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Willamette Writers Portland Announcements
in this issue
-- Daniel Wilson Speaks to Willamette Writers on July 5th
-- Please Help Spread the Word
-- Member News...
-- Script Critiques Offered by Hollywood Pros
-- Cynthia Whitcomb Hosts Pre-Conference Pitching Workshop
-- Conference Speaker Spotlight: Eric Bork
-- Wordstock Accepting Entries for Short Fiction Contest
-- Workshops

Daniel Wilson Speaks to Willamette Writers on July 5th

Cover of Daniel Wilson's book that is being filmed by Steven Spielberg. July 5th, our Portland speaker will be Daniel Wilson. His book Robopocalypse is coming out as a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

After getting a bachelors degree in computer science, Daniel looked around for something to study in grad school and discovered that Robotics was one of the options. While he was completing his PhD. at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon, he sold his first book, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, a non-fiction book that is fun, but also teaches you how to actually understand robots in order to evade or combat them.

Don't miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with a guy who has indisputably won the writing lottery jackpot. Read more about the meeting in Cynthia Whitcomb's column.

Please Help Spread the Word
WWConLogo2011 Registration is open for the 2011 Willamette Writers conference. We have an all new line up of film agents, managers, and producers this year. We've posted agent, editor, speaker and film bios for our 2011 conference August 5-7th at the Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel.

We're asking members on Twitter to please help spread the word. Any member who retweets the following conference message can get a 50 word announcement posted to this email list (no workshops or fee-charging events).


Lit agents Alexandra Machinist & Robert Guinsler at WW Conference August 5-7 PDX Meet Martin Biro Kensington Pub Info

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Member News...
Rachel Williams Bill Wilde's new Paranormal Suspense novel, The Trial of Rachel Williams, has been published by The leader of a radical witchcraft cult stands trial for murder in a Seattle courtroom. The novel is also available at Amazon Kindle books and Barnes and Noble Nook books. Bill writes under the name William Wilde. Read a book excerpt at his Author Webpage at


Lisa Nowak's YA book, Running Wide Open, has been released as an ebook at and The print version will be available soon at the same outlets. An excerpt of this book took first place for juvenile fiction in the 2009 Kay Snow contest.


Join Indigo Editing & Publications every second Tuesday at 7 p.m. for Mini Sledgehammer, our 36-minute writing contest. Free! Prizes! Magic figs, happy pigs, and wine at our host's, Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese on NE Fremont. and


The 6th Annual Actor's and Writer's Lab is back at this year's conference by popular demand. But the Lab is only as good as the scripts you submit. Up to 8 scripts excerpts will be chosen and read by a team of Portland's top professional actors and moderated by Gigi Rosenberg. Scripts may be screenplays or theatrical plays. Submit your excerpt by Monday, June 20. Details:

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Script Critiques Offered by Hollywood Pros
Mary Cybriwsky This years Willamette Writers conference offer opportunities to have twenty pages of a screenplay read by a Hollywood professional and a meeting to discuss the critique. This is a great opportunity not to be missed.

Some of the pros offering critiques include:

Eric Bork (bio below)

Mary Cybriwsky, a manager/producer with Scooty Woop Entertainment.

Mary is looking for highly marketable projects that appeal to all ages that would be released as a huge tent-pole summer release, such as "Pirates of the Caribbean". OR smaller projects with extremely unique ideas, such as "Paranormal Activity".

Jake Kurily, Atlas Entertainment, Director of Development

Atlas has produced such films as, "The Dark Knight," "Get Smart," "The International," and "12 Monkeys." As Director of Development, Jake is involved in many of Atlas's upcoming feature projects, including the remake of the Swedish film "Snabba Cash", and "Abscam" (working title "American Bullshit") at Sony; as well as the movie version of the blockbuster videogame "Uncharted: Drake"s Fortune," with David O. Russell attached to direct.

Grace Ledding, Agile Entertainment, Producer

Grace is looking for looking for high concepts with strong characters across a number of genres - romantic comedies, mysteries, contained thrillers, epic adventure. She is currently producing a film with Steve Carell at Warner Brothers, A BOYFRIEND FOR MY WIFE, as well as a series with TeenNick, based on the YA novel, MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN.

Toochis Morin Brant Rose Agency, Agent

Toochis Morin has been with Brant Rose Agency for four years representing writers and directors for film & tv. Prior to that, she worked for Eric Idle on the Broadway musical "Spamalot" and "Can't Buy Me Lunch." Toochis is looking for large tentpole projects, four quadrant with interesting, complex characters.

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Cynthia Whitcomb Hosts Pre-Conference Pitching Workshop
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Cynthia Whitcomb, who leads a workshop that teaches writers how to pitch to screen agents and managers.

In this six hour workshop held Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at Portland Community College SE Campus, Cynthia guides students through the creation and practice of a pitch.

Everyone attending will get personal help with his or her pitch.

Learn the art of pitching to a screenplay agent, manager or producer from a successful screenwriter!

If you're uncomfortable with pitching, listen and learn as Cynthia helps others to understand how to pitch to a book editor or literary agent.

This workshop will help prepare you for either our writing conference or for pitching to literary and film agents in other venues.

A good pitch can be a template for a query letter or a one page synopsis.

The class is held on the campus of Portland Community College, SE Campus. Click here for a Google Map.

The class is from 9 am - 3 pm; room TBA.

Cost is $50.

To register, call 503-305-6729, or email, or mail a check to:

Willamette Writers
2108 Buck St
West Linn, OR 97068

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Conference Speaker Spotlight: Eric Bork
Eric Bork Erik Bork is best known for his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. He has also sold pitches, written pilots, and worked on staff of primetime drama series, written screenplays on assignment for Universal Pictures, HBO, TNT and Playtone, and been employed as a writer by most of the major studios and networks, and producers like Imagine Entertainment, Original Film, Playtone (Tom Hanks) and Steven Spielberg. Erik was a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 Screenwriting Expo, and was rated "Cream of the Crop" in Creative Screenwriting's June 2010 "The Best Script Analysts and Consultants." He blogs about writing and offers consulting through his website at

More Speaker Bios...

Wordstock Accepting Entries for Short Fiction Contest
Wordstock is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 5th Wordstock Short Fiction Competition.

This national contest is a blind competition. The winner of the competition receives a first prize of $1,000 and publication in the October 2011 issue of Portland Monthly magazine. All 10 finalists' stories will be published in the Wordstock Ten, an anthology that will be available at the festival, at Portland-area bookstores, and online through the Wordstock website. Every writer who enters the competition will receive a copy of the anthology.

The final judge for this year's competition is novelist Aimee Bender.

Bender is the author of four books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI's This American Life and Selected Shorts. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC. The fee to enter the contest is $20. This year, for the first time, submissions can only be made online. Any proceeds from the competition go to support Wordstock's education programs for teachers and students. The deadline for entering the 2011 competition is July 15.

Complete submission guidelines are available at

Jessica Morrell Last call to register for Summer in Words Writing Conference

When: June 24-26
Where: The Hallmark Inn & Resort in Cannon Beach
What: This year's theme is Truth, Risk & Lies
Who: Our keynote speaker is award-winning author Cheryl Stayed
Why: True value. The cost of registration ($245) includes workshops, three keynote addresses, two meals and Friday night reception, Out Loud-a chance to read your work to an audience, a bonfire on the beach, all in a beautiful setting on the Oregon coast overlooking Haystack Rock. Single day rates are also available.

Instructors: Bill Johnson. Jessica Morrell, author and editor, Randall Platt, prolific, award-winning author, Deborah Reed, hardworking author of two upcoming novels, Adam O'Connor Rodriguez, Senior Editor at Hawthorne Books, & Emily Whitman, author and wise goddess.

For more information contact Jessica at or 503 287-2150 or visit


Finding Your Secret Story With S.L. (Sid) Stebel

Friday evening, July 22, 6:00 - 9:00 (Pizza and get acquainted 6:00 to 7:00, Class 7:00 - 9:00)

Saturday, July 23 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. North Portland locationOWC Members $125 Non-members $165
(non-member price includes 1 year OWC membership)

Sid Stebel, the man Ray Bradbury calls "The best writing teacher that ever was!" Successful novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and lecturer in USC's Master of Professional Writing Program, S. L. Stebel says, "A writer's sensibility remains constant; only the form changes."

Registration form at Contact Martha Miller for more information:

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