Friday, February 24, 2012

Jacobsen's Books Hosts Writing Series

NOTE: I found out about this by walking by as the first class was starting. It's too late to join this class, but other classes are in the works. Just trying to help spread the word...

NEW WRITING CLASS: How to Build a Book: Turning your brilliant idea into a brilliantly crafted novel. Join local author Tonya Macalino at Jacobsen’s Books & More, 211 E Main St, Hillsboro. Thursdays, beginning Feb 16th for four weeks. Follow through on that New Year’s resolution! Work through the mechanics of growing your idea from a spark into a book. Registration: $50. Tuition due by Feb 13th. For further information contact or call 503-681-8243.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Challenge Deadline Extended

Due to popular demand, we have extended the deadline of our current writing challenge to 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on Wednesday 14 March 2012.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Conversations With Writers

Don Colburn, newspaper reporter turned poet, to speak on Monday, 27 Feb, at 7pm at Influence Music Hall, 135 SW Third Ave, Hillsboro.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Member Adds Blog

Westside Writers member April Aasheim now has a blog. Check out Pieces of April.

Westside Writers February 2012 Challenge

Westside Writers, a writing critique group that meets in the Reedville area of Hillsboro, issues the following challenge to other Washington County writers. Create a piece of short fiction, post it on your blog or ours, and read some other local writers' work. Don't forget to leave the author a comment letting him know you read the piece and what you thought of it. Here is an easy way to view challenge submissions: just click here.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we've extended the deadline on this challenge until 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on Wednesday 14 March 2012.

Here are the details:

What: Create a piece of short fiction with based on the following prompt:

It's a dark and stormy night...but the weather report (on TV, radio, internet, subspace news-links, whatever) says it's nice outside. Ahh...what's happening?

When: The deadline will be 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on Wednesday 29 Feb 2012 14 March 2012

Who: Any resident of Washington County, Oregon or participant of a writers group that meets in Washington County, Oregon

Why: To have a bit of fun and share some of your writing with other Washington County writers and visitors to our blog (

How: Submissions can be made either by: 1) adding your story to your blog or website, then sending a link to that post or page to Please include a statement that you either live in Washington Co or attend a writers group in Washington Co, Oregon. OR 2) Email your submission to with a statement that it may be included on our blog (, include any identifying and copyright information you wish to have included on the blog post with your submission (name, web address or Twitter/Facebook/etc profile/name).

NOTE: Westside Writers may decide not to include your link or story if it doesn't meet any criteria listed in this post or if it violates our Taboo Topics as discussed on

If you have any questions, please comment or email