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2019 Speakers, Workshops and Readings

2019 Terroir Creative Writing Festival Keynotes, Workshops and Readings


Kim Stafford
Reunion of the Rare: Gathering Testimony for Precious Place

The terroir of your creative practice gives tone to your writing as earth gives particular notes to a fine wine. Writing for happiness, then—the mysterious “hap” of your story—is a matter of paying attention to your place, your moment, and your calling. OREGON POET LAUREATE KIM STAFFORD is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, and editor of half a dozen others. Stafford has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Governor’s Arts Award, and the Stewart Holbrook Award from Literary Arts for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture.


 Courtenay Hameister
Mining Darkness for Light: Finding Humor Where You Least Expect It

Explore the process through which we can turn our most difficult life experiences into humorous stories, and how that positively affects our audience and our own mental health. COURTENAY HAMEISTER is an author, teacher, screenwriter and performer. You can find her work in McSweeney’s, Portland Monthly, Bustle, and in her monthly column for The Portland Mercury, “Fun With Anxiety.” Her first book, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things was released in July 2018 from Little, Brown.


Michael Copperman
Tense and Retrospection 

Writers too rarely talk about tense, which tells you when you are and enables a writer to reflect on the past from the vantage point of the present. This workshop will examine how writers rely on tense and will discuss how memory and experience are made into meaning through the process of looking back. MICHAEL COPPERMAN has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon for the last decade.  His prose has appeared in The Oxford AmericanThe SunCreative NonfictionSalon, and other magazines, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Alice Derry
Writing the Political Poem

The overtly “political poem” remains suspect, often because the narrator stands at a judgmental distance.  One way to avoid standing outside in a place of privilege is to begin with the personal and vulnerable, and then reach out, drawing honest and authentic parallels. We’ll read some examples and then write. ALICE DERRY is the author of four other full-length collections, including Hunger (2018). Her individual poems have been widely published.  She taught writing and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, for thirty years. She lives and writes on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

Barbara Drake
Creative Nonfiction for Everyone

Creative nonfiction encompasses many kinds of writing—autobiography, nature writing, family history, humor, adventure, and more.  In this workshop we will practice creative nonfiction techniques that can be adapted to many different topics. Participants will leave the workshop with 1-3 short pieces of writing. Handouts with ideas for technique and future writing provided. BARBARA DRAKE is the author of two collections of personal essays Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, and Morning Light, both published by Oregon State University Press. Her newest poetry book is The Road to Lilac Hill: Poems of Time, Place, and Memory, published by Windfall Press (2018).

 Bette Lynch Husted
Writing the Stories of Home

What stories grow from the soil you live—and how can you discover them? In this workshop we will follow the trail left by writers whose work has explored “a sense of place” in order to nurture the seeds of the your own stories. BETTE LYNCH HUSTED lives in Pendleton; the characters in her novel All Coyote’s Children live on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation. A sense of place inspired her poetry collection At This Distance and two memoirs, Lessons from the Borderlands and Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land (an Oregon Book Award finalist).

Guadalupe García McCall
Contemplative Writing: The Art of Listening

In this workshop, we will explore not only why we write but when and how. We’ll explore the art of listening, seeing, observing, and documenting what’s being gifted to us. We’ll tap into the art of “listening” to both inner and outer voices. Come ready to write! GUADALUPE GARCÍA MCCALL is the author of four award-winning, young adult novels. She is the recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré Author Award, a Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the William C. Morris and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. An Assistant Professor of English at George Fox University, she lives with her husband in Yamhill

Molly Gloss
Reading from Wild Life

MOLLY GLOSS is novelist and short-story writer whose work has received, among other honors, a PEN West Fiction Prize, an Oregon Book Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Her work most often concerns the landscape, literature, mythology and life of the American West. She writes both realistic fiction and science

Buddy Lamorey
Audience Building: Finding Your Following in the Age of Social Media

What does it take to build a viewership? This talk takes an in-depth look at all the tools that are now available, fusing the gadgetry of Facebook/Instagram advertising with the principles of California poet laureate Dana Gioia’s essay “Can Poetry Matter?” and just a touch of moxie and intuition. Since before he could talk, BUDDY LAMOREY has been elbows-deep into the arts. He has won awards and accolades for his achievements in art and music, and in 2016 he received first place in critical analysis in the CSUS Bazzanella Literary Awards. Follow Buddydigital on Facebook or come see him play the piano at Willamette Valley Tasting Room in McMinnville.

Kristina McMorris
Innovative Promotion: Create a “big book” campaign on a not-so-big budget

New York Times bestselling author and former PR Director Kristina McMorris will share inventive, cost-effective promotional strategies that gain the attention of readers, reviewers, and local and national media. KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five historical novels, including Sold on a Monday and The Edge of Lost. A recipient of twenty national literary awards, she’s a former PR Director, event manager, and host of weekly TV shows.

Peter Nathaniel Malae
Workshop on the Import of Realistic Fiction in the 21st Century 

In a time where virtual realities have seemed to replace reality, realist fiction is more important than ever. This workshop will cover who the great purveyors of realist fiction of yesteryear were, what aesthetic lessons they taught, and why realist fiction matters now more than ever. PETER NATHANIEL MALAE is the author of three novels, including one set in Yamhill County: Son of Amity (Oregon State University Press, 2018). He is a former John Steinbeck, Arts Council Silicon Valley, Oregon Literary Arts, and MacDowell Colony Fellow. Malae lives in the Yamhill Valley.

Lynn Otto
Moving Your Reader to Move Your Reader: The Power of Proximity and Distance in Poetry 

We’ll discuss and experiment with various ways poems position and move their readers–how a poet’s choices affect where readers find themselves as they read (in what physical and temporal place, and in what relationship to the poem’s speaker and subject), and how that placement affects readers’ ability to be moved by the poem. LYNN OTTO believes people should leave a writing workshop with a better understanding of their work and a new (or newly polished) tool in their writer’s toolkit. She has an MFA from Portland State University and serves on the board of the Oregon Poetry Association. Her collection Real Daughter (Unicorn Press, 2019) is now available.

Keith Rosson
The Magic in the Mundane: Exploring Magical Realism

Magical realism doesn’t necessarily invent new worlds, but instead reveals the endless potential of the one we inhabit. Always wanted to try your hand at magical realism but unsure where to start? Want to modernize a traditional myth? A mythical creature that just won’t let you go? We’ll tackle several ways to write magical realism. KEITH ROSSON is the author of two novels, Smoke City (2018) and The Mercy of the Tide (2017). He is also a legally blind illustrator and graphic designer (which can be as tough as it sounds), with clients that include Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Warner.

Kim Stafford
Earth Verse: Writing for the Good Earth

In the beginning, creatures said to writers, “Tell our story.” Earth verse for spells, charms, poems, psalms, and songs has long provided solace, clarity, and a chance to make peace with ourselves, each other, and Earth. Through poems, trees teach and rivers guide. OREGON POET LAUREATE KIM STAFFORD has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Governor’s Arts Award, and the Stewart Holbrook Award from Literary Arts for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture.

Susie Sweetland and Moriah LaChappell, Blue Hour Press
Small Press Publishing, from Pitch to Publication (and Beyond)

Using their experience at Blue Hour Press, LaChapell and Garay will compare and contrast the publishing experience with small/medium sized publishers and larger publishers. We will also discuss ways to help your work stand out from the crowd. SUSAN SWEETLAND GARAY is a writer and photographer who lives in McMinnville, Oregon. She has had three collections of poetry published by small publishers and is a founding editor of Blue Hour Press, which has published four anthologies of poetry, prose, and art, as well as eight single author poetry collections. MORIAH LACHAPELL is co-founder/editor at Blue Hour Press. Her poetry has been published in various magazines.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2015 5:47 pm

    I’d like to add I am children’s book author with seven books in publication through traditional publishing houses (Tiger Tales, Sleeping Bear Press and Simon & Schuster UK). I am also published through Highlights for Kids. — Stephanie Shaw

  2. March 14, 2015 5:53 pm

    The Path to Publication Presenation is geared toward the unpublished children’s book writer who is interested in the ins and outs of traditional publication of kid lit. Using my experience as a published author, I will touch on the writing process and then address issues such as resources for polishing work, submitting to publishers, working with an agent, relationships with illustrators and more.

    I welcomes your curiosity about the children’s book industry.

  3. Dorothy Louis permalink
    February 21, 2017 4:11 pm

    There is no description for the Lisa Olen Harris workshop, The Artifact as Axis, what is it about?

    • March 13, 2017 9:51 am

      Hi Dorothy, Lisa Ohlen Harris is not giving a workshop this year.

      • March 14, 2017 1:11 am

        The online registration form and the printable one say different things–that’s where the confusion about Harris comes from.

      • March 28, 2017 9:48 am

        Sorry, I’m confused. Can you send me a link to what you are looking at?

      • April 7, 2017 10:29 am

        It’s been fixed now. It’s just that the online schedule and the printable schedule were slightly different and one had the Harris workshop listed. 🙂

  4. March 31, 2017 4:07 pm

    Hello, is it possible to view the schedule for this event? I cannot seem to find the schedule of the presentations. Many thanks!

    • April 17, 2017 10:16 am

      The schedule is on the registration form here:

      See you soon!

      • nese delzell permalink
        April 13, 2018 11:46 am

        The following is the response when clicking on the link you so kindly provided. 😦 “We are terribly sorry, but the URL you typed no longer exists. It might have been moved or deleted, or perhaps you mistyped it. We suggest searching the site:” Please advise.
        Thank you so much for all the work you are doing, Emily!

  5. March 31, 2017 4:08 pm

    Hello, is it possible to view the schedule for this conference? I cannot seem to find the schedule of these presentations. Thank you!

  6. April 10, 2017 10:07 am

    Thanks for understanding! We are a very small group of volunteers putting this on and sometimes wires get crossed.


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