2015 Conference Information
Immerse yourself in: "Distinctions of the West: Writers Explore the Northwest" during the 21st annual conference of Women Writing the West Oct. 8-11, 2015, in the beautiful high desert country of Redmond, Oregon, at the Eagle Crest Resort.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend craft-enhancing workshops, meet with agents and editors, network and be inspired to write. Experience the history, culture and spectacular landscapes of the area with a Friday morning tour to the High Desert Museum, A6 Print Shop and Gallery, and the Old Mill District, as well as an exciting excursion Sunday to one of the oldest working ranches in Oregon.
Winners and finalists in the LAURA Short Story contest and the WILLA Literary awards will receive recognition. Keynote speakers are Molly Gloss and Anna Keesey, both internationally known and awarded distinctive writers from Oregon, who write about women in the West.
In addition, the public is invited to the premier of Heathens and Thieves. The film is a western crime drama set in an American era when the riches associated with the 1849 Gold Rush, the fallout of the Civil War, and the impact of Chinese immigration were fresh in people's minds. Co-Director Megan Peterson will be on hand, too.
One lucky winner will go home with a beautiful “Female Storm” blanket donated by the Pendleton Woolen Mills. The silent auction will have many distinctive items to help the WILLA fund and make this conference memorable.
For questions about the conference, contact Jane Kirkpatrick or Shanna Hatfield.
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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:
Choose from three workshops, scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015.
- Reader's Brain, Writer's Brain: The Science to Connect - offered by member Stephanie West Allen. Using current brain science and the acronym INSIDE, discover what neuroscience can teach writers about how to grab a reader's attention and how best to own and direct it. (INSIDE = Intense, Novel, Scary, Interactive, Diverting, Emotional). Stephanie has presented around the world including to the Smithsonian. She is an attorney who has focused on Neuroscience and how the brain impacts both writing and reading. A fascinating presentation awaits!
- Soul of the Land: Place as Character and Inspiration - offered by members Dawn Wink, Susan J. Tweit, Page Lambert, and Julene Bair. Back by popular demand, this intensive offers the opportunity to not just learn about Place as character but to have time to write about it as well. A version of this presentation was offered in Golden and the evaluations suggested the session be repeated and expanded. What better place to discover the soul of the land than in the West.
- From Shadow to Dance: Form, Function and Peripheral Vision in Poetry - "Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance," wrote Carl Sandburg. Come dance with three-time WILLA Literary Award Winner Ellen Waterston as she leads a preconference poetry intensive. Ellen is an internationally recognized poet and author who will explore the elasticity of form and function as well as the importance of peripheral vision in nabbing that telling phrase or detail in writing poetry.
PITCH APPOINTMENTS: A pitch appointment is a ten-minute one-on-one appointment to pitch your book to an editor or agent or to ask questions of them. You will be contacted to schedule your appointment with an editor/agent for either Friday or Saturday. Contact will be made in the order registrations are received.