Recent Meetings

Southern Oregon’s workshops are held the first Saturday of the month, September through June (minus December) at:

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. 3rd St
Central Pt, OR 97502
Morning presentations are from 10 am to noon (9:30 for networking) and afternoon workshops are from 1:30 to 4:30.
All are welcome to attend. Members attend morning presentations for free as part of their membership. Visitors are invited to contribute $5.

Information about workshops in Portland, Mid-Valley, Salem, the Coast, and Corvallis can be found on their websites.

Emily Grosvenor “Structuring Your Memoir”

Emily Grosvenor “Structuring Your Memoir” Saturday, March 4th, 2017 Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point “Structuring Your Memoir” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors Structure is the backbone of story. As a genre, memoir opens up perhaps the widest avenues for structure of any book-length…

Eric Witchey- “Character and Conflict”

February 4,2017 “Character, Climax, and the Irreconcilable Self” Eric Witchey, Award-winning writer and author of Bull’s Labyrinth, will describe and demonstrate the use of conflicted psychology as a driver for story and as an essential part of developing powerful climaxes. This two part series begins in the morning at 10AM when Mr. Witchey will discuss…

PUBLISHING, POSITIONING, AND THE BUSINESS OF WRITING

Edwin Battistella, Author and Professor of Linguistics and Writing at SOU. Saturday, September 10, 2016 Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point Morning Presentation: “Why the History of Publishing Matters” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors From the time of Gutenberg, and before, publishing has been a business,…

Diving Deep: Emotion in Fiction

Susan Kelly, Writing Coach and Developmental Editor Saturday, June 4, 2016 Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point Morning Presentation: “Diving Deep I: Emotion in Fiction” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free to members, $10.00 visitors Dale Carnegie once said, “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not…

Saturday, November 7, 2015: Robert Arellano presents “Unlocking the Power of Place, Unleashing the Complexity of Character”

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Morning lecture: With examples from D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Stephen King, Arellano will elucidate how literary masters bring their settings to life and give birth to unforgettable characters—and you will learn how to harness this magic for your own writing. Set up a story by using “first sensory details” Zoom in to capture the…

Saturday, June 6, 2015: Jill Kelly presents Revisions and Editing towards Publication

Morning Presentation: Getting Support for Your Manuscript. From coaches to beta-readers, workshops to retreats, self-editing to a paid editor, we’ll discuss 12 ways to bring your manuscript to completion: How to get it written with the least struggle. How to get it polished with the least hassle. Staying out of Discouragement Land. How to know…

Saturday May 2, 2015: Elizabeth Lyon presents How to Give Your Writing Character and Depth

Morning Presentation:   “Like an Alley Cat on Steroids” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors Writing similes and metaphors is as simple as drawing water from a perpetually bubbling spring—for a lucky few. Imagery and comparisons add layers of meaning, characterization, color, and often humor, and bring art to craft. By modeling…