Claim Your Story

Writing Conference, Ashland, Oregon

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LSR-May-bloom920The registration for the Claim Your Story Writing Conference is limited because of the room size at Lithia Springs. We are about half filled. If you have plans to register I would advise not waiting until the last minute. I would also suggest you  reserve a room at the resort soon. Again, the date is October 19.

Six years I began coordinating my first conference, Summer in Words which is held every June at the Oregon coast. It’s been such a thrill to meet the instructors, most of them best-selling authors like Cheryl Strayed, Jonathon Evison, and Chelsea Cain. But more fun was meeting writers who traveled from all parts of the country to participate and then stay in touch as their writing careers took off. A number of books, essays, and articles have been published as a result of that conference. It makes for a meaningful life.

Good writing and thanks for your interest.

Jessica Morrell

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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