New Releases: “Memory Hunter”

unnamedFrank Morin is launching “Memory Hunter” on Friday, July 24th in both ebook and hardcover formats.

“Memory Hunter” is a thrilling alternate history.  When Sarah is targeted by enhanced assassins, she’s drawn into the epic struggle between the mysterious facetakers and their ancient enemies. Romance, deception and constant action make Memory Hunter a fast read.  This is the first book of a trilogy which spans the globe and delves deep into the past as history becomes the battlefield.

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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.


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.


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.



Sandra de Helen reading from “The Hounding”

51eLpQC3XxL._AA160_Sandra de Helen will be reading from the first Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson book, “The Hounding” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at Another Read Through, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave.

“Tall, thin, androgynous Shirley Combs considers herself the world’s greatest living detective because she uses the methods and casebook of Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes of the gentry of the American city most closely resembling London, England — in terms of the weather, at least. Sidekick/narrator Dr. Mary Watson both delights in and is frustrated by her partner’s behavioral resemblance to Sherlock. Combs is unemotional, analytical, and given to pacing through the night in the streets of the almost perfectly livable city of Portland, Oregon.”

Sandra says both books of the series will be available as well as the mystery anthology, “Lesbians on the Loose,” and her poetry chapbook, “All This Remains to be Discovered.”


New Releases: “January Song”

7267743Vargus Pike has released January Song, the final book of a four volume set of poetry, Songs of the Seasons. Like its seasonal companions: April Song, July Song and October Song, a single poem was conceived and written each day of the month. The book also includes an appendix with the author’s insights for each poem. The set or individual books can be found at Another Read Through bookstore on 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., or through Etsy from PoetPikesCorner.

Poet, performance artist and front man for the east coast irritainment band Pietzsche Nietzsches, Vargus Pike has been active in the arts for almost thirty years and has been writing poetry since the seventh grade. He serves as board member for 9Bridges writers group headquartered in Portland. He is a member of The Oregon Writers Colony as well as the Oregon Poetry Association.

Selected works have appeared in New Gravity 360 (journal of new poetry) the love poetry anthology The Gift of a Rose by Lost Tower Publications (London) and the online literary magazine Flask and Pen.




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.


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.


New Releases: “No Substitute for Myth”

NSFMyth_04_1400X2000@150dpiCarolyn J. Rose has another book out in her Subbing isn’t for Sissies mystery series, No Substitute for Myth.

“Is Bigfoot prowling around Reckless River, Washington? Has Sasquatch come to the city? Barbara Reed doesn’t know if she believes the legendary creature exists, but evidence is stacking up. Something big is scavenging for food in city parks. Something tall and heavy left footprints across a dirt parking lot. And something huge and hairy careened into her one night on the riverfront trail.

Did that same creature kill a man and drag his body into a swamp? Or was the killer human? Will justice be undermined by media frenzy, a tide of tourism, and hundreds of hunters?

With help from the usual suspects, Barb, her drug-cop boyfriend, her pearl-powered wealthy neighbor, and Cheese Puff, her less-than-loyal dog, set out to solve a mystery, catch a murderer, and bust a few myths along the way.


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.