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September 29-30, 2017


“Making Your Writing the Best it can Be” is the theme of a new writers’ conference, Words on the Coast, to be held the weekend of the Florence Festival of Books, Sept. 29-30. Sponsored by Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence Festival of Books, Port Hole Publishing and Lane Arts Council, the conference will feature several regional authors who will teach on the theme.

Bob Keefer, arts editor for Eugene Weekly and longtime arts reporter for the Eugene Register-Guard, will teach “Making Your Writing Sing,” on polishing your work. Bestselling author and publisher Ellen Traylor, will teach “How to be Your Own Editor,” perfecting your prose and following modern style. Ned Hickson, Siuslaw News editor and humor writer will teach “Getting organized: 8 steps to mapping out your novel or memoir.” Karen Nichols, novelist and leader of a local writing group, will teach “Jump Starting Your Writing,” generating ideas and motivation to tackle writing projects. Patricia Marshall, publisher at Luminare Press, will teach “What You Can Learn from Your Critics,” on receiving and giving writing feedback; and Barbara Giles, writing instructor at Lane Community College, will teach “Breathing Life into Your Characters,” on character development.

Conference will include an orientation meeting, attendance at six classes, a Meet and Greet at the Florence Events Center, where attendees can meet authors and publishers from the Florence Book Festival, other book festival events, and a closing reception where the instructors will sign and sell their own writings.

 “We appreciate the support from local arts groups in getting this conference off the ground,” said Traylor. “If this event is a success, we hope to make in an annual event.”

Cost for the two-day event is $85, and a registration form is available at http://www.fraaoregon.org/. For information, contact Ellen Traylor at 541-999-5725 or porthole@centurytel.net.