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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!

Lisa Ohlen Harris offering workshop on writing life stories

April 4, 2016

 

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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

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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

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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. www.ededmo.tripod.com

 

David Mason

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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

 

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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.

 
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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.

 

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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 www.YvonneKohano.com, on Facebook as Yvonne Kohano, and on Twitter @yvonnekohano to learn what tickles her about being a writer.

 

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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.

http://www.cmorgankennedy.com/

 

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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 @ www.terrireed.com

 

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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. http://www.kateristau.com

 

 

Samuel Snoek-Brown

 

 

 

 

Samuel Snoek-Brown teaches writing and serves as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. Online, he lives at snoekbrown.com. 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!

 

Terroir Speaker Spotlight! Nonfiction writers

March 14, 2016

 

We are excited to be hosting some great nonfiction writers at this year’s festival. We tracked down this illuminating talk by one of our keynote speakers, critic Shawn Levy, about Italy’s Dolce Vita period, when Italian culture became world culture.

We encourage you to check out our speakers’ websites and explore their work before coming to learn from some of the best in the nonfiction craft!

 

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Kate Carroll deGutes is the author of Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Anderson Center, Artsmith, and Centrum. You can learn more about Kate and read her critically acclaimed blog, “The Authenticity Experiment,” at http://www.katecarrolldegutes.com.

 

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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.

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Emily Grosvenor’s first blog, Desperately Seeking Salem, won Best Salem Blog the year it launched and became a beloved column for the Statesman-Journal. An independent magazine journalist in McMinnville, she writes for The Atlantic, Sunset, Portland Monthly and Salon.com and currently maintains five blogs, including our festival blog.

 
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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. Her self-published craft book, Creative Nonfiction Toolbox, is available exclusively at the Terroir Creative Writing Festival book table. http://www.lisaohlenharris.com

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Shawn Levy is the bestselling author of Paul Newman: A Life and Rat Pack Confidential. He’s the former film critic of the Oregonian and teaches film studies at Portland State University. His eighth book, Dolce Vita Confidential, about film, fashion and paparazzi in 1950s Rome, will be published this fall. www.shawnlevy.com (Twitter = @shawnlevy)

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William L. Sullivan is the author of 18 books about Oregon hiking, history, adventure, and mystery. He grew up in Salem and completed degrees at Cornell and the UO. In 1985 he hiked over 1000 miles across Oregon, an adventure recounted in Listening for Coyote, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

 

To sign up for the Terroir Creative Writing Festival, happening April 16 in McMinnville, please download this printable PDF, fill out and send with your check to the address listed.

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