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The Big Critique

Sunday, August 6, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Mt. Hood

This year, we are ending the Conference with a bang!

Join us for The Big Critique – an exciting new opportunity to get professional feedback on your work and meet friends in your genre. The Big Critique is open to everyone, and features feedback from acclaimed authors and educators, including: C. Lill Aherns, Steven Barnes, Larry Brooks, Dory Fiamingo, Jack Rochester, Tex Thompson, Eric Witchey, and Lidia Yuknavich.

Here is how it works:

  • Step One: Sign up online at here
  • Step Two: Print your double-spaced first page (maximum 250 words)
  • Step Three: Join us from 1:30-3:00 on Sunday
  • Step Four: Sit down at your table, along with 5 other writers and one industry professional
  • Step Five: Wait your turn while you listen to feedback on others’ work and get to know your table
  • Step Six: Hear the professional read and critique your work

And don’t forget Step Seven: keep in touch after the conference with your new writing pals.

The Big Critique will help you wrap up your conference with a clear view of what’s coming up next. So sign up today at goo.gl/vcCL17

NOTE: You must sign up for this event and come prepared. You will find details in the conference program, and on site near the registration desk. Sign up closes at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.


Kate Ristau writerKate Ristau
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, her son and her dog. Visit her website at kateristau.com.


Maren Anderson

Maren Anderson is a writer, teacher, and alpaca rancher who lives in rural Oregon. Her novel Fuzzy Logic is available here and her recent book, Closing the Store, is here. Also, her poetry has appeared in The Timberline Review. She teaches college English and novel writing to new writers. If you want to know more about Anderson’s writing, classes, or alpacas, contact her via Facebook, on Twitter (@marenster), or at www.marens.com.

Orit Ofri

Orit Ofri is a software engineer, an MBA, and a writer who works with writers, professionals, and small businesses to get started and grow their online presence. Orit serves as the President of Willamette Writers and is also the digital media manager of the organization. Visit oritofri.com for more