Writing News and Announcements

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Upcoming Workshops, Presentations and Signings

Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival

November 11, 2017

Selling and Signing books at the Willamette Writer's booth.
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Patsy Hand, Sarina Dorie, Bill Kroger
We are booth 59, on the 1st Floor: Sunken/Fields Ballroom in the Portland Art Museum


Presentations and panels at Orycon 39 Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference

Saturday and Sunday November 18 and 29, 2017
Faery in Story
Sat Nov 18 9:00am-10:00am
Faery tales and Faery are in vogue in story and film. The reinterpretation and reinvention of faery tales is hot in popular culture now with shows like Once Upon A Time, and films like Snow White and the Huntsman, and others there is an interest in Faery. How is faery viewed today? Real? Fake? Metaphor? Discuss faery, faeries, and the Realm of Faery and how it impacts our lives, our imagination, our creativity, and our storytelling.
Interactive Writing Workshop
Sat Nov 18 11:00am-12:00pm
Thrawn - 252
Do you yearn to write? Are you having trouble completing a story? Do you feel that you lack inspiration or motivation? Do you just stare at the blank page? Are you confused about where to find open-submission projects looking for writers? Come to the Interactive Writing Workshop! Participants will complete a number of short writing exercises designed to stimulate the creative process. The purpose of the workshop is to teach participants the basics of the writing for publication: researching a market, brainstorming for the project, writing a story, and then submitting it. Participants will be working towards actual open-submission markets. Requirements: All participants should bring whatever writing instruments they feel most comfortable using; bring either a laptop or pen and paper. Everyone must participate.
NaNoWriMo Write In!
Sat Nov 18 5:00pm-6:00pm
Spokane Suite - 256
National Novel Writing Month writers and anyone interested in focused writing time--bring your laptops, notebooks and pound some words onto the page.
Sun Nov 19 12:00pm-1:00pm
Spokane Suite - 256
Online markets for speculative short fiction have blossomed since the 1990s. What are the ins and outs of the spec fic short fiction markets in 2015? What are these markets publishing? What might the future bring?

Orycon Location:
Red Lion Hotel – Jantzen Beach
909 North Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217

Parking is FREE
Orycon website: http://39.orycon.org/

Take Airport Way East to I-205
Take I-205 North toward Seattle
Take Highway 14 West to Vancouver
Take I-5 South into Oregon
Take the first exit over the bridge (Exit #308)
Turn right and go under the bridge
The hotel is on the left
Take Exit #308 (Jantzen Beach Exit)
The hotel is located on the east side of the freeway

Free Sale for Kindle on Amazon

March 7-March 8

Two Goodreads Giveaways

A Chance to Win a Steampunk Gift Basket

Details Below.

Coming Soon! Womby's School for Wayward Witches is a cozy romantic mystery.

You think you know the world of magical boarding schools?  Not from a teacher’s perspective at a school for at risk youth. WOMBY’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES is a paranormal cozy mystery. This novel takes the tropes and fantasies today’s readers have grown up with, but puts a unique spin on them.

There are projected to be twelve books in the series. The books will be available in Kindle on Amazon in April 2018. The titles of the three books in WOMBY’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES are:

2017 has started off with a bang for my writing career. I have just signed a contract for WRATH OF THE TOOTH FAIRY with the publishing company REUTS. This is a debut novel in a world some readers might be familiar with from my short stories. If you enjoyed Confessions of the Orgasm Fairy (published on Tryptic Tales), Careers for Magical Creatures and Dear Jezzy, you will also enjoy the sassy, sexy humor of WRATH OF THE TOOTHFAIRY.

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers October Workshop in Central Point Oregon:

Short Description:

Thinking about writing short stories but don’t know where to start? Here is a great place to get the basics from someone with experience in this field.


Sarina Dorie has over 100 short stories published in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, humor, and non-fiction, has won numerous awards and has several published novels. Sarina has worked as an English, art and dance teacher, a copy editor at an advertising agency, and a writer. She joined her first critique group when she was sixteen, and has given workshops at theWillamette Writers, Romance Writers of America, Wordcrafters and various science fiction conventions like Worldcon and Gearcon.


Southern Oregon Willamette Writers

October 1st 

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. 3rd St
Central Pt, OR 97502


Save the Date! The Willamette Writers on the River chapter is hosting a Spring Workshop on “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories” with Sarina Dorie, April 30th, 10am-5pm at the Comfort Inn Suites in Corvallis. More info can be found here: http://willamettewriters.org/event/the-nuts-bolts-of-writing-and-selling-short-stories/

Upcoming author readings in Eugene include ongoing shows and special events. Readings are posted regularly and changes often


A young adult science fiction and fantasy book reading with three local authors.