Local Writers and Groups News

Lend an Ear 2017 on July 8, 2017

Lend an Ear 2015 - Audience listen to Veronica read.The 8th Annual Lend an Ear, Come and Hear reading event is July 8, 2017, at Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon. It begins at 10:30AM and goes to approximately 1PM, and is produced by Writers in the Grove.

July 8, 2017
Saturday 11am-1pm
Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Highway 47
Gaston OR 97119

The event is free and open to the public.

For eight years, writers from around Forest Grove and Washington County have submitted and read their work to dozens. Last year we broke records with over a hundred attendees. This free event is held in a beautiful winery in the foothills near Hagg Lake overlooking the Tualitin Valley. There will be food from several food wagons and, of course, some wine from Plum Hill Winery, our fabulous hosts. Come laugh, cry, and sigh as you listen to our marvelous readers sharing their creative writing and storytelling skills.

Enter Your Submission: If you would like to participate as one of our readers, submit your poems or prose of four-minute readings per the instructions on our submission form for Lend an Ear, available as a downloadable Word document or PDF file to complete and return to Writers in the Grove by June 12, 2017. Submissions must be original and able to be read out loud for no more than 4 minutes. This is a juried event. Pieces will be selected on the basis or originality, writing style, and quality of work. All genres are welcome, however, they must be family friendly. Submissions should reflect content suitable for mixed age groups.

Come join Writers in the Grove for this fun, family event at Plum Hill Winery.

Storytelling Week Starts April 1, 2017

The Art of the Story: 13th Annual Storytelling Festival presented by the Washington County Cooperative Library Services begins April 1, 2017, and runs through April 8.

If you haven’t done this before, it is a must-see, must-listen event. The storytelling is spectacular, and you are guaranteed tears and cheers by these outstanding storytellers.

The festival this year features four professional storytellers from the Pacific Northwest, and four Story Slam contestants. They include:

Admission to all events are free. The festival performances are designed for adults, though there are several shows that welcome children.

The schedule is:

  • Saturday, April 1 – Beaverton Library: 7 – 9 p.m. – 12375 SW Fifth St, Beaverton, OR 97005 – Story Slam Contest (Adult program) – David Alexander, Brian Belefant, Maura Doherty and Janis Collins
  • Sunday, April 2 – Hillsboro Brookwood Library: 2 p.m. – 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124-5327 – Norm Brecke: The Lighter Side of Lincoln (Adult program)
  • Monday, April 3 – Tigard Library: 7 p.m. – 13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223-8111 – Norm Brecke: The Rough Edge of the Ocean (Adult program)
  • Monday, April 3 – Walters Cultural Arts Center: 7 p.m. – Co-hosted by Hillsboro Library – 527 East Main St, Hillsboro 97123 – Brianna Barrett: True Love and Other Noncommunicable Diseases (Adult program)
  • Tuesday, April 4 – Cedar Mill Library: 6:30 p.m. – 12505 NW Cornell Rd, Suite 13, Portland, OR 97229-5688 – Norm Brecke: Spaghetti Squids & Zombie Arms (Adult program & ages 6+)
  • Tuesday, April 4 – Forest Grove Library: 6:30 p.m. – 2114 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116-2497 – Brianna Barrett: Can My Imaginary Friends Come Too? (Adult program)
  • Wednesday, April 5 – Elsie Stuhr Center: 2 p.m. – Co-hosted by Beaverton Library – 5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005 – Norm Brecke: Sweethearts, Swings and Misses (Adult program)
  • Wednesday, April 5 – Sherwood Library: 7 p.m. – at Sherwood Center for the Arts – 22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140 – Kevin Locke: Story of Standing Rock (Adult program)
  • Thursday, April 6 – Banks Library: 7 p.m. – at Banks City Hall – 13690 NW Main St, Banks, OR 97106 – Ingrid Nixon: Starry, Starry Night (Adult program & ages 12+)
  • Thursday, April 6 – Garden Home Library: 7 p.m. – Co-hosted by West Slope Library at THPRD Garden Home Rec Center – 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223 – Kevin Locke: Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) (Adult program)
  • Friday, April 7 – North Plains Library: 6:30 p.m. – at North Plains Elementary – 32030 NW North Ave, North Plains, OR 97133 – Kevin Locke: Love Stories (Adult program & ages 6+)
  • Friday, April 7 – Aloha Library: 7 p.m. – 17455 SW Farmington Rd, Ste. 26A, Aloha, OR 97078 – Ingrid Nixon: Adventure Calls! (Adult program & ages 6+)
  • Saturday, April 8 – Garden Home Library: 1 – 2:30 p.m. – at THPRD Garden Home Rec Center – 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223 – Indigenous Flute Workshop with Kevin Locke* – *Advance Registration Required – spaced is limited – contact the Garden Home Library. – (Adult program & ages 10+)
  • Saturday, April 8 – Festival Finale – Showcase Concert – Arts & Communication Magnet Academy auditorium – 11375 SW Center St, Beaverton, OR 97005 – Reception: 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres. – Showcase Concert: 7 – 9 p.m. – (Adult program & ages 12+) – Story Slam Contest: Winner – Brianna Barrett: Fixated – Norm Brecke: I am a Singing Cowboy…Really? – Ingrid Nixon: Never a Dull Moment – Kevin Locke: Hoop of Life

Many Writers in the Grove members carpool to these various events, so check with each other to determine who will drive.

Writing Workshop with Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita April 6 in Beaverton

Poetry is not the domain of just a few.
It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you.

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, will be presenting a writing workshop on Thursday, April 6th, 2017, from 6 to 8:30 pm, at the Beaverton Library.

The workshop, “Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop,” is devoted to generating new poems using innovative springboards that include notable poems and “an exhilarating plunge into language.”

The event is limited to 30 people, and open to all levels of experience from beginners to experts.

To register for this free event, sign up at the Beaverton Library.

Eighth Annual Northwest Book Festival

The Eighth Annual Northwest Book Festival is at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 30, 2016. Hours are 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The festival is free to the Public. Willamette Writers and other writers and arts groups will be represented.

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear Reading, July 9, 2016

Lend an Ear 2015 - Audience listen to Veronica read.As a reminder, Lend an Ear, Come and Hear is July 9, 2016, at Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon. It begins at 10:30AM and goes to approximately 1PM.

Local writers submitted their four-minute readings and we have a fabulous collection of short stories and poems this year. Local authors will be selling their books, and the pizza wagon will be available for food. We are very grateful to Plum Hill Winery for once again providing such a beautiful outdoor venue. And their wine is pretty awesome, too!

You can find more information and details in our announcement and on the Lend an Ear, Come and Hear site.

Art of the Story Festival in Washington County

The 12th Annual Storytelling Festival, The Art of the Story, is in Washington County, Oregon, this year from April 2-9, 2016. Hosted by the Washington County Library System, the Art of the Story features five professional storytellers at various functions during the week, and also hosts a Story Slam Contest and other events.

All events are free. The schedule details are available on their site, and here is a summary.

  • Saturday, April 2 – Beaverton Library 7-8:30PM – Story Slam Contest (Adults)
  • Monday, April 4 – West Slope Library 6:30PM – Tom Swearingen – “It Happened Out West”
  • Tuesday, April 5 – Hillsboro Library 7PM – Tom Swearingen – “Horsin’ Around” (Adults)
  • Wednesday, April 6 – Multiple events
    • Forest Grove Library 7PM – Patrick Ball – “The Fine Beauty of the Island” (Adults)
    • Sherwood Library 7PM – Kevin Kling – “Chicken Soup for the Chicken” (Adults)
  • Thursday, April 7 – Multiple events
    • Banks Library/City Hall 7PM – Kevin Kling – “Holiday Inn”
    • Tualatin Library 7PM – Val Mallinson – “My 15 Minutes of Fame” and Amy Theberge “Amy Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next” (Adult programs)
  • Friday, April 8 – Multiple events
    • Cedar Mill Library 7PM – Patrick Ball – “The Wit and Wonder of Irish Storytelling”
    • North Plains Library 7PM – Kevin Kling – “Walkin’ Shoes” (Adults)
  • Saturday, April 9 – Multiple events
    • Aloha Library 11AM – Amy Theberge – “Amy Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and VAl Mallinson – “Daring Dachshund Adventure Tales!” (Adult programs)
    • Garden Home Library (THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center” 7-9pm – Finale Concert featuring the Story Slam Contest Winner and featured storytellers from the week’s events.

For the writer, the art of storytelling is part of our craft. We highly recommend this annual event. People come from around the state and country to participate and attend this spectacular storytelling event featuring world-class award-winning storytellers.

If there is one event you cannot miss, it is the finale on Saturday evening, April 9. It is the best of the best and we will work with Writer’s in the Grove members to carpool to the event.

Vernonia Library Writers

The Vernonia Writers met at the Library this past Thursday and worked on nouns and modifiers. As we began the class, each participant wrote a list column down the page of ten nouns; puppy, book, potato chips, etc. Each writer then made a second list column of ten modifiers; steely, damp, rotund, etc.

Once the list columns were complete, papers were traded around the table so that the author of the list was not the one working with the words. Participants were given 20 minutes to match or mis-match the two lists in an effort to come up with individual sentences, poems or complete stories.

It was more difficult than first thought, but several wordsmiths were able to use all the sets and put them into a story. Most were able to use about 90% of the sets. All of the writers were able to stretch their common vocabulary and sentence structure during this prompt.

This prompt can also be done alone with the words that you decide. Some have found the list by random dictionary pages. Try it yourself to see how you do.

The next class for the Vernonia Library Writers is scheduled for February 18 at 6pm. Hope to see you there.