Writer’s Access: September-October 2001

LLG Announcements

Steering Committee Needs Volunteers

We are still looking for a new 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 send us an email.

Survey

If you have not yet responded to the survey form that was mailed with the July/August edition of the newsletter, please do!

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.)

Workshop Announcements

Writing Practice Workshop:

A new workshop is forming this month, with a focus 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.

We are open for a few new members; writers can be of any skill level and any genre. However, 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.

Poetry II:

Poetry II has openings for new members. Currently, we meet at Foolscap Books on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Interested? Contact Michael Hanner at 895-2236, or send him an email.

Kudos (Member News)

It has been a summer of success for Guild members!

Three bees go to Gary Adams, whose work will be in the Fall issue of Illya’s Honey.

Quinton Hallett’s poem "By-the-wind Sailors" appeared in the Oregonian in June, and her "Medusa" is included in the OSPA’s Verseweavers, Summer 2001 issue.

Deborah Narin-Wells was a finalist in the Portlandia Chapbook Competition, and had a poem accepted by Talking River Review.

Howard W. Robertson’s poem "Planning a trip to Baja reveals to me the social pleasure of being a poet" was published in Nest #13, Summer 2001.

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

Denali is the literary and art magazine of Lane Community College. The deadline for submissions for the fall term issue is October 31. (Note: submissions are accepted from all Lane County residents regardless of their academic status. More submission info is available here.)

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.

The Oregon Writers Colony will hold their fall conference on October 12-14 at the Alton Collins Retreat Center near Sandy, Oregon. For more info, call Linda Leslie at (503) 698-2718, or visit the OWC website.

The 2001 Speakers Series of the Willamette Writers Guild will feature novelist Sandra Schofield, playwright Dorothy Velasco, novelist Steve Perry, and more. Events are scheduled for 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. September’s event will be the last at the Amazon Community Center location; following months will be at the Hilyard Street Community Center. For more information, call Valerie Brooks at 896-3511 or Patsy Hand at 686-0189.

The Portland Arts & Lectures Series has a tremendous line-up for this year! Fall sessions include lectures by writer and naturalist Steven Jay Gould, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, and controversial Irish novelist Edna O’Brien. For more information, visit the Literary Arts, Inc. website or call (503) 227-2583.

About Writer’s Access

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

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