Prompt: A Write Around Portland Community Workshop

Prompt: A Write Around Portland Community Workshop
Join us for a 10 week workshop devoted to generative writing and the transformative power of writing in community. Based on the successful Write Around Portland ( model, this dynamic workshop incorporates many of our favorite exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including free-writing; group discussion; imagery, character, plot and poetry development; and early-draft revision.

All proceeds from Prompt go directly toward funding Write Around Portland workshops and programs in hospitals, prisons, schools, treatment centers, low-income housing facilities and more.

Prompt: Meets weekly for 10 weeks
Ten Tuesdays, May 13 to July 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Powell’s City of Books, 10th and W. Burnside
$285 (Payment plans available. Includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powells.”)

Carolyn O'Doherty earned her MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine.  She has been a Hawthorne Fellow and taught a Worldbuilding class at the Attic.  Carolyn started volunteering with Write Around Portland in 2013 and facilitated workshops at a residential treatment center for men and our twice monthly workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza. She is currently working on a young adult urban fantasy novel about kids who can freeze time.

Registration limited to 12 adults. For more information or to register, please contact Write Around Portland at 503.796.9224.

The ABC's of Literary Journal Submission

What Submission Guidelines Don’t Tell You: An Insider’s Guide to Submitting to Literary Journals

Whether you’re just thinking  about sending your work out to literary journals, or you’ve already received a  handful of rejections, this class will explain how the dizzying process really works. We’ll cover targeting  markets, formatting work, handling rejections, and what happens when you get  accepted. After this lively class, you’ll be ready to charge the world of  publishing. (Note: Not for book-length publishing)
“I attended  a Liz Prato’s mini-workshop on publishing, & it was great. I walked away  with reassuring statistics on how many rejections to expect as opposed to  acceptances, models for cover letters, an online source for literary journals,  & lots of good, practical advice.” ~ Cindy Stewart-Rinier

Register for this class

Teacher: Liz Prato
Date/Time: Saturday, April 19th, 1 - 3pm
Location: Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: $50 (cash/check); $59 (Paypal).

Liz Prato's stories and essays have appeared in Hayden’s  Ferry Review, Subtropics, The Rumpus, Iron Horse Literary Review, Hunger  Mountain, Carve, and ZYZZYVA, among others. Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka  Review Editor’s Prize, 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction prize. She was appointed a 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar and has guest-edited for VoiceCatcher. She is the editor of the fiction anthology The Night, and the Rain, and the River (Forest Avenue Press, May 2014).

The 5th Annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival

The 5th Annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival of Yamhill County will be held 9-5, on Saturday April 19, 2014, at the Yamhill Valley Chemeketa Community College campus in McMinnville. A full program of speakers includes authors of fiction, poetry, and memoir, as well as a workshop in travel writing and hands-on sessions in making letterpress broadsides and creating a handmade book. Registration discounts for students, seniors, and pre-registration.

Deadline for pre-registration discount is April 11. For a full schedule and a registration form, go to:
For detailed information on presenters and their websites:
Among the authors presenting are Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate and widely published poet; Karen Karbo, author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series; Joe Wilkins, whose books have won awards both in prose and poetry (Notes from the Journey Westward, The Mountains and the Fathers, and others); Maggie Chula (president of the Tanka Society of America and author of seven poetry collections); nonfiction author and poet Barbara Drake (Peace at Heart, Driving One Hundred); poet and Linfield College professor Lex Runciman (One Hour That Morning and four other collections); memoirist Lisa Ohlen Harris (The Fifth Season and Through the Veil); and novelist Stephen Long (There’s a Somebody). Broadside and letterpress artist Juniper White will discuss the history of the literary broadside and teach a workshop in using letterpress to print poetry broadsides. Journalist and travel author Emily Grosvenor, whose work appears in Sunset magazine, AAA magazine, newspapers, and other publications, will speak on travel writing. Marilyn Worrix, Founder and Director of the Book Arts Center of McMinnville, will conduct a two hour workshop in making your own handmade book, supplies provided.
Note: Check out our Terroir Facebook page for video interviews of Festival speakers talking about their art and their Terroir Festival workshops and other posts.

Two Portland Novelists!

Broadway Books is pleased to announce a special event to be held at the store at 7 pm on Thursday, April 24.

Two Portland novelists will be here to present their newly published books.

Dan Berne is the author of
Gods of Second Chances. This is the story of Ray Bancroft, a widowed Alaskan fisherman who is raising his granddaughter. Trouble comes when Ray’s estranged daughter returns from prison, her search for a safe harbor threatening everything Ray holds sacred.

Rob Yardumian’s debut novel is
The Sound of Songs Across the Water. The story takes place in the summer of 1995 in Los Angeles. Washed-out musician Riley Walter hasn’t had an album in fifteen years. He joins former bandmate Will Taylor to produce a new album, and long-buried conflicts darken the sunny California scene. It’s a tale about the struggles of two old friends, music, sex, charisma, art, love, and the power of money.

Poetry with Harold Johnson and Robert A. Davies

Harold Johnson and Robert A. Davies will give a poetry reading at Kenton Library
(8226 N. Denver Ave., Portland) 7-8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 22. Free.

Harold Johnson was born in Yakima, Washington, and has lived in Portland for the past sixty-two years where he has practiced music, visual art, and writing. His poems have been published in numerous small journals and anthologized in From Here We Speak: Poetry of Oregon, New Poets of the American West, Millennial Spring: Eight New Oregon Poets, Portland Lights, and Millennial Spring: African-American poetry of the 21st Century. He has co-edited the journal Fireweed and has a volume of poems forthcoming from Many Voices Press. Johnson's reading will include recent and older works.

Robert A. Davies lives in Portland, Oregon. He has published widely in the Little magazines and more recently in, Windfall, Subtopian and He was co-editor of Mr. Cogito magazine for more than 20 years, has published TRACKS IN OREGON (a finalist for the Oregon Literary Award), TIMBER, SOMETIMES SUBVERSIVE, MELONS and MENDELSSOHN and BLUFF HOLLOW. H will be reading mostly from the last 3 books.