Halloween Treat: The Haunting of Colonyhouse


Do you love to be scared? Were you weaned on Alfred Hitchcock? Is Edgar Allan Poe your alter ego? Are you fascinated by all things that go bump in the night?

If so, please join Queen of Halloween, Becky Kjelstrom, and Empress of Terror, D’Norgia Taylor, for a weekend of fearsomely delicious food and writerly exploration of the sinister and macabre.


  • Colonyhouse in eerie finery
  • Discussions on what scares us and how to develop petrifying ideas
  • Workshop “It Wasn’t a Dark and Stormy Night: Moving beyond the Clichés”
  • Evening readings
  • Friday, share a favorite frightening story or short bit
  • Saturday, share your story in progress
  • Gentle critique
  • Time to write
  • Food: Witch Fingers, Graveyard Brownies, Death by Veggies, Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers, Bloody Puddin’, Putrefied Punch and more. (Vegetarian and gluten-free available on request)

The Haunting of Colonyhouse happens the weekend of October 28-30 at Colonyhouse, Rockaway Beach, Oregon. The cost: $125 double occupancy, which includes Halloween-themed lunches, dinners, drinks, and desserts. (Bring your own breakfast.)

Watch for sign up on eblast and website.

*Image: Tim Evanson via Compfight cc


September Literary Lounge Presents Story Slam

OWC’s September Literary Lounge presents Story Slam, an evening of short, short story readings, snacks, beverages and fun.

The event happens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N. Albina, in Portland.

There are still a few slots open for readers, if you’re interested please contact Becky Kjelstrom.


July Literary Lounge Explores Small-Press Publishing

Laura Stanfill, Kate Gray

The July Literary Lounge will cover “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Publishing and Small Press. Laura Stanfill, publisher at Forest Avenue Press, and Kate Gray, novelist and poet, will discuss the publishing world and the editor/author relationship.

The event happens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the June Key Community Center, 5940 N Albina, in Portland.

Bring your questions to receive the speakers’ knowledgeable and thoughtful replies.

Enjoy conversation with fellow writers the program, as well as complimentary desserts and beverages.

About the Presenters

Tentatively titled Any More, Black Shoe, Kate Gray’s novel-in-progress pits Sylvia Plath against Maureen Buckley, younger sister of William F. Buckley, Jr., in 1953. Kate’s first novel, Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue Press, 2014) stares at bullying without blinking. She is the author of three poetry collections. Her passion comes as a teacher, writing coach, and a volunteer with women inmates and women veterans. She and her partner live in a purple house in Portland with their sidekicks, Rafi and Wasco, two very patient dogs.

Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an editor, a journalist, and the founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press, winner of an Oregon Literary Fellowship. She founded Forest Avenue in 2012 and published Kate Gray’s debut novel, Carry the Sky, in 2014. Laura is a sought-after speaker on the subject of publishing, including recent appearances at the University of Oregon, Pacific University, Willamette University, the Manzanita Writers’ Series, Corban University, and Willamette Writers. As a community newspaper editor, Laura earned numerous statewide awards for writing and editorial work, including the Consumer Issues Reporting Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association for a series on contractor fraud.


2016 Founders Day

Founders Day 2014

For Oregon Writers Colony’s 27th annual Founders Day, we plan to go back to our roots with a Writers’ Potluck.

As always, the event — on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, will be held at Colonyhouse in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

We first began holding these summer get-togethers to celebrate the purchase of the house. Some years we organized formal programs featuring catered meals, guest speakers, and musicians. Other years we rented outside space and held book fairs for our members/authors.

Members who have attended in prior years have said that what they most enjoy is meeting and reconnecting with other writers, enjoying the beach, and sharing good food.

This year we are going back to basics with a Writers’ Potluck.

For lunch, OWC will provide turkey, ham, and beverages. We ask participants to bring something to share. To help make sure all our dishes are covered use the alphabetical list below as a guide to what to bring.

If your last name begins with

  • A–F: Salad or fresh fruit
  • G–L: Side dish
  • M–R: Dessert
  • S–Z: Bread, rolls, crackers

The Writers’ Potluck will include a Maxim Matchup icebreaker and a short history of Colonyhouse.

We also ask that each of you bring a writing-related tidbit to share — a short reading, a quote, or a writing tip. Keep your contribution to under 3 minutes. We predict this could be one of the best programs we’ve ever had.

Cost is $10 per person Any questions, contact Marlene. See you at the beach!

Register for Founders Day

Founders Day

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  • If you're registering more than yourself, please list other names below, one per line.

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.