Michael Coolen to Read His Prize-Winning Essay in England via Skype

Michael CoolenMichael Coolen read his winning essay in Brighton England via Skype, at December 4. Find out more at the Launch of Driftfish Magazine, ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, England.

He read his winning essay “Why Whales Sing in D flat” at the launch of Driftfish Magazine by Zoomorphic.


Fiddelee-dee & Company, a Fable for People of a Certain Age, by AJ Beauregard

Fiddelee-Dee & CompanyAJ Beauregard is the author of a new book, Fiddelee-dee & Company, a Fable for People of a Certain Age, a light fiction published by diomo square books.

Start with an aging cellist. Add a panoply of musicians: a pianist, violist, flutist, and one who plays the triangle. Stir in a combative mayor, a fair-minded librarian, upright citizens, and an unlikely plan to build a performance venue, and you have Fiddelee-dee & Company. Come to Elvira, a small town where nothing ever happens, and find out how Penelope’s Chamber Players turn the town into a buzz of infinite delight!

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Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors, including Mollie Hunt

Holiday Cheer Poster, Oregon Historical Society

Mollie HuntMollie Hunt will be at Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors, at noon Monday, December 5, 2016. Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors happens at Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.

49th Annual Celebration of Oregon Authors: For nearly 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale.


# Power of the Pen, Reading & Book Signing Series, featuring Mollie Hunt

Mollie HuntMollie Hunt will be at Power of the Pen, Reading & Book Signing Series, at 1:30 p.m. December 7, 2016. Power of the Pen, Reading & Book Signing Series happens at Courtyard Fountains, 1545 SE 223rd Ave., Gresham.

Here is the schedule for the event:

  • 1:30 p.m. — Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres
  • 2 p.m. — Presentation, followed by a book signing.

Mollie Hunt will read, sign, and answer questions about her Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, her stand-alone mystery, Placid River Runs Deep, and anything else about cats. Books will be available for purchase, including a specially priced Crazy Cat Lady gift set, just in time for the Holidays.


2016 Stumptown Lit Set for Wednesday, Dec. 7

Stumptown Lit 2016 will showcase the work of 20 OWC author members.

Home-grown talent runs the gamut from memoir to mystery, picture books to poetry, science fiction to speculative fiction.

Authors will be on hand to mix, to mingle, and to sign their latest titles. Don’t miss this festive occasion!

Stumptown Lit will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, at June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N. Albina Avenue, in Portland.

Brief author presentations—putting the stump in Stumptown—will take place between 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.


Workshop to Teach ‘Killer First Page’

Ray RhameyJoin OWC Feb. 4, 2017, for an all-day workshop on “Crafting Compelling Stories” with Ray Rhamey.

Participants will submit first pages ahead of time for critique and analysis of what constitutes a “killer first page,” one that grabs the readers’ interest and imagination right out of the gate. Once the stage is set, Ray will continue by presenting hands-on strategies for fleshing out characters, creating dynamic dialogue, adding experiential description, and amping up tension — the key ingredients of strong storytelling. If you write fiction, this workshop will shore up shortcomings, hone strengths, and fine-tune craftsmanship. Come ready to write!

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Portland area. The location will be announced later.

Register now at the early-bird rate of $50. After Jan. 15, 2017, the price increases to $60. Register online, below, or download the registration form and mail it with a check to OWC, P.O. Box 15200, Portland, OR 97293.

Ray Rhamey is an author, freelance editor, and book designer. He teaches workshops at writers conferences from Massachusetts to Mexico. He is the author of “Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling,” which coaches writers on both writing and storytelling technique.

Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen says, “It’s a must-have for any novelist, published or aspiring, and one of the most readable, entertaining books on writing out there.”

Ray has edited book-length fiction for 12 years and designs book covers and interiors for independent authors and small publishers. Many writers know him through his internationally known blog, “Flogging the Quill.” Ray’s novels include vampire satire, coming-of-age mystery, and science fiction.

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