Summer in Words

Writing Conference

A few days left….

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To register for our 6th annual Summer in Words Writing Conference. Although I’ve had wonderful rosters of teachersImage and speakers in years past including Chelsea Cain, Cheryl Strayed, Jennie Shortridge, Larry Brooks and Cathy Lamb, this year is extra invigorating. That’s because I shook things up by adding more workshops and so many of the speakers have new books just launched into the world: Jonathan Evison’s award-winning The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving Kari Luna (actually her baby, The Theory of Everything,  is due in a few weeks), Lauren Kessler’s Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-aging, Monica Drake’s The Stud Book. As they should be, all these writers are pumped with energy and pride at seeing their words in print. And for you upcoming authors, you might want to pay attention to Kari Luna’s marketing campaign because it’s innovative,fun and something to emulate or strive toward.

And Melissa Hart has just signed a contract for her second memoir about the process of adopting her daughter and learning about baby owls. And my book, No Ordinary Days, The Seasons, Cycles and Craft of Writing, will be out in October.

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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