Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nancy Hill's Twelve Days of Fruitcake Free on Amazon Kindle

A delightful Christmas story that begins when an old woman gives a special fruitcake to her friend. The friend, in turn, gives it to someone else. For twelve days the fruitcake exchanges hands, improving the life of everyone who receives it. Charming, heartwarming, and magical.

Available free on kindle until Saturday, December 3rd.

Nancy Hill is a Portland, Oregon, writer and photographer. Christmas has always been her favorite holiday, and she absolutely believes in the magic of the season.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Soapstone Literary Announcements

Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

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.

To see a list of programs funded thus far:

The next deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.


Springs of Eloquence--a Tribute to the Literary Legacy of Madeline DeFrees

On Sunday, November 20 at 3 PM, Lex Runciman and Barbara Drake collaborate in celebrating the literary legacy of Madeline DeFrees, award-winning NW author and educator.

Hosted by Joan Maiers.

Free and open to the public. Donations of canned goods or cash welcomed for a local Food Bank.

Archival materials on display, as well as books available for purchase.
Venue: Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 503-607-0595


Liars’ League PDX: Call for Story Submissions

Liars’ League PDX (Portland, OR) seeks previously unpublished short fiction submissions of 800-2500 words on the theme “Natives & Transplants.” Selected entries will be performed by professional actors in front of a live audience on February 18, 2017 at the Studio at Literary Arts. These stories will be recorded for podcast and published on after the event. Submission deadline is December 31, 2016. For more information, see


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Monday, November 7, 2016

“Point of View” with Liz Prato

Writers often put more thought into the title of their story than choosing their point of view. But Liz Prato, author of Baby’s on Fire, knows that POV controls the intimacy, breadth and depth of our stories.

On December 6th, Liz Prato will join Willamette Writers at the Historic Old Church in Portland to show us how to master point of view. In this illuminating presentation, she’ll lead us through contemporary examples of how POV works in fiction and nonfiction, from the modern classics of Harper Lee and J.D. Salinger to contemporary works from Jo Ann Beard and Nick Hornby. This talk will open up new worlds that will transform your writing and revising process.

Liz has been teaching writing since 2008, and her workshops are interactive and transformative. You can find out more about her at

Before you join us, take a moment to consider the POV of your own current projects. Then, Prato will help you rethink the power and possibility of POV.

Liz will join Willamette Writers PDX at the Historic Old Church in Portland, Oregon on December 6th. Willamette Writers members and full time college students under 25 attend for free, guests pay 5 dollars. Doors open at 6:30PM. The meeting begins at 7:00PM and ends at 8:15PM. Come early for the networking, and stay late to buy a book and get it signed by Liz. We look forward to seeing you!

Willamette Writers Portland meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:15 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the Historic Old Church in downtown Portland. No meetings in August.

Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

Click here to learn more about Willamette Writers Portland.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lizzy Shannon Hosts Book Launch for A Song of Bullets

Lizzy Shannon launches her new book, "A Song of Bullets," a period thriller inspired by real events in her life growing up in the worst era of the Northern Ireland conflict. The signing, with questions and answers and refreshments, is at Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, 7 pm.

Lizzy's career is as varied as the genres she writes. Starting out as a library assistant in a Northern Irish rural town, she moved on to study Theater Arts and Literature in London, and toured the United Kingdom as a professional actress. Roles ranged from the goddess Hecate in Shakespeare's Macbeth to Gustav, the Amazing Dancing Bear in a clown troupe. Now living in the Pacific Northwest, she is an active mentor within the writing community.

For more information about Lizzy, visit