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.

September 7th Writers Forum with Emily Grosvenor

Entrance Strategy: A Blueprint for Bloggers to Get Found, Connect with Readers, and Make Big Beautiful Projects HappenEmily

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.

August 3rd Writers Forum with Shéa MacLeod

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?

MacLeodAre 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!

 

Adam Gallardo to speak at the July 6th Writers Forum

What does it take to write a young adult zombie novels?

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Tonight, Adam Gallardo shares his experience with Zombified and more.

Adam Gallardo is also known for writing comics (Star Wars: Infinities — Return of the Jedi100 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).

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.

Presenters Wanted!

Great news! We secured a meeting place for Washington County Writerdownloads 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.