Sunday, February 18, 2018

Willy Vlautin at Broadway Books March 7th

We are thrilled to welcome Willy Vlautin back to Broadway Books, reading from his fifth novel, Don't Skip Out on Me, on Wednesday, March 7th, at 7 pm.
 
The novel tells the story of Horace Hopper, of half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage, who has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers who took him in after his parents abandoned him, treat him like the son they always wanted. But Horace feels as if he doesn’t truly belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Believing that he needs to make a name for himself, Horace leaves behind the only loving home he has ever known for Tucson, where he aims to prove his worth as a championship boxer.
 
Horace struggles to adapt to his new life in the city and grows more and more isolated, withdrawing into himself as he struggles with the pain of his boxing injuries and his loneliness. An instrumental soundtrack by Richmond Fontaine, which perfectly evokes the spirit and setting of this stunning and heartbreaking new novel, will be available for download.

Vlautin is both writer and musician. His previous books all tell stories of hard-scrabble characters presented with heart and generosity by the author.
 
He is the author of four previous novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete (which won both the Oregon Book Award for Fiction and the Reader's Choice Award) and The Free (which was a finalist for the OBA Fiction prize and won the Reader's Choice Award).
 
Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. Now retired, the band achieved critical acclaim at home and across the UK and Europe. In 2014 he formed The Delines with singer Amy Boone. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he now lives in Scappoose, Oregon.
 
 This event is open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway.  www.broadwaybooks.net
 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Author Susan Hill Long Speaks to Willamette Writers PDX Chapter

Willamette Writers Portland Chapter

On March 6th (doors at 6:30), author Susan Hill Long will be joining the Portland Chapter.

About Susan Hill Long

Susan Hill Long is a children’s book author. Her recent books include THE MAGIC MIRROR: CONCERNING A LONELY PRINCESS, A FOUNDLING GIRL, A SCHEMING KING, AND A PICKPOCKET SQUIRREL (available May 10, 2016), and middle grade novel WHISTLE IN THE DARK. Her awards include Bank Street Best Books, Oregon Book Award–the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature, and the Katherine Paterson Prize. You can find out more about her at http://susanhilllong.com/

About the Portland Chapter

We invite you to join our Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career.
Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.
Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.
The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation.

Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email pdx@willamettewriters.org

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Learn About TV Writing from F.J.. Pratt

Willamette Writers Portland Chapter


On February 6th (doors at 6:30), TV writer F.J. Pratt will be joining the Portland Chapter to talk about writing.

About F.J. Pratt

F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy; “Ellen,” the “coming out” season; and ABC’s “Less Than Perfect.” For three years, he was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. F.J. has developed shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Dreamworks, Imagine Entertainment, and Disney. For the past five years, F.J. has been an adjunct professor at the John Wells Division of Writing for the Screen & Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and now F.J. has agreed to lend his talents to become FiLMLaB’s first “showrunner.”

About the Portland Chapter

We invite you to join our Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career.
Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.
Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email pdx@willamettewriters.org

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Judith Barrington’s Prose Workshop Offered by Mountain Writers:

Booking is now open for Judith Barrington’s upcoming class for Mountain Writers:

“Prose from the Poet’s Toolbox” (Three Saturdays: Feb 24th, March 10, and March 24, 10 am - 1 pm)

What can we find in the poet’s toolbox that will make our prose writing shine with images and sing with the sounds of the words? Whether we are writing memoir, creative nonfiction, or a piece of fiction, we can look beyond plot and character, dialogue and setting, to the language itself for the reading pleasure that need not be limited to poems. Virginia Woolf said, “All writing is nothing but putting words on the backs of rhythm” and William Carlos Williams said, “No ideas but in things.” We’ll look at prose examples that echo these and other poetic principles. You may find yourself writing prose or poetry—or wondering which is which.

www.judithbarrington.com

Cost $285 for three workshops. Maximum 15 people. Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland.

Register at www.mountainwriters.org or send check payable to Mountain Writers, 2804 SE 27th, #2, Portland, OR 97202. 

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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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Soul Rider, Facing Fear and Finding Redemption on a Harley

 
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.


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

 “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

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.