Summer in Words

Writing Conference


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Why you should attend Summer in Words

success starts hereAttending writing conferences is a vital part of being a writer. And there are plenty of mega-conferences to choose from. But I believe in smaller, more intimate conferences. Why?

  • Because you’ll have opportunities to make real friendships and spend more time with the writing instructors. You’ll hear more unguarded comments and you’ll have more opportunities to have your questions answered.
  • Because attending a conference propels you out of your ordinary life into a new experience. The experience will be inspiring and energizing. This energy can be translated to the page.
  • Because you’re serious about making breakthroughs in your writing. Under the guidance of published authors and writing coaches, you’ll receive the individualized—and top notch—attention that you’ve always wanted.
  • An intimate venue means a fun and relaxed approach to learning.
  • Because the Summer in Words location on the Oregon coast is especially uplifting and magical.


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Costs

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Usually I post the registration page on this site, but it’s been too difficult to download/print, so this year I’m asking people to contact me for the registration form. Here are the costs (affordable!) that are printed on the registration form.

 

 

Thursday night meet and greet (no charge).
____ Friday workshops $125.00.
____ Friday night reception and keynote $25.00.
____ Saturday workshops + lunch and keynote $125.00.
____ Lunch and keynote only $25.
____ Sunday sessions $60 .
____ Complete conference package $285
____ Guest Saturday lunch & keynote $25
____ Guest Friday reception & keynote $25
____ Manuscript evaluation $50.00


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Why Summer in Words?

Why Summer in Words?

I moved to Oregon 23 years ago and began teaching writing. That first year I fell in love with the Oregon coast, and soon began hosting weekend writing retreats at beach houses along the Pacific shore. It didn’t take me long to realize that the coast was an ideal place for writing and dreaming and rejuvenating.  Ferocious with life. The smells of salt, seaweed and adventure. Constantly changing sands.Mysteries washed up on shore and lurked in tide pools. The ocean always talks to us, sometimes forgiving and soothing, sometimes wild with whitecaps and steel.

Sunset over water with boatsFifteen years ago I was teaching writers during the Summer Solstice. We stood together on a deck, watching the sun dip down amid a tapestry of lavender, apricot, and gold, while revealing our writing dreams. It is a moment forever stamped in my memory. I knew I wanted to return to the endless Pacific each June with writers and I realized how much I love gathering writers together. I began fiercely believing in the power of the writing community.

The Oregon coast has since brought be solace, inspiration, and a sense of belonging.Many of my writing dreams that I discussed that first day of summer came true including six published books. Since the conference began, SIW participants have sharpened their skills and drawn inspiration from the many workshops and talks along with the wide expanse of ocean, the constantly changing light, and pounding surf. Some attendees went on to publish articles, land book deals, publish novels that had been languishing or incomplete. As for the speakers who have taught at previous conferences…well, over the years their careers have exploded.

More to come on that topic…..

Meanwhile, notice the brimming wonders all around you. Create art and stories.


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Lorelle VanFossen will be teaching a workshop on WordPress

Lorelle VanFossenLorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, web design, and blogging, especially working with WordPress. Called a blog evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes about everything WordPress, blogging, and social media, covering more than you may want to know about how all this blogging business and social media stuff works. Lorelle is also the author of the popular Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging  and the ebook, Social Media for Crafters: Covering the Basics of the Social Web. On Lorelle on WordPress, she shares her many years of online journaling, web writing and publishing, and blogging experiences as one of the first website owners and publishers on the web. She  is also editor, producer, contributor, and official disruptive thinker for Bitwire Media and a regular columnist for the Blog Herald, Blogger and Podcaster Magazine, Darren Rowse’s Problogger, featured for writing and photography in many national and international magazines, newspapers,  and ezines. She is also one of the founding members of Successful Online Business Conference (SOBCon) with Liz Strauss, celebrating five years of changing people’s business life online in 2011. She is also a long time member of the 9Rules Network. Blogging since 1994, before the term “blog” was developed, Lorelle is also involved with WordPress as a volunteer helping to write and develop the WordPress Codex and assisting others on the WordPress Forum.

 Welcome aboard Lorelle!


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Registration for Summer in Words opens April 1

As always, the space is limited so please register early.

Also make hotel reservations early because Cannon Beach will be booked up due to the Sandcastle Contest that will be happening that weekend.

You will find a contact form at the registration page. Please fill it in and we’ll send you a registration form.

Looking forward to another great conference at the coast!

Cannon Beach sandcastle


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John Ellis will be teaching two workshops at SIW

John Ellis

John Ellis is a mad scientist on the web. He translates geek into English helping small business owners (authors) leverage the power of the modern Web to build their brands, get more clients, and sell more books. After 20 years in technology, web development and SEO, he is excited to live in a time where the web is about people and their content, not the sites they put it on.

When not learning, writing, coaching and engaging about the web, John enjoys everything else around him.

He’ll be teaching Understanding Google and the Modern Web & Personal Branding and Google + for Authors in 2014

Links

Portland Internet Design

SEOWiSE

John Ellis


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Karen Anzinger teaching at Summer in Words 2014

So thrilled to announce that Karen Azinger will be teaching at Summer in Words.

Karen Anzinger

     KAREN L. AZINGER has always loved fantasy fiction, and always hoped that someday she could give back to the genre a little of the joy that reading has always given her. Eleven years ago on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge she realized she had enough original ideas to finally write an epic fantasy. She started writing her epic medieval fantasy, The Silk & Steel Saga, and never stopped. The first five books of her epic fantasy, The Steel Queen, The Flame Priest, The Skeleton King, The Poison Priestess, and The Knight Marshal, are published and getting great reviews. The sixth and final book of the saga, The Battle Immortal, is slated to be published in Oct 2014. Before writing, Karen spent over twenty years as an international business strategist, eventually becoming a vice-president for one of the world’s largest natural resource companies. She worked on developing the first gem-quality diamond mine in Canada’s arctic, on coal seam gas power projects in Australia, and on petroleum projects around the world. Having lived in Australia for eight years she considers it to be her second home. She lives with her husband in Portland Oregon, in a house perched on the edge of the forest. You can learn more at her website, www.karenlazinger.com or at her Facebook page for The Steel Queen. Karen loves to hear from her readers!

 Karen Anzinger cover montage

The Silk & Steel Saga is an epic medieval fantasy full of plots, battles, romance, and schemes that will never let you underestimate the ‘weaker’ sex againA fast-paced action fantasy with a stunning female lead, this epic saga is brimming with knights and swords, castles and monasteries, sorcery and seduction. If you love Game of Thrones or Tolkien, then this saga is for you.

 

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