Last Call for Stumptown Lunches

Participants in Stumptown Lit — authors, readers, exhibitors, volunteers, and workshop participants — may order lunch for the event through Friday, Oct. 3.

The lunches will be available only by advance order. They will be served at 11 a.m.

Each lunch consists of sandwich, salad, fruit, cookie, and beverage.

To pay by check, Stumptown lunch form (PDF) and mail it in.

Or use the form below to use credit or debit card on Paypal.


Get Ready for NaNoWriMo with OWC!

Oregon Writers Colony has plans to make your 2014 National Novel Writing Month a success.

Whether you need time away, a few hours of uninterrupted work to get you started, or some advice putting it all together, you’ll find it in our fall events.

Write at Colonyhouse, weekends in November
NaNoWriMo Open House, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Literary Lounge, featuring Elizabeth Lyon, 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Check out the event links for more information.


Noted Oregon Authors to Read at Stumptown Lit Book Fair

If you’re a fan of Oregon’s top authors, in genres ranging from poetry to science fiction, you won’t want to miss a chance to hear your favorite read from his or her works at the Stumptown Lit Book Fair.

Stumptown Lit happens Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cheatham Hall of the World Forestry Center. The Book Fair runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Stumptown Lit Readers

Here are the authors scheduled to read during the book fair:

Stevan Allred

Stevan Allred

Stevan Allred is the author of A Simplified Map of the Real World, Multnomah County Library’s Pageturners selection for the fall of 2014.

C.B. Bernard

C.B. Bernard

C.B. Bernard is the author of Chasing Alaska, a Publishers Weekly and National Geographic top-10 pick and finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award in nonfiction.

Barbara Drake

Barbara Drake

Barbara Drake’s newest collection of essays, Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life, was published by Oregon State University Press, Fall 2014.

Ed Edmo

Ed Edmo

Ed Edmo, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, is a poet, performer, playwright, and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture and a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

Elizabeth Enslin

Elizabeth Enslin

Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, received an Oregon Arts Commission fellowship and lives in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Susan Clayton-Goldner

Susan Clayton-Goldner

Susan Clayton-Goldner’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first collection of poems, A Question of Mortality, was just released from Wellstone Press.

Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes‘ most recent thriller, Gun Metal Heart, the fourth in its series, was released from St. Martin’s Press in August. A career journalist, he is communications director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

Phillip Margolin

Phil Margolin

Phil Margolin writes award-winning and best-selling legal thrillers. Two of his books have been made into movies, and two of his short stories have been included in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry is author of middle-grade novels Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, and Written in Stone, which recently won the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West.

Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press in 2013.

Mark Pomeroy

Mark Pomeroy

Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he was born in 1969. The Brightwood Stillness is his first novel.

Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis. He holds a Ph.D. in robotics and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Other Stumptown Lit Attractions

Aside from listening to the readings at the Book Fair, you’ll be able to browse the OWC Authors’ Books Table and learn more about your favorite publishers, bookstores, and other literary services among the exhibitors. Enjoy a coffee and a snack as you broaden your knowledge and catch up with old friends.

The Book Fair is just part of an all-day event. The morning begins with a publishing workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Happening concurrently is a Children’s Story Hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

After the book fair will be a gala reception honoring best-selling author Jean Auel. You’ll be able to get your copies of Clan of the Cave Bear (and others in the Earth’s Children series) autographed, as well as listening to the two winners of the OWC writing contest read their winning entries. That happens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn more about Stumptown Lit and reserve your space for the workshop, the Authors’ Books Table, and the gala Reception honoring Jean Auel.


Stumptown Lit registration deadlines extended to Sept. 24

Because delivery of the Colonygram newsletters was delayed, we have extended the registration deadlines for Mary Rosenblum’s Publishing Today workshop, the OWC Authors tables, and the Exhibitors Tables at Stumptown Lit to Wednesday, Sept. 24.  We encourage use of paypal for registration, but if you prefer to send a check, please send us an email so we know it’s coming. We need the names of OWC Authors and Exhibitors by Sept. 24 to be listed in the printed program. Please send an email to Executive Director Holly Franko: Thanks! We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 19!


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.


Get Your Book on the OWC Authors Tables at Stumptown Lit

OWC members will have an opportunity to promote their books at Stumptown Lit, the festival for readers and writers happening Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cheatham Hall in the World Forestry Center in Portland.

Along with carts of coffee and snacks, readings from Oregon authors, and tables of publishers, booksellers and other supporters of the literary arts, the afternoon book fair, from noon to 5 p.m. will feature tables displaying books by OWC members.

Space considerations confine the books to one per author, but you may also display a small stack of business cards with contact information, information about yourself or information about your books, in whatever proportions you choose.

Authors who have registered a book will also be able to sell as many of their titles as they wish through Another Read Through bookstore, which has agreed to  offer these books for sale on a 50-percent consignment basis.

Thanks for Your Interest

Registration is closed for the OWC Authors’ Books table 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.


Thanks to Fresh, Sweet Perfection!

Thanks to Fresh, 9120 5th St. in Bay City, and to Sweet Perfection, 1911 2nd St. in Tillamook, for donating to our Writer in the House Small Press Semi-Summit at Colonyhouse in Rockaway Beach on June 6-8. Fresh provided excellent soup, beautiful salad, and homemade bread, and Sweet Perfection supplied outrageous brownies and divine lemon bars! We appreciate the generosity of these local business. Please help us support them!


Spring Writer in the House: Semi-Summit on Small Presses

Oregon Writers Colony will host two writers and small press publishing mentors, Matt Love of Nestucca Spit Press and Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press, the weekend of June 6-8, 2014, at the OWC Colonyhouse in Rockaway Beach.

The spring Writer(s) in the House weekend is a chance for writers of all levels to enhance their writing, build their writing platform, and learn how to publish, distribute, and promote their work.

The Writer in the House program is a uniquely intimate opportunity for writers to get inspiration, camaraderie, and quiet space for their creative writing process.

Small Press Semi-Summit Schedule

Friday, June 6

5:30 p.m. Check-in Starts. The Writer in the House volunteer will check in and greet Colonyhouse residents staying for the weekend, and give you a brief house orientation.

7- 8:30 p.m., Workshop. Matt Love will get writers warmed up in his “Creating a Metaphor for Your Writing” workshop.

Creating a metaphor for your writing life can be a powerfully transforming experience and one that provides meaning and form for your literary aspirations.

In this class, participants will construct a metaphor through a series of thinking and writing exercises. Love has employed this exercise with writers of all ages and aspirations, journalists, teachers, administrators, inmates, and marine science professionals with great success.

Saturday, June 7

Early Morning to 10 a.m. Breakfast on your own.

10 a.m. to Noon, Workshop. Matt Love will riff on his favorite Oregon metaphor: rain. Rain is ubiquitous in Western Oregon, especially on the coast, but many Oregon writers include it only as an afterthought.

In this workshop, writers will participate in a creative thinking and writing workshop where they confront rain in non-meteorological terms with the intent of synthesizing their writing process and creative life.

Noon to 2 p.m. Catered Lunch. Break for catered lunch for full-day participants and Colonyhouse residents.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Workshop: Matt Love and Laura Stanfill will discuss “Producing and Marketing Sustainable Literature,” followed by a question-and-answer session.

Both Love and Stanfill eschewed traditional publishing models and started their own presses because they wanted to put the books they loved out into the world. As diligent, multitasking writers, publishers, publicists, and editors, both Love and Stanfill have learned lessons about how to promote their authors, books, and themselves.

They will tell their stories of starting their presses, how to avoid pits and potholes along the way, and their opinions for best practices for small press authors and businesses.

Dinner on your own.

Evening: Get Feedback on Your Query Letter and/or First Pages of Your Story (Colonyhouse Resident Participants Only). During the evening, Laura Stanfill will work with full-weekend participants on their query letters and/or the first pages of their prose stories. Please bring correctly formatted, typed pages for Laura to read and bring a spirit of openness for her expert feedback and suggestions.

Sunday June 8

Morning: Breakfast on your own and check-out.

How to Participate

This Writer(s) in the House Program offers various levels of attendance.

Colonyhouse stays are limited to 8 participants, and the writing workshops are limited to 15 total participants. Colonyhouse has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Overnight accommodations include a shared bedroom and shared use of kitchen, bathrooms, and living room.

Cost for the full weekend for Colonyhouse residents includes all workshops, Saturday lunch, one-on-one consultation, and the two-night stay. The price is $150 for OWC members, $190 for nonmembers (includes a one-year OWC membership).

Non-overnighting participants may participate in the selection of workshops: Friday night workshop “Creating a Metaphor for Your Writing”: $15 for OWC members, $20 for nonmembers.

Saturday morning workshop “Rain as Metaphor”: $30 for OWC members, $35 for nonmembers.

Saturday afternoon workshop “Producing and Marketing Sustainable Literature”: $30 for OWC members, $35 for nonmembers.

Both Saturday workshops plus the catered lunch: $50 for OWC members, $60 for nonmembers.

Saturday evening consultations are for Colonyhouse weekend residents only.

Register at the event at Writer in the House Weekend: Semi-Summit on Small Presses.

About Matt Love

Matt LoveIn 2002 Oregon Coast author Matt Love established Nestucca Spit Press (NSP), an independent press that publishes books exclusively about Oregon and distributes only through independent bookstores, live events and a website. He did it because he wanted to share his writing with an audience. Twelve years later, NSP has sold 20,000 books, and several titles became statewide bestsellers and sold out their press runs. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. His latest book is Of Walking in RainOf Walking in Rain, 2013.

About Laura Stanfill

Laura StanfillLaura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, which received a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. As the press’ first project, Laura edited and compiled the bestselling local anthology “Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life.” Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World was named a #1 book of 2013 on the annual Powell’s Staff Top 5s lists, and two new releases, Dan Berne’s debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, and the Oregon short story anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River, have received accolades from Northwest writers and reviewers. As a community newspaper editor, Laura earned numerous statewide awards for her writing and editing skills.

For More Information

For questions, contact Nancy Slavin,


Miller Foundation awards OWC $5,000 grant

A hearty thank you goes out to the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, which has awarded Oregon Writers Colony a $5,000 grant! This money will help support OWC’s efforts to bring new services and events to our members. We have four more Literary Lounges coming up this year, and Stumptown Lit, our big festival for readers and writers, takes place Oct. 19 at the World Forestry Center. Plus, November is NaNoWriMo month at Colonyhouse! Stay tuned for details on flexible writing opportunities at our retreat house in November.

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Three day-only passes available for Annual Conference at Sylvia Beach Hotel

The Sylvia Beach Hotel filled up for the Annual Conference, April 25-27, but we still have three day-only passes available for people who have other overnight accommodations. The day passes include all conference activities and meals.




Download the registration form to pay by check.