Literary Liaisons

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Say it isn’t so; Writing Conference Time Already?

Okay, it’s time to start thinking about conferences. Two that I’m involved with, and always attend are The Willamette Writer’s Conference (August) in Portland, and The Writer’s on the Sound (WOTS) Conference in Edmonds WA (October). Check out the WOTS blog where I’m a contributing author, and where you can read my interview with Robert Dugoni.

So, why do I bring conferences up so early in the year you might ask? Because once the brochures hit the web and people start signing up, the classes fill up fast. And for WW, the agent and editor appointments go quick as well. So sign up early if you’re planning to attend.

WW conference registration opens MAY 2nd! Check out the workshop schedule HERE.

Of course, I always mention that my brother Clark will be teaching at WW again this year, along with a few other friends and people I’ve mentioned in Literary Liaisons. Here’s a sample of some of the talented participants in this year’s WW conference;

Screenwriter  Clark Kohanek

Clark Kohanek

Clark Kohanek – Teaching 3 workshops – Clark Kohanek is a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist, writer and director. Clark has worked for a variety of advertising agencies, production companies and studios over the last 15 years (Weiden & Kennedy, Universal Studios, Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tim Robbins, and Bryan Singer to name a few). Clark is currently working on Anti-virus tycoon JOHN MCAFEE’S official story, set for production through Canadian-based EQUINOX FILMS, Summer 2013. Clark will be directing his most recent work, CONTAINED, a found footage/paranormal thriller about a group of college friends who find themselves the victims of an unsanctioned military test aboard a cargo container ghost ship. Clark currently works and lives in Portland, Oregon though travels teaching visual storytelling and screenwriting workshops at various writing conferences throughout the year.

Bharti KirchnerTaking Advance Manuscript Critiques  – Bharti Kirchner is the author of nine books—five critically acclaimed novels and four cookbooks and hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers. Her latest novel is Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery. “Engrossing,” says the Seattle Times. Bharti has written for Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, Writer’s Digest, Fitness Plus, Northwest Travel, and The Writer. Her essays have appeared in ten anthologies, the most recent being Imagination & Place: Weather. Bharti has won numerous awards and has been honored as a Living Pioneer Asian American Author. She is a popular speaker at writer’s  conferences nationwide.


Nancy Froeschle

Nancy FroeschleTaking Advance Manuscript Critiques
Screenwriter Nancy Froeschle was recently hired by an LA producer to adapt a well known Veteran’s war novel into a feature film. Her thriller script, The Restoration, was under option with Cook Street Productions in New York. Her WWI script, The Greater Glory, was a 2008 Nicholl Fellowships Finalist. Her other scripts have placed in the Nicholl, PAGE, Scriptapalooza and American Zoetrope contests. Her short, Edwin and Maudey, was filmed in 2012 with award winning director Mischa Webley. Nancy also leads writing workshops, teaches screenwriting to middle schoolers and previously served as Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference. She can often be found with her laptop, camped in a comfy chair in one of numerous coffee shops in Northeast Portland.


Larry Brooks – Taking Advance Manuscript Critiques – Website:

Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks is a novelist and the author of two bestselling writing books, both from Writers Digest: “Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling” (2013), and “Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling” (2011 ). His latest novel, “Deadly Faux,” will be released by Turner Publishing in October 2013, as well as his five-title backlist, which includes a USA Today Bestseller (“Darkness Bound,” 2000) and a Publishers Weekly “Best Books of 2004” (“Bait and Switch,” 2004). He is also the creator of, named Writers Digest Magazine’s “101 Best Writing Websites” for the past two years.

AND in case you missed it, check out Larry’s article in this week’s WW Newsletter, Beyond Craft… Embracing Greatness


Mary Andonian –Mary Andonian is a former board member of Willamette Writers and currently services as

Mary Andonian
Mary Andonian

Program Coordinator on the conference committee. In past lives, she sold corporate leadership and sales training solutions, and even had a brief stint as the commercial west coast sales manager for The Maytag Company. She is the author of the teen inspirational book, Bitsy’s Labyrinth, and has just finished her third screenplay, TIMESHARE. More at

There are SO MANY MORE! So check out the WW site, sign up begins in two days. Willamette Writers

If you plan on attending the WW conference, let me know, maybe we’ll meet up for coffee.



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