Willamette Writers Conference 2020

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
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    Masterclass

    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Amazon Ads, Keywords, and Categories
    Cascade A
    Amazon's eco-system is robust and complex, and this class is designed to help you sift through this confusion. In this advanced master class, we'll take what we already know about keywords and categories up to a new level: expert. We'll dig deeper into the Amazon metrics and how to gain more visibility for your book. This class will include tips and ideas to help optimize your book as soon as it launches. We'll also dig into Amazon ads, both US ads and International ads ‚ setting them up, running them, and shortcuts to running great and profitable ads. This class will cover: understanding how Amazon's algorithm really works and why everything you do on your book page matters; secrets to Amazon's optimization and how you can trigger organic optimization the day your book launches; why the also-bought section on your Amazon book page matters to your algorithm; how to do specific keyword searches and where to use these to gain more visibility for your book; keywords for fiction books that help to gain more traction; optimizing your Amazon book page and how this will help you convert browsers into buyers; how to understand categories/themes and how to rank consistently #1 in your category; how to expand your Amazon reach via book page enhancements that cost you nothing to implement; Amazon's international ad portal: why you want to start advertising your book NOW.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Character Fluency
    St. Helens D
    Award-winning writer Eric Witchey will be teaching this fun, dynamic, interactive Master Class on integrating character into considered layers of dramatic fiction. The class is a slice from his much larger Fiction Fluency series, and participants will walk away with improved understanding of how the reader's heart/mind interprets story, how character emotions connect in the reader's heart/mind, and how the provided understanding allows pervasive control of dramatic elements to create powerful psychological and emotional impact on readers both subliminally and cognitively. The seminar presents both underlying theory and specific, immediately executable techniques that can be practiced by story creators in any genre and at any level of development. The more a writer practices these techniques, the more nuanced these techniques become. Come and play story with us!
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Citizen Poems: Writing Poetry for the Human Project
    Cascade B
    "The more I write poems,‚" said Elizabeth Woody, "the less it's about what the poem is, and more about who the poem serves." Writing can be a habit that enriches the individual life, and publishing can bring this enrichment to others, and perhaps lead to money and fame. Or‚ writing and sharing work composed as a gift of advocacy for your heroes, for places, and for communities. This form of creative devotion could be your true vocation. In this workshop, open to writers at all stages of experience, we will explore the notion of "citizen poems," which are written not about a subject, but for a person, a place, a cause, a community. We will practice writing little anthems, manifestoes, and blessings.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Crafting Effective Nonfiction Book Proposals and Query Letters
    St. Helens A
    Even one published book can expand your business, boost your reputation, open doors to speaking gigs, or publicize your life experiences far and wide. Learn how to sculpt your proposal to fit the originality of your book and meet the demands for conformity within the genre. Learn what in a query letter will win agent interest.
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    Fee  Optional  Closed 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Describing the "Other"
    Garden A
    Writers who want to create fiction with characters from different identities, cultures, and backgrounds often grow anxious when it comes time to describe people from marginalized groups. They wonder which words and phrases they should avoid and which words to use instead. In this Master Class, writers will learn how to avoid these description pitfalls. Through lecture and writing exercises, we'll go beyond the basics of eliminating food metaphors and other tired/inaccurate clichés and explore how to make conscious, respectful, and inclusive language choices. Writers will come away from the session with a set of resources to help them avoid descriptions that unwittingly reveal or perpetuate bias and oppression. Bring your computer, tablet, or pen and paper for hands-on exercises.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Historical Fiction
    Cascade C
    Historical fiction has made a huge comeback in recent years, dominating the bestseller lists and winning big prizes like the Booker and Pulitzer. As a genre, its breadth is enormous, ranging from the classic bodice ripper‚ through saga epics to serious biographies.‚ Join award-winning author Chris (C.C.) Humphreys - who has written them all - as he considers what's out there and the special challenges of writing in the genre. Among the topics tackled: how to research and how to use the telling detail; voice and the balance between the authentic and the readable; psychology, ancient and modern, and how to balance the two; dialogue: how "ye olde" should you go?; the importance of place and how to listen for the echoes in the ruins. With plenty of exercises to liberate your quill, (er, keyboard!) Chris will examine how to both fictionalize real characters and realize fictional ones.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Inside a Television Series: From Concept to Broadcast
    St. Helens C
    Each year, thousands of ideas for television series are pitched to broadcasters. However, only a very small percentage get the green light. This class will take an in-depth look at how a series goes from inception all the way through to air. Grant Rosenberg was an Executive Producer on the Syfy series BITTEN and will use that show as an example as he takes you on a detailed, visual journey of the myriad steps involved to arrive at the finished product. Included will be discussions about the writing process, developing the series bible, throwing out a wide net for casting, the ins-and-outs of production design, creating visual effects (and CGI wolves), budgeting, scheduling, and hiring a crew.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    One True Thing
    Garden C
    When you don't know what matters most in your writing life, it's hard to focus‚ and finish. In this class, you will identify your top priority writing project. Then, you'll create a simple strategic plan for achieving it. 10 key productivity strategies will help you work smarter, accomplish more, and cross each finish line faster. Your personal productivity blueprint will prepare you to: put the right (for you) attitudes, habits, and practices in place; leverage your strengths and sustain your momentum; overcome fear, resistance, and procrastination; gain confidence in your process and your work; fulfill your #1 writing goal.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Platform Meets Paycheck: Write & Sell Short Personal Essays to Build Your Audience & Bank Account
    St. Helens B
    How to write, revise, and submit a personal essay. We study the structure of popular contemporary magazine and newspaper essays, then learn how to combine characterization, setting, sensory details, tension, surprise, and narrative arc in scene. Writers learn about researched essay components, the revision process, and how to identify and contact the ideal editors for a specific polished piece. We also cover ethical issues, how to pitch supplemental photos, and how to promote published pieces via social media.
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Plotting Your Personal Path to Publishing and Marketing
    Garden B
    In this enlightening and empowering intensive, Literary Change Agent and Author Advocate April Eberhardt discusses the changes within the publishing industry that enable authors to plot their own successful paths to publication, either within or outside of the traditional industry. April examines the multiple publishing alternatives available today and how they differ, particularly in relation to authors’ individual goals, dreams, timetable, and budget. April also presents a wide range of marketing approaches available to authors, including social media but also a variety of "personal touch" initiatives that can yield excellent results for authors. Highly interactive and attuned to each participant's work, wants, needs, and strengths, this intensive will arm authors with a full picture of the publishing landscape today, and will provide a plan for plotting a route to publication and designing and implementing an effective, enjoyable, and sustainable marketing plan.
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    Fee  Optional 
  • Friday, July 31, 2020
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    8:00 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Opening Keynote
    Mt. Hood Ballroom
    Get your conference experience off to a good start with our inspiring morning keynote address. Join slam poet Alex Dang as he kicks off the Willamette Writers Conference! Breakfast begins at 7:45AM, and the opening presentation begins at 8AM.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Building Your Street Teams: The Secrets to Selling More Books
    St. Helens D
    You've probably heard the term "street team" thrown around a lot when it comes to marketing. But how do you build this tribe of readers who love everything you've written, share your books with their followers, and can't wait to get your next book? And what are the key differences between super fans and street teams? This class will break down both and you'll learn how to convert readers into one or both categories to help you get more reviews, as well as encouraging them to help you spread the word about your book.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Conversation: Travel Writing
    Garden C
    Get in your car, put on your hiking boots, or hop on your bike! The world of travel writing is waiting for you. Join travel writers Kim Cooper Findling and Eileen Garvin as they discuss the joys and challenges of writing about places . . . and traveling to them!
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Current Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Garden A / B
    The world of Science Fiction and Fantasy is imaginative, big, and wild. Join noted SFF authors as they discuss current themes that have found their way into SFF, and how the industry has changed in the last few years.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Dastardly Deeds: Writing Mystery
    Cascade A / B
    Whether you are writing traditional mystery (from noir to cozy), a tale of suspense, or just want to add a little more mystery to your fiction, this panel discussion is for you. Learn about dynamic characters, devilish villains, deadly conflict, deft plotting, devious clues, and dramatic stories. Presented with support from our friends at Mystery Writers of America.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Southern Oregon Social Hour
    Rose & Compass
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by our Southern Oregon Chapter. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    What Makes A Good Story
    St. Helens C
    What makes a story good? In this interactive presentation, writers will learn the elements that make a story click, such as plot, exciting characters, dramatic change, voice, and stirring up the emotions of their readers.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Developing and Pitching an Idea for a TV Series, Part One
    Cascade C
    Part One will start with tips on how to develop an idea into a TV series, as well as pointers on how to verbally pitch your idea. Then members of the workshop will each take part in broadly shaping the concept; for example, one person will select the genre, others will identify the target audience, where the series is geographically set, and loosely define the protagonists and antagonists. We'll end up with a framework, which everyone will then use to develop their unique TV concept.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Diving Into Social Media Analytics
    St. Helens D
    Jumping into the murky waters of social media metrics and analytics can be overwhelming. Between figuring out where to find the data and sifting through the seemingly endless columns on spreadsheets, where should you start? This workshop covers the most important metrics in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where to find them, and what they mean. You'll get the foundation to start using analytics to make decisions about what's working (and what isn't) on your social media accounts. This presentation is best suited for those already familiar with Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Origin Stories: Identifying Your Foundational Narratives
    Garden C
    We start collecting our origins stories early in our lives. We draw from these origin stories like a set of paints, like a sacred text. In this generative workshop, through prompts and conversation, we will begin to excavate these origin stories for development into longer pieces.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Personal as Political
    Garden A / B
    The personal and political can no longer be separated. All of our stories are woven together with meaning; sometimes we cannot resist the call to take a step toward action. This panel will discuss how we tell a story that is true and reaches into the collective consciousness.
     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Producing 101 for Film & TV Writers
    St. Helens C
    In the film and television industry, producers are the muscle that moves a project forward. They champion an idea from script to screen. They oversee all aspects of development and production, then supervise post-production through release and beyond! While producers primarily act as the liaison between a creative team and the financiers, their role as project manager is inherently creative, too. In this workshop, we’ll demystify the role of the producer, covering everything from production company hierarchies, to strategies for making studio submissions. We’ll discuss how writers can more effectively work with producers to develop their stories, with practical tips on how to build a great working relationship with your producer as together you navigate the murky waters of development hell, with the goal of sailing towards pre-production. We’ll talk about the different types of producers, as well as the key differences between film and television producers. We’ll also give an overview of the various roles a producer has while on set, from budgeting and scheduling, to overseeing the logistics of a shoot, to working with department heads. No matter which hat a producer may be wearing, they are your closest ally when it comes to getting your project off the ground. Come learn how to work with producers to take your script to the next level!
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Salem and Corvallis Social Hour
    Rose & Compass
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by our Salem and Corvallis Chapters. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    The Dread Synopsis: How to Use the Synopsis as a Writing Tool and Other Random Tips
    Cascade A / B
    Few people enjoy writing a synopsis. But if you make it part of your editing process, you can give yourself a leg up when it comes time to submit to agents and publishers. In this session, we’ll discuss strategies on how to make your synopsis help you see the big picture—and big problems—of your manuscript, along with other writing tips.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    TV and Film Adaptations
    St. Helens C
    Join noted producer and screenwriter Alliison Margaret Reid on a journey into the world of adaptations.
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    12:45 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Lunch at the Red Carpet Premiere of Filmlab
    Mt. Hood Ballroom
    Grab your lunch and settle into your seat for the world premiere of Charlie LaTourette's web series, produced by Martin Vavra, and directed by Roberta Cumbiancchera, with F.J. Pratt as executive producer. Q&A to follow. You won't want to miss this!
     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    5 Steps to Your Elevator Pitch
    St. Helens D
    You’ve been working on your book for a year now and, still, when your mother asks “What are you writing?” you don’t know what to say. Or you’re preparing for your next reading and you want to distill the essence of your story when you invite readers to your event. In both situations, and many others, you need a versatile, flexible elevator speech or introduction that will ignite conversations and build your readership. This workshop is less about making the perfect pitch to a potential agent or in a query letter and more about learning to introduce yourself as a writer and present your latest writing project to your people. Come join Portland's Public Speaking Coach Gigi Rosenberg and develop the building blocks of your introduction to both you as a writer and to your latest writing project. You’ll leave with a first version of this introduction and with ideas for where to start practicing it right away. The workshop answers questions like: How do I condense years of work on a project into a sentence or two? What’s important to emphasize? How do I begin and end? What if I have several projects in the works? What’s best left unsaid? Bring your current or “old” elevator speech, if you have one, and your questions. As time allows, Gigi will provide live, on-the-spot coaching.
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     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Fearless Writing: Because Everyone Has What it Takes
    St. Helens A / B
    Learning the craft is only the beginning of a writer’s journey. After your story is told you must share your work with friends, classmates, agents, editors, and readers. This is what we call being an author, and it is what beginning and experienced writers alike find most challenging in their working lives. Based on his popular book Fearless Writing: How To Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, Kenower leads a guided roundtable discussion where participants can talk candidly about the real barriers to writing success – questions of voice, intelligence, time, money, and talent.
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     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Get to Know the Mystery Genre: An Overview of Clues, Red Herrings, Villains, and More
    Cascade A / B
    Wondering about red herrings? We won't lead you astray. Join us for a deep dive into mystery novels, where we help you find the clues you need to create your own mystery. Presented with support from our friends at Mystery Writers of America.
     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    How Comedy Works, Part One
    St. Helens C
    Screenwriter David Misch (“Mork & Mindy,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Duckman,” “Police Squad!,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Funny: The Book”) presents a class which comes with an ironclad guarantee that it will impart no usable skills. Okay, that could be an exaggeration but David’s given the same guarantee at the Smithsonian Institute, Austin Film Festival, Actors Studio, Yale, Columbia, Oxford University, American Film Institute, Groundlings Theatre, the University of Sydney, VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy), and the Burbank Comedy Festival. This seminar has no direct instruction but is a critical and serious (though funny) exploration of comedy as an art form. “How Comedy Works” gives actors, writers, directors, producers, and Crafts Service personnel a closeup of comedy’s innards, the idea being that understanding how comedy works will help you work in comedy. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Topics include the Rule of 3 (Why are things funnier in threes? Really, why? I mean, why?); the relationship between Comedy and Logic (spoiler alert: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; comedy “placebos”; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection and surprise – provide a template for all humor. As for practical applications, the presentation includes copious comedy clips from TV and movies which show how these principles translate into actual laughter. So, forget all that stuff about no usable skills.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    KIDLIT in the Real World
    Garden A / B
    Writing for kids isn't all rainbows and cotton candy. Today's kids' books deal with the nuances of growing up and the reality of the world we live in. Join us for a discussion of the current state of KIDLIT -- from the characters to, okay, the cotton candy.
     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Podcasting
    Cascade C
    Mic? Check! Recording device? Check! Distribution? What? Join us for a panel on podcasting, where we discuss why we podcast, how we podcast, and what makes for the best podcast!
     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Say It On The Page
    Garden C
    Tired of wondering "are they or aren't they" about your favorite characters? While labels don't work for everyone in real life, a character's identity being clear and present on the page is incredibly important, especially for readers looking to find themselves represented in fiction. Join experts as they discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ characters being present and visible in books, and how they write these characters and identities in their own works.
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     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Vancouver Social Hour
    Rose & Compass
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by our Vancouver Chapter. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Bestsellers and Break Ins: Five Sweet Spots Nobody is Talking About
    St. Helens D
    Bestsellers and break in books are different, because the bar for them is higher. Too often our process stops short of nailing all five. Awareness and clarity and help writers reach their dream more quickly, with fewer drafts.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Conversation: Author & Agent
    Garden A / B
    Signing with an agent is a big commitment. Want to know what the author/agent relationship is really like? Join authors Rosiee Thor and Taylor Brooke in a frank conversation with their agent, Saba Sulaiman, to find out what the relationship is really like.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Dyslexia in the Writing Life: The Good News
    Garden C
    Dyslexia has long been considered an obstacle to writers, especially since the common view holds it to be a serious problem with reading and writing. However, a new interpretation of the medical research into dyslexia reveals that the difficulties with reading and writing can often be easily overcome with some simple strategies. More importantly, new discoveries are coming to the forefront identifying a wealth of natural gifts dyslexia brings to creative individuals. This session provides an overview of the current medical research into dyslexia, the barriers and the treasures it presents, the emergence of the “positive dyslexia movement,” and practical strategies for writers to use to tap into their latent gifts.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Film Roundtables
    Mt. Adams
    Join us in a lightning round of TV and film networking! You'll meet film producers, managers, and all the people that make production and development possible. You won't want to miss this event.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    How Comedy Works, Part Two
    St. Helens C
    Screenwriter David Misch (“Mork & Mindy,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Duckman,” “Police Squad!,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Funny: The Book”) presents a class which comes with an ironclad guarantee that it will impart no usable skills. Okay, that could be an exaggeration but David’s given the same guarantee at the Smithsonian Institute, Austin Film Festival, Actors Studio, Yale, Columbia, Oxford University, American Film Institute, Groundlings Theatre, the University of Sydney, VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy), and the Burbank Comedy Festival. This seminar has no direct instruction but is a critical and serious (though funny) exploration of comedy as an art form. “How Comedy Works” gives actors, writers, directors, producers, and Crafts Service personnel a closeup of comedy’s innards, the idea being that understanding how comedy works will help you work in comedy. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Topics include the Rule of 3 (Why are things funnier in threes? Really, why? I mean, why?); the relationship between Comedy and Logic (spoiler alert: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; comedy “placebos”; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection and surprise – provide a template for all humor. As for practical applications, the presentation includes copious comedy clips from TV and movies which show how these principles translate into actual laughter. So, forget all that stuff about no usable skills.
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     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    I Finished a Draft, Now What?
    Cascade C
    Do you have a novel in a drawer you want to dust off and reengage with? A hot-off-the-press first draft? First, congratulations for getting to the finish line! But what to do now? In this workshop, you’ll get some actionable advice on how to take your manuscript to the next level using tools that allow you to see your work with fresh eyes. You’ll be introduced to techniques that will encourage both the “step back” perspective and the insight to tackle such narrative conundrums as plot holes, character consistency, pacing—even a way to assess which, if any, of your darlings to kill. The workshop will be part lecture, part exercises, and leave you feeling charged up and ready to revise.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Intersectionality and Characterization
    St. Helens A / B
    When writers first conceptualize characters, they often have one or two aspects of identity firmly in mind. In focusing on one particular aspect of identity - such as race or ability or sexual orientation - you can lose sight of the fact that there are always overlapping areas of identity that affect how a character moves through the world. In this workshop, we'll discuss how Intersectionality can be used as framework for creating fully-dimensional characters, especially when those characters are from identities and cultures different from your own. There will be hands-on writing exercises, so bring your laptop, tablet, or pen and paper.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Parent Writers Social Hour
    Mt. Hood Foyer
    Juggling diapers and baseball games and babies is hard! Not to mention writing too! Join us to commiserate at our social for parents. Make new friends and meet your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Suspense Five Ways
    Cascade A / B
    Suspense is that certain something that makes a reader keep on turning the pages. Let it go on for too long and readers will skip ahead to find out what happens. Resolve it too quickly and it loses its punch. In this workshop, we’ll talk about suspense, what it is, five ways to create it, and tools for modulating it.
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    5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Friday Evening Keynote with Cheryl Strayed
    Join us for a keynote session with New York Times Bestselling Author, Cheryl Strayed.
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    Fee  Optional  Closed 
    8:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
    Timberline Review Literary Salon
    Garden Foyer
    We are proud to welcome you to the launch of issue nine of the Timberline Review! Join us for a literary salon, complete with readings, signings, questions and conversations. This event is free and open to the public.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
    Pitches Against Humanity
    St. Helens C / D
    Everyone's favorite card game is back! join us for an evening of wacky, lewd, and hillarious pitches with your hosts, Erick Mertz and John Dover. Be warned: this event is not for the faint of heart! 18 and up.
     Optional  Closed 
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020
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    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Morning Yoga
    Garden Foyer
    Bring your yoga mat and towel and join us for morning yoga with Joy Lotus! Join Joy in the Garden Foyer to get your mind and body ready for a day of learning and pitching. No experience necessary.
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    7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Writers of Color Social
    Rose & Compass
    All writers are invited to join our Writers of Color social. Meet new friends and kick off with some caffeine before the conference day begins. We look forward to seeing you there!
     Optional  Closed 
    8:00 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Breakfast with Rosanne Parry
    Mt. Hood Ballroom
    Breakfast is served! Join Rosanne Parry as she tell us the story of her journey to becoming a bestselling author, and how she learned to share her story.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Developing and Editing Your Manuscript for Publication
    Cascade C
    Literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many manuscripts being rejected suffered similar, easy-to-solve problems. As a result, she began keeping a list, hoping to one day be able to share this feedback with writers struggling to understand why their work keeps receiving rejections. Based off her newly released The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript, this workshop will cover over 100 points for consideration before submitting to an agent, editor, or indie publisher, such as how to sharpen dialogue and prose, improving characterization, complicating plot, and much more. Elizabeth will also provide a Q&A segment toward the end of the session to answer questions.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    First Impressions: Introducing a Character
    St. Helens A / B
    First impressions matter. In this workshop, we’ll look at how to make the most of that all-important first appearance of a character on the page. What is the character doing? Who else is on the page? Through whose eyes do we meet the character? How will those opening moments pay off later (and do you need to know)? What will you show from the outset, and what will you reveal later? What inherent conflicts within the story and among the characters will you suggest from the outset? We’ll look at examples from fiction, and participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own work.
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    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Giving Voice to Character
    Garden A
    """Agents and editors often say they look first for voice, but what does that really mean? Learn to nail your unique voice by examining your character, your audience, and your own sense of style."""
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon
    Cascade A / B
    Amazon is a great place to sell books, but most authors (and publishers) underutilize the free systems Amazon offers. Metadata, keywords, and Amazon’s backend systems are also something that are often misunderstood, and underused. This deep dive class will dig into all of the pieces that Amazon has to help you sell more books.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Oregon Coast Chapter Social Hour
    Mt. Hood Foyer
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by our Coast Chapter. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Panel: Building Worlds and Creating Universes
    St. Helens C
    Join us for a panel on worldbuilding and setting-making. We will discuss the ins and outs of creating worlds that draw the reader in and come to life on the page.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Resilience: A Workshop Towards Sanity and Hope
    Garden B
    Most of us have witnessed or survived our own disasters in life. What is most remarkable often is the shock that we keep going. That our fears, even if warranted, didn’t stop us from continuing to live. This workshop will explore methods of bravery and softness and form for the journey through it all. No writing experience necessary except, as Marianne Moore has said, "to watch life with affection."
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Understanding and Negotiating Publishing Agreements
    St. Helens D
    """There are a number of important hot-button issues that writers should be aware of in their agreements with agencies and publishers. This presentation will review the various clauses in author-agency and book publishing agreements, the major points of contention that can arise therein, and different negotiation techniques to consider using to achieve your goals."""
     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Applying Fiction Techniques to Nonfiction Writing
    St. Helens D
    By using fiction writing techniques, journalists and other nonfiction writers can create stories that read like novels. In this presentation, writers will learn how to: use descriptive writing to put readers into the story; hone observation skills and use all their senses in reporting the facts; stretch their writing muscles and spark up the old who, what, when, where, and how of nonfiction writing; avoid clichés and not get too carried away with details; win over editors to their new style.
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    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    How to Make Time for Your Writing
    Cascade C
    Life is full of chaos, and — let’s face it — if you’re waiting for the perfect set of circumstances in order to write, you’ll be waiting forever. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to tame the overwhelm of everyday life in order to make regular time for their most important work. In it, Kwak will talk about core productivity principles and lead you through a set of exercises you can use daily to banish distractions and find more time to write. Come overwhelmed, leave with a plan.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    How to Nail Your Next Public Reading
    Cascade A / B
    It's time to come out from behind your laptop and meet your readers. In this workshop, writers learn 10 tips for giving an outstanding reading, whether to a small gathering or an auditorium of listeners. Discover how to read work aloud with confidence, enjoy the limelight, and connect with readers. Come prepared to practice with Gigi Rosenberg, Portland's Public Speaking Coach, who provides practical advice for taking your writing into the world through stellar public readings. We will cover dealing with nerves, connecting with the audience, choosing the right section to read, warm-ups, and having fun. Writers leave with tools and techniques they can use right away. This workshop answers questions like: What do I do to calm down when my heart is pounding in my ears? How do I manage a Question & Answer session? How do I pick which section to read? What else do I need to do besides read? You're invited to bring up to 3 pages of your writing (printed out and double-spaced—not on your phone, tablet, or laptop). As time allows, Gigi will provide live, on-the-spot coaching.
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     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Panel: TV Development
    St. Helens C
    Join top producers and development execs as they discuss moving your project from the page to the screen.
     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Peaks, Promises, and Bombshells: Make Your Story Unputdownable
    Garden A
    You may have heard that to keep a reader's attention, you should end your chapters with 'cliffhangers.' But what does that mean? And how can you apply that advice to stories in different genres? In this workshop, I'll discuss micro-structural techniques that take you beyond the main story beats and let you control the tension and pace of the chapter-level scenes in your story. This is a perfect workshop for those writing thrillers or genre novels, but the techniques are universal. Some knowledge of story beats (midpoint, etc.) is helpful but not necessary.
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    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Portland Social Hour
    Rose & Compass
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by our Portland Chapter. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    10:45 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Writing Outside of Your Experience: Characterization
    Garden B
    Representation and creating characters that reflect the diversity of the world we all live in is fundamental to writing great fiction. But writers often find it difficult to represent people whose gender, sexual orientation, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity is very different from their own. This can lead to fear of getting it horribly, offensively wrong and, in the face of that, some think it’s better to not even try. But representation is too important to ignore. In this workshop, K. Tempest Bradford will give you tools and set you on the right path to writing characters who represent the “Other” sensitively and convincingly. There will be hands-on writing exercises, so bring your laptop, tablet, or pen and paper.
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     Optional  Closed 
    12:15 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Silent Auction
    Cascade Foyer
    Get your pen and write your number! Make your bid on writing critiques, crafts, and gifts! You'll find baskets full of surprises (and more than a few bottles of wine). Look out for the basketball from the Blazers, critiques from Eric Witchey, and so many tickets to perfomances! And remember, all donations directly support Willamette Writers programming, so bid high and bid often. We thank you for your generous support.
     Optional  Closed 
    12:45 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Afternoon Keynote
    Mt. Hood Ballroom
    "

    So many genres, so little time! Pick up your lunch and join Zoraida Córdova as she crosses genre and space to tell us her story.

    "
     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Developing and Pitching an Idea for a TV Series, Part Two
    Garden A
    Part Two is pitch time. Every person in the workshop will get 3 minutes to pitch his or her idea to the other participants. At the conclusion of the pitches, the group will vote on the ideas/pitches. The top three will be invited to submit written concepts to Grant for his comments.
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    1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Eugene Chapter Social Hour
    Rose & Compass
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by our Eugene Chapter. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Lazy Marketing That Works – Learn to Sell Your Books on a Writers Budget
    Cascade A / B
    Most of us write because we don’t want to sell. But what do you do when you’re self-publishing or your agent asks about your platform? Worse yet, what if you’ve been published and it’s not selling like you think it can? Give your books the chance for the spotlight that they deserve with this class! Using the principals in her class - “The Harry Potter Effect" - J. Komp will walk you through setting up the systems that she used to get four million Facebook fans in a year. This class is everything from a weekly breakdown of tasks to a 12-month marketing map that’s easy to follow. You can be lazy, a procrastinator, overbooked, or completely new to sales and marketing and this will still work for you because it puts your story first. IF you bring: a book you want to sell (or improve sales for), a laptop with an internet connection, a Facebook account, and the fire and passion that got you to write your book, you’ll walk out of this class with your marketing plan already active and ready to share with current and potential readers!
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     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Panel: Lies Your Teacher Told You
    St. Helens A / B
    Lies, lies, and more lies! Join us as a panel of teachers talks about the lies they were told, and the lies they passed on, in this interactive panel.
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     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Structuring Your Romance Novel for Success
    St. Helens D
    Romance novels continue to be an enormously successful sector of the fiction market. Knowing how to structure a romance novel and the core reader expectations are foundational elements to romance writing success. In this workshop, you’ll learn the major beats in a romance novel, the subgenres, how to use popular tropes to your advantage (and why “trope” isn’t a dirty word), the various heat levels, and how romance novels differ from books with romance.
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    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    The Mountain: Beginning the Novel - and Finishing It!
    Cascade C
    For writers who want to take their writing to the next level. Award-winning historical, crime, and fantasy novelist Chris (C.C.) Humphreys will reveal the secret of successful writing … that it’s all about process. He believes that too many writers give up their dreams because they don’t immediately write like their heroes. By breaking the journey into stages, Chris will help you go to the page and want to stay there. Chris uses the metaphor of “the mountain”: writing the novel as a series of climbs, each with their unique challenges and excitements. He will guide students through each stage using a blend of anecdote, example, and fun writing exercises. By the end of the workshop, each writer will have a clear idea of how to proceed at their particular level, providing them with a route map to climb “the mountain” entirely by themselves. The workshop is suitable for writers in every stage of development. From those who have dreamed but have no idea how to begin, to those more experienced who find themselves stuck. Chris does not believe in writer’s block – for beyond every so-called obstacle lies the breakthrough you are seeking. So, bring your quills, your questions, and your enthusiasm and let’s climb the mountain together.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Fearless Marketing: For Authors who Hate to Market
    Cascade A / B
    Most writers’ love of storytelling does not easily translate to marketing those stories once they are published. Unfortunately, authors are increasingly responsible for their own marketing, a task most writers find boring, irritating, depressing, and often fruitless. In this class, William Kenower will turn marketing on its head so that authors can take the skills and passion they have for writing and learn how to apply them to marketing.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Film Roundtables
    Mt. Adams
    Join us in a lightning round of TV and film networking! You'll meet film producers, managers, and all the people that make production and development possible. You won't want to miss this event.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Music Your Work New
    Garden C
    In every culture, poets have collaborated with music and musicians--whether with a lyre in Greece, singing pantoums in Southeast Asia, with jazz in America, or ecstatic poetry in the Middle East. Poetry-music duo Thick in the Throat, Honey, has been creating and performing work that pushes both art forms for over a decade. Collaborating with music offers opportunities for poetic discovery in terms of form and sound. In this workshop, we will generate new work alone and together inspired by both silence and music. Participants will also learn methods of scoring and performing a poem in order to work with musicians in the future.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Rainbow Social Hour
    Mt. Hood Foyer
    Join us for a social hour, hosted by Jessica Wadleigh, our office assistant. Meet your friends and network with your colleagues at this laid-back social hour.
     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    The Art of Finishing a Poem
    St. Helens D
    One of the trickiest—and most liberating—aspects of poetry is that there is no Gold Standard against which we measure its worth. Without this standard, it can also be difficult to evaluate when a poem is finished. Because each poem is trying to accomplish something different, it is up to the poet to decide when the poem has arrived. In this workshop, participants will bring three of their poems and will learn how to cross the finish line with confidence.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    The Changing Face of Publishing: What All Authors Need to Know
    Cascade C
    In this illuminating, constantly updated, and unique-within-the industry workshop, Literary Change Agent and Author Advocate April Eberhardt examines the state of publishing today along with the implications and opportunities for authors. She presents five different paths to publication, including a candid discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach from an author’s perspective, along with the financial realities of each. Discover the realities of traditional publishing today, and learn what hybrid publishing is, as well as cooperative publishing. Learn how to choose the right path for you and your work, which sometimes involves different paths for different projects, and how to develop a personalized publishing strategy and approach that meets your goals, dreams, timetable, and budget.
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     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    The Elements of Motive
    Garden A / B
    The key to character-driven story lies in the motives. By examining motivation, goals, and the ever-complicated "why" behind the action, learn to create complex characters readers will believe.
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     Optional  Closed 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    The Pillars of Craft
    St. Helens C
    What are the principles of craft -- the DNA of our stories? Join us to find out! This workshop presents and defines over 70 core principles distributed across 16 requisite parts and essences of a complete and optimized story.
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    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Write Like a Pro Screenwriter Before You Turn Pro
    St. Helens A / B
    The best way to prepare yourself for a career as a professional screenwriter is to approach the craft as if you already are a professional screenwriter. With over thirty commissioned film and TV writing projects to his credit, Scott Myers will clue you into 20+ tips and techniques he has picked up over the years, daily practices you can use right now to develop a professional approach to your craft including: Stacking Projects; Character Development; Tracking the Trades; One-Page Per Day; Generating Story Concepts; Scene-By-Scene Breakdowns; Breaking Story. Prepare yourself for the life of a screenwriter by developing work habits you can carry forward into a pro career.
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    5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Mitchell S. Jackson's story, moderated by Jude Brewer
    Mt. Hood Ballroom
    Join us for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at our live auction. We will wrap up the bidding as award-winning writer Mitchell S. Jackson heads to the podium to tell his story with Sotrybound Podcast's Jude Brewer.
     Optional  Closed 
    7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Speed Friending
    Mt. Adams
    Making friends is easy when you have a timer! Get your business cards and Facebook ready -- we're taking speed dating to a much better place. At this special networking event, you'll have five minutes to meet new friends and high-five before it's time to make another connection. This event will make friending easy and your social life fabulous. Introverts welcome! Extroverts expected!
     Optional  Closed 
    7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    The Kay Snow Awards
    Cascade A / B
    Find your seat for our Kay Snow Awards celebration, moderated by producer and screenwriter, Scott Myers. We are proud to celebrate the work of our young writers, poets, novelists and screenwriters at our annual awards ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. Come meet these rising stars!
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
    Open Mic
    St. Helens A / B
    Poet? Novelist? Screenwriter? Join us at the mic! All genres welcome. Space is limited. After you register for the conference, stay tuned for details.
     Optional  Closed 
  • Sunday, August 2, 2020
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    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Morning Yoga
    Garden Foyer
    Bring your yoga mat and towel and join us for morning yoga with Joy Lotus! Join Joy in the Garden Foyer to get your mind and body ready for a day of learning and pitching. No experience necessary.
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    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Backpacking Necessities: Nature Writing 101
    St. Helens A / B
    In this session you√∞ll be given all the information you need to fill your writing backpack. You'll learn that navigating Nature Writing is both an adventure and a reward. Join us to earn your first writing badge in the Nature Writing universe.
     Optional  Closed 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    How to Sell a Short Story
    Cascade C
    Why write short stories, flash fiction, and novellas? Come to this fast-paced workshop to find out. Learn how to sell short fiction, where to find markets, what you need to include in a cover letter for short stories, and more. Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to magazines and anthologies in the last nine years. She will share her secrets to her success so that you find markets that suit your stories' needs.
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     Optional  Closed 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    How to Write a Novel in Your Spare Time
    Cascade C
    This workshop will tell you how to get an idea for a novel, develop the idea, write an outline of your novel, turn the outline into a novel, start your novel, end your novel, and, most importantly, rewrite your novel.
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     Optional  Closed 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    It Is Too Early!
    Garden C
    Bring your cup of coffee and sit next to us. We might talk to you, we might not. It's too early!
     Optional  Closed 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Keep Your Friends Close, but Keep Facebook Closer
    Cascade A / B
    Write-Publish-Get Readers. That's mostly how it's been since we started sharing stories around campfires. But now, agents and publishers are favoring writers that Get Readers-Write, and then want to be Published! So, how does the average, unknown writer get to their big release with a notable following? In 'Keep Your Friends Close, but Keep Facebook Closer' you'll see how to Get Readers-Write-Publish, bringing them with you from the first draft to remarkable release. J. Komp, of JustKeyEdits.com, will walk you through the same things she teaches her clients; demonstrating the setup and systems that top, self-made, bestsellers are using to stand out from the crowd and hitting award-winning lists. Expect a clear, fun, walkthrough, from the steps of setting up your first social media account, building your audience, maintaining its growth, to leveraging it all into sales that come to you, even with a busy schedule. And I promise I won't tell anyone if you have fun.
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    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    The Work: Poetry Writing Part 1
    St. Helens D
    “Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work? / To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.” ―Allen Ginsberg, “Memory Gardens” (Fall of America, City Lights). Poetry encourages empathy and compassion and sparks the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. In this two-part generative workshop, we will complete three timed writing exercises and engage in a positive discussion aimed at providing a strong foundation for future revisions. During the first hour, participants will be given a series of writing prompts based on example poems. Our second hour will focus on constructive feedback in a safe environment. Participants will receive tips regarding revision techniques as well as ideas for how to begin the process of submitting work for publication.
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    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    The Writer's Crucible: The Psychology of Vulnerability
    Garden A / B
    Even the most successful writers are subject to troubling insecurity, episodes of self-doubt, and the persistent narrative that insists, "I am not good enough." Navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life is a challenge we must all take up to ensure our work is not undermined by the vulnerabilities of our internal world. Using poetry to illuminate our way, this workshop will explore the psychological and emotional underpinnings of the not-good-enough narrative and ways to relate to these challenges so as to free them from self-defeating binds.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    21st Century Journalism
    Cascade A / B
    Interested in a career in journalism, but afraid that newsprint and ink could go the way of parchment and quill pens? Dana Haynes, managing editor of the Portland Tribune, says the world will always need watchdogs and storytellers. His newsroom staff includes 50-year-olds who grew up with broadsheets, as well as 20-something digital natives who bring exciting new concepts of online storytelling to the mix. Haynes, who also is the author of eight novels, will discuss the basics of journalism in the 21st century; alternative methods for storytelling; and how the mechanisms of fiction and nonfiction can inform each other.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Board Meet and Greet
    Rose & Compass
    "Ever wonder what the Willamettte Writers Board does? Have you been wanting to sit down with our president, or have a chat with the secretary? Now is your chance. Stop by for a meet and greet with our board, and get those pressing questions answered (or just share a cup of coffee). We look forward to seeing you there!"
     Optional  Closed 
    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Funding Your Passion
    St. Helens A / B
    Show me the money! In this session fundraising executive and author Kristine Zeigler will share her four steps to successful fundraising and how to put your best foot forward in today's philanthropic landscape. She'll talk about writing residencies and other ways to make time to pursue your own writing journey as well as share the building blocks of a fundraising plan. Finally, Kristine will provide tips and tools for how to research foundation grants, how to work with private philanthropists, and ways to pay for your passion.
     Optional  Closed 
    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Navigating the World of Book Publishing
    Garden A / B
    The good news is that there are more ways to publish a book in today's world than ever before in history. But how do you navigate the book publishing territory? Traditional, small press, independent, self-publishing, regional, boutique, scholarly, academic: what do these publishing industry terms mean? And which one is right for you? In this workshop, author and publisher Kim Cooper Findling will clarify the puzzling waters of modern book publishing. Learn how to determine which publishing path is best for you and your project, and how to guide your book to its best finish line.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    The Work: Poetry Writing Part 2
    St. Helens D
    'Well, while I'm here I'll do the work and what's the work? / To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.' —Allen Ginsberg, 'Memory Gardens' (Fall of America, City Lights). Poetry encourages empathy and compassion and sparks the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. In this two-part generative workshop, we will complete three timed writing exercises and engage in a positive discussion aimed at providing a strong foundation for future revisions. During the first hour, participants will be given a series of writing prompts based on example poems. Our second hour will focus on constructive feedback in a safe environment. Participants will receive tips regarding revision techniques as well as ideas for how to begin the process of submitting work for publication.
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     Optional  Closed 
    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Tips for TV Writers
    Garden C
    Listen in on a conversation between two long-time friends and TV writers as they discuss the reality of writing for TV, along with the joys, pitfalls, and Emmys they found along the way.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Universal Grammar of StoryTM: The Call to Write.
    St. Helens C
    We are called to write by three primal forces: one personal, one social, and one from the realm of myth. Through the personal call, stories bubble up from a writer's unconscious just as dream images do by night. From the safe distance of fiction, a writer can address private struggles too painful to confront in everyday lived reality. This presentation provides an overview of the call the write, how it can trigger writer's block, and how to use the energy of it to spark natural energy into your work.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Writers Helping Writers
    Cascade C
    A writer's group can make you a better writer, but what you get out of it depends on what you put in. Two veteran writer's group leaders share do's and don'ts for group success. Learn how to give and receive feedback, find or start a group, resolve differences, and more. Students will have a chance to put their learning into action through role playing and practice providing feedback on writing samples.
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    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Presidential Leadership & Legacy: Stories From Behind the Scenes at the White House

    From eyewitness to history maker, Pete Souza provides behind-the-scenes photographs from the White House and beyond. Pete was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office for all eight years of the Obama administration.

    His book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, was published in 2017 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and is one of the best-selling photography books of all time. Pete’s Instagram account, with more than two million followers, often draws attention by juxtaposing photographs of President Obama with comments about the current president’s actions. His 2018 book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, is based on these postings; it also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The softcover edition adds 60 new pages where the hardcover ended, adding photos and commentary on hot button issues.

    Prior to his time in the Obama White House, Pete has worked as Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio news shows.

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