• Lunch Hour w/guest Erica Goss on Eugene's River Road Reading Series

    Meet other area professional editors at this casual and congenial lunchtime gathering for info-sharing, discussion, advice, and community-building. Bring business cards to share. You may wish to come a few minutes early to order food/drink at the counter. Our featured guest is poet, writer, instructor, and digital storyteller Erica Goss, who'll tell us about the monthly River Road Reading Series in Eugene that she co-hosts (http://riverroadreadings.blogspot.com). Video links to most RRRS readings are in the right column of the blog; you may see at least a few writers and/or editors you know there. Erica's extensive bio is at ericagoss.com/about. We''ll also chat about the Red Pencil editors' conference, coming up on Sept. 21 near Seattle. Organized by the Northwest Editors Guild biennially since 2007, Red Pencil has grown to be the largest conference on the West Coast specifically for editors, attracting 200 to 250 of us. Registration is open now, with early-bird rates till July 31: bit.ly/RedPencil2019. For drivers: * The first hour of parking is free in Eugene's city-run parking garages; then it's $1/hour. * Nearby garages: on 7th between Willamette and Olive, and on Olive between 6th & 7th. * Map: https://www.eugene-or.gov/1928/Downtown-Daily-Parking-Rates =================================================================== PREVIEW: Next month's featured guest is TBA.

  • Lunch Hour w/guest Dorothy Zemach, globetrotting Eugene editor

    Meet other area professional editors at this casual and congenial lunchtime gathering for info-sharing, discussion, advice, and community-building. Bring business cards to share. Our featured guest this month will be our member Dorothy Zemach of Eugene (http://www.dorothyzemach.com) -- an editor, author, publisher, and teacher trainer with one foot in English-language teaching and one in fiction. Her business travels in 2019 have taken her to Bolivia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Dubai, and England, and she was writing and editing throughout. She'll speak briefly about her work and then take Q&A. For drivers: The first hour of parking is free in Eugene's city-run parking garages; then it's $1/hour. Nearby garages: on 7th between Willamette and Olive, and on Olive between 6th & 7th. Map: https://www.eugene-or.gov/1928/Downtown-Daily-Parking-Rates =================================================================== PREVIEW: Next month's featured guest will be poet and digital storyteller Erica Goss (https://ericagoss.com), who'll tell us about the monthly River Road Reading Series in Eugene, which she co-hosts (http://riverroadreadings.blogspot.com).

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  • Lunch Hour: Freelancing via online platforms Book Editing Associates & Reedsy

    Meet other area editors at this casual and congenial lunchtime gathering. Bring business cards to share. We aim to begin at noon; you may wish to come 10-15 minutes early to order food/drink at the counter, or phone in your order in advance at[masked] to help this family-owned cafe/bakery serve us well. Our featured guest this month is our member and longtime independent book editor Kelly Lynne Schaub of Springfield. She'll share her years of experience with the online platforms Book Editing Associates (BEA) and Reedsy, both of which focus on connecting authors with independent book editors, and offer tips on using these platforms to acquire worthy clients who pay professional rates. Bring your questions. (Other group members are welcome to share their own experiences and tips; if there's interest, we can schedule a follow-up lunch hour on more general platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr, which serve all types of freelancers.) Some background, for those who wish it... Calls for freelance editors by these platforms: Book Editing Associates: https://www.book-editing.com/how-to-join-book-editing-associates Reedsy: https://reedsy.com/join-our-community A few of the Northwest editors on these platforms: BEA: https://www.book-editing.com/book-editors (our featured guest, as Kelly Lynne) Reedsy: https://reedsy.com/michelle-hope and https://reedsy.com/carrie-wicks (Northwest Editors Guild members based in Seattle) Interview with Kelly Schaub: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/55-20questions-ManuscriptRevision.html =================================================================== PREVIEW: May's featured guest is TBA.

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  • Wordcrafters' AWP Night info session

    Wordcrafters in Eugene

    To be sure you're informed of any changes, RSVP for AWP Night on Wordcrafters' Meetup page rather than here, at https://www.meetup.com/Wordcrafters-and-Wine-on-Wednesdays-Meetup/events/258680410 . Sherri (this group's lead Organizer) will be there in a purple scarf and black skirt with gold sequins :) if you'd like to connect. ================= From https://www.facebook.com/events/776221676095875: "The AWP Writers Conference and Bookfair is coming to Portland this year [March 27-30]! Join us for AWP Night ahead of time, to get the inside scoop on how to make the most of your conference experience. AWP Night is free and open to the public. "What is AWP? Only the biggest literary conference on the continent. It’s huge; it’s crazy overwhelming; it’s a zillion amazing writers, publishers, MFA programs, and literary organizations all in one space! A definite must for PNW writers! You don’t want to miss it!..." ================== Here's a list of Northwest editors attending AWP, plus info on opportunities to meet up with other editors at AWP; more-affordable attendance and lodging options; & etc.: https://sites.google.com/view/untold-stories/for-editors/awp-editors-gathering. (Message Sherri to be added to the list of attendees.)

  • March Lunch Hour with Brenna Crotty from Calyx Press for Women's History Month!

    Meet other area editors at this casual and congenial lunchtime gathering. Bring business cards to share. We aim to begin at noon; you may wish to come 10-15 minutes early to order food/drink at the counter, or phone in your order in advance at[masked] to help this family-owned cafe/bakery serve us well. Our featured guest this month is Brenna Crotty, senior editor at Corvallis's Calyx Press (www.calyxpress.org), independent publisher of art and literature by women since 1976. =================================================================== PREVIEW: Our featured guest at the April 9 lunch hour will be member and longtime independent book editor Kelly Schaub of Springfield, sharing her years of experience with online, book-focused platforms such as Book Editing Associates and Reedsy. She'll offer advice on using these platforms to secure worthy clients at professional rates, as well as pitfalls and red flags to avoid. See the April event page for related links & other background information, and to RSVP.

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  • February Professional Editors' Lunch Hour w/Daryll Lynne Evans of Wordcrafters

    Meet other area editors at this casual and congenial lunchtime gathering. Bring business cards to share. We aim to begin at noon; you may wish to come a few minutes early to order food/drink at the counter. Our featured guest this month is Daryll-Lynne Evans, executive director of Wordcrafters in Eugene (www.wordcraftersineugene.org), a nonprofit that helps area writers improve their craft. Join us to help explore possibilities for partnership/collaboration around NaNoWriMo and their other events and programs. =================================================================== PREVIEW: Next month we're thrilled to celebrate Women's History Month by welcoming featured guest Brenna Crotty of Calyx Press in Corvallis (www.calyxpress.org) -- a journal that's been publishing art and literature by women since 1976! FYI, Calyx is now accepting poetry and prose submissions (through July 31) for its "19th Amendment Centennial Edition."

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  • January Professional Editors' Lunch Hour w/guest Valerie Brooks

    Meet other area professional editors at a lunchtime gathering on the second Tuesday of the month! Bring business cards to share. We aspire to begin at noon; you may wish to come a few minutes early to order food/drink at the counter. Our featured guest this month is former Oregon Writers Colony board member and local author Valerie J. Brooks (https://valeriejbrooks.com), author of the femmes-noir novel "Revenge in 3 Parts." Valerie will introduce us to the nonprofit Oregon Writers Colony (https://oregonwriterscolony.org) and its mission: to present low-fee writing weeks and other writing-related activities, such as workshops at Colonyhouse, its members-only retreat at Rockaway Beach. You can see inside this remarkable place, one of the best-kept secrets of the Northwest writing community, at https://oregonwriterscolony.org/about-oregon-writers-colony/colony-house. The Colony also offers an annual springtime conference at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, the renowned 21-room boutique hotel for book lovers, located on the Oregon coast (http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com). In short, the Colony is a valuable resource of potential interest to our writer clients as well as to those of us who are writers too. This engaging article gives an overview of Valerie's writing and editing life, while also exploring her long and creative friendship with "Stone Soup" creator (and Eugenean) Jan Eliot: https://www.registerguard.com/entertainmentlife/20181021/enduring-friendship-supports-structure-sympathy-and-cheerleading ================================================================== PREVIEW: February's featured guest will be a representative of Wordcrafters in Eugene (www.wordcraftersineugene.org), an organization for all levels of writer, from novice to pro. We'll hear about their programs and explore possible areas for partnership.

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  • December Professional Editors' Lunch Hour w/guest Alan L. Contreras

    Meet other area editors at this casual and congenial lunchtime gathering. Bring business cards to share. We aspire to begin at noon; you may wish to come a few minutes early to order food/drink at the counter. Our featured guest this month is Eugene's Alan L. Contreras, editor of the guidebook "Birds of Oregon" (OSU Press). He has been a contract proofreader for the press since 2009 and also operates his own small press, Oregon Review Books. Here's an overview of his endeavors: http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/blog/process-of-publishing-interview-with-alan-contreras Alan will discuss the challenge of editing bird descriptions from 100 different contributors, age 15 to 80, to produce this cohesive 5.5-pound guidebook; he'll also discuss editing the forthcoming "Edge of Awe: Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country" (OSU Press), which includes a foreword by William Kittredge and illustrations by Ursula K. LeGuin. =================================================================== PREVIEW: January's featured guest will be former Oregon Writers Colony board member and Lane County author Valerie J. Brooks (https://valeriejbrooks.com), author of the femmes-noir novel "Revenge in 3 Parts." Valerie will introduce us to the nonprofit Oregon Writers Colony (https://oregonwriterscolony.org) and its mission: to present low-fee writing weeks and other writing-related activities, such as workshops at Colonyhouse, its members-only retreat at Rockaway Beach. You can see inside this remarkable place, one of the best-kept secrets of the Northwest writing community, at https://oregonwriterscolony.org/about-oregon-writers-colony/colony-house. The Colony also offers an annual springtime conference at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, the renowned 21-room boutique hotel for book lovers, located on the Oregon coast (http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com). In short, the Colony is a valuable resource of potential interest to our writer clients as well as to those of us who are writers too.

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  • Second Tuesday Professional Editors' Lunch Hour

    Le Cafe Maison

    Meet other area professional editors at a lunchtime gathering on the second Tuesday of the month! Bring business cards to share. Our featured guest this month is Eugene’s Bill Sullivan, prolific author of Oregon hiking guidebooks and owner of Navillus Press. He'll tell us about the annual holiday Authors & Artists’ Fair (Sat., Dec. 8, at Lane Events Center) and how editors can be involved. More info on the fair and Bill, respectively: http://lanelibrary.org and http://www.oregonhiking.com/william-l-sullivan We aim to begin at noon; you may wish to come a few minutes early to order food/drink at the counter. ======================================================================= Preview: On Dec. 11 our featured guest will be Eugene author Alan Contreras, editor of the guidebook "Birds of Oregon." He'll discuss the challenge of editing birding reports from 100 different contributors, age 15 to 80, to produce a cohesive and usable guide.

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