Stumptown Lit Workshop to Feature Morning, Afternoon Workshops

The 2015 Stumptown Lit festival featured a morning and an afternoon workshop for writers to hone their skills and increase their odds of success. Stumptown Lit happened Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at at Crowne Plaza, 1441 NE Second Avenue, in Portland.


Join us in 2016 when we again support writers with more workshops to help them hone their skills, and help them acheive the success of their dreams.


Morning Workshop: Steps to Success

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $75

Mary RosenblumMary Rosenblum, aka the Literary Midwife, will present “Steps to Success: Self-Publishing and Small Press Done Right.” In Steps to Success, she will give an overview of the three key elements you need in order to achieve success as an author.

Mary will put various book publishing options into perspective so that writers can make informed decisions and avoid some of the pitfalls of nontraditional publishing.

Handouts will include a questionnaire to help determine the best path for a particular book and for a successful career.

Mary will also provide guidelines for contract negotiations, particularly valuable to new authors.

Afternoon Workshop: Readings for Writers

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., $75

Cindy BrownAt the afternoon workshop, Cindy Brown, author of the comic mystery MacDeath, along with veterans of the Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters club, will present Readings for Writers.

The workshop will help writers in any genre better prepare for public readings and presentations. OWC member and Portland author Cindy Brown will introduce topics and tips, and Thrill of the Quill veterans will provide exercises and insights.

Any and all who get queasy and clammy handed before stepping up to a podium to share their work will benefit from this session.

To attend one or both workshops, sign up below to pay by credit card, debit card, or Paypal. If you would prefer to pay by check, you may download the registration form and mail your payment.


There will be water available throughout the day and evening.  Nonalcoholic beverages will be for sale.
There will be coffee at the morning class and iced tea, hot tea and coffee at the afternoon class.


Reception/Celebration – $25

5:30-7:30 p.m. Reception/Celebration A gala for mixing and mingling, enjoying delicious treats and sweets (not a full dinner), no-host bar, offering beer, wine and other alcohol beverages and reading by first-place winners of the OWC writing contest.





  1. I tried to sign up for box lunch from the webpage, but can’t. it wants me to add info to the workshop questions instead. help!

    • …so i filled in the spaces under “sign up for a workshop” but only checked the box for the lunch,because all i want to buy is the lunch, but it wants me to pay for lunch before I can choose which lunch. Am i supposed to pay for the lunch, then it will give me a choice of lunch? Thanks for your patience.

  2. Please reserve a reception ticket for Wayne Appleman (husband of the late OWC member Sharon Appleman) and me. He wants to be there for the reading from Sharon’s book. Do we pick up the tickets and pay at the event? (I want to pay for Wayne’s.)

  3. Hi all,

    Is there on-site parking?


  4. On site parking is $7 if you don’t have a room. But from Google maps, there appears to be on-street parking.

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