Conference Scholarship Available
The 31st OWC Annual Conference will be held at the Sylvia Beach Hotel Friday evening through Sunday morning, April 13-15, 2018.
Writing Fiction That Comes Alive with Ken Scholes
This year we have award-winning author Ken Scholes presenting “Writing Fiction that Comes to Life,” sharing his toolkit for writing stories that keep readers engaged and turning pages — great dialog, compelling plot, believable world-building, and characters whose emotions we feel. He’ll also be bringing his insights on why we write, and how that why informs the how.
Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of five novels and more than fifty short stories. His saga, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books, and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press. His latest book, Hymn, was just released and marks the final chapter of his bestselling epic fantasy saga, The Psalms of Isaak. Mesmerizing, genre-bending,
Ken’s connection to OWC goes back to the early days of working on the first book of The Psalms of Isaak in the Colonyhouse. “I’m a fan of OWC,” he says. “Back in the day, I attended a few retreats that Jay Lake hosted at their beach house in Rockaway. Matter of fact, I worked on Lamentation first draft revisions in that house!”
He is a frequent presenter and an experienced, entertaining speaker on a variety of subjects, including the craft and business of writing, self-care for writers and coping with C-PTSD. In addition to writing and speaking, Ken is a performing musician who integrates his various creative pursuits whenever possible, so you’ll often see him with a guitar nearby.
Timothy Travaglini, Literary Agent
Tim is looking for fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as for young readers of all ages. Tim wants a book that makes him laugh out loud. He wants a book that makes him cry. He wants a book that makes him fall in love. He wants a book that breaks his heart.
He wants biographies or memoirs of people or groups that inspire: overcoming adversity, perseverance, hard work, compassion, empathy, giving back to the world. He wants nonfiction about topics that are amazing, but is also particularly interested in travel, aviation, architecture, caves/tunnels/mines, outer space, cemeteries/memento mori, island cultures, and reading/writing/storytelling.
Tim does have a fondness for science fiction and fantasy (SFF) in all forms, bibliomysteries, romantic comedies, middle-grade boy books, picture books with monsters, graphic novels and comics, swashbuckling adventure, well-loved stories reimagined in new ways, exotic settings, parodies, anything over-the-top, innovative books that break new ground, and anything to do with roller derby.
About the Conference
Every spring, Oregon Writers Colony holds its Annual Conference, often called the Spring Conference, at the author-centered Sylvia Beach Hotel, 267 NW Cliff St., Newport, Oregon 97365.
At the conference, you can visit with old friends, meet new friends, and enjoy being with people who share your love of great writing craft.