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11 Nov / Wordstock: Writer Heaven

For those of you that made it to Wordstock in Portland, Ore. this weekend, you already know – it rocked. The house. I spent a luxurious few hours there on Saturday and was inspired and impressed. Here are some of the goodies I uncovered:

-Kathleen Flinn has my dream life. This amazing writer was laid from her corporate job and, instead of languishing in a pool of self pity, transformed it into following her dream. She moved to Paris, studied at Le Cordon Bleu and then wrote a book about it. LOVE it. Her passion for food and writing is captivating. You’ll fall in love with The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry.

-Less really IS more. I caught the tail end of the Magazine Writing panel, perfectly poised to hear the words that I needed from Peggy Orenstein, when she encouraged writers who are not based in New York (with access to editors of major pub’s) to focus on a few target publications and form relationships with those editors. Yes! I’ve had this very thought multiple times, but her words reminded me that a haphazard query approach is a waste of time. Yay Peggy!

-Oregon Humanities – lovely literary journal.

-University of Oregon’s Turnball Portland Center is working on a Masters in Journalism program to be released in the very near future.

-Simon Fraser University in gorgeous British Columbia offers Summer Publishing Workshops on book proposals, editing, cover design, as well as magazine and software topics. Another reason to visit the fabulous B.C.

-VoiceCatcher 2007 is out! And the submission deadline for the 2008 book is March 31st.

Did you attend Wordstock or have pearls of wisdom from a writing event somewhere else in this glorious world? Would love to hear all about it – post your comments right here!

-Heather :)

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