Debby Dodds at The League of Exceptional Writers on December 9th

In “Let Your Fan Flag Fly,” Debby Dodds, author of Amish Guys Don’t Call,  will show you how to use your passions, hobbies, and fandoms as inspiration for creating stories. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, the League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids, ages 8 to 18 years old, who are interested in creating books. Join us!

League meetings are held at the Cedar Hills Crossing Powells where the parking is free and there’s lots of room to spread out and get some real writing work done.LEW-bw-schedule-winter-2017

Conversations With Writers – November 27th

Conversations With Writers Presents Joe Wilkins

The Power Of Place – Its Place In Our Lives & Our Writing

Though we live in a world chock full of chain restaurants and department stores, on-

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screen communications, and cross-country airplane travel, we ignore the power of place at our own psychological and, increasingly, physical peril. Truly, place and landscape are active forces in all our lives. They shape and re-shape us; they offer us foundation and refuge; they challenge us to be good citizens of our biotic and built communities. In life and in writing, we ought to be aware of this; we ought to try to understand and harness the power of place. This conversation will offer writers four ways they might begin to do just that.

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and three collections of poems, most recently When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Awards. A winner of the High Plains Book Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Wilkins’s essays, poems, and stories appear in The Georgia ReviewThe Southern ReviewEcotoneThe SunOrion, and Slate. Of his work, the Indiana Review writes, “The most striking component of it is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.” Wilkins’s debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, will be published by Little, Brown in early 2019. Though born and raised on the Big Dry of eastern Montana, he lives now with his family in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College.

The Forest Grove City Library Announces Free Mini Writing Workshop

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Deborah Kennedy

Deborah Kennedy, author of the novel Tornado Weather, will be offering a free mini writing workshop, The Writer’s Craft: Keys to Unlocking the Interconnected Narrative, on Saturday, February 17th at 10:15 – 11:45am at the Forest Grove City Library. The event is free but sign up is required. Please contact the Forest Grove City Library Reference Desk at 503 992-3337.

 

Writers in the Grove Announce Conference for January

2018 Authors’ Conference

Helping You Move from Writer to Published Author

Writers in the Grove, a creative writing group in Forest Grove, will host a 2018 Authors’ Conference. The event is set for Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center.

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“This writing conference is a fundraiser for the Forest Grove Senior anWIG Conference Flyerd Community Center,” says author and organizer MaryJane Nordgren. “This is

 a win-win event, supporting both the FGSCC and area writers. The seminars advance writers’ skills, helping them move from first draft to published author, while proceeds will aid the FGSCC update their kitchen for meals to seniors.

“We have the esteemed, award-winning poet and former Oregon State Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen presenting an afternoon poetry workshop. In addition, Deborah Reed, Holly Lorincz, Chip MacGregor, Jessica Morrell, Kristin Thiel and I will speak on topics including preparing manuscripts, pitching stories, developing a character arc, pitfalls of common editing errors, and writing hooks.”

Optional private consultations and small group sessions are available. Sign up on a first-come, first-served, paid-at-the-door basis to meet with Jessica Morrell, Holly Lorincz, or Kristin Thiel.

All levels of writers are welcome. Register now at Writers in the Grove website at http://www.writersinthegrove.com or http://bit.ly/2018author. For $60, writers receive lunch and engaging small-group workshops from established authors and literary agents at the FGSCC, 2037 Douglas Street, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Conversations With Writers: October 23rd

Conversations With Writers will meet on October 23rd instead of the last Monday of the month. Endi Hartigan will be their presenter from  7-9pm at the Reedville Presbyterian Church 2785 SW 209th Avenue, Aloha.

Listening: Silence, Language, and Noise

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How is listening an act of writing? How can poets employ listening in the writing practice?

Endi Hartigan will talk about how her book– Pool [5 choruses]– came from both the realization she was writing amid a profusion of public noise, and her desire to challenge it. She will discuss how listening to language, silence, and noise can lead to poems that weave those three elements together. We will explore the practices of listening to sound, music, pauses, gaps, and breath, and utilize these in our writing.

Her book, Pool [5 choruses]  won the Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her first book One Sun Storm won the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was also a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. In addition, she has published one chapbook, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals including VOLT, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and Ostrich Review..

November 2nd Writers Forum with Delilah Marvelle

Everything you need to know about New York Publishing and Self-Publishing

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Delilah Marvelle

Ever wonder what the pros and cons are to Self-Publishing vs. New York publishing? Of course you do! Are you struggling to define yourself as a writer? Even the most successful authors struggle with that.

Join USA Today Bestselling author Delilah Marvelle as she talks about her 20 years in the Publishing Industry and what it takes to survive your own writing career.

Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer’s Choice for Best Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance ‘Forever and a Day’ one of the TOP 10 Romance of the year. When she isn’t writing, she’s digging through research books. She is also the co-founder of The Historical Romance Retreat, which brings history to life for readers as they spend a week with their favorite authors!

You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com or her blog that explores the risqué side of history atwww.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com

Washington County Writers hosts a Writers Forum on the first Thursday of each month. Join us at Insomnia Coffee at 317 E Main Street in Hillsboro from 7-8pm.

December 7th Writers Forum with Sage Cohen

Write and Publish Fierce in 2018

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Sage Cohen

Author Sage Cohen invites you—and equips you—to make 2018 your most fierce year of writing and publishing yet. In an interactive lecture + reading + mini-workshop, Sage will offer her top 3 success strategies for writers of all levels and genres. Together, we’ll prepare to do your best work, live your best life, and make your greatest contribution in the New Year. Come with a pen and notebook!

Sage Cohen is the author of Fierce on the Page, The Productive Writer, and Writing the Life Poetic all from Writer’s Digest Books and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press. She reads, teaches and lectures widely, including at Powell’s City of Books, Wordstock, and Willamette Writers. Sage offers strategies and support for writers at sagecohen.com and for divorcing parents at radicaldivorce.com.

Washington County Writers hosts a Writers Forum on the first Thursday of each month. Join us at Insomnia Coffee at 317 E Main Street in Hillsboro from 7-8pm.

October 5th Writers Forum with Kate Ristau

Tales as Old as Time:

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Kate Ristau

Modernizing Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends

Prometheus stealing fire from the gods. Pandora opening a box. Atlantis. Paradise lost. Vampires. Some myths have stood the test of time, and the reason is simple —
they resonated with their cultures, and they resonate with us. As writers, we can learn so much from these tales that are as old as time (yes, just like Beauty and the Beast). On October 5th, join author and folklorist Kate Ristau at The Washington County Writers Forum as she explores what we can take away from the myths that persist and the characters that keep fighting, stealing, and tricking their way into immortality.

Writers in the Grove: Scrivener Software for Writers Workshop Offered in Washington County

Fundraiser for the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center

Scrivener Workshop, Sept. 21 – Oct. 12, 2017forest-and-pen-artwork-for-writers-in-the-grove1

Dream of writing your memoirs? A novel? Register now for a workshop on the basics of Scrivener, an affordable and complete writing studio to help you from idea to final published book. The workshop is held on four consecutive Thursdays, September 21 – October 12, from 6:30 – 9 PM.

International trainer Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress has been teaching and offering workshops on Scrivener for over seven years.

As a fundraiser for the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center, the instructor is making this course available in Washington County for only $100 with the proceeds benefiting the Center. Normally these courses cost over $200.

Space is limited for this special event, to be held at 2037 Douglas Street, Forest Grove, OR, where there is free parking.

For complete information, see Writers in the Grove. Register in person at the Center or by calling 503-357-2021. Or contact Lorelle VanFossen at lorelleonwordpress@gmail.com.