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We Will Miss You, Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig smiling

Willamette Writers was saddened to hear of the death of award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer Ivan Doig. From This House of Sky to Sweet Thunder, Mr. Doig proved his mastery of language and storytelling. He never considered himself a “Western” writer, despite his stories taking place in the American West. He felt that writing, though…

Finding a Critique Group

Since so many of our members seek critique groups, I was delighted to stumble upon what appeared to be a “secret society” of such groups right here in Portland. In fact, it’s not a secret society but a highly organized, grassroots, community-based organization of serious writers who joined together to form People’s Ink to hone their writing…

FiLMLaB At The Midpoint

The Living Room

We are halfway through the FiLMLaB short script contest. There’s still plenty of time to submit your seven page script for a chance at the Grand Prize: the filming and production of your story by a professional film crew. In three act structure, the second act is always the longest, and arguably the most tedious…

The Ten Days of (FiLMLaB) Christmas

Trying to stay focused and on task during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas (five if you include New Year’s) can be a real challenge. If you established writing goals on January 1, you are rapidly running out of time to complete them and the knowledge that time is slipping away while you are…

How To Avoid the Self-Published Look, Part 2

by Dick Lutz 7. Capitalize the title and subtitle. The first word, last word, and every noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, and adverb should be capitalized. Articles, prepositions shorter than five letters, and conjunctions use lowercase letters. Be aware that not all “small” words are to be lowercased. Some small words are verbs (for example, “Is,…

How To Avoid the Self-Published Look, Part 1

by Dick Lutz Appearance Is Everything There’s a lot less stigma of self-publishing than there used to be, but it still exists. Regardless of the stigma, there’s no reason why your book can’t look just as good as one published by, say, Random House. The steps to avoid the self-published look are simple but they…

Author Road Interview: Lawson Inada

Oregon Poet Laureate 2006 – 2010 Poet Lawson Inada, Oregon’s 5th poet laureate, proceeded Oregon’s current poet laureate, Paulann Peterson. Lawson is a Sensei, born in Fresno, California in 1938, and 4 years later he and his family were confined to concentration camps until the end of World War II. After the war and following…