Upcoming Writing Workshops, Presentations and Events
The Clowning Linguist
How to Write Humor
Saturday, September 30th, 10-1 pm
Downtown campus, Rm 303
A real laugh riot! Short, fun and informative! Try out various exercises and techniques to incorporate humor into your writing. Develop new skills to make others laugh and be entertained.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clowning Linguist is Coming to Portland
Tuesday, October 3
Willamette Writers Portland Chapter
Location: Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave. Portland
The presentation is from 7- 8 pm. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.
The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation.
The Clowning Linguist is Coming to Willamette Writers Salem Chapter
Wednesday, October 18
Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B).
Incorporating Humor Into Your Writing
June 3rd, 2017
Speaker: Sarina Dorie
Location: Fairwood Library
Join Sarina Dorie, author of over 100 short stories, to learn how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle the reader’s sense of humor, and play with words by using techniques that stand-up comedians use. Bring a pen and paper for exercises and be prepared to have fun!
Judge a Book by It's Cover: Book Design
Wed, June 28th
Details coming soon!
10-1 pmLCC, Downtown
Using Short Stories to Market Yourself as a Writer
Salem Chapter of the Willamette Writers
Wednesday, April 26
One might ask why it would benefit you to shift your focus away from novel writing to short story writing. The number one reason is marketing. This is one more way to promote your novels and brand, while honing your craft and learning to write succinctly. Sure, you can continue to write blog posts and articles in magazines and sources read by other writers, but stories are another way to reach your fans. Not only that, but you can make money and win contests doing so. Come to this workshop to find out what markets are out there, what magazines and anthologies are looking for, and how to find them. Presenter, Sarina Dorie, shares her experiences with you after selling over a hundred short stories to magazines and anthologies.
Writing and Selling Short Stories
April 22 & 29
Blogging for Writers
Mid-Valley Willamette Writers
Tsunami Books, Eugene
Thursday, February 2nd
Everyone wants to show up as the highest ranking page in a search engine. When Google and Bing index a website, there are over a hundred factors they consider in page ranking. The most significant is a regularly updated website with new quality content. The easiest way to do this is by including a blog.
Time permitting, we will cover these topics:
How do you increase visibility to fans using Google ranking?
How does an author cater to her target market?
What is your brand?
What should you write about?
How long should a blogpost be?
Is it important to include pictures?
Why write quality content?
What is a call to action and how does it result in sales?
How does an author create brand loyalty?
How do you track traffic on a blog?
How to choose the right social media to market yourself?
How can you manage your blogging and social media easier?
How does a newsletter relate to a blog?
What kind of results should an author expect from this work?
What are resources authors can use to find more information?
Wordcrafters: Be Writing
Humor Writing Craft Lab
March 5th, 2016
UO Baker Downtown Center
More info can be found at Wordcraftersineugene.org
The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories
A Workshop with Sarina Dorie
Saturday, April 30th 2016
1730 NW 9th Street
OMSI After Dark: The Science of Sex
February 13, 6 pm
Lots will be going on at OMSI that night. What a perfect place for an author who writes science fiction and steampunk! Sarina will be giving away steampunk notepads, book marks and fantasy/science fiction books at OMSI. To thank those who sign up for her mailing list, she will enter them in a drawing to win a steampunk goodie bag. The winner will be drawn on Feburary 21st!
Rose City Romance Writers: Cocktail Reception with Authors and Readers
After the workshop, RCRW is putting on a cocktail reception where authors will be giving away books and goodies. Sarina will be giving away steampunk notepads, book marks and fantasy/science fiction books at OMSI. To thank those who sign up for her mailing list, she will enter them in a drawing to win a steampunk goodie bag. The winner will be drawn on Feburary 21st!
University Place Hotel
$20 per person
Young Willamette Writers in Portland: How to Write Humor
September 1st, 7 pm
Writing and Steampunk Workshops at Worldcon, Spokane, WA August 20-August 23rd
Steampunk: Aesthetics vs. Content
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45, 302AB (CC)
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, 202C (CC)
Steampunk Jewelry Workshop
Friday 10:00 - 10:45, 202C (CC)
Autographing - Susan A Bolich, Sarina Dorie, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Steven Gould, Randy Henderson, Nina Horvath
Saturday 11:00 - 11:45, Hall B (CC)
Reading - Sarina Dorie
Saturday 15:00 - 15:30, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
Self-publishing — How to Market Your Work
Saturday 16:00 - 16:45, 303A (CC)
Writing and Steampunk Workshops at Gearcon, Portland
July 3rd, 4th and 5th 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
The Clowning Linguist: How to Write Humor
Multnomah – Main Stage @ 4PM to 5PM
Undressing Victorian History
Multnomah – Main Stage @ 9AM to 10AM
How to Sell a Short Story
Alaska - Panels @ 10AM to 11AM
Author Readings by Raven Bond & Sarina Dorie
Morrison/Ross Island - Salon of the Arts @ 3PM to 4PM
The Clowning Linguist: How to Write Humor
Presented at RCRW a chapter of Romance Writers of America
11- 1 pm
Saturday, July 11
Portland Community College – Sylvania Campus, room TCB 218
FREE for RCRW Members. There is a $5.00 guest fee for non-members.
Learn how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle a reader's sense of humor, and create puns and play with words by using techniques that stand-up comedians use. Exercise your wit with new skills, make others laugh and be entertained. Sarina Dorie has won the Allasso humor award and has sold over 50 stories including: Confessions of an Orgasm Fairy, Putting the Romance Back into Necromancy, Debbie Does Delta Draconis III, Lady Chatterley's Computer, and Five Tips for Outsmarting Satan--and Your Students.
How to Sell a Short Story
Presented at Wordcrafters
Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave
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 sixty short stories to magazines and anthologies in the last four years. She will share her secrets to her success so that you find markets that suit your stories' needs.
More info about Wordcrafters:
Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat!
WWWs are free to the public (21 and over). Donations to Wordcrafters Young Writers Program appreciated.
More info on writing and fashion workshops to come at Sasquan/World Con happening August 2015!
Willamette Writers Author Gala Reading at Tsunami Books
6:30-7 pm: Social Hour
7-9 pm Author reading and selling books
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
I will be reading excerpts from Adventures of An Accidental Witch the first novel in my series Womby’s School for Wayward Witches. It is a blast to write and I can’t wait to release the first book, later this summer.