A hearty thank you goes out to the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, which has awarded Oregon Writers Colony a $5,000 grant! This money will help support OWC’s efforts to bring new services and events to our members. We have four more Literary Lounges coming up this year, and Stumptown Lit, our big festival for readers and writers, takes place Oct. 19 at the World Forestry Center. Plus, November is NaNoWriMo month at Colonyhouse! Stay tuned for details on flexible writing opportunities at our retreat house in November.
Archives for April 2014
In Uprush, four old friends meet at a beach house for their usual coming together to drink wine, complain about husbands, or the lack of them, compare upper arm flab–the usual stuff old friends do. Except this time one of them, Madge, a writer, asks the other three to help her commit suicide. She has a good reason. Her friends, once they learn it, agree to help her, despite misgivings and great sadness. Madge has a gift for them, no matter what happens: her take on their lives over the past forty-some years, her last novel, stories which will change their futures.
Barney also says her first book, Graffiti Grandma, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, “A gripping book with compelling characters who don’t want your pity,” and from Publishers Weekly.
Jen Marlowe, co-author of I am Troy Davis, and Kimberly Davis will present a special reading of the book combined with video clips connected to the case that has galvanized the fight to abolish the death penalty.
Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21, 2011 despite compelling evidence of his innocence and worldwide pleas for clemency that included President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI and 51 members of Congress. Marlowe wrote I Am Troy Davis with the close help of Davis’ sister, the late Martina Davis-Correia. Kimberly Davis is also Davis’ sister. His family has led a two-decade struggle to prove his innocence and abolish the death penalty. The book has been hailed as a revealing picture of the human impact of capital punishment. Davis, Marlowe and others will read from the book. The free event will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland.
“The Assassin,” an excerpt from Robyn Parnell’s novel Looking Up has been published in WIPS: Works (of Fiction) in Progress. Robyn talks about the creative process in an interview in the same journal.
“I have what might be considered a mutation of the classic writer’s block, but my version ends up affecting me in a similar way: I get “blocked” not because I have no lack of ideas for new stories, but because I have so many, and choosing to focus on this one means setting the other ones aside…”
She says she completed Looking Up shortly after submitting the excerpt and recently received a request from a publisher who would like to review the novel.