Summer in Words

Writing Conference

Summer in Words 2012 at a Glance


You don’t want to miss the stellar line up of professionals and bestselling authors so register soon.  Expect craft workshops that you can immediately put to use and inspiration that will propel you to your next steps. If you’re staying at the Hallmark Inn & Resort, register by May 14th to receive the group rate at 1-888-448-4449.

This year’s theme:

Refinement, Resonance & Renewal

Keynote Speaker: Chelsea Cain

Friday   June 15                        Saturday   June16             Sunday June 17
Bring Down the Fire,

Emotional Resonance,


Book Publicity: The Lowdown for Writers,


Subtext: The River of Emotions Beneath Stories,


Invention Techniques for All Writers


Becoming Fierce in Your Writing Life


Page by Page: Creating a Writing Life and other Hard Truths, Lamb
Wax on, Wax Off, Making Writing Shine, Rakha Keynote: How to Murder for Money

Chelsea Cain

Q&A: Risk to Get It Published
Strategies for Short Shorts,


Defining and Refining Characters, Lamb Wrap Up

(We end at noon on Sunday)

Reception/Book Signing: The Productive Writer Archetype, Cohen Out Loud…

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

10 thoughts on “Summer in Words 2012 at a Glance

  1. Exciting lineup! I’m very tempted to fly across the country for this conference, even though I’ve just been to one in Tallahassee and I have another one lined up in NYC in July!

  2. I can’t make the earliest morning sessions, and suspect that will be true for others. At what times will the second and third sessions of each day begin?

    • On Friday we begin at 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday, 9.
      Second sessions begin Friday and Saturday at 10:45, Sunday at 10:30.
      Third session is 1:30 on Friday.
      Saturday Chelsea Cain speaks at 12:30.
      Sunday there are only two sessions, then a Q & A and wrap up.
      You can also contact me at jessicapage(at)spiritone (dot) com

  3. I’ll definitely be there for the first session each day, Jessica, after coming all the way across the country for your conference! Plus it shouldn’t be that hard, since we’ll already be in the same building, and will be enjoying the continental breakfast first. I’m getting really excited about it!

  4. It’ll be good to see you again, but we gotta stop meeting like this…
    Plans are coming together. Excitement is growing….travel safe.

    • I’m just bringing a carry-on so won’t be bringing anything dressy. Will that be all right? Will also bring jeans and a sweater or fleece top and jacket for walking on the beach in the evenings… Any other recommendations?

  5. Maybe rainproof jacket and cap. Weather forecast doesn’t look great and nights are cool. I like to bring scarves, shawls for layers and dressing up a bit, but that’s me.
    Hot here today in Portland but isn’t supposed to last.

  6. I’m still impressed that you’re traveling with a carry on.

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