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Speaking Engagements & Workshops


July 9–15
31st Summer Fishtrap Gathering, Wallowa Lake, OR

I have wanted to attend this unique writers' week since I learned of it decades ago. And this summer I will, as a participant. Class size is limited to about a dozen students. I will be studying memoir with author-teacher Gary Ferguson. The setting is NE Oregon, at 4400' along near the glacier-created Wallowa Lake and surrounded by nearly 10,000' mountain peaks that have given this area the nickname of Little Switzerland. It is Nez Perce ancestral country.

From the website: "What makes Summer Fishtrap unique among writing conferences is the emphasis on the creative process. The week is about generating new work, taking risks, and learning from the instructors and writers that surround you. The remote location and stunning scenery of Wallowa County provide inspiration which, for so many, makes Summer Fishtrap a life-changing experience."

August 3–5
49th Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR

I will be participating in On-the-Spot Critiques and otherwise present on Friday and Saturday. Held at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel, this is a big conferences, sometimes with 800 participants. You can pitch to agents, editors, and directors, take master classes on Thursday, and/or choose from dozens of workshops. Schedule link:

From the website: "Willamette Writers is the largest writers organization in the Pacific Northwest. Writers of all genres and at all stages of their careers come to our meetings, annual conference, workshops, and other events to connect with their community, hone their craft, and advance their careers."

Oct 5–7, Write on the Sound, Edmonds, WA

I will teach two workshops, "Point of View Matters" and "Sink into Setting." I am also one of two Manuscript Evaluators. Writers submit 25 pages in advance for editing. We meet and discuss at the conference, on Saturday. Write on the Sound is a classy, quality small conference. From the website:

"Write on the Sound writers' conference (WOTS), presented the first full weekend in October in Edmonds WA, is a high quality, affordable conference focused on the craft of writing. Over 30 sessions, workshops and panel discussions are available for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today's writing and publishing industry. A limited admission of approximately 275 attendees makes WOTS the perfect place to spark your creativity, share ideas and network with other writers. WOTS is a program of The City of Edmonds Arts Commission."

They also have a writing contest that is limited to those who attend the conference. Registration for the conference is only available online. Register



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