Monday, September 18, 2017

The Clowning Linguist: A Humor Workshop with Sarina Dorie


Speakers are previous Willamette Writers meetings have talked about humor in the past, and many members asked for more practical tips. So this month, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty with author Sarina Dorie in a workshop on humor. The meeting is on October 3rd with doors open at 6:30PM at the Old Church in downtown Portland, with the speaker at 7 pm - 8 pm. 

We’ll begin by learning how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle a reader’s sense of humor, and create puns and play with words by using techniques that stand-up comedians use.  

The meeting is free to members of WW and $5 for guests.

About Sarina Dorie
 
Sarina Dorie has won the Allasso humor award and has sold over 100 stories including: Confessions of an Orgasm Fairy, Putting the Romance Back into Necromancy, Debbie Does Delta Draconis III, Lady Chatterley’s Computer, and Five Tips for Outsmarting Satan–and Your Students. Sarina’s book, Ghost, Werewolves and Zombies-Oh My! can be found at Sarinadorie.com.

For more meeting information, visit https://willamettewriters.org/event/portland-chapter-meeting/

Friday, September 8, 2017

Create A Hurricane & Wildfire Evacuation Kit for Your Family

Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places with significant risk of hurricanes, flooding, or other disasters like the wild fires in California. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save our families and ourselves. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims?


The Family GoStayKit www.gostaykit.org provides a cost effective way of storing personal/medical information in case you are asked to leave your residence, or shelter-in-place in the event of a natural, or human-caused disaster. This emergency preparedness resiliency tool is also a necessity for vulnerable populations, seniors, families, or anyone wishing to have their personal/medical information at their fingertips.

Its waterproof pages contain (stored in plastic pouches) copies of important documents needed by medical professionals to diagnose and treat you. It also has personalized I.D. bands to help identify you and your belongings during an evacuation; HELP/OK door hangers, your pet’s information, Red Cross shelter intake forms, a window decal and refrigerator magnet so that first responders know you have a Go Stay Kit in your home, and a list of emergency supplies to have on hand, just in case.

The FAMILY GO|STAY|KIT contains—all in one place—vital personal data and copies of important documents needed by emergency responders and shelter intake workers, in case of a natural disaster or medical emergency. It’ll help caregivers and medical professionals assist those who are in need, by allowing them on-the-spot access to vital information that’ll help guide treatment.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Write the Landscape of Our Lives

  • Join the Willamette Writers Portland meeting on September 5th at 7PM for a conversation with author Jenny Forrester. Jenny will explore how we can write the Landscape of Our Lives.

    Together, we will learn how we can recreate the worlds of our youth and the places we’ve been, as well as imagining settings beyond our own experience.

    About Jenny Forrester
    Jenny Forrester is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Wide River, Narrow Sky. She has been published in a number of print and online publications including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology, published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series in Portland, OR.

    Details
    Join us at The Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. on Tuesday, September 5th to discover more about creating your own landscape. Doors open at 6:30PM; event begins at 7PM. Willamette Writers members are always free, along with full-time students under the age of 25. Guests are $5.

    Find Out More

    To learn more about Willamette Writers, visit http://www.willamettewriters.org.

    To find out more about Jenny Forrester, check out her website

    Interested? 

    Join us! All writers welcome.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Soul Rider, Facing Fear and Finding Redemption on a Harley

SOUL RIDER

Facing Fear and Finding Redemption on a Harley

By Carolyn Fox

Praise for Soul Rider

“In this inspiring memoir, Fox takes every woman who has longed
to reconnect intimately with herself on an unbelievable ride.”
—Dawn Thompson, Portland Women Writers

“Soul Rider is a lesson in how stepping out of your comfort zone
and conquering your fear can lead you to the life that you are meant
to live.”
 —Annette White, author of Bucket List Adventures: 10 Incredible
Journeys to Experience Before You Die

“Fox was one of the first women in modern history to venture out
on her motorcycle on a (mid)life-changing solo journey. Her stories
of freedom and liberation will inspire others to do the same for
generations to come.”
 —Genevieve Schmitt, founder/editor of WomenRidersNow.com

This is the story of a woman who went on an incredible journey. Carolyn Fox was a single mother and lawyer haunted with grief and secrets, and facing her fiftieth birthday. She decided to change her life by facing her fears: she bought a Harley, packed it with a sleeping bag and tent, and set out to ride through all fifty states—alone! Soul Rider:

About the Author
Carolyn Fox started law school at forty-one, learned to ride a motorcycle at age forty-six, and obtained her private pilot license at sixty. She has also worked as a private investigator and served as a grant writer to help fund nonprofit organizations. She resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

 “Many people wrestle with their demons all their lives. . . . Her story is a road map to those stuck in
life and needing a lift.”
—Bill Johnson, author of A Story Is a Promise & the Spirit of Storytelling

“Fox’s drive is inspiring and her prose beautiful.”
—Ali Shaw, executive editor, Indigo Editing & Publications

Available on Amazon

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Writer's Survey

When I first started reading manuscripts, I came across particular character issues time after time: main characters who are stuck, emotionally numb, unable to express intimate feelings, or too conflicted or wounded to act.

I came to recognize these character personas are an extension of the storyteller's feelings and mind set. A storyteller who feels 'stuck' in life creates a main character who mirrors that. Emotionally numb authors create emotionally numb main characters. Writers with issues around intimacy create characters unable to express or feel love. Wounded writers create wounded heroic characters who can only react, not act. I call this personal storytelling.

To help writers recognize when characters are being created for an internal story promise, I've created a number of creative personality types and how they affect writing choices. When writers read the personality types, I ask them to identify which types they see reflected in themselves.

I then read ten manuscript pages to explore how the writer's personality affected their choices in storytelling.

My notes on the ten pages will review how I perceive that a writer's personality affected their choice of characters and the kinds of words they use to tell a story, and offer notes on the pages using my A Story is a Promise concepts.

This is ten pages of the beginning of a story, in 12 point font, double-spaced.

For $10, writers get the opening to their novels reviewed.

Contact me at bjscript@teleport.com if you are interested.

Must be a U.S. resident and have mastered basic writing skills.


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To read some of my reviews of popular movies, novels, and plays, check out my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, available on Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Visibility and Book Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm


Lake Oswego Public Library
706 4th St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


With over 800 books per day published in the US alone, publicity for small press books has never been more necessary...and more difficult.


The goal of "Visibility and Book Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book" is to provide writers of all genres with the necessary tools, money saving techniques, and networking skills to market their books with maximum effectiveness. Topics include: creating a cohesive business strategy, utilizing traditional and social media, giving readings and other methods of selling books, balancing your marketing budget, and thinking outside the box to find your fans.


John Sibley Williams works as Marketing Director of Portland publisher Inkwater Press and as a small press literary agent, successfully representing dozens of emerging authors. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of various national awards, John has spent the past six years helping authors navigate the complex worlds of traditional and self-publishing. He lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit him at https://johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com/.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. The library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Fawn Dabrowiak at 503-675-3995 or fdabrowiak@ci.oswego.or.us.



For more information, visit: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/visibility-and-book-sales-marketing-your-small-press-book.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Auntie M’s Guide to Greaseless Self-Promotion


  • “Yeah, writing is great, but I tell you what I really love: constantly shilling my book to a crowd of indifferent strangers.” Said no writer, ever. But while marketing yourself is an unavoidable task, it doesn’t have to be an unbearable chore. If you’re disappointed, burned out, or just wondering where to start, this workshop is for you. 

    On June 6th at 6:30PM at the Old Church, we’ll work together to help you find your audience, harness your talents, and rekindle your enthusiasm – one step at a time.

    Arianne “Tex” Thompson is home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in literature, she channeled her passion for exciting, innovative, and inclusive fiction into the Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris.

    Now a professional speaker and creative writing instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex is blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede. 

    Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com! http://www.TheTexFiles.com
     
    Details


    Willamette Writers Portland chapter meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the Historic Old Church in downtown Portland. No meetings August.

    The meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and full time students under 25; guests, $5.

    Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

    Click here to learn more about Willamette Writers Portland, http://www.willamettewriters.org.