Getting the Details Right: Research and Setting in Fiction
“The devil is in the details” the saying goes and it is as true in writing fiction as it is in rolling out a grand policy decision.
In this workshop Samuel Snoek-Brown will help you learn how to make any fictional settings, objects, or people come to life through careful and accurate details. This will be a popular workshop, space is limited, registering early will assure you a chair. The workshop will be from 2 PM to 3 PM at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville campus.
Sam is the author of two books: flash-fiction chapbook, Box Cutters, from sunnyoutside press; and his novel, Hagridden, from Columbus Press. He is a recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. He has been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for a novella, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award.
Sam teaches writing for Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Chemeketa Community College. He is the production editor for Jersey Devil Press and has served as the fiction judge for local literary contests in Oregon and Indiana. This year Samuel is Judging the Prose for the Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest for adults, youth, and children in Yamhill County, Oregon.l.
He was raised mostly in Texas; I’ve also lived in Oregon and Wisconsin, and he loves to travel: in addition to driving much of the US, I’ve visited Mexico, Turkey, Canada, Scotland, Austria, The Netherlands, and Thailand. I recently spent two years living in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. He lives in Portland, Oregon
How to be your own Editor
John Sibley Williams will be presenting a workshop that provides authors with all the tools and guidance necessary to become their own successful publishers. Including aspects of professional editing and design, logistics and distribution, and publicity and marketing, the goal for this presentation is to offer enough details to make writers “publishing professionals,” with an insider’s knowledge of the business and marketplace. This is a workshop will be from 3 PM to 4:10 Pm on Saturday April 18th at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus.
John Sibley Williams is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Controlled Hallucinations (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The End of Mythology (Virgogray Press, 2013), and has served as editor of the recent Northwest poetry anthologies Alive at the Center (Ooligan Press, 2013) and Motionless from the Iron Bridge (barebones books, 2013). He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. A few previous publishing credits include: American Literary Review, Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, RHINO, and various anthologies.
John co-founded the Inflectionist poetry movement, edits its journal, The Inflectionist Review, and serves as Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford and Co-Director of the Walt Whitman 150 organization. He also co-founded the Moonlit Poetry Caravan, a Portland-based critique group.
John holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University, where he served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and Marketing Manager of Three Muses Press.
Currently John works as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press and as a freelance literary agent and publicist, representing poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon
Professional Critiques of Nonfiction
Listening to Lisa Ohlen Harris talk about memoir begins to infuse your life with story. Those who have shared your life take on the luster and patina of a well-loved landscape. It is a gift to the spirit.
Lisa Ohlen Harris will be the featured writer at the Prose Night sponsored by the McMinnville Public Library. The evening of April 2nd at 406 NE 3rd Street, McMinnville beginning at 6:30 PM, Lisa read excerpts from her work. It is a wonderful open mic opportunity. If you have something to share you can come up and read an excerpt of your work.
Lisa is the author of two memoirs; the Middle East memoir “Through the Veil” and most recently “The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving” She has an MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She was the Creative Nonfiction Editor of “Relief Journal” (LINK) from 2007 through 2010. She is a free lance editor who offers critique services which will look for strengths and potentials, look for what is effective and how writing can be enhanced. Not forgetting the details, her critiques include editorial corrections in grammar, punctuation, and usage as well as writing craft guidance to help shape and polish a specific essay and to improve tools for future writing projects. She has worked with authors to develop editing skills, to improve a literary essay, to polish an essay collection, to fine tune college application essays, and to edit and strengthen book-length manuscripts.
The Terroir Creative Writing Festival sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County is on Saturday, April 18th, at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus. Lisa Ohlen Harris will be offering four 20 minute one-on-one critiques and feedback on a nonfiction article, essay, or memoir excerpt up to 3000 words. She will review the writing ahead of time. During her critique she will point out strengths, weaknesses, and the potential of the work. Since Lisa will review work before the Festival, it is important to register early.
Stepahnie Lenox's first full-length collection of poetry, Congress of Strange People, was released from Airlie Press in October 2012. from
She writes about what obsesses her, whether that's the odd characters in The Guinness Book, the loud talker in the neighboring cubicle at work, or my toddler who spends her days running full-speed toward pointy, dangerous things.
She enjoys sharing my work with audiences and readers, She will be reading her poetry at the Terroir Creative Writing Contest on Saturday, April 18th at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus.
Stephanie was on Arts Alive TV and talked with host Lynda Phillippi and read a poem.
Poetry Reading at Terroir Creative Writing Festival
Pitching a book idea is serious work.
Have you wondered how to pitch your fiction or nonfiction book idea? Writing the Book Proposal will help you discover how take your great idea for a nonfiction or fiction book and present a successful proposal to agents or publishers.
If you are thinking about taking the next step toward publication, Emily Grosvenor's workshop Writing the Book Proposal (fiction or nonfiction) is for you. Emily's workshop at the Terroir Creative Writing Festival is on Saturday, April 18th at 10 am. Seating is limited.
Emily is a writer, an editor, and is an award-winning columnist and essayist, She writes tight, engaging lifestyle pieces, profiles, travel stories and features.
She wrote a recent article that was featured by the News Register about the importance of place and how that fits with the Terroir Creative Writing Festival. The article is behind a pay wall so the link may not take you to the article.
She lives in McMinnville, Oregon, blogs at "Pioneerperfume" and is working on a funny memoir about connecting to place through scent
This year's line up has it all
Artist are always asked for donations as if what they create is free.
Master landscape painter, Shannon Ray who has been involved with the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County sponsored annual Art Harvest Studio Tour for many years recently offered some advice on her Facebook Page to fellow artists about donation requests . She was kind enough to let us blog what she has to say.
The spring season of fund raising is upon us! I, like many artists and creative types love to support many worthy causes - it's great to be 'popular' for our work, and to be able to give of our heart for things we support. However -
This will be my future response for donation requests, and I give permission for all of my artist friends, and their artists friends, to edit, copy and paste, this reply for artwork donations: Let's educate!
Thank you for your contact, and remembering my work for your fund raising event.
While I support many causes with my time, dollars and artwork, I have decided to take a 'teach-able' stand for all artists (and other creative small businesspeople) that are so very, very often asked to give of their efforts for worthy events. We are professionals in our fields. Does the dentist, attorney, tax accountant, or Doctor get asked for "donations"? We have our own cost of doing business and overhead - not counting a living wage.
We small business creative types eagerly support each others' work - and many of us are in a position to support other work with our own dollars. I think this might be overlooked. We are the best client base you could ask for at an auction of any sort - for whatever cause!
So my answer, to help this idea catch on, is in three parts.
I will donate to your event IF:
1). You offer me free tickets to your event. I can almost guarantee I will buy something of another artists' work.
2). You allow me to put a minimum bid on my work. You get better work that way - like maybe exciting well priced originals instead of over sized business card freebies.
3). You notify me of who bought my work and for how much - not so I can pester them, but to track my valuable art work and provide future provenance.
Thanks again - I hope you have a very successful event.
Saturday April 18th coming right up.
Yes it is early. Your chance to save some change by registering early for a great writing festival. The link to early registration form is at the Terroir website: Terroir Early Registration Form
Print it out and mail it in, save some money. You'll be happy you did.