Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer in Words Writing Conference

Manzanita to host the 3rd annual

Summer in Words Writing Conference
June 25-27
Manzanita, OR

Manzanita, Oregon will be the setting for the Summer In Words Writers Conference (SIW) at the Center for Contemplative Arts. It brings together Northwest’s best-selling authors and writing instructors for a three-day program of workshops and events. The theme for this year’s conference is Deepening the Craft. SIW provides aspiring writers the chance to network, hear inspiring advice and instruction, and take part in a reading.

Cost for all three days is $215.00; single day pricing is also available.

This year's conference kicks off Friday, June 25th with Jessica Morrell’s Narrative Drive in Fiction and Nonfiction workshop followed by Finding Focus by prolific writer Polly Campbell. In the afternoon Polly Campbell will teach Compelling Details followed by best-selling author Larry Brooks’ workshop on Pacing.

Friday’s workshops will be followed by an open forum for writers –Out Loud—which gives writers a chance to read their latest works to an audience. It will also feature a raffle with proceeds going to Write Around Portland, an organization that helps people transform their lives through writing and The Center for Contemplative Arts which offers programs in Manzanita.
Saturday morning will kick off with Nail the Ending workshop taught by Jessica Morrell followed by Bill Johnson’s workshop Dramatic Truth. Saturday afternoon will feature a luncheon with keynote speaker and best selling author Jennie Shortridge, Staying Afloat in a Turbulent Sea: Righting the Craft This will be followed Spirit of Storytelling taught by Bill Johnson and The Art of Arc by Jennie Shortridge On Sunday, attendees can look forward to a Question and Answer session with Jessica Morrell, Bill Johnson and Jennie Shortridge on Building Your Writing Skills. Sunday will also feature Marian Pierce’s workshop Finding Your Characters Through Dialogue.

Manzanita, Oregon is vibrant community on Oregon’s coast also known for its love of the arts and books. The Center for Contemplative Arts serves the region with a variety of arts offerings and personal and spiritual development courses.

Visit any of the instructors’ websites or blogs:Larry Brooks: Campbell: Johnson:, Jessica Morrell: http://thewritinglifetoo.blogspot.comMarian Pierce: www.marianpierce.comJennie Shortridge:

The registration fee of $215 covers tuition for the three-day conference, Friday Continental breakfast, Saturday lunch and keynote. The cost for the Saturday lunch and keynote is $20. Out Loud, $10. About Summer in Words: Founded in 2008 by Jessica Morrell (author of Thanks, But This isn’t for Us, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction, The Writer’s I Ching, Wisdom for the Writing Life, Voices From the Street, Between the Lines, Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing, and Writing Out the Storm)

Summer in Words was created to provide writers with an intimate conference experience in an uplifting setting so that attendees are energized, enlightened, and inspired.

For the complete schedule or any information or to register, contact conference coordinator Jessica Morrell at 503 287-2150 or or conference assistant Mary Drew at

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