Do You Like Write-Ins?

Do you like write-ins? Good news! There are several new write-ins around Washington County now, through 9Bridges. All manner and style of writers welcome. Short form, novel, poetry, comic book, screenplay, fiction (pick your genre, or not), nonfiction, journaling, journalism, essay, term paper, dissertation, etc? This is the write-in for you!

These are structured write-ins, which means, in case you have never attended one of those before, that there is a silent writing period for a set time, then a break where everyone is welcome to talk; about what they’re writing about the writing process, or any other topic that might arise. After the break period, there is another writing period, another break period, etc… until the write-in is over. You don’t have to stay the whole time, you don’t even have to show up on time! Just drop in for as long as you like and enjoy the creative atmosphere.

All of these write-ins are held every week, and are available through meetup.com (a free service), but you do not need to join meet up to attend them. The main advantages of using the meetup.com system are to keep thee write-ups you are attending organized and to let the write-in host know ahead of time who will be attending.

Monday Afternoon Write-In (Hillsboro)
12pm-4pm
Insomnia Coffee Co
5389 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Format: 1 Hour Writing / 15 Minute Break / Repeat

Monday Evening Write-In (Hillsboro / Tanasbourne)
5pm-9pm
Starbucks Coffee
22075 NE Imbrie Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Format: 25 Minute Writing / 10 Minute Break / Repeat

Tuesday Afternoon Write-In (Beaverton)
12pm-4pm
Jim & Patty’s Coffee
4130 SW 117th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
Format: 1 Hour Writing / 15 Minute Break / Repeat

Wednesday Evening Write-In (Tigard)
5pm-9pm
Symposium Coffee
12345 Southwest Main Street, Tigard, OR 97223
Format: 25 Minute Writing / 10 Minute Break / Repeat

There is currently no Aloha Write-In, though the timeslot of Wed 12pm-4pm is set aside for one as soon as a proper venue can be found.

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.

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

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 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.

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.