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Is your muse confused? Has your writing stalled or your courage failed? Spend a stimulating summer weekend with the Northwest’s premier instructors, masters of craft, and gifted storytellers. Summer In Words is an annual conference held on the Oregon coast designed to help you cultivate skills, face your demons, and tap into the stories that only you are meant to write. We invite you to join us for intensive workshops, manuscript consultations, networking, readings, and to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the Oregon coastline.
Don’t forget to bring your own work for Out Loud—an open, encouraging forum for writers. This weekend workshop is intended for beginning to advanced writers, regardless of genre, in search of inspiration, instruction, and camaraderie.
Writing a Book that Makes a Difference, Jessica Morrell ~ Writing With and From Your Passions, Jennie Shortridge ~ Q & A: Getting Published and Staying Published, Jessica Morrell, Jennie Shortridge ~ Unforgettable Characters, Jessica Morrell ~ Saturday Lunch and Keynote Chasing the Shadow by Gloria Kempton ~ Creating Narrative Tension, Bill Johnson ~ Shadow Writing, Part 1 & 2, Gloria Kempton ~ Revising Without Losing It, Jessica Morrell

Summer In Words: Details for Registration
Cost for Friday workshops: $70
Cost for Out Loud Only: $10
Cost for Saturday sessions: $70
Cost for Saturday Lunch & Keynote Only: $20
Cost for Sunday sessions: $40
Cost for all 3 days, including keynote speaker, lunch, and Out Loud: $180

Space is limited so we recommend that you sign up early. To reserve your space contact Summer in Words, Jessica at A $75.00 non-refundable deposit is required. A confirmation e-mail as well as a follow-up email will be sent so include email address and phone number. We have secured discounts at local hotels, but they are filling up, so act fast. Discount information will accompany your registration. There will be raffles and door prizes, so come prepared to learn and have a great time.

Manzanita, Oregon, is a charming village located in Tillamook County on the northern Oregon coast. Manzanita Beach is seven miles of pristine white sand and captivating tide pools. It stretches from the base of Neahkahnie Mountain to the Nehalem Bay jetty and is a writer’s haven for long walks amid whispering winds and the endless blue of the Pacific. Traveling to Manzanita from Portland takes about two hours, traveling west via Highway 26, then south on Hwy 101. It is located 13 miles south of Cannon Beach and 25 miles north of Tillamook.

Instructor Biographies: Our faculty are all experienced teachers as well as published authors and know how to communicate what they have learned about writing in ways that are meaningful and accessible. Workshops are designed to inspire and deepen your approach to writing and build solid skills and craft.

Bill Johnson is author of A Story is a Promise and Deep Characterization, a workbook; web master of Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing, (; and host of Oregon Writers Speak, a site on YouTube with video clips of Oregon authors. Bill teaches writing workshops around the U.S., including the Southern California Writing Conference, Surrey Writing Conference, and the Expo Screenwriting Conference in L.A. Bill is a produced playwright, optioned screenwriter, and has read manuscript submissions for a literary agent.

Gloria Kempton is an author, writing coach and former magazine and book editor. She is the author of Love One Another, Forgive One Another, and The Passionate Edge, and two young adult novels, Jocelyn and Andrea. Write Great Fiction: Dialogue was published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2004. She’s a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest and an instructor with and Kempton also conducts workshops at writers conferences across the country including the National Writer’s Association Conference, the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference, and the Maui Writer’s Conference. Contact her at

Jessica Page Morrell is the author of the upcoming Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us and 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. She works as a developmental editor and teaches workshops in the Northwest, at writing conferences throughout North America, and at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington. She was formerly the writing expert at, has contributed to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines, and hosts a Web site at

Jennie Shortridge Bestselling author Jennie Shortridge has three published novels: Riding with the Queen, Eating Heaven, and Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe. Her fourth book, When She Flew, will be published November. 2009. Prior to writing novels, her nonfiction work appeared regularly in magazines and newspapers, including Glamour, Mademoiselle, Natural Home, and others.


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