Tag Archive for advice for writers

Finding my Story, Losing My Voice

On Tuesday, October 6th, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Oregon writer C.B. “Chris” Bernard joins the Willamette Writers meeting to talk about the remarkable journey that became his book, “Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now.” (Lyons Press, 2013)

The Clowning Linguist with Sarina Dorie, Eugene

Learn how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle a reader’s sense of humor, create puns and play with words by using techniques that stand-up comedians use. Exercise your wit with new skills, make others laugh and be entertained. Bring…

Melissa Hart, Your Life in Print, Corvallis

We’ll begin by looking at published examples of short memoir in magazines and newspapers. From there, participants will learn how to identify compelling topics and themes from their own lives, and how to structure a short memoir. Through brief writing exercises, in an interactive and lively setting, we’ll talk about how to identify just the…

Rebecca Storyweaver Cohen, Telling stories into writable form, Newport

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2-4 p.m. McEntee Room, Newport Public Library Spend a couple of hours with Rebecca Storyweaver Cohen, children’s librarian and long-time traditional storyteller. Attendees will hear stories that come from the Central Oregon Coast, stories told for many years until the storyteller is satisfied that the tale has found its best form…

Your Author Platform Strategy

Presented by Orit Ofri Saturday, July 18 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $25 for Willamette Writers Members, $35 for Nonmembers Pre-registration is required. Email midvalleyww@gmail.com to register. To register, please send your name, email, and let us know if you need special accomodations. Currently the workshop is in a location with stairs in downtown Eugene.…

Elizabeth Lyon’s “Crafting Titles” Available

Crafting Titles is the newest booklet in a fiction craft series by editor-author Elizabeth Lyon. In this helpful craft fiction book, Lyon decodes the mysterious process of finding a title that captures the uniqueness of your novel and makes a lasting impression. Analyzing classic and contemporary fiction, from all genres, Lyon explains when to consider…

Your Author Platform Strategy

In this interactive workshop we will use exercises and examples to go from the general concept of the Author Platform to the specifics of finding your Author Platform Strategy.

C.B. Bernard, Finding My Story, Losing My Voice, Corvallis

The remarkable story that became Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now (Lyons Press) all but fell into Bernard’s lap. Telling that story followed a 14-year journey through four cross-country moves, two failed novels, more than a hundred rejections, and a less-than-strategic rethinking of Bernard’s entire life. Learn from — and…

Why You Need an Agent – Portland

Literary agent Chip MacGregor and his client, author Leslie Gould, will talk about the client / agent relationship. They will also answer member questions informally starting at 6 pm, with their presentation at 7 pm.