WFA 2019 has partnered with Willamette Writers to host Art of the Word, a program focused on literary arts. Willamette Writers is the largest writers organization in the Pacific Northwest. Writers of all genres and at all stages of their careers attend their meetings, annual conference, and workshops to connect with their community, develop their craft, and advance their career.
FEATURED AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS
YES YES BOOKS - Publishers of provocative collections of poetry, fiction, and experimental art since 2011
SKYLER REED - Skyler is the former Oregon Folklife Slam Champion, has read at Literary Arts in Portland, been featured at the Invisible Spectrum storytelling series, and is published in Voicemail Poems and R.I.S.E: Survivance: Indigenous Poesis.
NORTHWEST INDEPENDENT WRITERS ASSOCIATION - serving pacific northwest writers working to achieve professional standards in independent writing, publishing and marketing
NASTASHIA MINTO - From Georgia, Minto has just released her memoir, Naked. "Nastashia Minto is finding new ground. We are all so fortunate to be a part of this discovery”. —Nikki Giovanni, author of A Good Cry
BARRY BECKER - The Ericksen Connection is Becker's first published novel. He is currently working on his second book, a Mark Ericksen series novel.
LARS HEDBOR - I seek to recount the stories of our national origins during the American Revolution, bringing to life the day-to-day concerns and struggles of the men, women and children who experienced that era not as history, but as their lives.
NOT A PIPE PUBLISHING - a small, independent publishing company formed in 2013 and located (fittingly) in Independence, Oregon
ELIZABETH MITCHELL - Elizabeth Mitchell, the author of I Never Stopped, embraces all things raw and fantastical. She's a happily married spoonie–person with an invisible illness–owned by two Littles living a cozy life in Vancouver, WA.
WARREN EASLEY - Easley is the author of the Cal Claxton Oregon Mysteries. He received a Kay Snow National Award for fiction in 2012 and was named the Northwest’s Up and Coming Author in 2017, both honors bestowed by Willamette Writers.
Storytelling – NEW PROGRAM!
Circle around and enjoy storytelling on the grass with your kids, as part of our Art of the Word program focused on the literary arts! Bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring a picnic!
Saturday @ 11:00am & 2:30pm
Jennie Komp is a student of stories and their impact on our lives. She studied theater education and was quickly drawn to the stories that held the greatest meaning in the simplest of words. Now she spends her free time creating videos for her youtube channel,”Bedtime Bear,” so she can read to her 25+ nieces and nephews far away. And she writes and edits books she hopes will have a lasting impact on our world.
Sunday @ 11:00am & 2:30pm
Katherine Factor is a writer, editor, educator, and the author of Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Mata Hari. She has mentored young writers for decades, having taught at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, and in summer programs. Find out more at kfactorwrites.com.