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.

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.

Conversations With Writers’ August Meeting on the 28th

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 Taylor Stannard will present Libel in Fiction: Why It’s Important & How to Avoid It” at the Conversations With Writers meeting on August 28th at 7:00pm.

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Taylor Stannard has taught Creative Writing and her short fiction has been published in several literary journals. Her The Stonepile Possum Queen, the first book of a trilogy-in-progress, was given favorable reviews by Kirkus.

Taylor will discuss the legal intricacies of writing fiction whose plot, places or characters might pose a resemblance to actual circumstances, either current or recent.

Conversations With Writers meets at the Reedville Presbyterian Church on 2785 SW 209th Avenue in Aloha. You can get on their monthly notice email list or contact the group at frmelden@frontier.com.

September 7th Writers Forum with Emily Grosvenor

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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 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.

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.

Residency Programs in National Parks

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Did you know that many National Parks host artists-in-residence?
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Whether staying in a remote wilderness cabin at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska or contemplating history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa or working in a contemporary studio overlooking the stone-lined fields at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, these programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings.

There are programs for visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2 to 4 weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public.

Each park in this directory has its own application process and timeline, so please visit the park’s website for further information.