest are in! (click here)
Please come hear the first and second place winners read their winning entries at the Stumptown Lit Festival on Oct. 25th. Tickets are available here.

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Exhibitors’ Tables Available for Stumptown Lit

We want small presses, booksellers, writers’ organizations, editors, book designers, cover artists, indexers, website designers, and other literary or arts groups to be part of the celebration of the literary community at Stumptown Lit, October 19, 2014, in the World Forestry Center.

During the book fair portion of the day, from noon to 5 p.m. exhibitors at tables around the hall will be able to meet and share their message with fair-goers. Oregon writers will be reading throughout the afternoon, and coffee and snacks will be available for purchase.

The book fair is part of a full day of activities, beginning with a publishing workshop and children’s story hour in the morning and ending with a gala reception honoring Jean Auel in the evening.

You may rent one of a limited number of tables for your organization. They will be available until Sept. 24, if they aren’t all reserved before that.

Thanks for Your Interest

Registration is closed for the OWC exhibitors’ tables at Stumptown Lit 2014.

But be sure to come by and browse the tables and exhibits, listen to our Oregon authors reading their works, and enjoy a fall afternoon of literary camaraderie.

See you there.

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Stumptown Lit Workshop to Feature Morning, Afternoon Workshops

The 2015 Stumptown Lit festival featured a morning and an afternoon workshop for writers to hone their skills and increase their odds of success. Stumptown Lit happened Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at at Crowne Plaza, 1441 NE Second Avenue, in Portland.

 

Join us in 2016 when we again support writers with more workshops to help them hone their skills, and help them acheive the success of their dreams.

 

Morning Workshop: Steps to Success

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $75

Mary RosenblumMary Rosenblum, aka the Literary Midwife, will present “Steps to Success: Self-Publishing and Small Press Done Right.” In Steps to Success, she will give an overview of the three key elements you need in order to achieve success as an author.

Mary will put various book publishing options into perspective so that writers can make informed decisions and avoid some of the pitfalls of nontraditional publishing.

Handouts will include a questionnaire to help determine the best path for a particular book and for a successful career.

Mary will also provide guidelines for contract negotiations, particularly valuable to new authors.

Afternoon Workshop: Readings for Writers

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., $75

Cindy BrownAt the afternoon workshop, Cindy Brown, author of the comic mystery MacDeath, along with veterans of the Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters club, will present Readings for Writers.

The workshop will help writers in any genre better prepare for public readings and presentations. OWC member and Portland author Cindy Brown will introduce topics and tips, and Thrill of the Quill veterans will provide exercises and insights.

Any and all who get queasy and clammy handed before stepping up to a podium to share their work will benefit from this session.

To attend one or both workshops, sign up below to pay by credit card, debit card, or Paypal. If you would prefer to pay by check, you may download the registration form and mail your payment.

Food:

There will be water available throughout the day and evening.  Nonalcoholic beverages will be for sale.
There will be coffee at the morning class and iced tea, hot tea and coffee at the afternoon class.

 

Reception/Celebration – $25

5:30-7:30 p.m. Reception/Celebration A gala for mixing and mingling, enjoying delicious treats and sweets (not a full dinner), no-host bar, offering beer, wine and other alcohol beverages and reading by first-place winners of the OWC writing contest.

 

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OWC Authors’ Books to Find A Place at the Table at Stumptown Lit

OWC members will have an opportunity to promote their books at the second annual Stumptown Lit, the festival for readers and writers happening Sunday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Crowne Plaza, 1441 NE Second Avenue, in Portland.

As part of the Writers Book Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., participating OWC authors’ books will be on display at A Place at the Table. Authors will be available to sign their books.

The free book fair includes book sales, displays, schmoozing, networking, and good cheer.

If you are a member of Oregon Writers Colony and have a book for sale, sign up now to get your book include on the table.

Participants’ books will be displayed on the table, and the book description will be included in a catalog available at Stumptown Lit and at Wordstock. Participating authors will also receive three copies of the catalog.

Deadline for registration is Sept. 10, 2015.

If you want to take part in the workshops as well, check out our Early Bird Specials, available through Sept. 1, 2015.

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Conversations with Writers: Nancy Feldman

July15Author Nancy Feldman will discuss her book, “Family Medical History: Unknown/Adopted” at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Hillsboro Library, 2850 Brookwood Parkway.

“Being perfectly happy with the loving family she had, Nancy Feldman never took an interest in finding her biological parents until diagnosed with a disease she had passed on to her son. Suddenly, Nancy’s lack of family history was affecting someone else. Nancy wrote a letter to the Nebraska Children’s Home Society for help, and the adoption agency assigned her case to Rebecca Crofoot.

This began a 17-year journey between the two women who were determined to find information about a family that might not know, or want to know, Nancy existed.”

Nancy will discuss her personal journey and the relationship with Ms. Crofoot, as well as her experience developing the whole into a book.

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, it is an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his or her art.

It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.

 

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David Levine Will Judge the Fiction First Chapter Contest

David D. LevineDavid D. Levine, author of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, will judge the Fiction First Chapter category of the Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

Levine is the author of Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

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David Oates to Be Final Judge on Short Story, Narrative Nonfiction Contest

David Oates, poet, nonfiction author, and teacher, will be the judge for the Short Story, Narrative Nonfiction, category of the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

David Oates writes about the wildness of nature, culture, and creative process. His poetry has appeared in many journals and in Peace in Exile: Poems (Oyster River Press). He won the Badonnah Award (Bitterroot Poetry, NY) and was finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award for the long poem (Nimrod International).

He is also author of four books of nonfiction, including Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature (OSU Press). His poetry and prose are currently being featured in the German journal Wortschau (Düsseldorf).

In Portland he teaches the Wild Writers Seminars and he offers workshops around the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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Nancy Slavin will judge the Short Stories, Fiction, contest

Nancy SlavinNancy Slavin, teacher, poet, and prose writer will judge the Short Stories, Fiction, entries in the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

Nancy Slavin is a long-time English literature and writing instructor at a small rural community college in Oregon as well as an educator for a non-profit working to end oppression and violence against women. Her novel, Moorings, was published in 2013 by Feather Mountain Press, and more of her work can be found in Rain Magazine, Barrelhouse, hip mama, Literary Mama, Oregon Humanities Magazine, and Chicago Literati. Nancy lived on the north Oregon coast for over 20 years and has recently relocated to the Portland area.

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