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Online pre-registration for TCWF2017 is open!

February 19, 2017


Our online registration option is now open! Go to THIS LINK at the AAYC website and choose the pay by PayPal option to pre-register for the conference.

Price: $50

After April 16, the cost for the conference goes up to $60, so don’t delay!

Pre-register for the 2017 Terroir Creative Writing Festival.

Announcing our 2017 speaker list!

February 13, 2017


We couldn’t be happier to be announcing our final 2017 speaker list. The Terroir Creative Writing Festival happens once again in McMinnville on April 22, 2017. Registration is OPEN NOW and you can download the form HERE.

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq veteran, and a community leader in Northeast Portland. He is the American Legion’s 2015 winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016.

Steve Duin has written a column for The Oregonian since 1984.  He is the author of seven books, including The Less We Touch, a novel, and the graphic novel, Oil and Water.

Harry Fuller had a professional career was in TV and Internet news.  Birding became his escape, then his passion and finally, an obsession. Fuller once wrote for big corporations. Now her writes for himself and for the birds. The rewards are not monetary. The more people know and admire birds, the better the chance that we will aid their survival. 

Emily Grosvenor is a journalist, essayist, Kickstarter creator, and social media maven who created our series of WordStudio workshops and runs our media outreach. She’s a contributor to Sunset, AAA Via, The Atlantic, Good Housekeeping and others. Follow her on Twitter @emilygrosvenor

Ed Higgins has published poems and short fiction in numerous print and online journals including recently: Peacock Journal, Uut Poetry, Triggerfish, and Tigershark Magazine. Ed teaches literature at George Fox University. He is Copy-Editor for the poetry journal These Fragile Lilacs, and also Asst. Fiction Editor for Brilliant Flash Fiction. 

Anna Keesey received her MFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Short Stories.  Her novel Little Century (2012) earned a “Discover Great New Writers” award from Barnes and Noble and the Janet Heidinger Kafka award from the University of Rochester. Keesey teaches at Linfield College.

Morgan Kennedy is an author of contemporary romance, futuristic, and steampunk novels. In her day job, she is a marketing and business development professional for smart building technology. She also writes The Melting Pot: Stories with Diversity & Multiculturalism column for Night Owl Reviews’ The Booklover e-magazine. 

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc. He began working as an agent eighteen years ago and has represented nearly a thousand titles. The authors he represents have been on every major bestseller list. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast. 

Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., is a philosopher, climate activist, and writer, the author or co-editor of thirteen books.  Her 2016 book, Great Tide Rising, is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.  Bill McKibben calls her most recent book, Piano Tide: A Novel, “savagely funny and deeply insightful.”

Lynn Otto holds an MFA from Portland State University, facilitates two poetry critique groups in Newberg, is an advisory editor at Triggerfish Critical Review, and works as a freelance copy editor. Recent poems are in Compose, Driftwood Press, Eyedrum Periodically, Centrifugal Eye, Young Ravens Literary Review, and Sequestrum

Andrea Stolowitz has seen her plays presented nationally and internationally at theaters such as The Long Wharf, The Old Globe, The Cherry Lane, and New York Stage and Film.  The LA Times calls her work “heartbreaking” and the Orange County Register characterizes her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat issues and tough decisions.” 

Daniel Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Amped. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His next novel, The Clockwork Dynasty, will be released on July 4th, 2017. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the acclaimed author of The Small Backs of Children and The Chronology of Water. She is a teacher of writing and literature, and has crafted her body-centered art-making philosophy into a groundbreaking workshop practice—Corporeal Writing. She has received several awards and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center creative nonfiction award.

Mark your calendars now for April 22, 2017. It’s going to be an inspiring day!


Writing the Personal Essay: A WordStudio class with Emily Grosvenor (registration open)

January 12, 2017


We launched this writing workshop series with the help of an Oregon Community Foundation grant in 2016.

This is the last class in the current series. To sign up, click here to download the registration form and mail your check to AAYC.

Any questions? Please contact Tandy Tillinghast at

The Keynote Speakers for the Terroir Creative Writing Festival 2017 are Kathleen Dean Moore and Lidia Yuknavitch

December 19, 2016


We are thrilled to announce that Kathleen Dean Moore and Lidia Yuknavitch will be our keynote speakers for the 2017 Terroir Creative Writing Festival.

Kathleen Dean Moore

KathleenDMoore.jpgKathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet.

As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction. Quitting her university position, Kathleen began to write in defense of the lovely, reeling world. Her new book, Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change, will be published by Counterpoint Books in January 2016. Her prior book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, gathered testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligation to the future.

You can read more of her work at her website.

Lida Yuknavitch


Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader’s Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, as well as three books of short fictions – Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real TO Reel, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence(Routledge). Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice. Her novel The Book of Joan is forthcoming from Harper, as well as a book based on her recent TED Talk, The Misfit’s Manifesto.

She has also had writing appear in publications including Guernica Magazine, Ms., The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Another Chicago Magazine, The Sun, Exquisite Corpse, TANK, and in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil), Forms at War (FC2), Feminaissance (Les Figues Press), and Representing Bisexualities (SUNY), as well as online at The Rumpus Writing by and through the body, one workshop at a time.

She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online.  She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.

Read more at her website here.



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

October 17, 2016


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

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

Connect through Experience—Register for Personal Essay with Heather Sharfeddin

September 19, 2016



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




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

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.

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