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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.

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.

WordCrafters Writers Conference August 25-27, 2017

WordCrafters conference in Eugene, Oregon, is August 25-27, 2017, and a must-attend for writers and fans of mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, and crimes of passion this year. Each year the conference has a theme, and this year is for the who-done-it writers.

The conference is a part of the amazing work of WordCrafters in Eugene, offering extensive literacy and writing programs to the adults, children, prisoners, special interest groups, and the public in general.

We are writer and readers. We believe in the power and value of the written word and seek to help others to express themselves through their writing. We believe we are the keepers of the literature and the chroniclers of our times, and to do that effectively, we must write effectively. Wordcrafters is about the craft of writing.

This year’s conference fe3atures a wide range of sessions including “Into the Mind of a Killer,” “Pyschological Sleuthing,” “Forensics Unmasked,” and “Plotting the Perfect Murder.” Special speakers include D.P. Lyle, Forensic MD and author, and Katherine Ramsland, Forensic Psychologist and author.

Register now for a place at this great writer’s conference.

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.

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.