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Today is the last day to register for Terroir 2018!

April 7, 2018

Don’t wait another minute! Today is the last day to register online for Terroir 2018, and to mail in your paper registration. Please have your registration post-marked by today. Click on 2018 Registration above!

Missed it? You can still come to the festival on April 14, 2018, but be there at 8:30 a.m. to be sure you get in!

Drama at Terroir: New ways to ignite your ideas

April 4, 2018


One of the best parts of attending Terroir is the chance to learn across genres. Don’t identify as a playwright? You can still take away a lot of new approaches and get inspired by our resident dramatist this year, Lolly Ward.

Lolly Ward’s plays include Mate (The Actors’ Gang; California Institute of Technology), 72 Objects (semifinalist, O’Neill NPC), Black Press in the White House (Smith and Kraus, 105 Five-Minute Plays), and The Ethel Party (Silk Road Review). She co-founded LineStorm Playwrights and lives with her family and two chickens in Portland.

WORKSHOP: Discover your Play: 21 Questions to Ignite your Ideas
Put fresh eyes on a draft or writing concept with techniques that progress your theme toward your goal. A discussion of Aristotle’s 6 dramatic elements lays the groundwork for diving into your own piece. Answer 21 questions that will illuminate your story.

Are you ready for Terroir? Registration is now open, click on “2018 Registration” above.

Nonfiction writers at Terroir: Creative ways of seeing real life

March 22, 2018

Creative nonfiction takes real life and upends it through the power of perspective. It seeks to apply literary techniques to telling real stories or harnessing real truths through writing. Never static, never just one approach, it is a catch-all term that appears in any context where a writer is taking the stuff of life and finding a new way to capture it through the written word.

We are lucky to have three creative nonfiction experts at the festival this year, who will share stories from their work and, in the case of Barbara Drake, who will be speaking about Ursula Le Guin, others’ work as well.

Get ready for a deep dive into the process of creativity with these speakers!

Barbara Drake, Linfield College Professor Emeritus, lives with her husband on a small farm in Yamhill County, a landscape that inspired her OSU Press essay collections, Peace at Heart and Morning Light. Drake’s most recent poetry book is Driving One Hundred, from Windfall Press.  Her college textbook Writing Poetry has been in print since 1983.


TALK: What We Can Learn from Ursula Le Guin
Ursula Le Guin helped launch the Terroir Writing Festival nearly ten years ago. She was a prophetic voice in the Oregon literary community, and her example, encouragements, and exhortations continue to speak to us through her written words. Join Barbara Drake in exploring what we can learn from Ursula Le Guin.

Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of the Middle East memoir, Through the Veil and of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving. She is a thesis advisor for the online MA in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University and an online instructor for Creative Nonfiction, working out of Newberg.


WORKSHOP: The Artifact as Axis
In our conversations and thought life we naturally remember the past, think about the future, and live in the present. But how can the nonfiction writer move around in time without disorienting the reader? Let’s see how a location or artifact can become a concrete axis point that allows timelines to layer and intersect in surprising and delightful ways. Yes, in nonfiction!

Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books of short fiction and personal essays, and the editor of the anthology, The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (St. Martins 2015). Her awards include a National Jewish Book Award in fiction, and an Oregon Book Award in literary nonfiction. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Oregon State University.


WORKSHOP: Haunted Borders: Exploring the Uncanny through Creative Writing
Playful, productive, and slightly disturbing: the uncanny blurs the line between the real and the imagined, the familiar and the unknown. We’ll get acquainted with the concept and generate some new writing. Our exploration will begin in memories of the domestic interiors of childhood and adolescence. Fiction writers, essayists, and poets all welcome.

Terroir registration is open! Click on “Registration 2018” above to join us!

Publishing: Explore your path at Terroir

March 14, 2018

There is no one path to published book or printed project. Indeed, these days, anyone who wants to see their written work out there in a world can find a way to get it in the hands of an audience.

How to navigate this path, given the abundance of options?

We have two speakers this year who will give talks about specific paths you might consider taking with your next project. Both have great experience in marketing personal work and are known in the Oregon writing community for their creativity and innovative approaches to  getting books in the hands of readers.

Join them at Terroir for an inspiring way of looking at the work of publishing!

Emily Grosvenor is the editor of Oregon Home magazine and an essayist and feature writer based in McMinnville, Oregon. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Good Housekeeping, Sunset, Marie Claire, and Emily is Terroir’s publicity director.

WORKSHOP: Writing in Real Time: How to Grow an Audience Before Your Project Sees the Light of Day
What if you could use public comments to shape a writing project as it is created? This workshop will look at several best practice examples of writers who have used feedback from the crowd to shape their books – while building an audience for that work in the process.

Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, a novelist, and the founder of the Main Street Writers Movement. She serves on the PubWest board of directors and her creative work is represented by Laurie Fox of the Linda Chester Literary Agency.

WORKSHOP: From Manuscript to Shelf: The Magic of Small Press Publishing
Small presses often take a hands-on approach, especially when it comes to working with their authors and launching innovative marketing efforts. Laura Stanfill, publisher of Forest Avenue Press, will share how a book moves from the acquisitions phase onto bookstore shelves with an emphasis on building community, supporting other authors, and recruiting allies along the way.

Have you registered for Terroir yet? It’s happening April 14, 2018 in McMinnville! Registration details are in the task bar at the top of this page. Secure your spot today!

For the first time at Terroir: Food Writing

March 7, 2018

For the first time ever, the festival will host a food writer, Heather Arndt Anderson, who will offer an introduction to the art and fun of writing about what we eat, cook, and celebrate together.

Culinary writing can be as beautiful and witty as any literature. The esteemed writer, who has been blogging at Voodoo & Sauce since 2006, will examine successful applications of common literary devices to culinary writing, exploring the works of cookbook authors M.F.K. Fisher, Helen Evans Brown, and more.

Heather Arndt Anderson is a Portland-based food writer and culinary historian. She’s the author of four books on culinary history and has been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Her fourth book, Berries: A Global History, comes out in April 2018.



Have you signed up for Terroir? We have two registration options: Links on the task bar above!

What can we learn from Ursula Le Guin? Barbara Drake to give talk at Terroir.

February 27, 2018

The world lost a picant, vital, and fantastic voice when Oregon writer Ursula Le Guin died on January 22, 2018.

We at Terroir have a special fondness for Le Guin and her works. After all, she has the distinction of being the festival’s first-ever keynote speaker when we began just nine years ago.

To celebrate the memory of Le Guin’s works and contribution to letters, festival founder and poet Barbara Drake will be holding a session on what we can learn from Ursula Le Guin.

Barbara Drake, Linfield College Professor Emeritus, lives with her husband on a small farm in Yamhill County, a landscape that inspired her OSU Press essay collections, Peace at Heart and Morning Light. Drake’s most recent poetry book is Driving One Hundred, from Windfall Press.  Her college textbook Writing Poetry has been in print since 1983.


Terroir is happening Saturday, April 14, 2018. Don’t miss out! Mark your calendar today.

Registration for Terroir 2018 is open!

February 26, 2018

Hooray! You can register! Simply click on the links below and you’ll be able to choose between online and mail-in registration.

Mail-in registration

Online registration

We’ll see you April 14, 2018 at the Yamhill Campus of Chemeketa Community College for this year’s festival!