The August Writers in the House will feature two poets, David Biespiel and Wendy Willis, from the Attic Institute in Portland. The poetry weekend happens Aug. 22-24, 2014, at the Oregon Writers Colony Colonyhouse in Rockaway Beach.
The summer Writers in the House event focuses on poetry and poets. It will offer support and guidance for writers at all levels of their writing careers, from novices to published poets. The Writer in the House program is a uniquely intimate opportunity for writers to get inspiration, instruction, camaraderie, and quiet space for their creative writing process.
Check-in time is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, and check-out will be by 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Friday night Biespiel (pronounced “buy-speel”) and Willis will give a talk about poetry and will read from their own work.
Saturday morning, Willis will lead a generative writing session, followed by individual midday-writing and a catered lunch at noon.
Saturday afternoon, Biespiel will lead a revision session. Please bring at least one poem under 25 lines and some copies to share for the revision process.
The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, established in 1999, is a private literary studio and a school for creativity in Southeast Portland. It’s a think tank about the relationship between writers and civic life and a writers’ community focused on the process of making new art.
David Biespiel is the founder of The Attic. His books of poetry include Charming Gardeners, The Book of Men and Women, which was named Best Poetry of the Year for 2009 by the Poetry Foundation and also received the Oregon Book Award; Wild Civility; Pilgrims & Beggars; and Shattering Air.
His books of prose include Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces and the forthcoming A Long High Whistle: Reflections on Poetry. He writes the Poetry Wire column forThe Rumpus.
He has held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a Lannan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.
Wendy Willis is a member of the Attic Atheneum faculty. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, appeared from Press 53 in 2012. She has published her work in the internationally acclaimed Alhambra Poetry Calendar, as well as in Poetry Northwest, Clackamas Literary Review, Bellingham Review, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere.
She received a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Her major essay on place – “Where are you From?” – originally appeared in Oregon Humanitiesand was reprinted in Utne.
In addition to her poetry career, Willis is the deputy director for national programs at the Policy Consensus Initiative and the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University.
The deadline for registering and room assignments for the August Writers in the House is Aug. 15.
The cost, which includes lunch on Saturday, workshops, and the coastal stay, is $190 for a shared room for members of Oregon Writers Colony. Nonmembers pay $230, which includes a one-year OWC membership.
For a private room, add $50 to the registration fee.
To participate for the weekend, without staying at Colonyhouse, the cost is $100 for members, $140 for nonmembers, which includes a one-year OWC membership.
For more information, please Writer in the House coordinator, Nancy Slavin.
NOTE: The map on this page will direct you only to the town of Rockaway Beach, Oregon. We will send specific directions with your confirmation message.
To sign up by credit card, debit card, or Paypal account, use the form below. If you would prefer to pay by check, you may download the registration form (click here) and send in your registration by mail.