Summer in Words

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notice of cancellation


I’m sorry to announce that Summer in Words 2015 has been cancelled. I’ve been involved in my mother’s end-of-life care this year and last fall. She died recently and because of the uncertain nature of my schedule and demands of family matters I was not able to spend the many hours needed to organize this delightful conference. Much of the planning, marketing, correspondence happens six -eight months prior to the conference and I was caught up in helping my parents.  I apologize for disappointing people who had planned to attend and I’ll miss those glorious days in June at the Hallmark Inn and Resort.

On a good note, I’ll be organizing a shorter Claim Your Story conference at the Hallmark this fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Author: jessicapage2

Jessica Page Morrell lives near 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 the inner logic and voice of each manuscript. 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. She formerly hosted a series of writing conferences and is now focusing on creating online classes and workshops. She hosts a Web site at, and she wrote monthly columns about topics related to writing since 1998. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines Her former Web log is at

8 thoughts on “notice of cancellation

  1. I’m so sorry to hear Summer in Words is cancelled for this year. It’s been such a gift to writers. Thank you for all the wonderful teaching an learning that happened there.

    • Mary,
      And thanks to you for attending and your help in recent years. I so appreciated that you made the writers feel listened to and welcome. More writing to come…more teaching to come. All the best, Jessica

  2. Sorry about the death of your mother. I lost my own mother a few years ago. please keep me posted on when you will have your fall
    shorter event.

    Joanne Kingsbury

    • Thanks Joanne,
      Hope you’re doing well.
      I’ve been through some hard months, but am now doing better. I haven’t sent out a newsletter lately because of family obligations, but will be sending one out in the coming month or so and will also send out my fall schedule. I’m teaching at a conference in Pittsburgh in May and in Dublin in June.
      You take good care and thanks again for checking in. Jessica

  3. My condolences on the loss of your Mother. I lost my Father this past August. May God ease your pain, and remembrances of her soon be of good times shared.

    • Thanks so much. As you know, our family has just been through a painful time, but each day it’s getting easier. I’m getting back to work now and have been gardening and it’s been such a relief to focus on stories and planting flowers. Thanks again and good wishes to your family.

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