Writer’s Access: July-August 2001

Steering Committee Needs Volunteers

Are you interested in working with other Guild members? Do you have a sensitive ear and wield a mighty pen? We are looking for a new volunteer to act as Secretary for the Guild, whose primary responsibilities are to take and distribute notes from our monthly meetings, maintain the Steering Committee roster, and to write the occasional thank-you letter.

Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., and are open to all LLG members. Committee members are non-elected volunteers. Do you have ideas to share? Call or email a committee member, or come to the next meeting. For directions or information, call 484-5187 or email us.

Workshop Announcements

Writing Practice Workshop:

A new workshop is forming, to begin in Fall 2001. This group, which will meet twice a month at a location yet to be determined, will be a little different. The focus will be on writing practice rather than on critique. We’ll spend a lot of time writing suggested practice exercises or just following our muse. We’ll be flexible about reading or not reading what we write, and receiving feedback will be optional. You decide! We have four members already, and are looking for 2-6 more. This group is open to writers of any skill level and any genre (but be warned, the organizer is a poet). You MUST be a member in good standing (i.e. paid up) of Lane Literary Guild to participate. Email the Writing Practice Workshop Coordinator for more information.

Creative Non-fiction:

Creative Non-fiction is seeking up to 4 new members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at Tsunami, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Creative Non-fiction group focuses on personal essay, memoir, and other personal writing. Contact Teresa Herlinger at 683-5479 for further info, or send her an email.

Poetry II:

Poetry II has openings for up to five new members. Currently, we meet at Foolscap Books on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m., although the time/location may change soon. Contact Ross Turner at 726-8392, or send him an email.

Kudos (Member News)

Gary Adams will be in the Fall issue of Illya’s Honey.

Poet Robin Saxton won the 1st Sam Bond’s Poetry Gong Show, for her rendition of a poem she originally wrote for presentation at Spoken Buzz at the Buzz Coffeehouse, titled "I’m Going To Tell Your Mother On You."

Want a pat on the back? Email us with your successes.

LLG Website News

Lane Literary Guild Members are now able to submit links to websites that feature members’ work, for their inclusion on the Guild site. The sites can be members’ pages that describe or provide samples of written work, or literary sites that have published the work.

1) The linked site should be substantially literary. It could, for example, contain writing samples, criticism, or promotion of written works and writing services.

2) The linked site must not be patently offensive or contain illegally posted material. Any copyrighted material must include permission of the copyright holder.

3) The Guild’s Steering Committee has the final say about whether a link is appropriate as described in these guidelines.

Submit your site!

Opportunities & Events

Beginning with this issue, most of the conference, contest and events information will be listed only on the website, and not in the paper format. This will allow us to be more timely, and to save space in the paper letter for other content. See the News/Home page for highlights of various contests and conferences, and the events calendar for a schedule of local readings. Too busy to go out, and wondering what you missed? Visit the web editor’s journal for reviews of literary events around town.

The paper newsletter will continue to list the Windfall Series, any member readings (please let us know if you will be reading at a local venue!) and other key events.

Windfall:

We are still finalizing the Windfall Reading Series schedule for next year, but the current line up includes George Hitchcock, Leslie What, James Cervantes, and more.

The Windfall Series runs from September through May on the 3rd Tuesdays of each month, at 7 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library. (Note: there is no reading in December.)

Conferences:

ShawGuides Inc. provides a comprehensive, searchable online list of literary conferences.

Sara Jameson, poet and creative writing teacher, will lead day-long Nature Journaling Courses on July 7th and August 4th, in the lower Rogue and at Gold Beach, respectively. Pre-register by phoning SWOCC at (541) 247-2741 (Gold Beach) or (541) 469-5017 (Brookings).

Do you love the high desert? Want to be inspired by vast spaces and two sages of poetry and prose? Ursula K. LeGuin and Judith Barrington will be leading a High Desert Writing Workshop at the Malheur Field Station this August. For more information, call (503) 725-3579, or visit their website. For other workshop information, or to get on the mailing list for events, visit the Center for Excellence in Writing.

Transforming A Real Life Event Into Fiction: writer, professor, and adventurist Pam Houston will present a one-day workshop on October 20, 2001, from 10-4 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center in Newport, Oregon. Spaces are expected to fill quickly, so sign up now if you are interested. For more information, contact Carla Perry, Nye Beach Writers’ Series Director, or call (541) 574-7708.

This summer’s Haystack will offer workshops with Judith Barrington, Mahesh Dattani, Sandra Dorr, Molly Gloss, Karen Karbo, Rodger Larson, Robert Michael Pyle and Sallie Tisdale, in addition to the Children’s Book Festival. For more information, see their website, send them an email, or call (800) 547-8887 x4186.

The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology is located just south of the coastal town of Neskowin, inside of an 8,000 acre National Scenic Area that borders on the Cascade Head Preserve. The Center offers a series of workshops that focus on the relationships between nature and art. They also have internship and artist-in-residence programs. For more information, visit their website, send them an email, or call (541) 994-5485.

Opportunity for Artists:

LLG Member Robin Saxton has recently been appointed as the art gallery director for the WOW Hall. Robin is looking for artists with upbeat, high energy, experimental work to show in the gallery for one month periods over the next year. Artists can offer a reception during their show period. Interested? Call Robin at 343-2884, or send her an email.

Membership Database

We have made significant progress in updating the membership database. We are also requesting new information from you to help us serve you better. Please complete our membership survey.

The survey asks you to share your literary interests with us, which will help us in the selection of Windfall readers and special event lecturers, and in the development of critique groups. We are also asking you whether you would like to receive the newsletter in paper or electronic format.

Please feel free to use the form to offer additional comments or suggestions for the Steering Committee, or send us an email.

If you owe dues, you can also complete the survey form online, print a copy, and mail it in with your check. (Note: you will have received a separate email if it is time for you to renew.)

About Writer’s Access

Please send member news, calendar events or other announcements to: newsletter@laneliteraryguild.org

The Writer’s Access is published bimonthly; the website is updated as changes & additions occur.

The next newsletter will be released in September. Please send announcements by August 15th for inclusion! (Items received later will still be added to the website.)