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Midge Raymond on Naming Characters

Midge Raymond has excellent advice on naming your characters. You can find her blog here. Romeo and Juliet–classic examples. Romeo and Juliet statueMidge will be teaching a workshop on marketing and will also take part in a panel on branding at Claim Your Story II, October 4.

 

 

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Melissa Hart as Keynote Speaker

I’m so happy to announce that Melissa Hart will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Claim Your Story Melissa HartConference. Check out Melissa’s well-stocked resume below. She’s a regular workshop leader and speaker at writers’ conference and we heard raves about her workshops at Summer in Words 2013. She’ll be teaching a workshop on scenes in memoir and fiction and her keynote address is Write What You’d Most Want to Read.

Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Globe Pequote/Lyons 2014) and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009).  She’s a columnist for The Writer Magazine, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Orion, High Country News, Hemispheres, and numerous other publications.  She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. Web: www.melissahart.com.

 

 


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Robert Arellano Keynote speaker at Claim Your Story II on April 12

“Writing Your Edge” will challenge you to raise the stakes in your own creative life. Robert Arellano leads an exploration on the ‘state of the story’ at its cutting edge—and asks you to consider where your writing might benefit from visiting the uncharted boundaries. Selections from recent ‘breakout’ narratives will face off against timeless examples of literary innovation—including a few surprising classics from close to home in Oregon. Writing metafiction, creative nonfiction, or pulp originals like noir; building inner conflict, intensifying struggle, rendering atmosphere ravishing and raising the stakes—whether you’re discovering new territory in genre literature or rewriting the rules of the sentence, Arellano will offer pointers for where to go out dancing on the edge of narrative experimentation.

Robert Arellano earned bachelor’s and graduate degrees at the Brown University Program in Creative Writing, where he also taught fiction workshops for 10 years as a visiting lecturer. His stories have been published in Tin House, The Believer and The Village Voice and selected for recent anthologies like New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and The Brown Reader. He is the author of six novels, most recently Curse the Names and the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award-finalist Havana Lunar. He is a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellow and Professor of Creative Writing at Southern Oregon University.

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Deadline for registration has been extended

Since we’ve had a lot of interest in the Claim Your Story Conference,  on OCTOBER 19, I’ve spoken with Lithia Springs Resort catering department and we can extend the deadline and include room for several more participants.

So if you’ve been hesitating, please contact me via the registration page or email at jessicapage(at)spiritone(dot)com. I was just talking with a participant and we’re both looking forward to Lidia Yuknavitch’s workshop on voice. I’m also looking forward to connecting with Alissa Lukara again and hearing her talk. But then, come to think of it, we’re looking forward to all of the events as well as spending time in the lovely Ashland area. In autumn. I’m imagining vibrant colors.Lithia Park Here is  is Lithia Park.

And a quick reminder, if you’re not from southern Oregon there are still plays ongoing at the Shakespeare Theater Festival.