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Save the Date! Mark your calendars for the 2017 Terroir Creative Writing Festival

October 17, 2016

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Mark your calendars! The Terroir Creative Writing Festival will take place in McMinnville, Ore. on April 22, 2017.

What you can expect:

  • Compelling talks across genres
  • Intimate workshops where you can interact with people who have slayed the writing beasts successfully
  • A chance to mingle with old friends and make new ones
  • The opportunity to get the big picture of what your writing can contribute to this community
  • Exposure to some of the best creativity to come out in the past year

We hope you’ll make a place for us in your spring awakening in 2017!

Authors to speak on self-publishing at Linfield College October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

October 13, 2016
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Stephen W. Long’s novel was funded through a crowd-funding community on Kickstarter.

McMINNVILLE – A panel of self-published authors will talk about their projects on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The authors will discuss dos and don’ts of self-publishing, once a tiny niche in the publishing world, that has become a legitimate alternative for many writers. Options for self-publishing authors include employing the services of a vanity press, engaging an editor, finding a graphic designer to prepare book pages or doing the entire thing on their own. The panel will explore issues involved in the process and the ways to get self-published, as well as subjects such as distribution, marketing, publicity, promotion and social media. The panel includes Ellie Gunn, Karen Huntsberger and Randy Stapilus, along with moderators Stephen W. Long and Frank Lisciandro.

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library Linfield and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or swhyte@linfield.edu.

Connect through Experience—Register for Personal Essay with Heather Sharfeddin

September 19, 2016

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Develop your writing—develop your self with Personal Essay and Heather Sharfeddin.

People crave to understand and be understood. The personal essays, when it balances first-hand experience with introspection and insight, can facilitate that understanding. In this series we’ll explore and practice the elements of successful essays. Join fellow writers in this safe and creative environment where we will wrangle and share our own experiences through our writing.

 

When: Thursdays, Oct 6–27th, 6:30–8 pm

Where: Willamette Valley Vineyards Tasting Room Conf. Rm., McMinnville

 

Bio:

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Heather Sharfeddin (Sharf-a-deen)

Heather Sharfeddin is the author of four novels about the Pacific Northwest. Her work has earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, has been honored with an Erick Hoffer award and at the New York and San Francisco Book Festivals, as well as the Pacific Northwest Book Sellers Association. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (Bath, England). She has taught creative writing at Randolph Macon College, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is currently an adjunct professor at Linfield College.

For more information about her writing visit http://www.sharfeddin.com.

Register now for Personal Essay  Here  Simply print out the form and mail it in with your check. Early registration is encouraged.

 

Any questions? Please contact workshop coordinator Tandy Tillinghast.

tillingt@mail.wou.edu

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Bio:

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.

tillingt@mail.wou.edu

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. http://www.lisaohlenharris.com

 

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.

tillingt@mail.wou.edu

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.

tillingt@mail.wou.edu

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

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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!