Anis Mojgani, Oregon Poet Laureate presents:
Collaboration with oneself–between the finding & the creating
Where do the words come from? From where does the language arrive? These are
often things out of our control. So the question then is less about where do the words
come from but how they might invite us to participate in what they have to offer us.
Anything can be a found object, even that which comes from inside our self. Our role in
the creative process of writing, often has less to do with the writing of the words but
what is created from what we have found and gathered, in a sense getting to
collaborate with ourselves or that of ourselves that before was unseen.
Michael Mills, Instructor of English and Art at Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA presents:
Carver: Beyond Short Fiction
Michael Mills, the host of the Raymond Carver Podcast, will present on the balance of
Carver’s work: from short stories to poetry and from novel starts and outlines to film
scripts and one-act plays. He will also bring along a few rare books in which you can
catch glimpses of these lesser-known projects.
Marianne Monson, author and editor, presents:
That Elusive Thing Called “Voice”
What is voice? It is a term that we hear a lot about, but voice can be difficult to define,
much less foster in our own work. Author and editor Marianne Monson will discuss
examples of texts that are rich in this elusive element and lead you through exercises to
enhance its presence in your own writing. Come ready to write, discuss, and share.
K.A. Ralston, PNW poet and author of Ink Blots, presents:
Beating Writer's Block and Generating New Ideas
Learn to understand the root of your writer's block and become equipped with practical exercises that allow you to beat the block and generate new content.
Estrella Brown, retired teacher and Clatskanie poet, presents:
Join Estrella Brown for this informative and hands-on exploration of haiku that has something for all levels of writers. This workshop will include: a brief history of haiku poetry, the traditional haiku format, the fundamentals of Brown’s haiku writing process, tips on writing haiku, exploring ideas and themes, and time to write and share.
Joseph Green, retired professor and published poet, presents:
How to Get Published
Things have changed in the world of poetry publication since Green first started submitting work to literary journals, but the pitfalls and promises remain more or less the same. This workshop will give direction to the process so first-timers can submit poems without announcing that they don't know what they’re doing. We will examine the difference in purpose between publishing in a magazine or journal and publishing a collection, as well as the dangers and rewards of self-publication. We’ll look at a couple of online pathways for finding likely journals and magazines, as well as book publishers; and we’ll go over publication etiquette. Expect a lively Q & A session and to leave the workshop with the confidence that you can get your poems out to a wider audience.
Dayle Olsen, Cathlamet poet and board member of The Writer’s Guild of Astoria, presents:
Mini Zines for writers
Create a pocket-size booklet featuring a short story or poem based on a happy memory.
Zines are an easy, inexpensive way to make literary art to share and trade. All ages and
writing experience levels are welcome. Come ready to have fun! Materials provided.