Please join us for a conversation with Carolyn Adams. Carolyn is a poet, artist and performer, her poetry, photography, and collage art have been published in numerous journals, including Willawaw Journal, Caveat Lector, Skylark Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Forge Journal, among others. She is author of four chapbooks, Beautiful Strangers (Lily Press), What Do You See? (Right Hand Pointing Press), An Ocean of Names (Red Shoe Press), and The Things You’ve Left Behind (Red Shoe Press). She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, as well as for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology. In 2013, she was a finalist for the post of Houston Poet Laureate. Having recently relocated from Houston, TX, she now resides in Beaverton, OR. Conversations With Writers meet the last Monday of each month from 7-9pm at the Reedville Presbyterian Church at 2785 SW 209th Ave, Aloha.
This month in Conversation With Writers wonderful poet, artist and writer Coleman Stevenson will expand our creativity. Her most recent book, Breakfast, was described as:
“Coleman Stevenson’s Breakfast will jolt you awake, buzzing and crackling with a febrile, plain-spoken intensity, scouring the world for correspondences that signal a truth.”
In addition to writing, Coleman has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon, area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there. She currently teaches for Portland Literary Arts’ Delve Seminars and for the Independent Publishing Resource Center where designed the Image+Text track in their Certificate Program. She creates tarot cards and other divination tools through her business, The Dark Exact.
Join us on August 27th from 7-9pm at the Reedville Presbyterian Church at 2785 SW 209th Ave, Aloha. If you have any writing on this topic you would like to share with the group please bring it along!
Norma Heyser: Find Your Voice Through Memoir
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.
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.
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
Head on down to the Reedville Presbyterian Church to discuss the writer’s pursuit of perfection with Emmett Wheatfall!
While the WCWF takes a break in January, December’s presenter, Sage Cohen, sent along this message to help us fiercely pursue our goals in 2018!
It was such a pleasure being with you at the Washington County Writer’s Forum on December 7! Thanks so much for being with us—and for participating so fully!
As promised, I’ve included links to a few, additional free gifts!
- Free download of the Fierce Writing Life Mandala(Color in a shape every time you take a step toward your goal)
- Free download of the Write Fierce Poster(Digital version of the hard copy I shared)
I’ve also added you to my sagecohen.com mailing list (if you weren’t on it already), where you’ll get occasional tips and missives from me about the writing life.
Just for joining the list, you’ll be invited to choose one of two digital workbooks (valued at $9.99) for free.
Wishing you a focused and fierce 2018! May you cross the finish line for your #1 goal! (I’d love to know how it’s going along the way!)
Yours in the fierce writing adventure!
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.
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-
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 Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, 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.
Here’s a wonderful event happening right here in Washington County!
The 8th Annual Lend an Ear, Come and Hear reading event is July 8, 2017, at Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon. It begins at 10:30AM and goes to approximately 1PM, and is produced by Writers in the Grove.
July 8, 2017
Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Highway 47
Gaston OR 97119
The event is free and open to the public.
For eight years, writers from around Forest Grove and Washington County have submitted and read their work to dozens. Last year we broke records with over a hundred attendees. This free event is held in a beautiful winery in the foothills near Hagg Lake overlooking the Tualitin Valley. There will be food from several food wagons and, of course, some wine from Plum Hill Winery, our fabulous hosts. Come laugh, cry, and sigh as you listen to our marvelous readers sharing their creative writing and storytelling…
View original post 127 more words
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.