Cindy Brown is the author of the Ivy Meadows theater mysteries. Reach Cindy at cindybrownwriter.com
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 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
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.
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.
How to Be Funny On the Page (even if you’re not in real life)
Cindy Brown has been a theater geek – musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright – since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards and a three-book deal for her madcap mysteries. “Macdeath,” the first in her Ivy Meadows series was released in January and “The Sound of Murder” follows in October.
Join Cindy to discuss the idea that a writer doesn’t need a quick wit, just a sense of humor. Explore different types of comedy, identify your own brand of humor, and learn the basics tenets of comedy in this interactive workshop.
Hillsboro Library Main Branch: 2850 Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro. 503-615-6500
Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his / her art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.
Cindy Brown’s book, MacDeath, made the quarterfinals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, which means the novel is in the top 250 out of 5000 general fiction entries. MacDeath will also get a review from Publishers’ Weekly, and might just catch an agent’s eye.