Summer in Words

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Summer In Words 5 was a Smashing Success

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After several long naps, consuming champagne, and reading the feedback forms I’m happy to report that Summer in Words 5 was a big hit. So many kind and appreciative  comments from the participants and instructors. So many laughs and aha moments (sorry for the cliche). As I do every year I read the comments and make notes for next year, then sit down to pay the bills, feeling a bit postpartumish.

And as every year, I miss the ocean now that I’m away from it.

Thanks to everyone who took part with special thanks to Gail Balden, Mary Bisbee-Beek, Chelsea Cain, Jessica Glenn, Cathy Lamb,  Naseem Rakha, Bruce Holland Rogers. Bill Johnson will be creating a YouTube page for the conference and I’ll post the link here.

And this year we unveiled our new logo. 

Keep writing, keep dreaming, stay connected to other writers

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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