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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

Armchair travel to Iran with author Susan Fletcher Thursday, June 23

Susan Fletcher

Local author Susan Fletcher talks at the Library Thursday, June 23

Camels, caravans, and Kurds, oh my! 

Join us for a special Dewey Talk Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., where Susan will tell of her 5-year odyssey to write Alphabet of Dreams—her YA novel about a boy who has prophetic dreams, the teenage sister who tries to protect him, and a suspense-filled camel caravan journey across ancient Persia. 

She’ll show pictures of the journey she took to Iran to research the book, and tell how her travels took her to places beyond what she was capable of imagining beforehand: to a picnic with a Kurdish family near the Iraqi border; to a caravanserai on the old Silk Road; to an ancient Persian village; to a camel trek in the desert, and more. 

For the writers and aspiring writers in the audience, Susan will reflect on using a sense of place as inspiration for fiction.

Susan Fletcher is the author of nine books for young readers, including The Dragon Chronicles Series (Dragon’s Milk, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, Sign of the Dove); Alphabet of Dreams, Shadow Spinner; Walk Across the Sea, and Dadblamed, Union Army Cow. She has received two Oregon Book Awards and the Willamette Writers’ Distinguished Writer Award. Some other honors her books have received: American Library Association Notable Books for Young Readers; American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon; and School Library Journal Best Books. Susan has an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan.  She has taught in the M.F.A. in Writing for Children program at Vermont College.


Dewey Talk: “Going Beyond Imagination” with author Susan Fletcher
Thursday, June 23
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

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.

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.

Are you Nano-ing?

Then come on down to the Library this Sunday, November 15, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. for a Halfway Mark Write-in. We will have coffee, snacks, and space (wall outlets and wifi) – all for free!

And while you’re at the Library, stop in and listen to author Melissa Hart talk about writing memoirs for publication with our Northwest Author Series. Tickets for this event are $5 at the door. It would make a nice break from the frantic novel writing, and just might provide some much-needed inspiration!

For more information, visit the Library’s website.


Don’t know what we’re talking about? Here is the deal:

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka “Nanowrimo” or “Nano”), where people like you and me write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Sound crazy? It is – but it’s also fun, exciting, and exhilarating! Learn more about Nanowrimo at their website: www.nanowrimo.org.