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Summer in Word Alumnus

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Hi Jessica,

I attended your Conference last summer at Cannon Beach. I just wanted you to know how much I gained from it. I thought your teaching was so encouraging, and I’ve recommended your books many times to friends, lecture attendees, and clients. All your guest speakers were so inspiring, too. I was fascinated with Chelsea Cain’s success, and I did a study of all her books to see what she was doing right. The other person who had a profound effect on me was Cathy Lamb. Sometimes you’re just ready to hear things, and her emphasis on a daily word count made the whole concept finally sink in. I started writing 2K words a day, with the result of having three books in my Tala Chronicles, a paranormal romance series, accepted by a small, independent publisher. The first one, The Wolf’s Daughter, will be released soon.

My cozy mystery novella, The Celtic Crow Murders, is available for free Kindle download on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. The website is I had published it about five years ago, but I rewrote almost every sentence in the past year, although the plot is the same. Fortunately, people can learn a lot in five years, and I think the quality is better than the original.

So thanks again for a wonderful conference. I hope I have the opportunity to attend another one in the future.


Patricia La Barbera

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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  1. Reblogged this on Summer in Words and commented:

    I love hearing from writers who attended the conference and learn what they’ve been up and how there were inspired. Our mission: Imagine Write Publish

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