September Literary Lounge to feature short fiction

The September Literary Lounge will feature its second annual evening 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.

Moderator Ed Goldberg will keep the program going as several writers read from their current work and will also read from his work. Ed Goldberg is a Shamus Award-winning author and on-air host of All Classical radio at KQAC-FM. He produces radio shows, conducts author interviews, and reviews films. He has been a regular emcee for Oregon Writers Colony events, where he brings his trademark humor to the proceedings.

Readers are:

Katherine Boyer is an author and speaker. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has been published in Inspire Me Today, New Connexion, Street Roots, The Willamette Writer, and Portland Family magazine, and the VoiceCatcher journal. Her book, Mending the Net, outlines methods to heal yourself, even if you grew up in a dysfunctional family.

Karen Alexander-Brown first honed her authorial skills by writing as a pastime while on tours as a professional dancer. She’s the author and producer of several short plays and a musical for the Fertile Ground Festival, has written several published academic articles, and currently writes both fiction and creative non-fiction.

Rosemary Lombard, a musicologist intrigued by the behavior of pet turtles, returned to school in her 40s to become an animal behaviorist/ethologist. Her work in progress, Diode’s Experiment: A Box Turtle Investigates the Human World, is about the relationships between the turtles and humans and the turtles’ quest to communicate with them. She has won prizes in nonfiction and poetry, the latter published most recently in The Poeming Pigeon and Nature Writing. Her chapbook, Turtles All the Way: Poems, is in production at Finishing Line Press.

Emily Pittman Newberry’s writing explores the challenges of living as spiritual beings in a material world. OneSpirit Press published two of her books. She wrote the poetry for the artist Shu-Ju Wang’s artist’s book Water, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. She co-facilitates art therapy workshops for LGBTQ senior citizens and can’t believe how blessed she is to watch her two sons blossom.

Stephen Whitney, takes a strong approach to his creativity and has a genuine desire to write. He loves experimenting with form and technique and has a wide variety of work known for its irony and satire. His poems, stories and essays have been recognized and accepted by various anthologies, magazines, and journals that include Third World Communications, The Black Scholar, African American Review, USA Today, Willamette Week, Timberline Review, Poetry Corners, Exhibition, Reed, The Owl and L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future.

Margaret Van See Wolf has always loved writing, but put it aside for many years while she raised a family. Now she writes romance, light sci-fi, and fantasy. Her newest book, Dragonfly World, will be released soon. Watch for it on Amazon Kindle.

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Halloween Treat: The Haunting of Colonyhouse

Halloween

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.

Featuring:

  • 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 ($165 for nonmembers, which includes a year of membership in OWC). The price includes Halloween-themed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, drinks, and desserts.

Sign up using the form below.

*Image: Tim Evanson via Compfight cc

Halloween at Colonyhouse 2016

It's Halloween at Colonyhouse. Join us for a weekend of reading, writing, and spooky fun.
  • We probably won't need to call you, but just in case we need to reach you for an emergency.
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Conversations with Writers, featuring Fred Melden and Leanne Grabel

Fred Melden will be at Conversations With Writers, at 7 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2016. Conversations With Writers happens at the Hillsboro Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy., Hillsboro.

Leanne GrabelWhat Should (and What Can) We Hide From Our Young?

Leanne Grabel, poet, memoirist, and illustrator, has written and produced numerous spoken-word shows, including The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression and Anger: The Musical. Her books include Brontosaurus, Lonesome and Very Quarrelsome Heroes, and Short Poems by a Short Poet.

Leanne will mix art forms to illuminate the question of keeping books, poetry and other means of expression from our children in the age of social media. The event is free.

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Halloween Treat: The Haunting of Colonyhouse

Halloween

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.

Featuring:

  • 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

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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.

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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.

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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

  • We don't plan to call you. Just in case there's an emergency.
  • Price: $10.00 Quantity:
  • If you're registering more than yourself, please list other names below, one per line.
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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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