Entrance Strategy: A Blueprint for Bloggers to Get Found, Connect with Readers, and Make Big Beautiful Projects Happen
Every writer knows they need a website to present themselves and their work to the world. But how hard is yours working for you? In this talk, travel writer, blogging teacher and memoir writer Emily Grosvenor will present a blueprint for giving you not just a place marker for your work, but a living breathing home base where you — and others — will want to hang out. Follow Emily on Twitter @emilygrosvenor or learn more about here work at www.beathomeintheworld.com.
The Friends of the Forest Grove Library invites everyone to a Cultural Series eve
nt with noir writer Lono Waiwaiole. Lono’s debut novel, Wiley’s Lament, was named a fi
nalist for the 2003 Oregon Book Awards for fiction and an Anthony award for best first novel of 2003. He will talk about “Noir Fiction: Writing from the Dark Side”.
Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30pm at the Forest Grove LibraryLono Waiwaiole Program — 2114 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove
Taylor Stannard has taught Creative Writing and her short fiction has been published in several literary journals. Her The Stonepile Possum Queen, the first book of a trilogy-in-progress, was given favorable reviews by Kirkus.
Taylor will discuss the legal intricacies of writing fiction whose plot, places or characters might pose a resemblance to actual circumstances, either current or recent.
Conversations With Writers meets at the Reedville Presbyterian Church on 2785 SW 209th Avenue in Aloha. You can get on their monthly notice email list or contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writers in the Grove Presents
Website Building WordPress Workshop
Are you a writer? Poet? Or have a small business? If so, a website is required today. Writers in the Grovepresents “Website Building WordPress Workshop.” The course begins September 11 and runs four consecutive Mondays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. This course, taught by veteran blogger and WordPress expert Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress, teaches setting up your site, learning to create content and sharing it through social media. A course like this held in Portland, normally costs over $400. This is a rare opportunity to learn how to blog and build your own website right here in Washington County. The workshop is only $125 per person.
For more information, see Writers in the Grove website.
Write Fast: Increasing Your Novel Writing Speed Through Art Journaling
Do you envy prolific writers who seem to pump out multiple novels per year while you struggle to finish one or two?
Are you already fairly prolific and want to become more so?
Are you a pantser who suffers from writers’ block and finds plotting abhorrent?
Or are you a plotter who tends to get lost in the minutiae of plotting?
This is the class for you!
With a unique take on art journaling, I will show you how to increase your writing speed so you can get out more novels faster. WITHOUT the quality suffering.
Shéa MacLeod is the author of urban fantasy, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, and cozy mysteries. She has dreamed of writing novels since before she could hold a crayon. She totally blames her mother.
The first three books in her SUNWALKER SAGA (Kissed by Darkness, Kissed by Fire, and Kissed by Smoke), a fast paced urban fantasy series with a kick-ass heroine, are available from Montlake Romance. The fourth installment, Kissed by Moonlight, is available now along with the first installment of the new spin-off series, Fearless (Soulshifter Book 1).
Visit her at www.sheamacleod.com.
Washington County Writers hosts a Writers Forum on the first Thursday of each month. Join us at Insomnia Coffee on 317 E Main Street in Hillsboro at 7pm!
What does it take to write a young adult zombie novels?
Tonight, Adam Gallardo shares his experience with Zombified and more.
Adam Gallardo is also known for writing comics (Star Wars: Infinities — Return of the Jedi, 100 Girls and Gear School volumes one & two).
You can follow his digital exploits at www.adamgallardo.com, on Facebook (facebook.com/AdamGallardoauthor), or Twitter (twitter.com/adamgallardo).
Local Reading Opportunity
Writers in the Grove is a writing group for writers, poets, authors, and those interested in creative writing and publishing. This year, they will hold their 8th annual Lend An Ear, Come and Hear on July 8th at the Plum Hill Winery.
This is a wonderful opportunity to participate as one of their readers. If you would like to submit your piece for consideration, please go to their website for more information.
Act quickly, though – the submission deadline is June 12th.
They also hold weekly meetings on Mondays and scheduled Saturday mornings. To learn more, please check out their website.
Save the date!
We’re pleased to announce that Jessica Morrell will be our first presenter at the Writers Forum on June 1st. Please join at us at Insomnia Coffee from 7-8pm at 317 E. Main Street, Hillsboro. Suggested admission is $5.
The topic will be “From Idea to Story” as described by Jessica:
Writers have long grappled with the problem of taking a flash of inspiration through the marathon process of completing a finished work. That flash is your premise. But a premise on its own is flimsy, must be built up and needs the perfect story people to bring it to life until it becomes a compelling, awe-inspiring tale of… whatever it is you long to tell. This talk, for writers of all levels, will address key issues that must be confronted if you are going to assemble a myriad of pieces into a seamless whole. These issues include finding a shape for your story; how to treat plot and character as interdependent; how to avoid typical pitfalls when working. We’ll discuss fears at play such as an inability to finish and how to achieve the habit of completion. We’ll cover the basics of plotting, or if you’re writing a memoir, choosing the right elements and order for it.
Jessica Page Morrell understands both sides of the editorial desk as a development al editor and author and has a deeply practical approach to writing and teaching. She writes with depth, wit and clarity on topics related to writing and creativity along with other topics and is the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching:Wisdom for the Creative Life; Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; andWriting Out the Storm. Her work also appears in eight anthologies and The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazines. Morrell founded and coordinates writing conferences, has been creating columns about the writing life since 1998, and is a popular speaker at writers’ conferences in North America and Ireland. Morrell lives in Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers, gardens, and watches the sky in all its moods.
Great news! We secured a meeting place for Washington County Writers Forum!
Our monthly forums promote and encourage literary efforts of all genres and for writers of all ages and levels by featuring a variety of presenters talking about the craft and business of writing.
Are you interested in speaking to our group about the craft of writing, storytelling, or the writing life? Send us an email and let us know.