Book Launch Party for Oliver Twisted!, featuring Cindy Brown

Photo credit: AJC PhotographyCindy Brown will be at a book launch party for her new novel Oliver Twisted!, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016. The party happens at O’Connors Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Highway, Portland.

Oliver Twisted!, the latest Ivy Meadows escapade in Cindy Brown’s Agatha-nominated mystery series, will be launched in a most theatrical way at O’Connors Vault in Multnomah Village. The party will be a reading and performance, with roles played by local actors and a special dramatic reading of Nancy’s murder from the original Oliver Twist (an excerpt that used to make Victorian ladies faint!).

Annie Blooms will be on hand to sell books, and there will be cake and a cash bar.


Conversations With Writers, Hillsboro, April 25, 2016

Rosemary Lombard, Ceidirwen Terrill

Rosemary Lombard and Ceidirwen Terrill will participate in Conversations With Writers, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016. Conversations With Writers happens at Hillsboro Library, 2850 Brookwood Pkwy., Hillsboro, OR 97123.

The topic is Hanford: Writing to Influence the Public through Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry. Rosemary Lombard has been a university teacher, naturalist, and is currently an animal behaviorist exploring turtle cognition. Ceidirwen Terrill, English professor at Portland’s Concordia University, has authored two memoirs, including Part Wild, finalist for the Oregon Book Award.


Emily Newberry on The Other Story, Ep. 55

Emily NewberryEmily Newberry read her prose poem on episode 55 of The Other Story podcast April 18, 2016. Afterward, she was interviewed about the story and her writing.

Listen to Emily at Episode 55 of The Other Story.


A Matter of Trust (Venetian Waters) Vol. 3, by Marlene Hill

Marlene Hill

Marlene Hill is the author of a new book, A Matter of Trust (Venetian Waters) Vol. 3, an erotic romance published by Amazon and Kindle.

A Matter of Trust, Marlene HillA Matter of Trust is a love story of loss, survival and re-invention set in the seductive, whimsical City of Love — Venice. When Nancy and Tom arrive for their best friends’ wedding, energy sizzles between them. He sees a strong woman and likes sparring with her. She sees a nerdy hunk with a fascinating mix of alpha male and deep-seated insecurities. Can he compete with sophisticated Italian men? Can she grasp the pleasures of life and still hang on to her newly won freedom? Then disaster strikes.

Buy A Matter of Trust (Venetian Waters) Vol. 3


A Great Length of Time

Joyce Cresswell’s first novel is now available, if you’d like to order a copy please contact her here.

A Great Length of Time: Assigned as a nurse to a hospital ship during the Civil War, Dr. Rose Barnett hopes someone will apprentice her in the modern art of surgery. But she has more to learn than how to amputate the mangled limbs of Union soldiers. Confronted by her own preconceived notions of class, love, and race, she struggles to untangle life’s persistent contradictions. As a pacifist, her greatest challenge is coming to grips with the terrible ironies of war. As a woman, her challenge is to follow her heart. Based on the true story of a woman doctor in the American Civil War, A Great Length of Time is a woman’s view of the politics and gender roles of the day, offering a fresh look at the war and the women who nursed its soldiers.


Terra Chapek launched online journal Underpass: Shortcut to to World Writing.

Tarra1With help of international collaborators, Oregon Writers Colony member, Terra Chapek has just launched an online journal for literature in translation, Underpass: Shortcut to to World Writing. The website will feature fiction and narrative nonfiction from around the world., with a focus on translations into English from small and marginalized language group. It launched with sixteen modern writers from Croatia and will be launching new countries periodically, as time and submissions allow. More Information


Jim Hardison

Jim Hardison has worked as a writer, screen writer, animator and film director. He started his professional career by co-writing and producing a low-budget direct-to-video feature film, The Creature from Lake Michigan. Making a bad movie can be a crash course in the essential elements of good character and story, and The Creature From Lake Michigan was a tremendously bad movie. Shifting his focus entirely to animation, Jim joined Will Vinton Studios where he directed animated commercials for M&M’s and episodes of the stop-motion TV series Gary and Mike. While working at Vinton, he also co-wrote the television special Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy with actor Paul Reiser.

jim_hardisonJim has appeared on NBC’s The Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, developed the characters and wrote the pilot episode for the PBS children’s television series SeeMore’s Playhouse and authored the graphic novel, The Helm, named one of 2010’s top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the American Library Association. These days, Jim is the creative director and co-owner of Character LLC, a company that does story-analysis for brands and entertainment properties. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog. His epically silly epic fantasy, Fish Wielder, is set for publication by Fiery Seas Publishing in August of 2016.

Join Jim at the Publishing Conference March 5, 2015. He will be sharing his creative and detailed marketing plan he developed with his publisher.  He will present with Vargus Pike on marketing. More Info






Book launch and 10th Anniversary

She Holds the Face of the World: Ten Years of VoiceCatcher

From 2005 through 2015, VoiceCatcher has lifted the voices of hundreds of women by publishing their poetry, fiction, nonfiction and artwork in six VoiceCatcher print anthologies and seven online issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

With over 80 stories and poems, She Holds the Face of the World is a print collection of some of the most compelling works VoiceCatcher has published in the last decade. We invite everyone – men, women, young and old – to grab their favorite beverage, get comfortable in their favorite reading chair, and peruse these pages that celebrate women from all walks of life: their stories, their heartbreak, their humor, their courage and their strength.

Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015 7pm @ Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97217     (503) 286-9449



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