Conversations with Writers and 9 Bridges Presents: Norma Heyser: Find Your Voice Through Memoir

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Artist, poet, physical therapist, daughter, mother, Norma Heyser, recently published her first memoir, Little Body Book, her lifelong search for truth. Explore Little Body Book with an open mind for discovery. Norma will guide us with her own techniques as we write to answer some of her requests to Express Ourselves.

Monday, July 30th 7-9 pm at the Reedville Presbyterian Church Community Hall in Aloha.

Writers Forum News

I’m proud to say The Washington County Writers Forum celebrated its one-year anniversary last June. Writers from all over Washington County and beyond have participated in the Forum and I’m so thankful for all the new people I’ve met.

After much soul-searching, however, I have decided to stop hosting the monthly Writers Forum. The WCWF website and FB page will continue to act as a hub of information for writers in the area, however, and I will remain active in the writing community.

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A special thank you to all the presenters who’ve shared their expertise with all of us and an extra special thank you to all the writers and other interested folks who came to the forums. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Another person I couldn’t have done it without is my daughter–known to most of you as “My Brilliant Assistant Amanda”. Thanks so much for being a part of this journey, Amanda!

If I decide to host monthly forums in the future, I hope you’ll join me. But for now, please continue to share your events with me so I can pass the word on to other writers!

All the best,

Elizabeth

July 5th Writers Forum with Deborah Kennedy

Narrating the News Cycle

Current events come to us as prepackaged drama. They have all the stuff of good fiction: memorable characters, high stakes, rich settings. The plot is there and so is the conflict. It’s no wonder, then, that so many writers choose to make use of current events in their short stories in novels. There are clear advantages to writing about real-life scenarios and just as obvious pitfalls. Deborah Kennedy has written several stories based on current events and will share her advice on how to go about crafting compelling fiction that, while inspired by the headlines, goes far beyond the surface story to uncover deeper truths.

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Deborah E. Kennedy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Sou’wester, Third Coast Magazine, and The North American Review. She also holds a Master’s in Fiction Writing and English literature from Miami University…

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Yoga and Writing – Writing and Yoga

Bring your journal and join us every Sunday from 12-1:30 for Yoga and Writing at Ether & Stone! This playful group of yogis recognizes the many benefits of putting pen to paper and are aware of how yoga can influence writing. Learn to mindfully explore these two practices side by side. Both require dedication. Both reveal valuable gems! All you need is a mat and a page…9050016-e1447540029267

 

July 5th Writers Forum with Deborah Kennedy

Narrating the News Cycle

Current events come to us as prepackaged drama. They have all the stuff of good fiction: memorable characters, high stakes, rich settings. The plot is there and so is the conflict. It’s no wonder, then, that so many writers choose to make use of current events in their short stories in novels. There are clear advantages to writing about real-life scenarios and just as obvious pitfalls. Deborah Kennedy has written several stories based on current events and will share her advice on how to go about crafting compelling fiction that, while inspired by the headlines, goes far beyond the surface story to uncover deeper truths.

D. Kennedy

Deborah E. Kennedy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Sou’wester, Third Coast Magazine, and The North American Review. She also holds a Master’s in Fiction Writing and English literature from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She lives in Forest Grove. Tornado Weather is her debut.

 

 

Club de lectura y escritura creativa en Hillsboro (Español)

Spanish-language writers – here’s a write-in for you! This is a fabulous opportunity that’s very much needed in Washington County. Please pass the word: June 7th at 6pm at Insomnia, Downtown Hillsboro location.

En este lado de la frontera el día se me va en inglés. A veces en spanglish. A veces en mute. Hay días en los que siento que me he ido desvaneciendo poco a poco. Partículas y expresiones que se me quedaron olvidadas en la mudanza y que se me siguen yendo cada día que pasa. Este grupo surge pues a manera de muro contención, de placebo, de grito de auxilio.

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Pensado para todos los latinos que habitan este lado y que necesiten letras en español. Pongo en la mesa la siguiente propuesta: dividir las sesiones en dos diferentes discusiones, la primera enfocada en la lectura correspondiente y la otra en la lectura de los trabajos generados por los participantes. La mayoría de las lecturas que se proponen se encuentran ya en el mundo virtual, por lo que no será necesario comprar o generar copias. En las ocasiones en las que sí se necesite el PDF, se proporcionará el enlace para comprar dicha obra.

No se necesita tener experiencia previa. Se recomienda enérgicamente asistir a las sesiones con una pluma, un cuaderno y notas sobre la lectura acordada.

Sin costo, gratuito, solamente por las ganas de reunirse

Por el momento no hay lugar fijo, pero este es el meetup con el horario y lugar de las reuniones http://meetu.ps/c/3VLJh/tHz1H/f

Club de lectura y escritura creativa en Hillsboro (Español)

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En este lado de la frontera el día se me va en inglés. A veces en spanglish. A veces en mute. Hay días en los que siento que me he ido desvaneciendo poco a poco. Partículas y …

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Introducing “Hearth,” a back-page, first-person essay for Oregon writers

Hello, Writers! I’m happy repost this from Emily Grosvenor’s blog. Emily was our presenter last September and will return September 2018!

Introducing “Hearth,” a back-page, first-person essay for Oregon writers. Bring your deep relationship to home, a love for everything about nesting, and a funny, thoughtful voice to this new Oregon Home magazine essay section.

In a way, nearly every story is a search for home. A protagonist is forced out of a humdrum, lost existence onto a journey where she must grow and change, seek out great mentors, encounter obstacles, and arrive at that point of contentment, or at the very least, transcendence that comes after the greatest battle of all.

But for many of us, this search for home takes on a physical shape. It resides in how we occupy spaces in the world, in the story we tell ourselves about our lives through our physical homes, whether they be in a city apartment, country farmhouse, filigreed Victorian, or classic Craftsman.

For two decades, Oregon Home magazine has sought to tell stories about how Oregonians build their lives at home.

Make no mistake.

This is no frivolous undertaking.

The history of Oregon has always been about how humans connect to the landscape, envision a life here and then build it.

The search for home is an idea deeply engrained in life here, and that search is something we recognize for what it is: For many of us, creating a home life is nothing less than the greatest work of art we will ever produce.

As a lover of classic first-person form, I want to hear these stories from the people who experience them, which is why, as the editor oOregon Home, I am introducing a classic back-page essay column called “Hearth.”

Think about it this way. Turn off the TV and you’ll remember what the hearth is: The place where we gather to tell the stories that create the meaning in our lives.

I will be answering questions you may have here about this new part of the magazine in the comments. Our first “Hearth” essay, a piece on an obsession with antique lighting by novelist Heather Sharfeddin, will appear in our spring 2018 issue, appearing in early March. I will post more of what I pick here to give you all a better idea of the space as it emerges.

Thank you for reading, and writing!

What I’m looking for:

Length: 750-850 words, payment is $.50/word
Tone: 
Authentic, personal, funny/sad, thoughtful
Style: Voice-driven, first-person, short memoir or essay
Topics: Prescient but timeless. As in, these essays have a contemporary feel and might mention ideas or trends that are interesting to homeowners now, but they retain a timeless connection to that yearning for home. They feature physical homes as opposed to cities, landscapes or regions.
Writers: Who live in Oregon.

What I’m not looking for:
– Stories where nothing is gained or lost or learned
– Stories where homeowners take on something gross (we want readers to turn to this page first!)
– Stories that feel too general, something everybody everywhere has experienced.
– Stories about “This is how I ended up in Oregon.”
– Previously published stories
– Essay pitches. These just don’t work. With essays, you have to read the full thing before you have any idea whether it fits.
– Writing by writers that don’t live in Oregon (sorry!).

How to contact Emily:

The best way to reach me is by writing editor@oregonhomemagazine.com. I respond to every email. If you do not hear back within a week, please ping me again to remind me. Thank you for sending your work my way!

June 7th Writers Forum with Margaret Pinard

Making Stories Come Alive

If you’ve been in the author business for any amount of time, you know that readings and signings can be pretty blah. But if we’re going to the trouble of putting together an event, we want to make it worth our time, right? Margaret Pinard has planned her own three launches and attended numerous festivals and events. She will outline important factors and planning decisions to consider as we brainstorm about how to make our book events special, memorable, and profitable. Think color, think unique locations, think party themes!

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Margaret is a soul from the 19th century who finds it easiest to disguise herself by drinking tea, writing historical fiction, and popping off to the British Isles for ‘research.’
Her favorite books transport the reader to a different time and place, while poking at the unconscious assumptions one holds about one’s place in the world.
Margaret has published two standalone historical novels and two novels in her Remnants series. The third book is due out in 2019. Visit her at http://www.margaretpinard.com.

May 3rd Writers Forum with Carolyn O’Doherty

Every story needs a world in which to take place, whether it’s a suburban kitchen or an imaginary kingdom. In this workshop we’ll talk about the difference between world and setting, how to build a compelling, believable world, and how to seamlessly incorporate world building into your narrative without the dreaded info dump. Bring your favorite writing implement so we can try an exercise (or two!). I’ll also send you home with some additional exercises to apply to your own work.

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Carolyn O’Doherty lives in a much prettier and less dangerous version of Portland than the characters in her new novel, REWIND. When, as a kid, she dreamed up the idea of freezing time, she only considered the benefits: always having the perfect snappy come-back, the right answer on the test, untraceable revenge. It was when she turned the idea into a novel that she delved into the dark side of this potential blessing. Carolyn has an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast. REWIND was released on April 10th.

Washington County Writers hosts a Writers Forum on the first Thursday of each month except January. Join us at Insomnia Coffee’s downtown location at 317 E Main Street in Hillsboro from 7-8:30pm. Admission is $5.

April 5th Writers Forum with CB Bernard

Routine, Ritual, and John Cheever’s Underwear: Unpacking the Habits of a Writing Life

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Like any job, writing takes discipline—which means developing and committing to routines. But it’s also an art, which sometimes calls for less-pragmatic rituals. What can we learn from the practices and prayers of those who embraced the madness of the writing life before us?

C.B. Bernard is the author of Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now, a Publishers Weekly and National Geographic Top 10 Pick and finalist for the Oregon Book Award in nonfiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in Catapult, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Bear Deluxe, and elsewhere, and the Utne Reader has excerpted his work. He’s a frequent lecturer at literary festivals and conferences and a former newspaper and magazine journalist, advertising copywriter, and communications specialist. His new book is a novel set in rural Oregon.

Washington County Writers hosts a Writers Forum on the first Thursday of each month except January. Join us at Insomnia Coffee’s downtown location at 317 E Main Street in Hillsboro from 7-8:30pm. Admission is $5.