Local Writers and Groups News

Novelist Deborah Kennedy at Forest Grove Library Saturday Feb 17

The Forest Grove City will be presenting a free morning writer’s workshop from 10:15am to noon, Saturday, February 17, 2018, with novelist Deborah Kennedy, author of Tornado Weather.

The topic for this free workshop is “The Writer’s Craft: Keys to Unlocking the Interconnected Narrative.”

While the event is free, you are encouraged to sign up by calling the Forest Grove City Library at 503-992-3247.

The library is located at 2114 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

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Science Fiction-Fantasy Writers Retreat in April

The annual Science Fiction/Fantasy Story Weekend with Wordcrafters writing group in Eugene, Oregon, is April 13-15 in the mountains along a river in the Oregon Cascades. The weekend is limited to 15 participants and you will be staying in lovely 3-bedroom cabins with others members of the team. There is time for gathering and solitude for writing. The group is lead by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, author of adult and YA novels and more than 250 science fiction and fantasy stories.

Disclosure: I attended this even a couple years ago and had a wonderful time. I would be going again if it didn’t conflict with another activity. I highly recommend it. Nina takes time to spend with each person once or several times throughout the weekend to hep walk you through your writing challenges, plot, the “science,” and offer any help you need with your writing. Other frequent attendees are also well-published and experienced to help you through your writing process, but don’t let that intimidate you. There are writers at all levels of experience attending, all there dedicated to the writing process.

Voice Catcher: Member Ann Farley Featured

VoiceCatcher is an online magazine that features the creative writing voices of women. Published in the Portland, Oregon, area, Writers in the Grove member, Ann Farley is featured in this month’s issue with her poem, suRReal WOman walked oFF Canvas.

Ann will be among the featured readers at a special event for VoiceCatcher on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at The Corkscrew in Sellwood, South Portland at 7PM.

Congrats to Ann!

The League of Exceptional Writers Meeting December 9

The League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop of authors and illustrators presenting writing tips, techniques, and publishing information to kids 8-18 years old. The goal is to help the young become passionate about literary, creative writing, and publishing, getting their stories out to the world.

The next meeting is December 9, 2017, at the Cedar Hills Crossing Powells Bookstore in Beaverton, Oregon.

Participants enjoy writing time with prompts and story ideas, and get help to learn how to publish their books.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hat Tip: Washington County Writers

Foot steps on leaves and announces Writers in the Grove 2018 Author Conference.

Writers in the Grove Authors Conference Announced

For the first time, we will be producing a writers conference specifically for those wishing to move from creative writer to published author.

Writers in the Grove Authors Conference
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9AM-4PM
Forest Grove Senior and Community Center
Forest Grove, Oregon (map)
$60
Proceeds benefit the FGSCC

The day-long conference will feature a variety of classes, individual and small group sessions to help you move from writer to published author.

Deborah Reed Author PhotoThe keynote speaker is Deborah Reed, author of the novels The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire, Carry Yourself Back to Me, A Small Fortune, and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent. She is also frequently featured in Poets & Writers, and holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) from Pacific University. She is also the co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She lives in Manzanita, Oregon.

The faculty of presenters features:

Paulann Peterson Author PhotoPaulann Petersen is an award-winning poet and former Oregon State Poet Laureate. She is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and author of several books of poetry including The Wild Awake, Blood-Silk, A Bride of Narrow Escape, Kindle, The Voluptuary, and Understory. She has also published five chapbooks and her work has been published in many anthologies, magazines, and websites. She teaches poetry workshops for colleges, libraries, and writer’s conferences, and serves on the National Advisory Board for Friends of William Stafford. She will be presenting an afternoon poetry workshop.

Holly Lorincz editorHolly Lorincz is an author of fiction and non-fiction and owner of Lorincz Literary Services, a literary editing agency. She worked for many years as a collaborative literary agent for MacGregor Literary. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and on the faculty for the Profitable Authors Institute and The Blackbird Studio for writers in Portland, Oregon. Her specialty is in developmental editing, fiction and non-fiction, as well as collaborative writing. Holly will be speaking about the publishing industry and preparing a manuscript for submission.

Chip MacGregor - Literary AgentChip MacGregor is the founder of MacGregor Literary, an author agency, helping authors in the memoir, spirituality, self-help, Christian, true crime, romance, and literary fiction publish their books and negotiate movie and television projects. He will be speaking on how to find, query, and pitch your story to agents and publishers.

Jessica Morrell Author PhotoJessica Morrell is a long-time favorite speaker and teacher on writing fiction, and an accomplished author. Her books, Thanks, But This Isn’t for Us, A (sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected, Between the Lines, Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction, and Writing Out the Storm continue to be textbooks for writers determined to improve their writing and get published. She will be speaking about developing a character arc.

Kristen Thiel Publisher - photo by BC Debney, 2017.As a full-time professional writer and editor for fourteen years, Kristin Thiel works with writers, publishers, and other businesses to improve their professional writing skills with a goal toward publishing. She’s also an avid hiker, backpacker, and “yes-sayer” to Northwest fun and exploration. Kristin will be talking about the pitfalls of common writing errors and how to avoid them.

Mary Jane Nordgren AuthorMaryJane Nordgren is a published author of novels, plays, and memoirs, and publisher of the Seeds of… anthologies. Her books, Early: Logging Tales Too Human to be Fiction, Quiet Courage, and Frail the Bridge. She will be presenting a practice session on writing open paragraphs and hooks.

Optional Sessions

The morning of the event, you will have the opportunity to register for optional private and small group sessions with our faculty. Sessions include:

  • 15 minute professional consultations:
    • Jessica Morrell on a single sample of a memoir or fiction piece.
    • Holly Lorincz to talk through a story idea, plot points, and non-fiction scope and sequence.
  • Cost: $10 paid in advance.

There is also an optional paid small group session for practicing pitching (45 min) with Kristin Thiel. Cost: $5 paid in advance.

About Writers in the Grove 2018 Authors Conference

This is a fundraiser for the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, a non-profit community center and the host of Writers in the Grove weekly meetings. The Center provides free and low cost meals through their dining services and Meals On Wheels outreach program, as well as a wide range of educational, recreational, wellness, and community events and educational opportunities.

Writers in the Grove is a free weekly workshop for those wishing to develop their creative writing skills. The group meets Mondays at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center on Mondays from 9-11am, and on the second Saturday of the month at the Forest Grove Public Library from 10:30-noon. Writers in the Grove supports the freedom of expression and creative writing spirit in Forest Grove, Oregon, and around the world.

Writer to Speak on Blogging at Washington County Writers Forum

The Washington County Writers Forum in Hillsboro, Oregon, presents Emily Grosvenor on September 7th at Insomnia café at 7PM.

Grosvenor will be talking about “Entrance Strategy: A Blueprint for Bloggers to Get Found, Connect with Readers, and Make Big Beautiful Projects Happen.” We assume she will be talking about blogging, social media, digital marketing, and finding an audience for your writing projects.

For more information on the speaker, see her site at Be At Home in the World. For more information in on the monthly events in Hillsboro, check out Washington County Writers Forum.

Scrivener Basics Workshop Starts September 21, 2017

Writers in the Grove, a Forest Grove community creative writing group, presents a 4-week workshop for writers called “Scrivener Basics Workshop.” It runs for 4 week and begins on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Dream of writing your memoirs? A novel? That story that’s been nagging you for years?

Scrivener example from Autostraddle

Scrivener is a “complete writing studio” to help you from idea to final draft. It holds all your ideas, research, and writing in one place, keeping you focused and on track to publishing. It is the affordable writer’s tool that inspires and helps you write that book.

This 4-week workshop covers the basics of Scrivener including imports, organization and layout of your writing, keeping on task, research, and the basics you need to know.

Scrivener offers a free trial version. You will need to download and install the program prior to the first night of class. Prior publishing experience not required. Familiarity with computers is essential.

Normally these courses are well over $200. As a fundraiser for the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center, the instructor is making this 4-week course available for only $100 with the proceeds benefiting the center.

Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress has been using and teaching workshops and classes on Scrivener for over seven years. Her workshops are educational as well as entertaining. Lorelle has published several books prior to using Scrivener, and many since discovering the writing software program, and it changed her life and her writing. Lorelle has been teaching web publishing, social media, WordPress, and blogging for almost thirty years. Lorelle has also published many tutorials on Scrivener on this site for members and fans of Writers in the Grove and NaNoWriMo.

Bring a copy of a story or collection of stories you’ve written in a word processing program like Microsoft Word on your computer or a flash drive. We will be learning how to import into Scrivener.

You will need to bring your laptop, power cord, mouse (with extra batteries), and something to write on and take notes. You will log into the free WIFI at the Center so ensure you know how to do this before you arrive, or arrive early to get help getting online. It is highly recommended that you bring a water bottle, too. There is plenty of free parking at the center.

There is limited space for this special event so register now to guarantee a seat.

More information, contact the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center.

Register in person or by check or phone with the Forest Grove Community Center: 503-357-2021.

Image Credit: Autostraddle

Website Building WordPress Workshop September 11 – October 2, 2017

Register Now

If you are a writer, poet, novelist, or have a small business, a website is required today. This course takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up your own site, helping you learn how to create content and share it through social media from your site for free. Courses like held in Portland normally cost over $400. This is a rare opportunity to learn how to blog and build your own website right here in Washington County, and know that the proceeds go to a good cause.

Register in person with check or credit card, or by phone with the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center at 503-357-2021.

Writers in the Grove, Forest Grove community creative writing group, presents a 4-week workshop, called “Website Building WordPress Workshop,” beginning September 11, 2017. It runs for four consecutive Mondays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The course is taught by WordPress instructor, Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress. She has taught WordPress, blogging and social media from the beginning to college level since 2003, and is the long time senior editor of the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress users.

The four-week workshop is only $125 per person, a savings of almost 75% off the normal course fee.

The workshop on WordPress covers the basics on WordPress features, content management, social media integration, blogging, and design and layout with veteran WordPress trainer and instructor. It is ideal for writers and authors, small business, genealogists, and those who wish to share their thoughts and skills with the world.

Prior web publishing experience not required. Familiarity with web browsers (Firefox and Chrome only) and email is highly recommended.

There is limited space for this special event so register now to guarantee a seat.

You do NOT need a WordPress site. You will set one up on the first day of the course. If you have one, you will learn how to fix it up and improve your web publishing and WordPress skills.

You will need to bring your laptop, power cord, mouse (with extra batteries), and something to write on and take notes. You will log into the free WIFI at the Center so ensure you know how to do this before you arrive, or arrive early to get help getting online. It is highly recommended that you bring a water bottle, too. There is plenty of free parking at the center.

More information, contact the Forest Grove Community and Senior Center.

Register in person or by check or phone with the Forest Grove Community Center: 503-357-2021.

Upcoming Events

The following events are coming up for Writers in the Grove members and the general public.

Lend an Ear 2017 on July 8, 2017

Lend an Ear 2015 - Susan Schmidlin distributes goodies after her reading to the audience.The 8th Annual Lend an Ear, Come and Hear reading event is in just a couple weeks on July 8, 2017. The submissions this year have been wonderful, and we’ve narrowed them down to about 20 writers who will be reading their stories, poems, and prose for free at Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon.

July 8, 2017
Saturday 10:30am-1pm
Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Highway 47
Gaston OR 97119

The event is free and open to the public.

Come join us for this delightful storytelling and author reading event. There will be food trucks and plenty of wine to enjoy on the hillside surrounded by nature and this beautiful winery in the Tualatin Valley.