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Sean Davis / Writing Post Trauma: A Two-Hour Writing Workshop for Veterans

As veterans, we live through traumatic events. In some cases, these events are among the best moments of our lives, when we acted with courage and bravery. In other cases, they were simply horrible, and the best we can hope for is to use them to teach others about humanity. This workshop will offer tools for writing about trauma we face both in combat and at home.

Steve Duin / The Novel Wonders of the Graphic Arts

The evolution of art and storytelling in comics and graphic novels, even as Oregon becomes the creative hub of the comics’ industry.

Harry Fuller / Birds, Words, and What They Mean

We’ll discuss non-fiction writing— how to make the content more than mere lists and superficial descriptions, how to capture the feeling or tone of a location or season, and how to breathe life into your nature writing. We’ll discuss the unique, complex nature of individual creatures, plant and animal.

Emily Grosvenor / Structuring Your Memoir

Structure is the backbone of story. Come for a funny and easy-to-understand breakdown of approaches to structuring the memoir. You’ll leave with new eyes for structuring your own work and tools for tackling your big, beautiful project.

Ed Higgins / The Push and Pull of Poetry Writing

Several workshop exercises will approach poetry writing from initiating techniques to creative practices that push and pull inspiration toward becoming a poem. Draft generation and other exercises will explore how to call forth and move forward useful and imaginative ideas for crafting into effective poems.

Anna Keesey / In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion: Writing Short Prose for Impact and Insight

From the six-word memoir craze to the blossoming of “flash” narratives in journals like Brevity and The Sun, imaginative writers have been telling us that size matters. In this workshop, we’ll study and emulate techniques for stimulating, and getting the most meaning into, your own short fiction and nonfiction narratives.

Morgan Kennedy / World Building on the Run: Portable World Building for Every Author

World building helps root the reader in space and time. In this session, we will discuss how to build a world for your story, using examples from popular books, and how to put your world building to work to attract readers and build a fan base.

Chip MacGregor / Creating Your Author Brand

What’s your brand? And how can branding help you grow your writing career? Literary agent Chip MacGregor will explore the meaning and benefits of branding, then help you define, research, evaluate, and launch your brand as an author. This workshop will prove most helpful to authors who know their writing voice and have a good sense of what they want to write. Chip has taught on this topic at conferences around the country, and it has always proven to be fun and helpful.

Michael N. McGregor / Getting Down to the Truly Personal in Personal Essay and Memoir

Through a series of exercises, we’ll excavate the passions, attachments, stories and emotions that have the deepest connections and meanings for you.  Then we’ll explore how to use these elements to give your personal writing power and make it unique.

Kathleen Dean Moore / Medusa’s Curse: The Role of the Writer in a Reeling World

Because I am a literary writer, writing against the corporate plunder of the planet, people often ask me, “What is the importance of the arts in a reeling world?” I turn to Friedrich Nietzsche, the nineteenth-century German philosopher. “We have art in order not to die of the truth,” he wrote. So then. What are these lethal truths, the truths that break our hearts, sap our spirits, and turn us to stone? How can art save us in the face of those truths?

Lynn Otto / Getting to Know Your Poem: Best Questions for Better Revisions

We’re often advised to get some distance from a poem before revising it. Better advice might be to get to know your poem. This session will help you see your own work more clearly, to identify patterns, problems, and possibilities. Bring a draft you’d like to revise and be prepared for some discoveries!

Andrea Stolowitz / Elements of Drama 

Spend half the class reading and discussing a short play looking specifically at the dramatic elements utilized. Then complete a writing exercise where you create a piece of writing with these elements.

Daniel Wilson / Reading


17 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!

  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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