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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.

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear 2016

Lend an Ear 2015 - Susan Schmidlin distributes goodies after her reading to the audience.Writers in the Grove invites you to attend our 7th Annual Juried Reading Event, Lend an Ear, Come and Hear 2016, at Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 10:30am until the last reader (typically ends about 1pm).

The event is free and open to all ages. A pizza wagon will be on hand for those wishing to stay for lunch, and the winery will be open with wine, soft drinks, and snacks.

If you would like to submit an entry for reading at the event, the deadline is June 13, 2016. You may download and print out the form and send them by mail to:

2016 Lend an Ear, Come and Hear
47777 S.W. Ihrig Road
Forest Grove, OR 97116-7327

Submissions must be family-friendly and are limited to 4 minutes out-loud reading time. Applicants are limited to one or more pieces of prose or poetry, must be original and written by the applicant, and not infringe upon any copyrights.

Submissions will be reviewed for acceptance by a Selection Committee and authors of accepted pieces will be notified no later than June 30 for the July 9th event.

Again, we invite everyone to come join us in the beautiful Plum Hill Winery for this special event featuring local writers sharing their brilliant work for free.

Plum Hill Winery is located at 6505 SW Old Hwy. 47, Gaston, Oregon, just off Old Highway 47 south of Forest Grove.

Download and print Lend an Ear Application 2016 (PDF) to submit your entry by June 13, 2016.