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.

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!

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.

December 7th Writers Forum with Sage Cohen

Write and Publish Fierce in 2018

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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.

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

Fundraiser for the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center

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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.

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.

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.