Monday, January 25, 2016

Writing Critiques Offered at Write on the River Conference

Bill Johnson will be offering manuscript critiques as part of the Write on the River conference. Bob Dugoni is the featured speaker and Rachel Letofsky is a featured Literary Agent.

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!

The conference gives you a unique opportunity to learn from the best in a casual, intimate atmosphere. There are plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with publishing professionals, get one-on-one writing advice from successful authors, bond with fellow writers, and pitch your project to a literary agent or publishing editor. Write On The River can really move your writing life forward in an inspiring way!

The 2016 Conference is 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.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Soapstone Literary Announcements for January 11th 2016

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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. We’ve made some changes to the guidelines for study group grants.

Go to our website for more details and to see a list of programs funded thus far: The next deadline for applications is March 15, 2016.


Being Your Own Publisher 

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016 Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Location: 4620 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Room 1, Portland, OR 97213 Cost: $50 To register: Mail a check for $50 to Nancy Woods, P.O. Box 18032, Portland, OR 97218. Make the check out to Nancy Woods. To pay by credit card, call 503-288-2469.

The tools of publishing have changed, and authors have taken note. Print-on-demand technology, ebooks, and the prominence of online bookstores have made self-publishing an alluring process to many. But is it right for you? In this 90-minute class, Vinnie Kinsella offers authors insight into the risks and rewards of self-publishing. The class is specifically designed to give authors a clear picture of what the process involves. It will answer the following questions, plus several more: -- What are the costs of self-publishing? -- How do I avoid getting scammed? -- How do I choose the best approach for my book? -- How much work is really involved?

Vinnie Kinsella has worn many hats: writer, editor, book designer, project manager, publisher, and college instructor. He currently works with independent authors to produce commercially viable print books and ebooks. He is also in the process of publishing his own project, Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi, and Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life.

For more information, contact Nancy Woods at


Waterston Desert Writing Prize Is Open for Submissions
Annual Prize Honors Nonfiction and Contribution to Desert Literacy

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize 2016 is now open for submissions. Applicants can submit online through April 1, 2016. The Prize honors creative nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for over 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Submission guidelines are available at the Writing Ranch website. The Prize winner will receive a $1,500 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.

 Rebecca Lawton, winner of the 2015 Prize, said, "The honor of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize and the time at Playa are both strong medicine for a writer’s soul. I feel forever changed by my time, both with the supporters of the prize and in the high desert that inspires it. I encourage desert writers to study up on the roots of the prize, apply for it, and give back to it—large in its impact, it has deep ties to community and place.”

For more information about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, visit the Writing Ranch website, email or call 541.480.3933.


William Stafford Birthday Celebration 2-4 PM, Saturday, January 9, 2016
 The Pond House in Milwaukie, 2215 SE Harrison
 Adjacent to the Ledding Library

Hosted by Greg Chaimov and Tom Hogan. Featured readers will be Brett Kelver,Susanna Lundgren, Ron Rasch, Penelope Scambly Schott, Daniel Skach-Mills, Joe Soldati, Emmett Wheatfall and FWS Board member Tim Barnes.

We will be reading our favorite poems by William Stafford as well as our own work written in his spirit. Please join the event and bring a poem honoring William Stafford! It's open to all and there is an opportunity after the featured readers for everyone who wants to share a poem. You can sign up ahead of time or just come along to the event. There will be poems available to read and light refreshments.


Patricia Kullberg reads from her new novel, Girl in the River, on Friday, January 22, 6-8 pm at In Other Words bookstore, in celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Girl in the River is an intimate portrait of women’s lives during mid twentieth century Portland, an unflinching look at the power dynamics of sex, a glimpse into the work life of a call girl, the tale of post-war assaults on women’s rights, and a tribute to Portland’s most famous abortionist, Dr. Ruth Barnett. In the novel ...the nuanced characterizations and social message serve each other, reaffirming the idea that the personal is indeed political. —Kirkus Reviews

$5-10 donation at the door to benefit NARAL Wine and appetizers available by donation For more info see In Other Words Calendar of Events and


Ghost Town Poetry and Music Jam At Niche Hosted by Christopher Luna and Jim Templeton Every fourth Saturday of the month beginning in January 3-5pm January 23 Niche Wine Bar 1013 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98660 Musicians who are interested in participating in the jam or collaborating with Christopher Luna elsewhere may contact him at 


Oregon Poetry Association Spring 2016 Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2016 Limit: one entry per category. Spaces between stanzas do not count as lines. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be published in OPA’s annual anthology, Verseweavers Categories

1) Poet's Choice, limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Vince Wixon 2) Members Only, 6-12 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Don Colburn 3) Dueling Judges, free verse, any subject, limit 40 lines. Judges: Jeff Whitney, Bette Husted 4) Traditional Form, Haiku, Judge: Margaret Chula 5) New Poets, any form, any subject, limit 30 lines. Judge: Emily Pittman Newberry  6) Themed: Ancestry, limit 40 lines. Judge: Elizabeth Woody 7) Experimental Poetry, limit 40 lines. Judge: Lisa Ciccarello


Heather Borbeau kindly agreed to be the featured poet on January 26, 2016, in the friendly open mic held 7-8.30pm on each month's final Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Vancouver (7700 NE Fourth Plain). Her collection "Daily Palm Castings" profiles people in often overlooked professions and broadens our understanding of our neighbors, our communities and our work. 


2016 Oregon Book Awards Finalists and Fellowship Recipients Announced 

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists and Literary Fellowship recipients. The Oregon Book Award winners will be announced at the 29th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 11, 2016 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, will host the ceremony. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.Com The Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships honor the state's finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers.

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowships to writers and to publishers. The judges named eight writers and two publishers to receive grants of $3000.

This year Literary Arts awarded the Writer of Color Fellowship for the first time.


Join Write Around Portland and Powell’s Books to experience the transformative power of writing in community. These 2-hour workshops are perfect for the new and seasoned writer. Workshops are $30 per session and will take place every Tuesday in January. Attend one, attend them all. For more information or to register, visit


Based on Write Around's acclaimed community writing model, "Prompt" is a generative workshop that offers exercises to inspire the writing life. Workshop fee ($300) includes free parking and snacks and helps to fund workshops for low-income youth and adults. This workshop takes place on Wednesdays, January 27 to March 30. To register or for more information, visit


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