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Stumptown Lit Workshop to Feature Morning, Afternoon Workshops

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

Get a special rate on both workshops if you sign up before Sept. 1, 2015. Find out more.

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.

Get a special rate on both workshops if you sign up before Sept. 1, 2015. Find out more.

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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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C.B. Bernard is the final judge for the Nonfiction First Chapter Category

Chris Bernard, author of Chasing AlaskaC.B. Bernard, author of Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now (Lyons Press), will be the final judge for the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest, in the Nonfiction First Chapter Category.

Chasing Alaska was a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Travel Pick, National Geographic top book choice, and a finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award.

He has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, among other writing-related jobs. His work has appeared on Gray’s Sporting Journal and the Utne Reader.

Born and raised in New England, he lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and a temperamental bird dog named Shakespeare.

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Rachelle Ramirez Becomes Executive Director of OWC

Rachelle RamirezThe Board of Directors of Oregon Writers Colony has chosen Rachelle Ramirez as the new executive director of OWC.

Rachelle is a renewing member of OWC and committed to supporting writers in their craft. She believes in the power of community involvement, education, and a sense of place to help generate, nourish, and produce creative works. One of her greatest pleasures is working with writers in navigating the writing process to help them bring their projects to completion.

Before working with OWC, Rachelle earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Goddard College in psychology and counseling. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Writing Program on merit scholarship. She received post-graduate certificates in advanced grant writing and community development.

Rachelle brings us her successful experience in not-for-profit management, development, fund-raising, board leadership, and critique group development. Her goals for OWC are to increase the value of our services to our community, increase membership and diversity within the organization, and to increase financial donations in support of writers. Overall, she hopes to strengthen writers’ support for one another through their activities and experiences with OWC.

Rachelle writes novel-length memoir and fiction and is interested in how genres can stretch, like taffy, to mix and be cut into their final form. Her current work, White Girl, Black Sheep, is a young adult novel.

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Day Passes Available for 2015 Annual Conference

OWC has opened some spaces for people to attend the Annual Conference at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, including workshops and some meals. Sleeping space at the classic hotel filled soon after registration opened.

There is some table and conference space for a few people who can stay offsite for the night.

Best-selling author Cara Black will teach about making setting come alive. Literary Agent Stephanie Cabot will listen to participants’ pitches.

Day passes to the “full” conference are $250. That fee includes —

  • Friday night: meet-and-greet and dinner, along with speaker and agent introductions
  • Saturday full day: breakfast, morning session, and lunch
  • Sunday full event breakfast, morning session, and lunch

For Saturday only, full day, the cost is $200

There are a number of nearby hotels and motels, some within a short block or two of the Sylvia Beach Hotel, and the Sylvia Beach Hotel facilities (lobby and upstairs oceanfront lobby and lounge) will be available to conference participants at all times. The hotel is in the Nye Beach area of Newport.

For information or to take advantage of this option, email Carol Cole.