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Friday, October 1
 

6:30pm

International Writers Project

PNCA and Wordstock are pleased to again present a special program featuring writers from the University of Iowa's famed International Writing Program, which has since its founding in 1967 at the University of Iowa brought together more than 1,000 rising and established literary stars from 120 countries to develop a community of writing to enhance international understanding. This year's visiting writers hail from South Africa, Guatemala, Iran, England, and China.

This event is free and open to the public.


Friday October 1, 2010 6:30pm - 8:00pm
PNCA Swigert Commons 1241 NW Johnson St., Portland
 
Monday, October 4
 

7:30pm

Chesapeake: A Reading and Q&A with playwright Lee Blessing

Lee Blessing will make a special appearance, reading his one-man show Chesapeake at Reed College, his undergraduate alma mater.

“A brilliantly off-kilter fantasy” (Newsday) about a performance artist  the NEA, a Jesse Helms-type Senator, and the Senator’s dog.  This one-man show features Kerr, a controversial artist at war with a conservative southern Senator and Lucky, his trusty pet Chesapeake Bay Retriever. In an attempt to push the boundaries of art and put Senator “Therm Pooley” in his place, Kerr attempts a daring dog-napping with hilariously tragic results. 

Tickets are $35 and are available at profiletheatre.org. 


Monday October 4, 2010 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Reed College Mainstage Theater 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland
 
Tuesday, October 5
 

6:00pm

Young Adult Reading Showcase

Join Wordstock and the Multnomah County Library for this special "sneak-peek" at the Young Adult literature that will be featured at this year's festival, with readings from Heather Vogel Frederick, Amanda Howells, and Nancy Coffelt. 

This event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday October 5, 2010 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Library 810 SW 10th Ave., Portland

7:00pm

Michele Norris

A Special Powell's Books Event at Wordstock!  With her new memoir, The Grace of Silence, Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered, set out to write a book about "the hidden conversation on race" -- and in doing so unearthed painful family secrets. Extraordinary for Norris's candor in examining her own complex racial legacy, The Grace of Silence observes the evolving attidutes toward race in America.

Tickets are $24.95 and include a copy of this book, which will be distributed at the event. Available at all Ticketmaster locations.

 


Tuesday October 5, 2010 7:00pm - 8:30pm
McMenamins Bagdad Theater 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
 
Wednesday, October 6
 

6:00pm

Nonfiction Reading Showcase

Join Wordstock and the Multnomah County Library for this special "sneak-peek" at the nonfiction that will be featured at this year's festival, with readings from Larry Colton, Wendy Burden, and Kevin Sampsell. 

This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday October 6, 2010 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Library 810 SW 10th Ave., Portland

6:00pm

Oregon Humanities: A Special Wordstock Conversation Project

Join Oregon Humanities for a special Wordstock Conversation Project, Seeding a Sense of Place: Science, Stories, and Smart Forest Policy, with Gail Wells, on Wednesday, October 6, at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland.Wells, an award-winning writer and editor specializing in history and natural-resource science, will lead a conversation about the meanings we build into places individually and collectively through storytelling and public policy. Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.

This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday October 6, 2010 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hoyt Arboretum 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland
 
Thursday, October 7
 

7:00pm

History Pub!

From the forty-year struggle to gain the right to vote to the campaign for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, Oregon's political and civic landscape has been shaped by women. On October 7, historian Kimberly Jensen, political scientist Melody Rose, and activist and former Oregon legislator and both county and city commissioner Gretchen Kafoury will tell the stories of the political challenges Oregon women faced and the victories they won at a special edition of History Pub. Each month, the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and Oregon Encyclopedia organize history talks at McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsdale, and Edgefield in Troutdale. Join us for beer and history!

This event is free and open to the public.



Thursday October 7, 2010 7:00pm - 8:00pm
McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland

8:00pm

Mortified!

Mortified stars everyday people reading aloud their most embarrassing, pathetic and private teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes... in front of total strangers. Witness “personal redemption through public humiliation” in a refreshing show that is equal parts comedic, cathartic, and voyeuristic. Join us for an evening of sharing – that is, sharing some of the most hilarious moments you’ll ever hear. On a stage, anyway. 

$18 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating. Click here to purchase your tickets!

 


Thursday October 7, 2010 8:00pm - 10:00pm
McMenamins Bagdad Theater 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
 
Friday, October 8
 

8:00am

Wordstock for Teachers: Classroom Publishing

Classroom publishing involves more than printing a book. It allows students to use their individual talents to create something that can actually support their community. In this one-day conference, educators and publishing experts from around the country will show how publishing is within reach for students of all grade and skill levels. These workshops will showcase hands-on lessons to make reading and writing exciting for everyone! 

Tickets are $125, which includes a copy of Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide for Teachers, lunch, and more. Click here to purchase your tickets!


Friday October 8, 2010 8:00am - 4:00pm
Ambridge Event Center 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland

6:00pm

Wordstock Literary Feast

Wordstock's Founder's Club (Tim & Mary Boyle, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer, Frank & Mary Gill, Norm & Ricki Daniels, Dan Wieden, Greg Dufault, Bill & Gail McCormick, Barbara Juelson, and Larry Colton) and Board of Directors cordially invite you to Wordstock VI Literary Feast and Book Release Party, Friday October 8, 2010.  Enjoy food; drink; music; auction; a signed copy of Wordstock founder Larry Colton's new book No Ordinary Joes; and a chance to mingle with Portland's movers, shakers, literary freaks, World War II hero Tim McCoy, and Portland icon Jack Ramsay.  To purchase tickets, go here.  Questions?  Contact nancy@wordstockfestival.com.

 


Friday October 8, 2010 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Governor Hotel 614 Southwest 11th Ave., Portland

7:00pm

Steven Johnson

A Special Powell's Books Event at Wordstock!  Wired contributing editor Steven Johnson takes on the question: Where do good ideas come from? In his new book Where Good Ideas Come From, Johnson pairs the insight of his best-selling Everything Bad is Good for You and the erudition of The Ghost Map to address this universal question. 

Tickets are $26.95 and include a copy of this book, which will be distributed at the event. Available at all Ticketmaster locations.

 


Friday October 8, 2010 7:00pm - 8:30pm
McMenamins Bagdad Theater 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
 
Saturday, October 9
 

9:00am

The Writing Life: A Serious Pursuit of Self-Definition

In this seminar, we will address writing under a variety of conditions, about a variety of subjects, under the guise of ourselves and our alter egos, in company and in isolation. Instructor: Harrison Solow


Saturday October 9, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

9:00am

Write Yourself into Fiction

The old adage says "Write what you know," but it can be tricky to build a fiction structure on real life experiences and emotions. How do you fictionalize life?

Instructor: Heidi Durrow


Saturday October 9, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

10:30am

Point of View: You, Me & Everyone We Know

In this information-packed talk we'll examine contemporary examples of the ways POV works in fiction and nonfiction, opening up new worlds that will transform your writing.

Instructor: Liz Prato


Saturday October 9, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

10:30am

Starting a Series: What You Need to Know Before You Sit Down to Write

Come learn her secrets for setting up a series that will continue to work thre, five, or even eleven books down the line.

Instructor: April Henry


Saturday October 9, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

11:00am

Dave Hall: Acoustic Guitar

Bring your children to sing along with songwriter Dave Hall!


Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

From the Front Lines

Wartime stories must successfully explain the chaos of war -- shifting landscapes, conflicting viewpoints and historical facts -- without eclipsing their main character's personal journey. It's not easy. 

With Matt Bors, Tatjana Soli, and Kilong Ung. Moderated by Tim DuRoche. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Welsh Identity in Literature

From Dylan Thomas to Doctor Who: What is Anglo-Welsh literature, and why should anyone care? How Wales strives to reinvent its cultural identity with every new generation. 

With Niall Griffiths, Chris Keil, Harrison Solow, and Peter Griffiths. Moderated by Ceri Shaw. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Writing in Communities
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Diane Hammond
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Jeff Houghtaling, Renee Watson & Mark Williams
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Kary Wayson & Matt Schumacher
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Kevin Sampsell & Robin Romm
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Lesley Hazelton & Larry Rohter
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Paulann Petersen
Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Olivia!

For her 10th anniversary, Olivia the pig will be joining us at Wordstock! Bring your young readers to meet Olivia and have her "sign" books!

 


Saturday October 9, 2010 11:00am - 3:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Cosmic Monkey Comics Workshop

Your kids will love this hands-on workshop on drawing and creating their own comics with the folks from Cosmic Monkey!


Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Modern Memoir

Memoir is one of the most popular genres of writing today. How does an author decide that his or her personal story is better than fiction -- and how do authors craft their story in a way that rings true with their readers? 

With Glenn Rockowitz, Tom Grimes, and Robin Romm. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Why Write Short?

Pop culture says that you're really not a writer until you've published a novel, but many writers find themselves drawn to short fiction's artistic challenge and intensity. Why? With Anthony Doerr, David Vann, and Aimee Bender. Moderated by Meg Storey of Tin House Books.


Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

YA Gets Real

Forget about vampires and boy wizards. Hear from three young adult authors who tackle serious, real-life subject matters and how they relate to teens. 

With Patrick Ness, L.K. Madigan, and Conrad Wesselhoeft. 



Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

David Wiesner & David Shannon
Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Ger Killeen & Tim Hunt
Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

John Addiego & Bo Caldwell
Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Karl Marlantes
Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Patty Wixon & Paul Merchant
Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Sledgehammer
Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

15 Techniques: The Secrets to Better Protagonists

You'll learn 15 essential techniques of characterization in this workshop, so that your readers empathize with your protagonist and continue to turn the pages of your novel.

Instructor: Janice Hussein


Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

12:00pm

Meaningful Repetition: Tropes in Fiction & Nonfiction

Consider the orange. In The Godfather, every time one appears, bad things happen. In this workshop, we'll examine tropes as the building blocks of plot, character, and thematic development.

Instructor: Benjamin Percy


Saturday October 9, 2010 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

1:00pm

Food & Craft

Growing numbers of Portlanders make specialty food and crafts from scratch and make them works of art. Learn about these lively artisan communities by authors of two recent works on the subject. 

With Liz Crain and Charles Heying. Moderated by Kelly Clarke. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

The Ghosts with the Most

The secret's out: Ghostwriting can be lucrative, fun, and even tone creative muscle. Hear how three successful ghostwriters traded bylines for profit while continuing to write their own books. 

With Amanda Howells, Emily Chenoweth, and Vanessa Veselka. Moderated by Pema Teeter. 



Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Writer, Agent & Editor: How a Book is Made

An author, his agent, and his editor discuss the long road from writing to selling to publishing. Receive a behind-the-scenes look at the process and all that is involved before you read a book With Larry Colton, Richard Pine of Inkwell Management, and Sydny Miner of Random House.


Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Aimee Bender & Lan Samantha Chang
Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

David Vann & Mary Rechner

Memoir is one of the most popular genres of writing today. How does an author decide that his or her personal story is better than fiction -- and how do authors craft their story in a way that rings true with their readers? 

With Glenn Rockowitz, Tom Grimes, and Robin Romm. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Jodi Varon & Lars Nordstrom
Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Myrlin A. Hermes & Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Roger Weaver & Jack Lorts
Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Tad Hills, Matt Holm & Brie Spangler
Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Bookmaking Workshop

Kids young and old will enjoy this how-to, hands-on workshop on bookmaking, presented by Ooligan Press, the student-run publishing house at Portland State University.


Saturday October 9, 2010 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:30pm

How to Pitch a Magazine Story

This course covers how to send story queries to magazine editors, including considering the magazine's audience, framing and presenting your idea, and more.

Instructor: Joel Lovell


Saturday October 9, 2010 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

1:30pm

Writing from Experience

We'll talk about the meaning of honesty, who owns your story, and the difference between being honest and letting the truth get in the way of the story.

Instructor: Stephen Elliott


Saturday October 9, 2010 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

2:00pm

Anthony Doerr & Benjamin Percy



Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Dale Bayse & Mac Barnett
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Floyd Skloot & Greg Chaimov
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Maile Meloy
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Margaret Chula & Kilong Ung
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Matt Love & John G. Rodwan, Jr.
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Suzanne Burns & Michele Glazer
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Tatjana Soli & Annabel Lyon
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Wendy Burden
Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Mother-Daughter Book Group Workshop

Join Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs, for a workshop on how to arrange and structure your own book club of mothers and daughters.

 


Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Literary Lives
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Selling the Movie Rights

The ins and outs of selling your book to Hollywood, from four authors who have experience -- good and bad -- with this exciting and sometimes frustrating negotiation. 

With Philip Margolin, Jon Raymond, Adam Jay Epstein, and Andrew Jacobson. 

 


Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Jonathan Lethem
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Kerry Cohen Hoffman & Heather Vogel Frederick
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Kim Dower & Christopher Howell
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Matt Bors & Ted Rall
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Steve Almond & Kristin Hersh



Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Susan Rich & Kelli Russell Agodon
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Tom Grimes & Brian Doyle
Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Jumping Tracks: Character & Authority in the Narrative Voice

Authentic character voice goes well beyond dialogue and descriptive flair; it lies in how characters order their thoughts and what they think of next.

Instructor: Vanessa Veselka

 


Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

3:00pm

Where Stories Converge

We'll explore the advantages of telling multiple stories to create unexpected connections, both actual and metaphorical, that add depth and resonance to your work.

Instructor: Ana Maria Spagna


Saturday October 9, 2010 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

4:00pm

Capturing the Regional Voice

Sometimes a town, a river, or a mood emerges as a major character in a narrative. Four Northwest writers discuss how they express the our region. 

With Robin Cody, Matt Love, Benjamin Percy, and Brian Doyle. Moderated by Susan Denning. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

The State of the Story

Four contemporary writers at various stages of their careers talk about the popularity and importance of the short story in literary culture. 

With Trevor Houser, Mary Rechner, Maile Meloy, and Lan Samantha Chang. Moderated by Joel Lovell. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Charles Goodrich & Jennifer Richter
Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

David Rakoff
Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Jane Mendle, Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobsen
Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Joanna Smith Rakoff & Loretta Stinson
Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Judith Arcana & Duane Ackerson
Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Stephen Elliott & Ander Monson



Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

The Attic Writers Workshop: A Showcase
Saturday October 9, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:30pm

Fair but Biased: Fact-Based Opinion Writing in the Age of Blogs

Writers have the opportunity to rise to the top of their field -- by presenting their points of view in a way that takes opponents seriously and relies on solid facts.

Instructor: Ted Rall


Saturday October 9, 2010 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

4:30pm

Writing Naked: Memoir Writing for the Brave

Get to the exposed, gritty truth in your stories and get beedback to help to isolate strengths and areas to improve.

Instructor: Kerry Cohen Hoffman


Saturday October 9, 2010 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

5:00pm

Vern Rutsula
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Writing for Children

Kids are picky about everything -- their food, their clothes, and their books. Three children's authors discuss what it takes to write a book that kids will love. 

With Mac Barnett, Mark Williams, and Renee Watson. 


Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Ana Maria Spagna
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Bill Carter
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Mona Simpson
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Patrick Ness



Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Phillip Margolin
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Scot Siegel & David Filer
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

5:30pm

Vern Rutsula: The Poet & His Word
Saturday October 9, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

7:00pm

IPRC Presents: The 5th Text Ball

The Text Ball is Portland’s unique celebration of all things text, where attendees are encouraged to come dressed with text as part of your evening attire. The theme for this year’s ball is “Text Appeal,” so you can expect some seriously creative and creatively sexy costumes. Along with live music, dancing and text-based refreshments, attendees can enjoy word games like Scrabble, giant crossword puzzles, and “Speech-e-oke.” The evening will culminate in a costume parade, with literary prizes for best outfits. Anyone who attends Wordstock can purchase a discounted ticket for only $8. Otherwise, tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To buy tickets or view photos from last year’s ball, visit iprc.org. Note that costumes are encouraged but definitely not required. All proceeds from the Text Ball benefit the IPRC’s mission to facilitate creative expression, identity, and community by providing access to self-publishing tools and resources. Tickets are $8-$15, and are available at iprc.org Sponsored by Portland Wine Storage


Saturday October 9, 2010 7:00pm - 11:00pm
p:ear Gallery 338 NW 6th Ave., Portland

8:00pm

Live Wire!

It's the 6th Live Wire Wordstock Extravaganza! It's time again for the brilliant wit, bright stars, and big laughs of this year's Wordstock edition of Live Wire! It's a radio variety show recorded in front of a live audience and broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), and includes original sketch comedy, live music, and conversation with some of the fantastic authors joining us at Wordstock. This year's show will feature comedian Paul Provenza; essayist, humorist, and This American Life regular David Rakoff; indie rock icon Kristin Hersh; novelist Jonathan Lethem; and more. This show is always one of the highlights of the festival, and this one is going to be fantastic! Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $35 for reserved seating. Tickets are available in advance all Ticketmaster outlets.



Saturday October 9, 2010 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Aladdin Theater 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
 
Sunday, October 10
 

9:00am

Crafting a Writing Life

This workshop will help you get serious about your writing life, from figuring out a daily schedule to keeping self sabotage at bay. 

Instructor: Lauren Kessler

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

9:00am

Every Word Matters! Making Sentences that Scream

In this workshop, you'll learn strategies and techniques to turbocharge your sentences so they'll leap off the page. 

Instructor: Matt Stewart 

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

10:30am

Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Fact

Participants will be invited to employ the techniques off the finest fiction -- character, plot, setting, dialogue, suspense -- while adhering to rigorous standards of truth and observation. 

Instructor: Jesse Katz 

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

10:30am

Funny is the New Deep

Writing funny doesn't mean sacrificing depth. We'll look at the work of Simon Rich, Ian Frazier, George Saunders, and others to show how you can be funny and break hearts while doing it. 

Instructor: Steve Almond 

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

11:00am

The Future of Reading

Is reading on the decline? Many think so. Writers, booksellers, librarians and reviewers all have a stake in the evolving culture of reading, however no one has more to gain or lose than readers. A National Book Critics Circle panel. With Matthew Stadler, Michael Schaub, and David Biespiel.


Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

The Rules of Writing Nonfiction Creatively

The genre known as "creative nonfiction" is currently defined by its lack of established conventions. While it uses literary elements and embellished style instead of straight reporting of facts, where is the line between fiction and nonfiction? 

With Craig Welch, Douglas Perry, and Ander Monson. Moderated by Wayne Garcia. 

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Writers in the Schools Showcase

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a program of Literary Arts that cultivates young writers and supports Oregon authors through semester-long writing residencies in the Portland public high schools. Introduced by Mary Rechner, WITS program director. 


Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Barbara LaMorticella & Cindy Gutierrez Williams
Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Carter McKenzie & Anita Sullivan
Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Emily Chenoweth & Heidi Durrow



Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Glenn Rockowitz & Joey Comeau
Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Nina Hess, Susan Morris & Nathan Meyer
Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

11:00am

Scott Sadil & Barry Smith
Sunday October 10, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Cosmic Monkey Comics Workshop

Your kids will love this hands-on workshop on drawing and creating their own comics with the folks from Cosmic Monkey!


Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Book Promotion But Were Afraid to Ask

It takes more than talent and a great book to gain an audience these days, but what does it take? A writer and publicist discuss the steps, stumbling blocks, downfalls, and successes to making a book a hit. 

With Karen Karbo and Kim Dower. 



Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Imagining the Past

Authors use larger-than-life historical events -- the Donner party, Freud, and a WWII subway explosion -- to weave together fact and fiction to tell an entirely new story. 

With Joseph Skibell, Gabrielle Burton, and Jessica Frances Kane. Moderated by Myrlin Hermes. 


Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Orlo/The Bear Deluxe: Jon Raymond & Jim Lynch

In celebration of the Doug Fir Fiction Award, Orlo welcomes Jim Lynch (the 2010 judge) and Jon Raymond (the 2009 judge), who will read from current work and discuss "place-based writing."


Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Bonny Becker, Carson Ellis & Mrs. P
Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Candace Dempsey & Douglas Perry
Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Joanne Mulcahy & Craig Welch
Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

K.B. Tobin & Leanne Grabel
Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Timothy Egan
Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Tom Bremer & Jim Grabill
Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

12:00pm

Omigod! I Just Self-Published! (Is That Allowed?)

In this session, we'll discuss the risks and opportunities afforded by the print-on-demand revolution and what it means to build a readership from the bottom up. 

Instructor: Steve Almond 

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

12:00pm

The Poet's Palate

We will feed our poetic appetites and awaken our palates on the page. We'll use poems by major contemporary poets to create new poems good enough to eat.

Instructor: Willa Schneberg

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

1:00pm

First Book, First Person

A revealing look at the process of writing one's first book, and the decisions three debut writers made in creating the first person narrator they bring their story.

With Wendy Burden, Sarahlee Lawrence, and Gemma Whelan. Moderated by Andrew Proctor.  

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

The Long Story

In long-form narrative journalism, the writer's talent and the reporter's skill combine to create a unique work of narrative art. It's a vibrant part of American journalism, particularly in national magazines. What is it's future?

With Joel Lovell, senior editor at GQ and a professor in the creative nonfiction program at the University of Pittsburgh, and Randy Gragg, editor in chief at Portland Monthly


Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Crystal Williams & Robin Cody
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Jess Walter
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Joseph Skibell & Heather Sharfeddin
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Judith Montgomery & Mary Soden
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

L.K. Madigan & Becca Fitzpatrick
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Matt Stewart & Guy Maynard
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Voicecatcher
Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:00pm

Bookmaking Workshop

Kids young and old will enjoy this how-to, hands-on workshop on bookmaking, presented by Ooligan Press, the student-run publishing house at Portland State University.


Sunday October 10, 2010 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

1:30pm

Fund Your Project: Grant Writing for the Literary Artist

Literary artists learn to write compelling and lively grant applications to fund their writing projects. Discover how to research funding, decode application questions, and let the grant-writing process focus on career goals.

Instructor: Gigi Rosenberg

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

1:30pm

Writing Dialogue in the Novel

This worksop contains lecture, discussion, examples, and participation in writing -- all focused on technical characteristics of dialogue in order to intensify mood, express emotional connections, and more.

Instructor: Chris Keil

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

2:00pm

Cracking Up is Hard to Do

Writing humor takes work. As a writer, humor rests exclusively on the power of your words -- no props, no gags, no nothing. Just words. Three very funny writers discuss the challenges involved with getting that laugh-out-loud moment in print. 

With Steve Almond, Jess Walter, and Paul Provenza. Moderated by Courtenay Hameister. 


Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Arianne Cohen & Viva Las Vegas
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Carl Adamschick & Tim Barnes
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Conrad Wesselhoeft & Amanda Howells
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Gemma Whelan & Kathleen Wakefield
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Joseph O'Neill
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Lauren Kessler & Jesse Katz



Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Ron Talney & Karen Holmberg
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Thea Cooper & Adrienne McDonnell
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

2:00pm

Read to the Dogs!

Join us for a visit from the Read to the Dogs program, brought to us by Dove Lewis and the Delta Society!


Sunday October 10, 2010 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

What Works for Me

Writers are famous for their idiosyncrasies. Three authors discuss their daily routines, techniques, and superstitions for getting the words on the page. 

With Karen Karbo, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and Heidi Durrow. Moderated by David Biespiel. 


Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Writing Good History
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wordstock Community Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Dave Jarecki & John Morrison
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Gabrielle Burton & Jessica Frances Kane
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Gary Miranda & Howard Aaron
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Larry Colton
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Myla Goldberg



Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Nancy Coffelt & April Henry
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Willy Vlautin & Jim Lynch
Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

3:00pm

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Texts, but Were Afraid to Ask

Five Keys to Textual Healing:  This workshop will cover definition of dramatic action, working in scenes, consistent point of view, starting near the end, and plot vs. narrative.

Instructor: Joseph Skibell

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

3:00pm

From Blog to Book Deal

In this workshop, learn how to create a blog that will get ou noticed, secure a literary agent, and chose the book deal that's right for you.

Instructor: Candace Dempsey

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

4:00pm

Brave New World

Technology is impacting all aspects of publishing -- the way books are published, distributed, sold, and read. An author, a publisher, and an entrepreneur discuss how technology affects publishing and literature. 

With Lauren Kessler, Rhonda Hughes, and Kevin Smokler. Moderated by Richard Meeker. 

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Creature Feature

The supernatural is huge these days. Hear three authors talk about why it's so popular right now, and how they make their own supernatural stories so believable. 

With Becca Fitzpatrick, Laura Whitcomb, and Joey Comeau. Moderated by Sara Gundell. 


Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Status Update

What are the advantages and pitfalls when authors use social media to promote their work and themselves? Most no longer wrestle with the question of whether they should use these tools, but which tools are best for them to use. 

With Matt Stewart, Kaleb Nation, and Cheryl Strayed. Moderated by Liz Prato. 


Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Joelle Anthony & Cecil Castellucci
Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Laura Winter & Elizabeth Woody
Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Martha Gies & Penelope Scambly Scott
Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Saralee Lawrence & Harriet Fasenfest
Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:00pm

Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk
Sunday October 10, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

4:30pm

The Actor's Studio Method of Character Development

Knowing Your Characters Inside and Out:  We'll look at an approach to character development informed by Method acting, in which the writer strives to get to know her characters as deeply and fully as possible.

Instructor: Joanna Smith Rakoff

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

4:30pm

Words Alive! Jumping from Page to Stae like a Pro

Want to present your work during a literary event? Join us to learn how to prepare and practice so that your performance delights every audience!

Instructor: The editors of VoiceCatcher

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Wordstock for Writers Workshops Oregon Convention Center / Room B118-B119

5:00pm

Time Out: The Mother of All Comedy Shows

Time Out! is a fresh entertainment alternative for moms to perform intelligent comedy. Take this opportunity to see some hilarious writing in action -- with real moms!

 


Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Graham Hancock



Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbia Sportswear Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Jarold Ramsey & Zoe Trope
Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #1 Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Julia Quinn
Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McMenamins Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Kaleb Nation
Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Target Children's Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Kim Stafford & Richard Robbins
Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mountain Writers Series Stage #2 Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Paul Provenza
Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Powell's Books Stage Oregon Convention Center

5:00pm

Robert Michael Pyle

Burroughs Medalist and Guggenheim Fellow Robert Michael Pyle writes essay, poetry, and fiction along Gray's River, deep in Southwest Washington. His new book is Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year.


Sunday October 10, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Oregon Education Association Stage Oregon Convention Center