Writers in the Grove Wants Your Submission!

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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.

Writers Forum on June 1st

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.

Morell,Jessica_without cap (1)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 FictionThe 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.