Wednesday, June 22, 2016

David Levine Fan Guest of Honor at Westercon69

David D. Levine attended his first SF convention in 1977. It was X-Con 1, the first con in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the next year, at X-Con 2, David found himself co-head of Gaming. Since then he's attended over 120 conventions and has worked at many of them in some capacity, most often Publications but also Tech, Programming, Fanzine Lounge, and even Chair. Many people know him for his fannish theatrics, including as a member of the Not Ready for Sidereal Time Players and Whose Line Is It Anyway.

He created the 1990 Portland Westercon's pioneering website, set up and ran the websites for OryCons 17 through 26 and Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., and still maintains (including the Sue Petrey Fund and Jo Clayton Fund pages) and the OryCon and OSFCI mailing lists. In recognition for all of this work he received an OSFCI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In addition to running conventions, David has co-edited a long-running paper fanzine, spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in Utah, made and worn costumes, served as officer and board member of several fan organizations, gamed, filked, created fan art, and even sat behind a dealer's table a time or two. He's also a Hugo-winning SF author. Learn more at his author site and fannish activities site.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016



Featuring some of the top writers in the country

(FOREST GROVE, OR) The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its 10-day residency on the Forest Grove campus.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings take place at 7:30 p.m. from Friday, June 17, through Friday, June 24, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, which is located on campus at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear some of the best writers of contemporary literature read on successive evenings. Featured authors include fiction writer Chris Abani, recipient of the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award; and poet Eduardo Corral, recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


6/17 Judy Blunt, Claire Davis & Dorianne Laux

6/18 Kwame Dawes, Jack Driscoll & Laura Hendrie

6/19 Sandra Alcosser, Pete Fromm & Craig Lesley

6/20 Valerie Laken, Mike Magnuson & Joseph Millar

6/21 No Public Reading

6/22 Marvin Bell, Mary Helen Stefaniak & Kellie Wells

6/23 Steve Amick, Eduardo Corral & Scott Korb

6/24 Chris Abani, Ellen Bass & Debra Gwartney

The authors in the reading series also teach at the residency where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the guided study that follows. Students leave the residency paired with a professional writer who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice.

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or go to:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Willamette Writers Conference Early Reg Deadline June 15th

From August 12-14, 2016, Willamette Writers will host their annual conference, which gathers writers from all over the United States.

Writers will come to the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel to build their community, develop their craft and advance their careers.

Regardless of the type of writer an attendee is, she or he will find top tier instruction at the conference. More than 100 workshops, lectures and speeches from an extremely diverse group of professional writers, coaches, consultants and teachers will be presented.

Instructors like Portland’s Lidia Yuknavitch will take writers on a journey of self-discovery. Other instructors from across the U.S. will provide specialized instruction only available at special events like this conference. Tom Willett (Austin, Tex.) will provide insight into screenplay structure. Jane Friedman (Virginia) will help writers understand the business side of writing. Robert Vivian (Michigan) will teach new forms of essay and poetry. Hallie Ephron (New York) will share insights into writing great fiction. Larry Brooks (Arizona) will challenge writer to dig deep into process. Luke Ryan (Los Angeles) will help screenwriters better understand the rapidly changing landscape in film and television.

Opportunities are available to meet and pitch to Literary agents and Hollywood agents, managers, and producers.

The early registration deadline is June 15th, but registrations are accepted through to and at the conference.

For more information, visit

Monday, May 30, 2016

Oregon Literary Fellowships Accepted Through June 24th, 2016

Applications for the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowships are due Friday, June 24, 2016. Fellowships are awarded to Oregon writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and writing for young readers. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon's independent publishers and small presses that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing.

Fellowship applications and guidelines can be found on the Literary Arts website.

There is no charge to apply. A writing sample and an application form are required. Recipients are determined by a panel of out-of-state judges. Applications may be mailed via U.S. mail or hand delivered to the Literary Arts office at 925 SW Washington in Portland.

Fellowships to writers include the Writers of Color Fellowship, established last year. The goal of the Writers of Color Fellowship is to promote perspectives from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, and encourage diverse writers to apply for fellowships.

Literary Arts is also offering two fellowships in 2017 that are funded by the Oregon Arts Commission. More details are provided in the fellowship application guidelines.

If you have questions about how to apply for an Oregon Literary Fellowship, contact Susan Moore at or 503-227-2583 x107. The 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients will be announced in January 2017.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Chryl Ann Julia MFA Scholarship Offered by Willamette Writers

The Chryl Ann Julia MFA Scholarship honors a longtime member of Willamette Writers who dedicated her time helping others find their own voice through her support and strength. Chryl Ann's family wanted to establish a scholarship that continued her legacy and dedication.

This scholarship will focus on those MFA students in the Pacific Northwest choosing a degree focusing on Creative Writing, and awards $500 and a day at the Willamette Writers Conference to the winner. The conference is August 12-14th in Portland at the Sheraton Airport Hotel.

The Chryl Ann Julia MFA Scholarship requires a cover letter, a writing sample, and a letter of recommendation.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Write on the River Conference May 13-15th

Write On The River is North Central Washington’s only writing conference. Two days of content-packed workshops with professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers, Write On The River is the best way to hone your craft, build your dream and move your writing forward. Whether your goal is to be a published author, write articles for a local magazine, develop your poetry, or simply write for your own enjoyment, Write On The River has something for you. Held every May on the beautiful Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, Write On The River is a writing conference not to be missed!

Our 2016 Conference will be May 13, 14 & 15. With a world-class faculty and renowned writing instructors from all over the world, it promises to be a highlight of your writing year. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a literary agent and a book publisher. Click HERE to learn about 2016’s exciting line-up of workshops, and HERE to meet our esteemed 2016 Conference faculty.

Conference Prices – Reduced for 2016!

Manuscript Critique (10 Page Maximum) – $35 - Bill Johnson (A Story is a Promise) does the critiques.

Full Conference (Saturday and Sunday)

Non-Members – $135 Members – $125

Saturday Only – $95 Sunday Only – $45

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

3 Northwest SF/Fantasy writers at the free quarterly Pacific Northwest Reading Series reading and networking event Thursday night May 5th at Mississippi Pizza Pub in Portland. Info