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Press Release

For Immediate Release

 2014 Summer in Words Writing Conference: A place for writers to learn and grow

March 11, 2014 CANNON BEACH, OR Best-selling author and Oregon coast devotee Matt Love will headline the roster for the seventh annual Summer in Words Writing Conference held at the Hallmark Inn & Resort in Cannon Beach, Oregon, June 19-22.  A full weekend of workshops, presentations and keynote addresses by noted speakers, best-selling authors, and industry experts will focus on the craft and business of writing. The theme for this year’s conference is Craft, Connection & Community. SIW provides aspiring and established writers the opportunity to hone their writing skills, learn the latest insights about the ever-changing publishing world, and network with fellow writers and professionals.  Cost for all three days is $285.00; single day or single event pricing is also available.

 The conference kicks off Thursday evening, June 19th with a chance for participants to meet and mingle. On Friday, June 20 workshops will be taught by John Ellis, Jessica Morrell, Randall Platt and Matt Love. Friday’s workshops will be followed by a reception and book signing with books from Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and a talk by best-selling fantasy author Karen Azinger. Her talk  A FEARLESS path to publishing!  will describe her path from a mailbox full of rejections, to a five-figure deal from one of the Big Six publishing houses, to then taking her destiny into her own hands, forming her own publishing company, and gaining avid fans around the world.  

 Saturday features workshops by John Ellis, Lorelle VanHassen, Cathy Lamb, and a luncheon and keynote by Matt Love Creating an Independent Literary Life. Love will also teach a workshop on Saturday afternoon on Constructing a Personal Metaphor for Your Writing Life . Saturday night is Out Loud, a chance for attendees to read from a work in process. Sunday morning includes a workshop by bestselling author Kelly Brown Williams on how to pitch to editors agents  and the conference concludes with another bestelling author Cathy Lamb talking about Re – Discovering Your Love of Writing because we all fall out of love with writing from time to time.

 Conference founder and coordinator Jessica Morrell said, “I cannot believe it’s been seven years since this conference began. So much has changed in the industry and our 2014 lineup of speakers and events reflect those changes. Our schedule will help writers at all levels stand out and get noticed in a crowded marketplace. The speakers are hand-picked for their expertise and friendliness. They are fellow writers, experts, and inspiring mentors. I’m especially looking forward to hearing Matt Love talk about his career and sit in on his sessions. This year, by popular request, we’ve brought back some of our favorite speakers from previous years: Cathy Lamb, Randall Platt and Kelly Williams Brown. We’re also including Karen Azinger a best-selling fantasy author, three workshops designed to help authors sell their work and stand out on the Web, and workshops that range from world building, to creating a story community, to creating memorable characters. As always, the conference is aimed at giving writers a big advantage in today’s ever-changing publishing landscape.”

 Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference. SIW will also feature a raffle with proceeds going to a women’s shelter located in Seaside. Businesses or individuals that would like to contribute raffle prizes are welcome to contact the conference coordinator Jessica Morrell.

 Cannon Beach, Oregon is a vibrant community on Oregon’s coast known for its love of the arts and books. The Hallmark Inn & Resort is located in midtown and overlooks Haystack Rock. Discounted room rates are available for conference participants. Cloud & Leaf Bookstore of Manzanita will be selling books at the event.

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Visit any of the instructors’ websites or blogs:

Karen Azinger

Kelly Wlliams Brown

John Ellis;;

Cathy Lamb

Matt Love

Jessica Morrell: 

Randall Platt

Lorelle VanFossen

 The registration fee of $285 covers tuition for the three-day conference, both Thursday and Friday night’s receptions, Saturday lunch and keynote, and light breakfasts each morning. The public can join Friday night’s Writer’s Reception and the Saturday lunch and keynote for a fee.

 Contact Jessica Morrell  to arrange an interview with any of the presenters.

 About Summer in Words:Founded in 2008 by Jessica Morrell Summer in Words was created to provide writers with an intimate conference experience in an uplifting setting so that attendees are energized, enlightened, and inspired. Jessica Morrell works as an independent editor and writing coach and is the author of the upcoming No Ordinary Days, Thanks, But This isn’t for Us, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction, The Writer’s I Ching, Wisdom for the Writing Life, Voices From the Street, Between the Lines, Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing, and Writing Out the Storm. She also coordinates Claim Your Story and Making it in Changing Times conferences.

 Press release key words: Summer in Words Writing Conference, Cannon Beach, writing conference, workshops, bestselling authors, Cloud & Leaf book store,  Hallmark Inn & Resort, Out Loud,  Matt Love, Cathy Lamb, Karen Azinger,  Kelly Williams Brown,  Randall Platt, John Ellis, Jessica Morrell,  Lorell VanFossen


 For the complete schedule or any information or to register, contact conference coordinator Jessica Morrell at jessicapage (at)spiritone (dot)com Registrations can be mailed to Summer in Words, P.O. Box 820141, Portland, OR 97282-1141. Payment can also be sent through PayPal.

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