Summer in Words

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Marian Pierce teaching dialogue workshop

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Marian Pierce will be teaching Finding Your Characters Through Dialogue Workshop on Sunday, June 27

Marian Pierce has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Paul Engle Fellowship for excellence of prose style in fiction. Her stories have appeared in Portland Monthly magazine, GQ, STORY, The Mississippi Review, Puerto del Sol, Confrontation, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1997, and Creative Writer’s Handbook (3rd ed). She won the 2009 Wordstock Fiction Competition, and is a previous winner of the Frederick Exley Fiction Competition, sponsored by GQ.  She has received fellowships from Literary Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and was shortlisted for the 2008 David Wong fellowship at the Univ. of East Anglia for an author writing about the Far East. She teaches creative writing at Marylhurst University and online for UCLA, and also works as a science editor and yoga teacher.


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Jessica Page Morrell lives in Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers and watches the sky all its moods and shades. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative Life, Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm. Morrell works as a highly-sought after developmental editor because if your characters are a bundle of quirks and inconsistencies, or the plot stalls and the scenes don’t flow, these problems need to be unriddled before you submit it to an agent or editor. She also works on memoirs and nonfiction books with a special focus on logic and voice. She began teaching writers in 1991 and now teaches through a series of workshops in the Northwest and at writing conferences throughout North America and lectures to various writing organizations. She is the former writing expert at which was voted as one of the best 101 sites for writers. In 2008 she founded Summer in Words, a yearly writing conference held on the Oregon coast. She hosts a Web site at, and she’s written a monthly column about topics related to writing since 1998 that currently appears in The Willamette Writer. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines, writes a monthly e-mail newsletter, The Writing Life, and a Web log at

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