Benefits of OWC Membership
- Discounts on Workshops and Conferences
- Use of Colonyhouse for your writing retreat
- Colonygram – bimonthly newsletter, featuring reviews of member books, articles by and about members, news of Oregon Writers Colony events
- eBlast – twice monthly email announcements
Thoughts from a long-time OWC member:
I joined Oregon Writers Colony because I liked to read and thought I might like to write. A friend told me about this organization. I went to a Spring Conference, met other writers who liked the same books I liked. Some of those writers were experienced, published and knowledgeable. Others were just as green as I was.
I took other OWC workshops. I wrote and wrote. I joined with other OWC members in critique groups to have fresh eyes on what worked and didn’t work. I wrote for newspapers, wrote for magazines, wrote for educational journals and kept going to classes to learn more. I became aware of many of my writing opportunities because of things I learned from other OWC members.
Now, I introduce myself as a writer. I have one book published and am about to see the launch of a second. I have several manuscripts in a drawer labeled “Don’t laugh. I’m practicing.” I haven’t run out of ideas. I am constantly inspired by the other writers I meet through Oregon Writers Colony and I believe in the OWC mission –, welcome all who want to learn, support all writers and celebrate with them at each milestone along the way.
I was president of Oregon Writers Colony last year because I wanted to help the dedicated members of OWC’s board and its committees as they find new ways to meet OWC’s goals. This year I went back to being a member and finding other ways to work toward the OWC’s mission. This is an organization working for every member. I am really glad I went to that first Spring Conference.
President of Oregon Writers Colony from 2010-2011 and current Board Treasurer