Writing Resources


Finding an Agent

1.  Query Tracker - http://querytracker.net/index.php

Finding a Publication for a Short story

1.  Duotrope's Digest - http://www.duotrope.com/

2.  The Ivory Tower - http://www.theivrytower.com/

Reference Resources

- Garner's Modern American Usage

-Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

-Scene & Structure

-The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing

- Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure  

Workshops and Conferences

Claim Your Story Writing Conference
Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland, Oregon
MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Morrell, conference coordinator

Whether you write fiction, essays, or memoir, there is an art to stringing together words to elicit an emotional response from your readers. The first annual Claim Your Story Writers Conference, October 19th at the Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland, centers around the idea that all good writing emerges when writers possess the heart of an artist and are willing to step up and tell their tale.  This one-day event provides an opportunity to focus on the craft and breathe new life and color into your writing. Our aim is that writers produce work that is more vivid, true, and powerful than they’ve been able to produce before.  Workshops will be taught by talented authors who are also distinguished writing teachers: Lidia Yuknavitch, Alissa Lukara, and Jessica Morrell.

Hours are 9:00 a.m. -5 p.m.

Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Lidia Yuknavitch author of the acclaimed memoir The Chronology of WaterDora A Headcase, and other collections and books. She will be speaking about The Worth of Risk.

According to conference coordinator Jessica Morrell “I’m thrilled to build a writing conference in the Ashland area which is so renowned for the arts. The Claim Your Story Conference was launched to strengthen connections among southern Oregon’s talented writing community especially aspiring writers seeking inspiration and education. Besides a line-up of helpful workshops and writing inspiration, writers will have a chance to make real connections with other writers.  All levels are welcome.”

The Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland is an exceptionally charming setting in a charming city. Conference attendees will be able to tour the gardens and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Cost for the conference is $125 and includes a catered lunch and beverages. To register or for more information about the conference including the schedule, visit the conference website athttp://claimyourstory.com Payments can be mailed to Jessica Morrell, P.O. Box 820141, Portland, OR 97282-1141. PayPal payments are also accepted.
Conference participants who will need hotel rooms are encouraged to reserve accommodations as soon as possible at http://www.lithiaspringsresort.com
The instructor’s Websites are located at:

Keywords: Claim Your Story, Lithia Springs Resort, Lidia Yuknavitch, Alissa Lukara, Jessica Morrell, Ashland, inspiration, writing conference

Jessica Morrell is the author of six books along with the upcoming No Ordinary Days: the Seasons, Cycles, and Elements of Writing. She works as a developmental editor and is the founder of the Summer in Words Writing Conference in Cannon Beach, Oregon and Making it in Changing Times Writing Conference in Portland, Oregon.


NW Editors Conference 

Join us for Red Pencil in the Woods 2013: A Conference for Editors and Other
Word Lovers
, presented by the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.
Early-bird registration ends Sept. 15.

DateSaturday, October 26, 2013, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Location: Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, Washington

Learn from writing, editing, publishing, and IT experts at the nation's
largest conference designed by and for independent editors. Enjoy a full day
of presentations and workshops covering topics across the editing spectrum.
Network with professionals from the Northwest and beyond. A full program
brochure is available here:

Our keynote speaker, publishing veteran Alan Rinzler, will consider the big
gap between the myth and the reality of the current state of the editorial
landscape. Rinzler has held top editing positions at Simon & Schuster, the
Grove Press, and Rolling Stone magazine: www.alanrinzler.com.

For more information or to register, visit
edsguild.org/conferences/red-pencil-woods-2013 (admission includes
continental breakfast and lunch).

Early-bird admission by Sept. 15: Guild members $90.00 / nonmembers $120.00
Sept. 16-Oct. 15: Guild members $120.00 / nonmembers $150.00
Day of conference: Guild members $130.00 / nonmembers $160.00

Please join us and help spread the word to other colleagues who may be
interested in attending!

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild is a professional association of
more than 250 editors in Washington, Oregon, and the greater Northwest. 


Memoir Writers:  Submissions Wanted!

I’m working on a grassroots-type project about rural America with the NPR show State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). I would love for Oregon residents to participate, and I'm reaching out to organizations that might want to be involved.

More Americans are leaving rural areas for cities, but behind that movement, there’s a whole collection of individual experiences. We want to gather those stories: of people who left their hometowns, but also of people who have stayed or returned.

To do this, we’re inviting people across the country to share their stories through writing, images, or sound--or all three.

SOTRU is partnering with Cowbird and the interactive documentary Hollow. We'll collect individual stories on Cowbird’s website. Cowbird is designed for anyone to join and participate: it’s easy to upload images, text, and sound. For those who don’t have access to online platforms, we have other options for submitting stories.

This isn't a big commitment. Written stories are just 50-250 words. Participants could find their town featured in SOTRU’s 2014 season. More info here: http://stateofthereunion.com/the-one-thing/

This project is officially launching in October. But before then, we’re reaching out to people in every state to have their stories at the opening. I wonder if you'd be willing to spread the word in your writing workshops, meetings, or newsletter. Or perhaps you know of people or other organizations I should contact.

Please let me know if you’re interested in learning more. I hope to talk with you soon to fill you in on details.

Erika Lantz


Idaho Writers Guild, located in Boise, offers many events and resources to writers of all genres, and sponsors an annual Writers Rendezvous, which includes a writing contest. Check their website for details and to subscribe to their newsletters, www.IdahoWritersGuild.com. 


Contest Opportunities:

Midlife Collage Weekly Writing Contests:

Midlife Collage is looking for submissions in our free-entry contests. We run weekly, online writing contests for a cash prize. Perhaps some of the writers in the Central Oregon group would be eligible and interested in submitting a short story. Please see our Submissions page for the guidelines and contest rules. Go to our Calendar page and watch the short videos for topic ideas. 

For more information, visit http://midlifecollage.com/


Literary Arts Presentations
Please visit http://www.literary-arts.org/ for more information about this organization.

Literary Arts Proudly Announces the
2013/2014 Portland Arts & Lectures Season
Salman Rushdie | October 8, 2013

Ann Patchett | November 20, 2013

Lawrence Wright | January 14, 2014

Chris Ware (in conversation with Chip Kidd) | February 18, 2014

Julia Alvarez | April 3, 2014

Full subscriptions to the series are available
 online at literary-arts.org starting at $75, or by calling our box office at 503-227-2583.


Literary Arts Will Present
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
as Culminating Event of 2014 Everybody Reads Project 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15, on sale now at PCPA.com
U.S. Supreme Court Justice will visit Portland next spring.

The 2014 Everybody Reads selection is United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's My Beloved World. In partnership with Multnomah County Library and the Library Foundation, Literary Arts is pleased to present Justice Sotomayor at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the culminating event of the 12th annual community reading project on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has become an American icon. In this autobiography, she details her journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. My Beloved World is a story of love, self-discovery, and human triumph. Despite having only television characters for professional role models when she was a child, Sotomayor resolved to become a lawyer. That dream took her from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney's office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court by the age of 40.

This event is presented by Literary Arts and is sponsored by The Standard, Lewis & Clark College, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and OPB.

For more information, visit literary-arts.org


OSU-Cascades Low-Residency MFA

Distinguished Visiting Faculty

& Fall Residency Dates Announced


OSU-Cascades is delighted to welcome threeDistinguished Visiting Writers for the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing fall residency, November 1- 10.

Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek; performance poet and young adult novelistKaren Finneyfrock; and travel writer and personal essayist Colleen Kinder will join OSU-Cascades Core Faculty in Creative Writing as Distinguished Visiting Writers. Prosek will teach a day-long intensive, “The Apprentice’s Guide to Fieldwork” in the old-growth forests of Sisters, Oregon. Finneyfrock will teach two half-day intensives, “Spoken Word, Performance Poetry, and the Art of Slam” and “Writing Down, Writing Up: Writing Literature for Young Adults.” Kinder will lead students in the two travel writing courses, “Writers’ Guide to Adventure” and “Personalizing Place.”

What’s distinctive about these residency intensives is OSU-Cascades’ commitment to border-crossing; students are taught strategies for thinking across genre, for making connections with their local communities, and for maintaining creative livelihoods in today’s economy. In addition to offering instruction in the craft of writing, Core Faculty and Distinguished Visiting Writers educate students in all aspects of the writing life. What does it mean to live a life of writing and reading books? What spiritual habits inspire the imagination? What work habits support creative inspiration? What are the brass tacks of being a writer in today’s economy? And, finally: why choose to be a writer in today’s world?

Select events—like Beer & Books, Site-Specific Performance Installations, and Faculty Readings—are free and open to the public. Visit OSU-Cascades Low-Residency MFA website and join the newsletter for information about upcoming events.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2013

I'm pleased to send you this announcement personally, and I hope you will contact me directly if you have any questions, would like more information about admissions for our first class this fall, and so forth.

Dr. Emily Carr, Director

Oregon State University - Cascades Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is a partner program of the High Residency MFA in Creative Writing at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Press Release:
New Low-Residency MFA to attract writers from Oregon and beyond
BEND, Ore. – Oregon State University – Cascades’ newest graduate degree gives writers the opportunity to deepen their craft without having to relocate or give up a job.  

The low-residency format is a response to the needs of today's writer. Throughout the year students will work long-distance with faculty mentors in individualized courses of study. They will also meet with mentors and fellow students twice a year for 10 days of craft workshops, literature lectures, and professional and vocational seminars at OSU’s branch campus, located where the Cascade mountains meet the high desert in Central Oregon.   
Program director Emily Carr said, “What's distinctive about OSU-Cascades Low-Residency MFA is its investment in the writing life; our students are educated in the many ways professional writers thrive in today's economy. Our faculty mentors are accomplished teacher practitioners who can help our students to grow their craft, find audiences for their work, and develop the career management skills needed to sustain a creative livelihood.”

Carr has been a finalist in seven national book contests, most notably The National Poetry Series 2011. Her second book of poetry, 13 Ways of Happily: Books 1 & 2 (Parlor Press 2011) was chosen by Cole Swensen as winner of the 2009 New Measures Poetry Prize.  Emily has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Jack Kerouac House, Writers in the Heartland, and Camac Centre d’Art.

In addition to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, magazine and science writing, courses and workshops will include topics such as blogging, grant writing and community outreach to further develop the writer’s career.

Initial faculty for the program have been selected.  Arielle Greenburg is a feminist poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry.  She’s received a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a Saltonstall Individual Artist Grant.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purchase College and a Master of Fine Arts and certificate in advanced women’s studies from Syracuse University.

T. Geronimo Johnson’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in Best New American Voices, the LA Review, and Illuminations, among others.  He has taught writing and held fellowships—including a Stegner Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship—at ASU, Iowa, Berkeley, Stanford and WMU. Geronimo’s academic interests include new media, creative writing pedagogy, and the film essay
The two-year low-residency program includes four residency sessions and four mentorship quarters.  The program is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year through July 29, 2013.  

About OSU-Cascades: Located in Bend, Ore., Oregon State University’s branch campus features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Sixteen undergraduate majors and three graduate programs include Energy Systems Engineering, Exercise and Sport Science, Hospitality Management, and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership. The branch campus plans to expand to a four-year university beginning fall 2015.