Writer’s Access: May 2001

Writer’s Access goes LIVE!

by Tim Sheehan

Starting with the September issue, Lane Literary Guild members will have the option of receiving the Writer’s Access newsletter via email or by postal mail.

Why the switch? Using the web allows us to save both trees and money, and to update information frequently.

What do I get with the electronic option? When Writer’s Access is published, you will receive an email with a text copy of the issue and a pointer to the fully formatted web version.

How do I choose the electronic option? There are a couple of different ways. You can indicate your preference on your membership form when you join or renew, or you can send us an email, indicating your preference for e-Access.

Do I have to join LLG to get the electronic version? Yes. (You can print the membership form from this site.)

If I can just go to the website for Writer’s Access, why should I join LLG? LLG dues support the literary arts in many ways: the Windfall Reading Series, LLG writing workshops, and cosponsorship of a variety of events throughout the year. They also help pay for the website where the Writer’s Access is available.

I’d rather receive Writer’s Access in the mail. What do I have to do? If you are receiving it in the mail now, nothing. Just be sure to indicate this as your preference when you join or renew.

Listen as you would they would hear

Editorial by Toni Van Deusen

Yesterday, a dreary Sunday afternoon in April, I attended a poetry reading at the U of O – Peter Sears from Corvallis and Kurt Brown (from back East somewhere). Evidently they are old friends and, as Kurt is on a book tour out here, Peter joined him in reading some of their newest work. For a while it looked as though I might be the only person in the audience, but finally a few more people trickled in.

It pains me to think that so many of us are always looking for an audience, someone to listen to or read our work, yet few are willing to afford others that courtesy. Windfall readings are exceptionally well-attended and have a loyal following. However, I’ve attended readings at bookstores and at the U of O that were very poorly attended. It’s not for lack of publicity. Notices appear routinely in the Eugene Weekly, the Ticket, and our own LLG website and newsletter, as well as posters on the bulletin boards and windows of the various indie bookstores around town.

I know people have busy lives, and there are many competing forces for our time and energy on the weekend or in the evening. However, we writers owe it to each other to support one another by attending readings whenever we can. This is especially true for poets, for whom a poetry reading may well be the only way their voices are ever heard.

The old Golden Rule applies, or at least a paraphrase:

Listen to others as you would have them listen to you!

Contests

Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships
Award nominations are due May 25, 2001
Fellowship applications are due June 29, 2001
For more information: www.literary-arts.org or
OBA/OLF Applications; Literary Arts, Inc.
219 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 201; Portland, OR 97209

Glimmer Train
Very Short Fiction Award: Deadline is July 31
Fiction Open: Submit between May 1 – June 30
To submit, or for more information:
Glimmer Train Press, Inc.
710 SW Madison Street, Suite 504; Portland, OR 97205
503.221.0836; www.glimmertrain.com

Conferences

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators – OR
Spring 2001 Conference
May 19; Tualatin, OR (register by 5/7/01)
For more information:
Judi Gardiner (503)771-5996; DeeJay1026@aol.com

Willamette Writers Conference 2001
August 10-12; Portland, OR
with 30 Literary Agents, Editors & Film Producers
For more information:
www.willamettewriters.com; email wilwrite@willamettewriters.com or post: 9045 SW Barbur Blvd., 5A; Portland, OR 97219

Haystack’s Summer 2001 Program
Will include classes with Judith Barrington, Jack Bedell, Mahesh Dattani, Sandra Dorr, Molly Gloss, Karen Karbo, Rodger Larson, Robert Michael Pyle and Sallie Tisdale.
Haystack’s Children’s Book Festival will be July 23-27.
For more information on classes or the festival:
www.haystack.pdx.edu or email herrinm@pdx.edu or phone 800-547-8887 x4186

Membership Information

New Members

By joining the Lane Literary Guild, you will be supporting:

  • our local community of writers
  • events that showcase regional authors, including the Windfall Series
  • the diverse literary arts of Lane County, through LLG’s sponsorship

For writers, other benefits include:

  • workshops/critique groups*
  • information on literary events
  • website links to local, regional and national writing contests, organizations and publications

*Note: membership is required for critique workshop participation.

Want more information? You can reach us:

Steering Committee members are also available at the Windfall Lecture series: 7 pm on the third Tuesday of every month from September through May (excluding December), at the Eugene Public Library.

Renewals

Has your annual membership expired?

  • If you received a copy of the newsletter via postal mail, your renewal date is located on your address label.
  • For the new web newsletter, your renewal date will be listed after your name, in the header.

Questions? Feel free to contact us: membership@laneliteraryguild.org.

LLG Steering Committee

Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, and are open to all LLG members. Committee members are non-elected volunteers.

Do you have any ideas to share? Email a committee member, or come to the next meeting. For directions, steering@laneliteraryguild.org.

Member News

Hank Alley has two forthcoming story publications: The Wild Bird Bell will appear in The Best of Outerbridge anthology, and The Facts of Life in The Virginia Quarterly Review. Hank was also on a panel this March entitled "Writer’s Groups: Connecting, Critiquing, Supporting" at the Lane Arts Council’s Arts and Communities Conference, and will be attending the Associated Writing Programs Conference this month in Palm Springs.

Deborah Narin-Wells has had poems accepted by Many Mountains Moving, The Oregon Review and The Oregonian. She’s also been invited to read with two Portland poets at the Corvallis Public Library for a Poetry Celebration sponsored by Calyx journal on Friday, April 27.

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.)