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A Very Special Earth Day Terroir, 2017

March 13, 2017

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This year’s Terroir Creative Writing Festival is happening on Earth Day, April 22. We’ve put together a fabulous list of speakers and workshop leaders for the day, three of whom will be addressing topics or available to talk about subjects with an environmental focus.

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

Harry Fuller will be holding a talk and workshop titled: Birds, Words, and What They Mean

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.” www.riverwalking.com

Kathleen will be giving a festival keynote titled: Medusa’s Curse: The Role of the Writer in a Reeling World

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. He is a foremost expert on comics and graphic novels in Portland, currently considered the center of comics production in the United States. www.steveduin.com

Steve will be giving a talk called:The Novel Wonders of the Graphic Arts 

Have you registered for this year’s festival? You can do so online or by regular mail here. 

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  1. Caroline O’Brien PERMALINK
    June 8, 2016 10:34 pm

    Does anyone have an old 2012 Teroir Program? If so, may I have a copy of it?

    If you have any information on how I can obtain a copy of the 2012 Terroir schedule, please contact me at either:

    ( 503 ) 583 – 0928

    OR

    obriencarolinem@gmail.com

    Thank you,
    Caroline O’Brien
    Editor, AAYC Newsletter and
    Producer, Literally Literary ( featuring Terroir 2016 in Episode 5 – broadcasting this Summer on MCM Channel 11 )

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Meet Chip MacGregor, the literary agent speaking at Terroir on How to Create Your Author Brand

March 6, 2017

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We’re excited to be hosting Literary Agent Chip MacGregor, owner of the MacGregor Literary Agency from right here in Oregon.

When he was in first grade, Chip hurried home one day and announced to his mother, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a book guy!” He clearly could see the future —from high school literary magazine editor to writing bestselling books, from speaking at writing and publishing conferences to representing renowned writers, Chip MacGregor is a book guy.

A popular writer’s conference speaker, Chip has presented workshops at more than 200 publishing conferences, spoken at colleges and universities, and is frequently invited to speak to writers groups around the country on the topics of writing and publishing. He earned his BS with High Honors at Portland State University, earned an MA with Honors from Biola University, and did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon in Policy and Management, focusing on organizational development. He later did a post-doctoral semester at Oxford University. Chip has been written up in numerous writing and publishing related magazines and newsletters, is frequently asked for his opinions on trends in the publishing industry, and his blog is regularly on the list of Writers Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”

Chip will be speaking about a topic we haven’t covered at the Terroir Creative Writing Festival yet — “How to Create Your Author Brand.” While his agency is not currently accepting submissions, we hope that you will bring your most important questions to the festival about how to position your work in the marketplace.

Register for the 2017 Terroir Creative Writing Festival today!

Terroir hosting Veteran’s Writing Workshop with Sean Davis

February 28, 2017

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Do you know any veterans who write, or who would benefit from the writing process?

We’re doing something really special at this year’s Terroir Creative Writing Festival. We’re hosting Sean Davis, a Purple Heart Veteran and author of The Wax Bullet War. Sean will be leading a workshop for veterans focused on trauma.

We are trying to get the word out to as many veterans as possible. Will you share with your veteran friends and let them know about this workshop?

Veterans receive $10 off the price of admission when they do early registration, so $40 for the all-day event.

Registration is open now for the event happening April 22, 2017. Register today!

Online pre-registration for TCWF2017 is open!

February 19, 2017

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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

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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. 

Michael N. McGregor is an award-winning professor of nonfiction writing and a former director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University.  His book Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax was shortlisted for several awards, including a Washington State Book Award.  He writes and teaches biography, memoir, fiction and personal essay. 

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.

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

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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 tillingt@wou.edu.

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

December 19, 2016

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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

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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.