Sunday, March 29, 2015

Authors Road Interview Daniel Handler (and Lemony Snicket)

Daniel Handler

(and Lemony Snicket)

Novelist and story writer for both children and adults

When Salli says this is the interview that kept her laughing most, you can count on the fact that you’re in for a good time watching this clever chat with our 47th writer.

And, not only that, this is a 2-fer: one interview with two remarkable writers (although it should be said that Lemony Snicket only shows up for brief, whimsical moments during this film).

Handler is a writer. A prolific writer. And in this interview he explains why: he never learned how to do anything else besides write books, stories, movies, poems and musicals. Writing and telling stories is the thing he loves to do most, and in this animated and spirited interview you’ll see him share some of his insights, as well as tell a few zappers that Lemony Snicket would likely share if Lemony Snicket had been there.

Handler was first published after our daughters were in high school, so we didn’t get to read his stories to them at bedtime. But that’s not true for our granddaughter, and we’ve loved sharing his wonderfully twisted tales with her. The Dark is one of her favorite books, and she never seems to get enough hearing us read it to her.

This was a rare interview, and one that was difficult to arrange given Handler’s kinetic schedule and many demands. His latest novel, We Are Pirates, had been released only a few days before we caught up with him at his home in San Francisco. So, as you watch this interview keep in mind, he’s a busy and very creative mind. He’s active in politics, the arts, and the community. He sings, plays accordion, hosts literary events and so much more. Daniel Handler is an example of the Renaissance artist with interests as wide and rich as the human mind can stretch.

We’re honored he took the time to meet and talk with us, and pleased we can share his story with you.

George & Salli
The Authors Road

Thanks for . . .

. . . joining us . . .

. . . on the road!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Timberline Review is a new literary journal, a collage of voices speaking through the written word. Short fiction. Creative nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. Work that has the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in.

Based in Oregon, The Timberline Review is searching for bold new work from writers everywhere. Our mission is to find these voices, to listen, and to let them resound from the treetops.

We believe in writers.

We support literary freedom.

Please see Submissions for details on how you can contribute your work to the debut issue, Summer 2015.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunriver Writers’ Summit Prepared to Settle Only for Exceptional

The Sunriver Writers’ Summit debuts May 2-3, 2015. Seeking writers prepared to settle only for exceptional in their pursuit of publication success, the Summit is an extension of the renowned Southern California Writers’ Conference (SCWC), which has facilitated over $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals over the past 29 years. The Summit’s focus is on elevating the quality of storytelling—from craft and execution through completed book presentation—to a level that distinguishes itself in an ever-expanding marketplace, already saturated with lackluster titles.

In a departure from larger SCWC events, held annually in San Diego and Irvine, CA, the Sunriver Writers’ Summit is a two-day program consisting of three exclusive tracks, strictly limited in attendance, to be held in the resort community of Sunriver, Oregon.

SCWC Executive Director Michael Steven Gregory, himself an accomplished writer and filmmaker, and Sunriver resident, sees the Summit as vital to increasing the odds for a writer’s chance of success. “Writers need to break the cycle of rejection, whether it be from agents, publishers or, most importantly, book-buying readers,” he says. “And with the ease of self-publishing what it is today, far too many writers are giving up on the traditional path altogether, simply skipping straight to what often amounts to premature e-publication. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The overwhelming majority of titles, especially those that are selfpublished, fail to find a readership for a reason: they’re not ready for public consumption.”

With over 300,000 books now being published each year, Gregory argues that the likelihood of an author achieving success extends beyond writing a good story. He explains, “Regardless of which genre you’re working in, and especially if you’re going to self-publish, there’s infinite obstacles an author must overcome to get readers to invest both time and money to buy her book, even a great book. Our aim is to not only educate writers on crafting a quality, commercial story, but on the absolute necessity to strive for excellence, settle only for exceptional, at every stage of producing a book worthy of publication.”

For its initial outing, the Sunriver Writers’ Summit will feature three 12-hour workshop tracks. 1. “Achieving Indie Excellence for Authors,” with best-selling author/editor and Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Laura Taylor

2. “Into the Deep: Mining Substance and Shaping Narrative,” with renowned writing provocateur Judy Reeves

3. “Your Legacy in Print: Writing and Publishing Your Life Story,” with author/acquisitions editor/freelance editor Jennifer Silva Redmond

WHEN: May 2-3, 2015

WHERE: Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver, OR 97707

COST: $350


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for Artists & Writers

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for Artists & Writers

A Willamette Writers workshop with Gigi Rosenberg

February 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Muir Hall, TaborSpace, Portland

Gigi Rosenberg In this hands-on workshop writers and artists learn how to take a good idea and transform it into a lively grant proposal. Discover where to find grants that might pay for you to take a workshop or fund your next creative project.

Gigi Rosenberg demonstrates how to play the matchmaking game with potential funders, enlist colleagues and friends to help write a successful proposal, and emulate the attitudes of successful grant recipients.

In this workshop, based on her book, The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing, you'll learn how to research funding, decode application questions, and let the grant writing process focus career goals.

Bring any writing you have about yourself or your work, like an artist statement or project description, if you can.

Expected Outcomes

Discuss career benefits of writing a grant or residency application
Discover where grants come from and how to research them
Learn how to enlist a team to help write your application
Create a budget that is detailed and supports your application
Clarify criteria for choosing a strong work sample
Learn how to finesse an artist statement

Register Online

More about Gigi

Monday, January 26, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements January 25th

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March 8

4:00-6:00 pm

Taborspace 54th & SE Belmont

To initiate the new Soapstone program of grants--EVENTS CELEBRATING WOMEN WRITERS--Ellen Goldberg is hosting this reading of feminist poetry. Readers will be: Fran Adler, Judith Arcana , Shawn Aveningo, Gail Barker, Judith Barrington, Emily Carr, Brittney Corrigan, Pam Crow, Linda Ferguson, Andrea Hollander, Tricia Knoll, Elise Kuechle, Carter McKenzie, Penelope Schott, Marilyn Stablein, Ila Suzanne, Carlyn Syvanen, and Sharon Wood-Wortman.

Free and open to the public.


The New Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support events and study groups celebrating the work of women writers. The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

All events and study groups will be open to the public and offered at no charge.

Go to our website for more details:


Leaning into Love: Creative Writing and Mindfulness Practices for Opening the Heart

In this four-week workshop series we will expand our capacity to take in love and let it sparkle out of us through guided meditations, freewriting exercises, and mindfulness practices. In a nurturing and supportive environment we will get in touch with any blocks we have to receiving and spreading love, then gently remove them as we cultivate inner spaciousness, a felt sense of worthiness, and deep joy. The wisdom and words of Rumi, Walt Whitman, Tara Brach, Ram Dass, Pema Chodron, and Tich Nhat Hanh will inspire and inform our time together. No experience required!

When: Four Wednesdays, February 4th-25th, 7-9pm Where: People's Yoga NE Second Studio: 4940 NE 16th St. Cost: $75-100, sliding scale

About the Facilitator: Becca Deysach is a cross-country-skiing, bread-baking, lichen-chasing creative writing and mindfulness-based coach and teaches for Prescott College, Cultivate Clarity, Breitenbush Hot Springs, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, and other organizations and schools throughout the country. For more information and registration, visit


Marilyn Sewell will be reading from her memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread, at Annie Bloom’s Bookstore on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7:00-8:00 PM. Marilyn is the editor or author of 10 books, including the anthology of women’s spiritual writing, Cries of the Spirit. She is the Minister Emerita of First Unitarian Church, where she served as Senior Minister for 17 years.


CONVERSATIONS WITH WRITERS Monday, January 26 7:00-9:00 PM Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro

Carl Adamshick is 2010 winner of the Walt Whitman Award and the William Stafford poet-in-residence at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. His Curses and Wishes won the 2010 Walt Whitman Award, and the Oregon Book Award. His work has been published in Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review and Narrative. In addition, he is co-founder of Tavern Books Publishing.

Carl is both an author and a publisher of others’ poetry. As such, he will be able to talk about both parts of today’s poetry scene.


Community-Wide Read

Oregon City's 2015 Community-Wide Read is Lois Leveen's novel Juliet's Nurse, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from the point-of-view of the hired wet-nurse. Library Journal described the novel as, "Beautifully written ... Leveen's intricate storytelling is impressive."

Free public programs include:

Feb 12: Lois Leveen discusses the historical research behind the novel Feb 19: Lois Leveen leads a program on the art and architecture of medieval and Renaissance Italy Feb 24: Original Practice Shakespeare presents scenes from Romeo and Juliet Feb 26: Gayle and Phil Neuman perform Renaissance music

Leveen will also lead an additional session for Clackamas Community College students studying Shakespeare.

More information at: and


The Oregon Poetry Association Spring 2015 poetry contest is open for entries.

The deadline is March 1, 2015.

Categories: Poet's Choice, Members Only, Dueling Judges, Traditional Form (Ghazal), New Poets, Themed: Endings, Experimental Poetry.

Entries can be made online at or by mail.


2015 Oregon Book Awards Finalists and Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Oregon Book Award winners will be announced at the 28th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 13, 2015 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Mitchell Jackson, author of The Residue Years, the Multnomah County Everybody Reads selection for 2015, will host the ceremony. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.Com

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Literary Arts and the newly established Brian Booth Writers' Fund, the program is granting an additional $30,000 for a total of $59,000 to Oregon's writers and publishers this year.



Smith Henderson of Portland, Fourth of July Creek (Ecco) Lindsay Hill of Portland, Sea of Hooks (McPherson and Co.) Cari Luna of Portland, The Revolution of Every Day (Tin House Books) Amy Schutzer of Portland, Spheres of Disturbance (Arktoi Books) Willy Vlautin of Scappoose, The Free (Harper Perennial)


Wendy Chin-Tanner of Portland, Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press) Emily Kendal Frey of Portland, Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books) Endi Bogue Hartigan of Portland, Pool [5 choruses] (Omnidawn) Zachary Schomburg of Portland, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean) Dawn Diez Willis of Salem, Still Life with Judas & Lightning (Airlie Press)


Kristin Ohlson of Portland, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet (Rodale Press) Robert Sitton of Portland, Lady In The Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film (Columbia University Press) Cameron Stauth of Portland, In The Name Of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press) Noah Strycker of Creswell, The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human (Riverhead) Alex Tizon of Eugene, Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Justin Hocking of Portland, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld (Graywolf Press0 Lisa Ohlen Harris of Newberg, The Fifth Season (Newberg) Floyd Skloot of Portland, Revertigo (University of Wisconsin Press)


Kim T. Griswell of Ashland, Rufus Goes to School (Sterling Children's Books) Susan Hill Long of Portland, Whistle in the Dark (Holiday House) H. Joseph Hopkins of Portland, The Tree Lady (Beach Lane Books) Deborah Hopinkson of West Linn, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, The Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel (Alfred A. Knopf) Elizabeth Rusch of Portland, Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World (Candlewick Press)


April Henry of Portland, The Body In the Woods (Henry Holt) Robin Herrera of Portland, Hope is a Ferris Wheel (Amulet Books) Lisa Schroeder of Beaverton, The Bridge From Me To You (Scholastic) Christina Struyk-Brown of Portland, Whisper (Orca Book Publishers)


Rich Rubin of Portland, September Twelfth Andrea Stolowitz of Portland, Ithaka Sandra Stone of Portland, Absurdist Or, Is It?: 3 Inter-related Plays George Taylor of Beaverton, Ghosts in the Canvas Nick Zagone of Portland, Blood on the Books or the Powell's Play


In addition to recognizing the finest achievements of Oregon authors in several genres, Literary Arts recognizes individual contributions with the C.E.S. Wood Award, the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, and the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award. The special awards recipients will be announced in February 2015.


Literary Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowships to writers and to publishers. The judges named 14 writers and three publishers to receive grants of $3000.



Laura Christina Dunn of Portland Trevino Brings Plenty of Milwaukie, The C.Hamilton Bailey Fellowship A. Molotkov of Portland Hajara Quinn of Portland Ashley Toliver of Portland, The Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship


Colleen Burner of Portland, The Women Writer's Fellowship Airin Miller of Portland, The Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship Justin Hocking of Portland

Literary Nonfiction

Otis Haschemeyer of Eugene Cheston Knapp of Portland Elena Passarello of Corvallis, The Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship

The nonfiction, fiction and poetry fellowships were judged by a panel of writers: Tara Ison, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Matthew Vollmer.


Judge: Dare Clubb

Peter Malae of McMinnville

Young Readers Literature Judge: Jo Knowles

Addie Boswell of Portland, The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature Christine Fletcher of Portland, The Walt Morey Fellowship


Judge: James McCoy

Big Big Wednesday of Portland The Masters Review of Portland Phantom Drift of La Grande


"The Road Less Traveled" Writers Workshop Winter 2015

Don't like groups? Don't think being a "good little student" has much relevance to real writing? Me neither!

Real writing usually requires a lonely struggle, ferocious and private. Yet. . . writing is also an act of connection: We offer our work to unknown readers. We respond to the feast of other writers. Giving and receiving, generosity is at the heart of the artist's life.

In this Wild Writers Seminar, we will explore the paradox of private and public, solitary and connected. We will use the group setting to challenge and support each other, as we find our own various ways toward authentic expression.

We will focus on poetry and very short "lyric essays." These two mediums have a lot in common, and together they offer great flexibility, range, and excitement. I can't wait to share what I've collected for this journey!

Take a turn as leader: Each participant will be asked to to lead a discussion, a reading, or an exercise -- briefly or at length -- as part of the practice of being a discoverer, not a follower. Anchor this in what you know. . . or what you want to find out

I will provide weekly readings, creative topics, and techniques to explore. At each session we will discuss readings as well as enjoy focussed writing time. Participants should aim to produce a poem or essay each week, and three writers (in rotation) will receive a constructive group critique (I will offer written comments on the others). We will work together, tell the truth, and leave room for ambiguity and quirkiness. This will be great fun!

DETAILS: February 8 to April 19: Ten Sundays from 3:00 to 6:00 (one "bye" is built in). We meet in a gracious older home in inner Southeast Portland. The space is quiet and professional, with plenty of dispersed seating (indoors and out) for solo writing periods.

Intermediate or advanced writers are invited to apply. Limited to ten participants.

Cost: $325 (includes one book of short essays and weekly xeroxes of poetry etc.)


Applications will be processed first-come/first-served.

About David Oates: My essays and poetry have received awards and a Pushcart nomination, and been published widely here and (recently) abroad. I have authored five books of nonfiction and poetry. I've been teaching writers for many years, in workshops and graduate programs, and I love helping writers recognize what is beautiful and effective in their work (and what isn't). This is an exciting, unpredictable process - it's wild. Wild Writers is always learning more about becoming partners with our own essential wildness.


Have books you want to retire and want to do good with?

Roosevelt High School in St. Johns, welcomes your donation of books in very good condition.

The teacher-librarian, Betsy Tighe catalogs what she can use, takes the remainder to Powell's to get credit for books her collection needs, and then puts what's left on a free shelf for the community to take. The school libraries struggle for funding, so this is an essential part of her collection development strategy.

Books in can be dropped school days between 8:00-3:30, and there is a driveway right up to the bookroom door.

Call ahead for directions and to confirm she will be there. 503 916 5260 x 71455


The editors of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions are pleased to announce the publication of the Winter 2015 issue. Twenty poets, five prose writers, five young voices and four artists fill the content-rich, visually-unique pages with new work.

The first celebration of journal contributors is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015 from7:00–9:00 p.m. at Rain or Shine Coffee House, 5941 SE Division St., Portland, OR. The featured readers are Kelly Coughlin, Deborah Dombrowski, Stephanie Golisch, Christa Kaainoa, Annie Lighthart, and Audra McNamee.

Tiah Lindner Raphael, VoiceCatcher’s new president of the board of directors, will emcee the event. Come early for good food, drink and community!


Endi Bogue Hartigan, whose book Pool [5 choruses] is one of the finalists in the poetry section of the Oregon Book Award 2015, is the featured poet at Last Tuesdays Poetry on February 24. Our events run from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662.

She will read from the book, which takes readers into a porous realm where singular and multiple voices fuse. Amidst high levels of public noise—reportage on wars, elections, more—these poems journey into the accruals, interstices, and resistances of pooled and individual song.

Here is the event page on the bookstore website:

As usual, there will be open mic slots that can be claimed on the night. If you want to do one, please rehearse a 2-3 minute presentation.


Willa Schneberg will be reading at Annie Bloom's, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy with Frances Payne Adler and Donna Prinzmetal, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 7pm. For details go to the link:

She will also be reading at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space, 804 NW Couch, Monday, Feb.16th at 5:30pm with Heather Bourbeau, a poet from the Bay Area. The link:


The Manzanita Writers’ Series kicks off its 7th year at 7pm on Saturday, Feb. 21.

We’re excited to share an interesting mix of authors and books. Explore different worlds from a historical novel set in a lawless frontier town to an apocalyptic world in the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse. Learn what works and what doesn’t in anti-aging, and what it’s like to ride your bike across America. Step into a darkly humorous memoir and into a stark world where evil and magic collide.

Featured authors for 2015 include: Lauren Kessler Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Antiaging, Feb. 21; Anna Keesey, Little Century, on March 21; Ariel Gore, The End of Eve: A Memoir, May 16; Brian Benson, Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America, Sept. 19; Daniel Wilson, Robogenesis, Oct. 17: and Rene Denfield, The Enchanted, November 21.

The admission price for the evening author events will be $7.

This year we’ve added a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write on that topic for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.

Our annual PoetryFest on April 18 will include morning and afternoon workshops followed by readings at 3:30pm, open to the public.

That same evening we’ll host our North Coast Squid literary magazine launch party, with Open Mic readings from the Squid entries. This is the 4th edition of the Squid.

We’ll have one other special poetry event on Sunday, Sept. 13 as Judith Barrington reads from her fourth poetry collection The Conversation at 2pm.

The events are programs of the Hoffman Center and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.)


The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Mary Szybist and Heather Hodges on Feb. 8 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact Leah Stenson at

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine (Graywolf Press), winner of the 2013 National Book Award. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Heather Napualani Hodges is like you. But part of her bottom lip is dead. She and her lip live in Portland, Oregon, where they taught Intro to Poetry Writing at Portland State University, and received their MFA in Creative Writing. Poetry instructor at Show:Tell, the Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists, visiting poet and workshop leader at Oregon Episcopal School, volunteer poet mentor at the IPRC, and private creative writing consultant, Heather and her lip are trying to make ends meet. Their dream is to facilitate a creative writing workshop that extends to various parts of the Portland community--from teeny tiny hands and hearts, to those who have been around for longer. Heather and her dead lip hope they have the guts to follow through. Contact them at:


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Timberline Review

Submissions are open now through March 31 for the Summer 2015 issue of The Timberline Review, a new literary journal from Willamette Writers.

Established and emerging writers are welcome to submit short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry. Submissions are free to Willamette Writers members and $5 per entry for non-members. Electronic submissions only will be considered via the journal’s website,

For more information, please visit or email


Reading at Broadway Books for the fall 2014 issue of Windfall: a Journal of Poetry of Place

Thursday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Books 1714 N.E. Broadway in Portland 97232

Come hear 5 fine Portland poets whose work appears in the fall issue, together with co-editors Michael McDowell (author of The Hundred-Year House) and Bill Siverly (author of Steptoe Butte):

David Filer, author of The Fear of Love

Ursula Le Guin, author of Finding My Elegy

Paulann Petersen, author of Understory

Carlos Reyes, author of Poems of Love and Madness / Poemas de Amor y Locura

Penelope Scambly Schott, author of How I Became an Historian


“A Couple of Poets” David Meltzer and Julie Rogers

8pm Thursday, April 23 Free

Angst Gallery 1015 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660

A Couple of Poets, David Meltzer and Julie Rogers, have been performing their work together since 2010. Each will read solo and they’ll cap the evening with a back and forth poetry improv, referred to as “Fours” in the jazz world.


‘Become Your Own Publisher’ is a one-hour workshop that provides authors with all the tools and guidance necessary to become their own successful publishers. Including aspects of professional editing and design, logistics and distribution, and publicity and marketing, the goal for this presentation is to offer enough details to make writers ‘publishing professionals’, with an insider’s knowledge of the business and unique manners of approaching the marketplace.

The workshop includes a half-hour to forty-five presentation on the ins and outs of contemporary publishing, followed by an audience Q&A.

Hosted by Inkwater Press.

Inkwater will be hosting this workshop six times in early 2015. Please join us at one of the following:

Wednesday, January 21 @ 6:30pm at the Camas Library (Camas, WA)

Tuesday, January 27 @ 6:30pm at Hillsdale Library (Portland, OR)

Wednesday, February 4 @ 6pm at Hollywood Library (Portland, OR)

Tuesday, February 17 @ 7pm at Tualatin Library (Tualatin, OR)

Tuesday, March 31 @ 7pm at Lake Oswego Library (Lake Oswego, OR)

Thursday, April 9 @ 7pm at Oregon City Library (Oregon City, OR)


On Tuesday, February 3rd, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers welcomes celebrated author and coach, Gigi Rosenberg, who will introduce us to the world of grants, how to research them and even how to enlist the help of friends and colleagues in writing them.

The Old Church doors open at 6:30 and the meeting gets underway at 7. The Old Church is at 1422 SW 11th, near PSU.

Meeting info is available at or by calling 503-305-6729. Meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full time students under 25, $5 for guests of members, and $10 for non-members.


HandCrafted Sharpen Your Tools. Shape Your Writing.

A recurring workshop series, with a new theme each month, and 2 opportunities to attend.

February's theme is Expansion & Constriction. We will hone in on the sensations & thoughts that arise around breath. Inhalation & Exhalation. Inspiration & Expiration. Things that open & things that close. What happens when we focus on writing a line that expands meaning? What happens when we focus on writing a line that constricts meaning?

Each workshop provides a supportive space and the opportunity to

Practice writing with specific, guided exercises

Engage creatively with language

Experiment with new ideas

Push the boundaries of your own writing

2nd Monday Afternoons, February 9th, 1-3PM @ ShoutHouse (SE Portland)

3rd Wednesday Evenings, February 18th, 6:30-8:30PM @ Knott Street Health Center (NE Portland)

Cost: $25 per workshop, $20 earlybird rate applies when registered one week in advance.

Learn more & register:


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Nancy Pearl Interviewed on Authors Road

A bit of whimsey from . . .

Nancy Pearl: Librarian, Author, Book Activist

“So many lives I wish I could have led, . . . that’s why I read, so I can lead those lives. ”

The Authors Road has now completed nearly 50 interviews with writers and experts, and what they all share is a love of reading and the magic of the written word. But this, our 44th interview, is with someone who adds one more passion to the list of reading and writing, and that is her gift for putting people together with the right books at the right time. Perhaps that’s why she is best known as The Librarian, having been chosen as "Fiction Reviewer of the Year" in 1998 and “Librarian of the Year” in 2011 by the Library Journal.

Pearl’s life has orbited around the book in too many ways to count here. She’s worked in bookstores, served as the executive director for the Washington Center for the Book, pioneered the idea of an international program for citywide reading (One City, One Book), taught library sciences, written best-sellers on recommended reading, and appears regularly on public radio discussing books.

Pearl also gave a TEDxTalk called 'Reading with Purpose' during which she introduces readers to her "rule of 50" where she gives permission not to finish a book they aren't enjoying (except in a few cases), and her "pie chart book review." As she says, "Reading should be a pleasure, it should be joy." And she has spent her life connecting readers and writers to find that end.

And if all these achievements aren't enough, in 2003 a company made an action figure based on her, The Librarian. And yes, when you push the button on the back of the five- inch tall figure, her arm raises and a finger crosses her lips reminding us to keep quiet. At the end of this interview, Nancy demonstrates this skill with all the aplomb a true librarian must have.

Read more about Nancy or watch her interview at AuthorsRoad

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Soapstone Announcements December 27th

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To initiate the new Soapstone program of grants: EVENTS CELEBRATING WOMEN WRITERS, Ellen Goldberg is organizing an International Women’s Day poetry reading, March 8, 4:00-6:00 pm at Taborspace. (Free, open to the public, mark your calendars.)

She is looking for a diversity of many women’s voices to read one or two poems each. Interpret “feminist” however you wish. Submissions will be read anonymously.

If you’re interested in reading your work, please submit one to three poems, with titles, of any length in the body of an email. For extra credit, submit a copy of one feminist poem by a poet-matriarch that has inspired you in your life or work. (Some of these will be read or displayed.)

Email the poems to Include your name and very brief biographical statement including age. Subject line: Submission to Ellen Goldberg.

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2015


The New Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support events and study groups celebrating the work of women writers. The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

All events and study groups will be open to the public and offered at no charge.

Go to our website for more details:


MRG is on the search for a talented and dynamic woman writer & performer of original theatrical work to perform at Justice within Reach on May 15, 2015. And the application deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 5th!

The Lilla Jewel Fund for Women Artists provides $2,500 for a social change artist to perform at Justice within Reach on May 15, 2015. Women of color and +$*@# women are especially encouraged to apply.


The 2015 William Stafford Commemorative Events & Activities, and the January Birthday Parties in Honor of Poet William Stafford

This January, as it has done the past 15 Januarys, the Friends of William Stafford celebrates and honors the late Oregon poet and teacher with a variety of programs in venues throughout the Northwest, plus one in Nevada.

These events, known formally as the William Stafford Birthday Commemorative Readings, and informally as the “Stafford Birthday Parties,” local and regional poets and writers, artists and musicians will present a variety of programs.

Free to the public and sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford (FWS), the “birthday parties” will be held in libraries, bookstores, and art galleries, on college campuses, in cafés, churches, and even a correctional facility--wherever appreciative audiences can gather for poetry.

Here is the latest posting of the events:

• January 14, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Birthday Celebration - West Linn Library, West Linn, OR West Linn Public Library, West Linn, OR

• January 15, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Portland, OR Broadway Books, Portland, OR, Portland, OR

• January 17, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Village Books, Bellingham, WA Village Books, Bellingham, WA

• January 18, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Holy Names Heritage Center, Lake Oswego, OR Holy Names Heritage Center, Lake Oswego, OR, Lake Oswego, Oregon

• January 19, 2015 9:00 am - 10:30 am Birthday Celebration - Nevada Correctional Center, Virginia City, NV Nevada Correctional Center, Virginia City, NV, Carson City, NV

• January 20, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Lake Oswego, OR Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego, OR

• January 21, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Annie Bloom's Books Annie Blooms Books, Multnomah, OR, Multnomah, OR

• January 22, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Birthday Event – Clackamas Community College, Clackamas, OR Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

• January 24, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration - Sunriver Nature Center, Sunriver, OR Sunriver Nature Center, Sunriver, OR

• January 25, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Multnomah Central Library, Portland, OR Multnomah Central Library, Portland, OR

• January 29, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Birthday Celebration – Hannon Library, SOU, Ashland, OR Hannon Library, SOU, Meese Rom 305, Ashland, OR