Eco-Literature Reading & Discussion - Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Ashland, OR
On April 26 at 3 p.m., join authors Ray Keifetz, Midge Raymond, and John Yunker for a post-Earth Day celebration of eco-literature. The authors will read from Among Animals and discuss our relationship with animals and the environment. This event is free and open to all; contact the Ashland Public Library for additional information.
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Past Classes & Events
Conscious Creativity - Monday, April 7, 2014 - Ashland, OR
On April 7 at 7 p.m., join Midge at the Ashland Food Co-op for a workshop on how to bring more creativity into your life. Whatever your creative endeavors—writing, visual art, photography, etc.—you’ll discover ways to live more creatively every day. Click here for details.
Eco-Fiction & Poetry Reading - Sunday, March 2, 2014 - Portland, OR
Join Gretchen Primack and Midge Raymond for an afternoon of eco-poetry and fiction. The authors will read from their ecologically themed work, then facilitate a discussion about addressing the topics of the environment and animal protection in the context of fiction and poetry. This event is for all readers, as well as writers, who are passionate about animals and ecology, and is free and open to all -- click here for details.
AWP Conference - February 27 to March 1, 2014 - Seattle, WA
And, on Saturday, March 1, at 12 noon, John Yunker will be moderating The Greening of Literature: Eco-fiction and poetry to enlighten and inspire at AWP in Seattle, joined by JoeAnn Hart, Mindy Mejia, Ann Pancake, and Gretchen Primack. From mountaintop removal to ocean plastic to endangered species, ecological issues are increasingly on writers’ minds. Authors on this panel discuss how their ecologically themed fiction and poetry engages readers in powerful ways that nonfiction can’t. Panelists discuss writing in these emerging sub-genres as well as their readers’ responses, and offer tips for writing about the environment in ways that are galvanizing and instructive without sacrificing creativity to polemics. Click here for full conference details.
Everyday Book Marketing: Strategies for Promoting Your Book During Your Regularly Scheduled Life - October 9, 2013 - Ashland, Oregon
In this workshop, Midge Raymond will discuss how to promote your book without getting overwhelmed amid the seemingly endless marketing opportunities available to authors. We’ll cover a range of marketing basics, from author websites and blogs to event opportunities, with a goal of developing marketing strategies that fit in with your regularly scheduled life. You’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day, and you’ll receive tips on how to promote your book on an everyday basis, as well as how best to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. This workshop will be held at the Ashland branch of the Jackson County Library from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and is free and open to all.
Southern California Author Academy - September 29, 2013 - San Diego, CA
Midge Raymond will be teaching the inaugural workshop of the Southern California Author Academy, a monthly series of interactive, resource-based marketing workshops for writers hosted by Adventures by the Book and based on Everyday Book Marketing. This all-day workshop is divided into two sessions (writers are welcome to attend one or both).
Part I: Book promotion actually begins even before publication — and it continues long afterward. In this workshop, you'll learn how to promote your book without getting overwhelmed amid the seemingly endless marketing opportunities available to authors. We'll cover a range of marketing basics, from author websites and blogs to event opportunities, with a goal of developing marketing strategies that fit in with your regularly scheduled life. You’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day. Click here for registration details.
Part II: This interactive workshop is for the soon-to-be published author, whether you are self-publishing or have a contract with a publisher. Using a checklist, we will go over what needs to happen before, during, and after your book launch, and participants will tailor the information to fit their own specific needs. As we cover everything from creating budgets to giving readings, writers will develop a customized marketing plan for their books that fits their individual needs and schedules. Click here for registration details.
To register for either or both sessions, visit Adventures by the Book or call (619) 300-2532.
Ashland Art Center - August 12, 2013
In this workshop for artists, Midge Raymond and John Yunker of Ashland Creek Press will discuss the art and science of book cover design from a small publisher's perspective. They'll talk about the process of choosing a cover design, how they work with artists, and the nuances of selecting the right cover for every book. They will also share resources they use for finding artists and creative ways authors and artists can work together to promote one another's work. Visit the Ashland Art Center website for more information.
AWP Conference - March 6-9, 2013
Join Midge Raymond, Tara L. Masih, Mary Akers, Jessica Anthony, and Laura van den Berg for Women on the Road: Exploration, Inspiration, and Imagination in Fiction at the 2013 AWP Conference in Boston. This panel will feature an exploration of crafting stories and novels that place characters in distant regions and countries, and how travel abroad helped shape the countries of the panelists’ imaginations. Panelists will share travel experiences and photos, inspirations, readings, and the process of creative observation. Tips will be offered on using research to fill in travel gaps, both in contemporary and historical contexts, and on negotiating the complexities of writing about cultures different from one’s own.
Wordstock Book Festival - October 2012
Visit Ashland Creek Press at the Wordstock Book Festival on October 13 and 14 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Port Townsend Writers' Conference - July 2012
Midge will be teaching five afternoon workshops at the Port Townsend Writers' Conference at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington, from July 8 to 15, 2012. Visit the Centrum website for more information and to register.
Ashland Book and Author Festival 2012
On Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are delighted to be joining Oregon authors, publishers, and artists at the Ashland Book and Author Festival at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.
Everyday Writing - May 2012
On Thursday, May 24, Midge will be teaching two sessions of Everyday Writing at San Diego Writers, Ink, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the San Diego Writers website for more information and to register.
Sunday, March 18, 12 - 4 p.m.
ePublishing Workshop: Mystery and Crime Fiction
Join Midge and John, as well as other authors, editors, and publishers, at the Ashland Public Library to learn about the ins and outs of e-publishing. From editorial and marketing to production, you’ll learn about e-publishing from successful authors and expert publishers. This event is free and open to all. For more information, call Ashland Mystery at 541-552-0743 or visit the Ashland Mystery website. This event is sponsored by the Ashland Mystery Readers Group, Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Standing Stone Brewing Company, and Bookwagon New and Used Books.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Telling Your Story: An Introduction to Personal Writing
This three-hour workshop, taught by Midge Raymond, will focus on memoirs and personal writing. For more information and to register, click here.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Be Your Own Editor
In this two-hour workshop, Midge Raymond will offer tips on how to be your own editor, from grammar to characterization to dialogue. For more information and to register, click here.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Join co-founders Midge Raymond and John Yunker at the Ashland Public Library for a discussion on using fictional stories to address such issues as the environment, globalization, and the threats to endangered species. This workshop for readers and writers is free and open to all.