LitWatch August: Gain Writing Wisdom at the Willamette Writers Conference

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Mark Oshiro and Laura Stanfill will be the keynote speakers at the 53rd Annual Willamette Writers Conference.

August marks the 53rd edition Willamette Writers Conference, a five-day in-person and online literary event presented by Willamette Writers. From August 3-7 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in northeast Portland or from the comfort of your home computer, join more than 50 writing professionals as they share their wisdom through master classes, conferences, round tables and discussions. There will be opportunities to receive feedback and showcase finished work to agents and editors in one-on-one virtual meetings, as well as converse with other writers in the area.

Keynote speakers are Marc Oshiro and Laura Stanfill. Originally from New Jersey, Stanfill is the author of Singing lessons for the stylish canary and publisher of Forest Avenue Press. According to the author’s website, “She believes in independent bookstores and wishes them like stars from her home in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her family and Waffles the dog.” Stanfill will speak from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Oshiro, author of the award-winning YA book anger is a gift, will speak from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. They are co-authors with Rick Riordan from an upcoming Percy Jackson novel and in their free time “try to pet all the dogs in the world”.

You can still register for the Willamette Writers Conference and attend sessions such as “Small Press & Indie Publishing”, “How to Write a Marketable Screenplay”, “Just the Facts: How to Sell A Nonfiction Book”. Conference registration ranges from $229 to $549. Check out the full program on conference website.

Week 1: August 1-7

Chelsea T. Hicks in conversation with Trevino L. brings a lot
Featured by Powell Books
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 2
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland
Free

Chelsea T. Hicks is a member of the Osage Tribe and strives to tell the stories of Indigenous youth, including through heartwarming and poignant stories in her latest book. A calm and normal heart. She will speak with poet and musician Trevino L. Brings Plenty, a Native American author whose work “explores Native American identity in American culture and how it has, through genealogical history, affected Indigenous peoples in the 21st century. “.

Carey Wong’s work includes stage design for Tacoma Opera’s 1999 production of “Madama Butterfly.” Wong will be signing copies of her book Aug. 6 at the Portland Chinatown Museum. Photo courtesy: Carey Wong

The transformed world: Book signing with Carey Wong
Presented by the Portland Chinatown Museum
3 to 4 p.m. (members) and 4 to 5:30 p.m. (non-members) Saturday, August 6
Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW Third Ave., Portland
$20 members, $25 non-members

Carey Wong is a Seattle-based scenic designer and author whose resume includes eight seasons as executive production manager and resident designer at the Portland Opera. The transformed worlda 40-year retrospective of his work, is on view at the Portland Chinatown Museum until September 10. He will sign books on Saturday.

Week 2: August 8-14

In-Store Poetry Reading: Brittney Corrigan and Jessica Pierce
Presented by Annie Bloom Books
7 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 8
Annie Bloom’s books
7834 SW Capitol Highway, Portland
Free

Reed College alumnus Brittney Corrigan will read poems by Girls, a collection that reconstructs traditional ideas from mythology, folklore and fairy tales. She will be joined by Jessica Pierce, Pushcart Prize nominee, poet and author of Consider the body, winged. Signed copies will be available for purchase at this first-come, first-served event.

Nicole Meier will lead two writing workshops at Bend’s Roundabout Books.

Writing workshop with Nicole Meier
Presented by Roundabout Books
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 9
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 19
roundabout books
900 NW Mt. Washington Drive, #110 Bend
$45 per session

Author of Plan for a book and Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach, Nicole Meyer will guide participants through an abridged version of her book in a writing course on story structure and development. This course, for fiction and memoir writers, will be held twice at Roundabout Books. Each class requires separate registration and payment.

Sponsor

Bag & Baggage Theater Productions Shakespeare Hillsboro Oregon

Adam White and Justin Taylor in conversation
Presented by Literary Arts
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 9
literary arts
925 SW Washington St., Portland
Free

Writing teacher and author Adam White will talk about his first novel, The middle coastwith Justin Taylor, Ride with the ghost memoirist and The Literary Review fiction editor. Their conversation will be moderated by Steve Nelson of Northwest Review.

Week 3: August 15-21

Michelle Wilde Anderson

Michelle Wilde Anderson in conversation with Kate Dwyer
Featured by Powell Books
7 p.m. Monday, August 15
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland
Free

Author and urban law expert Michelle Wilde Anderson will talk about her new book, The fight to save the city, with Kate Dwyer, Executive Director of the Four Way Community Foundation. Anderson’s book examines the lives of people living in towns and cities devastated by poverty, often resulting from cuts in funding to local government agencies. Although sometimes tragic, “this book is not a praise or a lament” (Powell’s), but rather focuses on communities that are on the verge of progress.

Week 4: August 22-31

Tim Shaner and Ty Connor: Stories from the Reaches of Eugene
Presented by Tsunami Books
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 25
Tsunami Books
2585 ​​Willamette Street, Eugene
Suggested donation $5-$20

Lane Community College English teacher Tim Shaner will read from his book Noch Ein at the Stein (stories of life at the Bier Stein). He will be joined by theater professional and musician Ty Conner, playing Tsunami Books’ beloved grand piano. Masks are encouraged for this event.

Author and journalist Casey Parks

Casey Parks in conversation with Anna Griffin
Featured by Powell Books
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 23
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland
Free

Washington Post reporter Casey Parks, formerly a reporter for The Oregonian, will discuss her book Diary of a Misfit, in which she embarks on an epic journey to uncover the mystery of a singer from her grandmother’s past. Parks, who “is forced to consider her own sexuality, her heavy Southern identity” (Powell’s) travels through rural Louisiana to compile once-lost information, finding herself along the way. She will be joined by Anna Griffin, vice president of news at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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