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 osfci.org (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

PACIFIC MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING PROGRAM PRESENTS ANNUAL READING SERIES


PACIFIC MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING PROGRAM PRESENTS ANNUAL READING SERIES ON FOREST GROVE CAMPUS JUNE 17-24

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.

EVENING READING SCHEDULE – 7:30 p.m.

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: www.pacificu.edu/as/mfa.

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 http://willamettewriters.org/wwcon/