Summer in Words

Writing Conference

A few updates

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I cannot believe how time is galloping by this spring, especially now that my garden is blooming and I’m watering daily again.  Did I mention that my bleeding heart bush has now commandeered a whole garden bed?

Here are a few updates and reminders:

Again, May 24th is the final date to receive the discounted room rate at the Hallmark Inn & Resort. The discount amounts up to $100 off per night per room. If you’re interested in sharing a room, there is both a male and female looking for a roomate for the weekend. Please contact Jessica or Mary immediately via the contact information here. Hallmark’s phone number is 1-888-448-4449

Also, if anyone is traveling down from Canada and has room for another passenger, please let me know.

Remember too to send in your manuscript for feedback by June 1 and be sure to state who you’d like to review it. If you live in Mexico and Canada, please send it me via an email attachment.

We will be also sending out a reminder about Out Loud. This event will happen on Saturday night and you’ll have a chance to read a work-in-progress to an audience, followed by brief feedback (and lots of applause.)

Finally, every year Summer in Words sponsors a raffle to support Write Around Portland. If you have any items (writer related would be great although wine and other goodies are welcome) please contact us.

Author: jessicapage2

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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