Tag Archives: northwest author series

NW Author Series: How to write for raves – this Sunday, Sept. 18

Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker

What’s the difference between a good book and a great one? How do editors select books for review, and how do reviewers combine enthusiasm and critical judgment to create a balanced review?

The Oregonian receives as many as 500 books per week and has the space and budget to review a small percentage of them. We will discuss the criteria for choosing which books to review and talk about what goes into writing a review. Examples will be discussed, real-world situations will be explored, and any and all questions will be answered. A quiz will be given with prizes for correct answers. If you love literature and have ever wondered what goes on in the book department of a newspaper, this is your chance to find out. 

Jeff Baker is the book editor at The Oregonian. He also writes about music and popular culture. He has won awards for criticism, feature writing, sports journalism, and arts and entertainment writing, most recently a first-place award in the Best in the West competition and two awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

For more information, please contact Christina Katz at christinakatz@earthlink.net.


NW Author Series: How to Write for Raves
Sunday, September 18
3:30-5:30 p.m.
$5 at the door

Learn to write a short story in 90 minutes this Sunday, May 15

Eric WitcheyPracticing short fiction has many benefits. In this fun, fast-paced, audience-interactive seminar, popular writing teacher Eric Witchey will demonstrate brainstorming, outlining, and writing techniques that will result in a collaborative short story written on the spot. Attendees of any level of experience will walk away with handouts and techniques they can immediately apply to the development of new short stories, new novels, and existing work revision.

Eric Witchey has made a living as a freelance writer and communication consultant for nearly twenty years. In addition, he has sold more than fifty short stories and a novel. His stories have appeared in six genres on five continents, and he has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, and other organizations. His how-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines.


NW Author Series
The Short Story – Write It & Sell It In 90 Minutes
Presented by Eric M. Witchey
Sunday, May 15
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Cost: $5 at the door

Get your grants funded and your Shakespeare refreshed


Writing grants and plays . . . I do believe plays are easier.

Learn about two distinct art forms – the funding grant and the play – with these free upcoming programs:

This Sunday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. the Northwest Author Series presents “Fund Your Projects: Grant Writing for the Literary Artist” with author Gigi Rosenberg. Get tips for writing grants in this hands-on workshop. Cost is $5 at the door.

Then starting on Wednesday, April 20, Brush Up Your Shakespeare! Prof. John Ehrstine presents his annual Shakespeare class featuring plays being performed at this year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival, including Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Henry IV Part Two, and Love’s Labors Lost. The class will meet for 8 Wednesday days, 6-7:30 p.m., from April 20 through June 8. Cost is $35. Texts are available for purchase at a discount.

For more information, contact the Library at 503-682-2744.


“Fund Your Projects: Grant Writing for the Literary Artist”
Sunday, April 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Oak Room
$5 at the door

“Brush Up Your Shakespeare”
Wednesdays, April 20-June 8
6:00-7:30 p.m
Oak Room
$35 for the class series. Texts available for puchase at a discount.

Bluegrass Music and Writer Power at the Library this weekend

It may be dark and dreary outside (at least it is as I write this), but it’s light and warm in the Library! So come on down and get your spirit lifted with these fantastic weekend programs.

The Stumptown Stars
Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m.
Bluegrass and Americana music will fill the Fiction stacks as The Stumptwon Stars perform for our March Book Notes Concert. Free admission.

Empowering Writers: Produce Yourself, Partner & Prosper
Sunday, March 13, 3:30 p.m.

Local author and teacher Christina Katz shares tips and tricks for writers’ success at this Northwest Author Series talk. Christina is the author of Get Known Before the Book Deal and Writer Mama. $5 at the door.

For more information, visit the Library website at www.wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Get your fiction writing groove on


YOU can write a novel!

Have you always wanted to write the Great American Novel,  a fanfic of your favorite TV show, or just a novel of your very own?

Learn how to create your fictional worlds and finish that novel (in 30 days!) with the Northwest Author Series and Dewey Talks next week.

Award-winning author Susan Fletcher will share her insights in fictional world building with her Northwest Author Series workshop on Sunday, October 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Oak Room.  Suggestions, examples, and writing exercises will help you create your own fantastic and exotic worlds that readers will want to explore.

With your fictional world created, learn how to write and finish your novel in 30 days with 4-time Nanowrimo winner Andi Erickson on Thursday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Room. Learn how to plan/plot your novel, get the words down, and find the discipline to keep writing all the way through to “The End.”

Discover your inner author and join us for these fabulous programs!


Northwest Author Series
“Creating Fictional Worlds: The Strange, Exotic, and Unfamiliar”
Susan Fletcher
Sunday, October 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Oak Room
$5 at the door

Dewey Talks
“Nanowrimo, or How to Write a Novel in 30 Days”
Andi Erickson
Thursday, October 21
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Author/Illustrator Nicole Rubel to speak at the library Sunday, Sept. 19

Nicole Rubel

Nicole Rubel

The 2010-2011 season of the Northwest Author Series gets off to a great start on Sunday, September 19, with children’s book author and illustrator Nicole Rubel. She will talk about finding your voice and using it in a children’s book.

Learning to express your thoughts and feelings is an important theme in Nicole Rubel’s work. In this 90-minute presentation, she will share the childhood story of how she started finding her voice thanks to an inspirational art teacher’s project. For Rubel, growing up as a twin eventually sparked some imaginative, poignant and comical storylines but there was a time when it also impeded her self-expression. Attendees will learn about the challenges of finding a voice and the rewards of learning to use one.

Nicole Rubel is an author and illustrator known for her uniquely colorful illustrations and charming stories. She has over sixty books to her credit and is the co-creator of the popular Rotten Ralph series, which has sold more than one and a half million copies. Her work has garnered awards from The American Book Association, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, and American Booksellers. She currently resides with her husband on a farm in Aurora, Oregon.


Northwest Author Series:
Nicole Rubel “Find Your Voice: Use It in a Children’s Book”
Sunday, September 19
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Oak Room
$5 at the door

Learn tips for writing romance novels

Deborah Schneider

author Deborah Schneider

Join us Sunday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon with author and librarian Deborah Schneider who will present “Romance 101: Tools of a Steamy Trade.”

Do you know the subgenres of romance and how your manuscript fits into one? What are the basic story pieces necessary to construct a romance novel and how is a romance different from other types of books? Learn how to heat up the pages, torture your hero, and find your niche in one of the best-selling genres in publishing. This workshop will also include suggestions for marketing your manuscripts to agents and editors. Leisure Books published Deborah Schneider’s first historical romance, Beneath A Silver Moon, in 2002. Her next book, Promise Me, will be released in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press.

Deborah is employed as the Public Programming Coordinator by one of the busiest library systems in the country. She is responsible for developing programs for all ages and author events at forty-six sites in King County, near Seattle, WA. She has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in The Big Read and was named Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year 2009.


Northwest Author Series
Sunday, April 18
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Wilsonville Public Library – Oak Room

$5 at the door


The Northwest Author Series is a literary speaker series sponsored by the Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville Friends of the Library, and the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council. The series is organized and hosted by Wilsonville author Christina Katz.