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Writing Poetry—Register for Writing Poetry with Barbara Drake

August 22, 2016


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Fall in love with words—again. Play with poetry with Barbara Drake


Writing Poetry: How do we get ideas for poetry? How do we even start? Then what? We will use simple exercises to address those questions and experiment with different types of poetry, such as lyric, narrative, didactic, and persona poems. No experience required, just a sense of adventure and a love of words. Recommended for teens through adults of all ages.


When: Wednesdays, Sept 7–28th, 4–5:30 pm

Where: The Horseradish, Carlton




Barbara Drake has published several chapbooks and book length collections of poetry, most recently Driving One Hundred from Windfall Press. The author’s newest collection of essays is Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life, published by Oregon State University Press (Fall 2014). Her previous essay collection, Peace at Heart, was a 1999 Oregon Book Award finalist. Drake’s college textbook, Writing Poetry, has been in print and widely used in creative writing classes since 1983. Not only does she love to write; she loves to help others explore their creativity in a supportive and sociable setting. She is a Linfield College Professor Emeritus and lives with her husband on a small farm in Yamhill County.

Register now for Writing Poetry [form here]! Simply print out the form and mail it in with your check.


Any questions? Please contact workshop coordinator Tandy Tillinghast.

We are so thankful to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for making this workshop series possible!


Tell Your Story—Register for Life Writing: Introduction to Memoir

June 27, 2016

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Bring your story to life for yourself or for family! Life Writing: Introduction to Memoir with Lisa Ohlen Harris helps you begin your story.

Whether you’re recording family history for your grandkids, writing to understand yourself better, or penning a memoir that will be a best seller, WordStudio’s Life Writing class will provide you with the tools you need to make life into literature. We’ll work on organization, scene writing, and bringing your unique personality to the page.


When: Tuesdays, July 7–26th, 6:30–8:00 pm

Where: Suite4, downtown McMinnvill


Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of the Middle East memoir Through the Veil and The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving. Both books were finalists for the Oregon Book Award. Harris teaches online for Creative Nonfiction Foundation and works as a freelance editor and writing mentor.


Register now for Life Writing( form  Found Here! ) Simply print out the form and mail it in with your check.


Any questions? Please contact workshop coordinator Tandy Tillinghast.

We are so thankful to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for making this workshop series possible!


Make Yesterday Happen Today—Register for Historical Fiction

May 10, 2016

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Is your mind in another era, more than our own? Historical Fiction is the ultimate reward!

Writing historical fiction but getting bogged down in the research?

Author Samuel Snoek-Brown will guide you through a series of workshops to help you quickly find historical details that will lend your story authenticity and then—most importantly—get you back to the writing!


When: Mondays, May 16–Jun 13th, 4:30–6:00 pm  (Not on 5/30) 

Where: Coffee Cottage Annex, Newberg

Samuel Snoek-Brown lives in Portland and teaches writing at Chekemeta Community College’s Yamhill Valley campus. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals, and he serves as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. He’s the author of the chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin, as well as the historical novel Hagridden, for which he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship.


Register now for Historical fiction  Registration Form Simply print out the form and mail it in with your check.

Any questions? Please contact workshop coordinator Tandy Tillinghast.

We are so thankful to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for making this workshop series possible!

Terroir Creative Writing Festival happening this Saturday!

April 14, 2016




What: Yamhill County’s homegrown writing and literary festival

Where: McMinnville, at the Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Campus

When: 8-9:00 registration, and the festival happens 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Who: 18 speakers, local writers and YOU!

Why: To get inspiration to last a whole year!

How: Come the day-of for on-site registration, but let us know you are coming by posting to our Facebook page!

Want more information? Download the schedule (pre-registration form) here!

Lisa Ohlen Harris offering workshop on writing life stories

April 4, 2016



My eldest daughter, Laurie, started researching family history when she was a teenager, starting with a collection of letters and photos and records my mother-in-law had assembled in plastic sleeves before her death.


Laurie pored over those family history notebooks for weeks, learning her great-grandmother’s script in order to read correspondence.


“They just wrote about the weather,” Laurie said at one point. “Eugene was out on the range and Mee Mee had been on her own for months, and all they do is report on the boring stuff.”


About that time, I had grown discouraged in my own writing. Oprah hadn’t noticed my work, and book publication seemed more like a letdown than anything else. I mentioned to Laurie that I wasn’t sure sometimes whether I even wanted to keep writing. Maybe I would focus on editing and mentoring and let my own work fall to the wayside. It took (it takes!) so much effort—and for what? So a few people can buy a book or read an essay and then put it on the shelf.


“Mom, your writing is more than that,” my daughter said, looking me straight in the eye. “When I read one of your essays, I see how you think. I understand the way you see the world—at least at the time you wrote the essay.”


She went on to compare my writing with that of her Texas ancestors, who left nothing of their minds as a record for those who might read their writings later.


“You have to keep writing, Mom,” she said. “For your descendents. For me—so I know what you thought.”


My daughter is an adult now, setting her own mind down on the page in poetry and nonfiction. Over the years, her encouragement and interest are a large part of what has kept me writing. I’ve become convinced that we must write while we are able, to record family history, to explore the significance of our lives, and to put our own thoughts, memories and passions on the page—if not for an adoring public, then for our daughters and sons and those who will come after us.


Let’s create a record of these lives we have lived.


On Thursday evenings, April 12 through May 3, I’m facilitating a course in McMinnville, Oregon, on life writing for those who realize how important it is to put heart and mind on the page. Join me!


To register for Lisa Ohlen Harris’s WordStudio workshop, download the registration form here and return by mail.

#TCWF16 featured poets list

March 28, 2016

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We are excited to be featuring three poets at our festival this year, happening April 16 at the Yamhill Campus of Chemeketa Community College. Who said April had to be the cruelest month? For writing in Yamhill County, it just might be the best of all.


Barbara Drake






Barbara Drake’s newest collection of essays is Oregon Book Awards finalist Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life, (OSU Press). Previous books include Peace at Heart (essays), Driving One Hundred (poetry) and Writing Poetry (textbook). A retired Linfield College Professor, she lives with her husband in rural Yamhill County and will be giving a talk for poets at the festival.


Ed Edmo

Ed Edmo






Ed Edmo is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, actor, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide, and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture. He adapts Native legends for the theatre and performed with Ken Kesey, Mason Williams, and Allen Ginzberg in 1977 before 10,000 people in Eugene. Ed lives in Portland with his wife, children, and granddaughter.


David Mason

David Mason






Poet Laureate of Colorado from 2010-2014, David Mason is a native northwesterner, author and editor of many books, including Ludlow: A Verse Novel, Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, and Davey McGravy: Tales to be Read Aloud to Children and Adult Children. His work appears in The New Yorker, The Nation and many other magazines.


Have you signed up for the festival yet? Register by downloading this form and sending it with your check to the address provided!


#TCWF16: Fiction writers spotlight!

March 21, 2016


Once Upon a time



We are so excited to be welcoming fiction writers across genre’s to this year’s Terroir Creative Writing Festival, happening Saturday, April 16! We encourage you to check out our speakers’ websites and prepare your questions for them ahead of time!


Susan Blackaby







Susan Blackaby has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years. On the clock, she specializes in early literacy. On her own time she dabbles across genres in children’s literature. Works include Nest, Nook & Cranny, Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox, and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon.








Rose City Romance Writers

Purchaser by day, writer by night, Gina Fluharty is an author of sexy paranormal romance. Her books will come with warning labels. She lives in Portland, which serves as inspiration for many of her paranormal characters.








Rose City Romance Writers

Yvonne Kohano

Award winner and storycatcher Yvonne Kohano writes contemporary romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, and nonfiction tips on creativity, when she’s not gardening, cooking, traveling, reading, or learning. Follow her at, on Facebook as Yvonne Kohano, and on Twitter @yvonnekohano to learn what tickles her about being a writer.






Rose City Romance Writers

Morgan Kennedy is an author of contemporary romance, futuristic, and steampunk novels and short stories. In her day job, she is a marketing and business development professional focused on smart building technology. Morgan is the co-author of the book and blog Author Marketing 101. She lives in Portland, OR.






Rose City Romance Writers

Terri Reed’s inspirational romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25 and Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100, have been featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, and have finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, and ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. Contact Terri @









Stephen Long was a dock worker, truck driver, inventor, and entrepreneur.  He fulfilled the dream of becoming an author when a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation led to his debut novel There’s a Somebody. Stephen has since completed a follow-up novel All Hat, and is working on an as yet unnamed third novel.



Kate Ristau







Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in Portland, Oregon with her husband, her son, and her dog.



Samuel Snoek-Brown





Samuel Snoek-Brown teaches writing and serves as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. Online, he lives at A 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient, he is the author of the chapbooks Where There Is Ruin and Box Cutters, the novella In the Pulse There Lies Conviction, and the novel Hagridden.


Have you signed up for Terroir yet? Registration is open, click here to download the form!



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