David Oates teaching course at Sitka

david_oates_portraitDavid Oates teaches “Honing the Very Short Personal Essay” at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Sept. 7 and 8 in Otis, Oregon.

Oates will help you craft two short, polished essays in the two-day workshop. Writers will draw inspiration from their own lives in addition to learning from examples read together and observations made during walks about the Sitka Center.

Cost is $235.


Poet Nancy Flynn to read in Seattle

Portland poet Nancy Flynn will be among the poets and writers reading from their work at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle on Sept. 12 to celebrate the Raven Chronicle’s latest journal, “Sound Tracks.”

The celebration will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the $9 magazine will be on sale.

“Everyone’s life has its own “soundtrack”—certain sounds or songs that whenever they’re heard reawaken a memory. Music plays this role for many. But it could be the sound of a waterfall, or traffic noises, or nightly arguments on the other side of the wall; the wailing of sirens, the music of bird song. Whatever the memory there’s a story connected to it, or perhaps a poem, or a painting.”


Exhibitors’ Tables Available for Stumptown Lit

We want small presses, booksellers, writers’ organizations, editors, book designers, cover artists, indexers, website designers, and other literary or arts groups to be part of the celebration of the literary community at Stumptown Lit, October 19, 2014, in the World Forestry Center.

During the book fair portion of the day, from noon to 5 p.m. exhibitors at tables around the hall will be able to meet and share their message with fair-goers. Oregon writers will be reading throughout the afternoon, and coffee and snacks will be available for purchase.

The book fair is part of a full day of activities, beginning with a publishing workshop and children’s story hour in the morning and ending with a gala reception honoring Jean Auel in the evening.

You may rent one of a limited number of tables for your organization. They will be available until Sept. 15, if they aren’t all reserved before that.

The tables are 8 feet long and cost $100 for the day. The name of each organization and a brief description will be included in the program. Exhibitors may buy lunches, which will be available at 11 a.m. for $15 each.

Use the form below to pay online through Paypal. You will be charged $100 for the table plus your optional purchase of lunches.

Or you may download the Stumptown Lit Exhibitor Form and make your payment by check.


Get Your Book on the OWC Authors Tables at Stumptown Lit

OWC members will have an opportunity to promote their books at Stumptown Lit, the festival for readers and writers happening Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cheatham Hall in the World Forestry Center in Portland.

Along with carts of coffee and snacks, readings from Oregon authors, and tables of publishers, booksellers and other supporters of the literary arts, the afternoon book fair, from noon to 5 p.m. will feature tables displaying books by OWC members.

Space considerations confine the books to one per author, but you may also display a small stack of business cards with contact information, information about yourself or information about your books, in whatever proportions you choose.

Authors who have registered a book will also be able to sell as many of their titles as they wish through Another Read Through bookstore, which has agreed to  offer these books for sale on a 50-percent consignment basis.

How to Participate

Deadline for registering is Sept. 15, 2014.

You must be a member to have your book included. Join here.

Registration costs $15. One-book limit for display on the Authors Tables. You may sell more titles through the Another Read Through bookstore onsite.

Register your book using the form below. You will be taken to Paypal, where you can use a credit or debit card.

If you would prefer to pay by check, download the registration form here and then mail it in with your check to arrive before September 15.

You will receive instructions to get your books included in the Another Read Through bookstore at the book fair after your registration.


Critique group seeks new member

Small critique group is looking for one more member who is committed to moving steadily forward with a novel. We meet every week, during the daytime at my home. We concentrate on prose fiction. Within that genre, we’re an eclectic bunch. We have romance, mystery and science fiction, so far.

If you’re interested, please contact Marlene Hill at 503-353-6666 or


New Releases: “A Question of Mortality”

Susan Clayton-Goldner announces the publication of her latest book, a collection of poems released by Wellstone Press.

“A Question of Mortality takes us, step by step, through the difficult terrain of family history–its griefs, its losses, its regrets–offering up image-rich lines that “go by foot/into celebration or sadness….” This collection is the child of memory, its poems rising from that place where recollection does its epiphanic work. In the quotidian, Susan Clayton-Goldner’s voice seeks and finds the mystery that restores both the poet and the reader.

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate


New Releases: “When Patty Went Away”

Jeannie BurtWhen Patty Went AwayJeannie Burt’s new novel, When Patty Went Away, is a family drama set in the mid-1970s. It plays out in a remote farming community in the Northwest when rebellious and nasty fifteen-year-old Patty Pugh disappears.

Jack McIntyre, a quiet farmer, and his beloved daughter, seem to be the only ones who care. No one looks for the girl, yet Jack cannot let her go, and a search will require him to rise against his own wife and against the customs and traditions of his community.

In a quest reminiscent of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Jack sets out on an uncertain journey which lands him in the underbelly of Montreal, where he encounters a world he could never imagine.

Midwest Book Review called the novel a “…minor literary masterpiece.”

“A deftly written novel showcasing the quiet struggle of farmer and his family within the framework of a deftly written mystery.”