Summer in Words

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Last call for Summer in Words Registration

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Last call for the Summer in Words Writing Conference registration. It’s a one-of-a-kind  gathering for training writers at every skil level, from unpublished to professional, and offers help and inspiration to writers in every phase of their careers.

 Reservations for the conference will be accepted until June 15. There are also  several rooms still available at our group discount rate  at the Hallmark Inn and one participant would like to share her room with a quiet writer.

 bugle, soldiers           Why attend Summer in Words?

  • You consider writing a calling not a hobby.
  • A day without writing leaves you lonesome for words.
  • You’re ready for your next step.
  • You want to get energized.
  • You want to meet other serious writers.
  • You’re ready to network.
  • You’re always learning.

 The Summer in Words Writing Conference is an intimate, workshop-intensive event for serious writers of all genres who wish to either begin an essay, a novel, a memoir or deepen their skills and understanding. Summer in Words will provide not only the ideal location, but a perfect mix of an experienced faculty dedicated to teaching writers the necessary craft and market skills they need to be successful.

 This year also expect an extra dose of energy and excitement in the air. Picture, if you can, writers as proud parents with their newborns (books) out in the world. Now imagine that those newborns are being greeted with warm, cradling arms, appreciation, and accolades.

 Kelly  Williams Brown first book Adulting came out in May is receiving a lot of buzz, rave reviews and has been optioned for a TV series. It was featured in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends on Fox News, HUffington Post and multiple local media outlets, among others. Monica Drake’s satiric novel about motherhood The Stud Book also newly released  is climbing the ratings and garnering terrific reviews. Lauren Kessler’s fascinating book about aging Counterclockwise {My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging}was just reviewed in The New York Times, and Publisher’s Weekly and has been rightly called bad ass.  Lauren is going to reading at Powells on June 12 and dark chocolate is involved, so there is obviously some good news about aging. Jonathan Evison is just back from a book tour that set his head spinning for his new novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. It looks like another best seller is in the making.  Kari Luna’s YA novel The Theory of Everything is already receiving buzz and the pub date is still a few weeks away.

 And have I mentioned that Kari is a Summer in Words alumnus and that three novels were just published or are about to be published by writers who attended last year’s conference? Yowza! I’ve been so jazzed and proud about all the successes going on. In other news:  I  have a new book forthcoming No Ordinary Days and  Melissa Hart who teaches journalism at the University of Oregon is now an Associate Editor at The Writer magazine and has been publishing all sorts of fabulous essays and articles about her adventures and family life. Meanwhile, the versatile Randal Houle has been busy mentoring and inspiring writers and cannot wait to talk about the importance of social media.

The Summer in Words Writing Conference is for aspiring authors and writers exists to: 1) teach writers craft and technique 2) enable writers to learn the inside scoop of publicizing their writing, a necessary skill in today’s marketplace, 3) combine the advantages of a larger conference with that of a small group workshop; and 4) provide a restful setting conducive to accomplishing all of the above (the endless blue of the Pacific as a backdrop).


The faculty: Kelly Williams Brown,  Monica Drake, Jonathan Evison, Melissa Hart, Randal Houle, Lauren Kessler, Kari Luna, Jessica Morrell


Hallmark stairsWhere it Happens: The Hallmark Inn & Resort

Located in midtown of charming Cannon Beach, Oregon.  It offers premium lodging in a beautiful oceanfront resort. Hallmark Resort-Cannon Beach overlooks the sentinels of Haystack Rock and Tillamook Lighthouse is within view, it creates a splendid backdrop for spectacular vistas and stunning sunsets


haystack rock 3Haystack Rock:
Towering 235 feet above sandy Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock is the third largest monolith in the world. This popular attraction shelters a marine garden at its base, which is home to marine creatures in tide pools open for gentle exploration by the public.

 Please contact me for more details at jessicapage (at)spiritone (dot)com


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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