Writing for Animals is hosted by Midge Raymond and John Yunker, co-founders of Ashland Creek Press. This eight-part series is designed to help writers become more effective advocates for animals. Click here to learn more and register.
Writing Like an Animal: A Persona Poem Class is hosted by Gretchen Primack, the author of the poetry collections Kind, Visiting Days, and Doris's Red Spaces. This two-part series will share the ins and outs of writing someone else, focusing on writing other species. Click here to learn more and register.
Midge Raymond and John Yunker will present a virtual session, "Writing for Animals: How to advocate for animals in your neighborhood now," at the The Nature of Cities Festival on Thursday, March 31, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. From deer to coyotes to wild turkeys, urban wildlife is becoming a critical issue in cities around the world. In this session, you will select a species you wish to advocate for and write a letter on their behalf. We’ll share successful case studies from around the world on how people have given voices to animals while honoring their true voices. Click here to learn more.
Join author A.E. Copenhaver at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 23, for a reading from her award-winning debut novel, My Days of Dark Green Euphoria, followed by a Q&A. This event, held virtually via Zoom, is free and open to all, and registration is required. Click here to register and to receive the Zoom link.
Join poet Gretchen Primack for a discussion about animal writing on February 12, 2022, at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. An experienced educator and longtime literary activist, Gretchen will be your host at this casual Zoom gathering during which she’ll answer all your questions about animal poetry writing and more. Click here to register.
Gretchen Primack is the author of the poetry collections Kind, which explores the dynamic between humans and (other) animals; Visiting Days, set in a maximum-security men's prison; and Doris's Red Spaces. She co-wrote, with Jenny Brown, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.
This event is free and open to all, but registration is required; click here to register. We will be in touch to invite you to submit early questions to Gretchen, and we'll send you a Zoom link on the day of the event.
Join alumni of our Writing for Animals class at a (virtual) Open Mic event on Saturday, December 4, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Hear 10 writers, writing in multiple genres, read their short works in celebration of our planet's creatures. A brief Q&A will follow the readings. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required; click here to register.
Join Midge Raymond and John Yunker for a virtual four-week workshop, Writing for Animals, on Tuesdays (October 19 and 26, and November 2 and 9), from 3 to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom.
We are also offering a self-paced online class for those who can't join us on the dates and times of the live sessions.
Click here for more information and to register.
Join alumni of our Writing for Animals class at our first (virtual) Open Mic event on Saturday, May 8, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Hear 10 writers from all over the world, writing in multiple genres, read their short works in celebration of our planet's creatures. A brief Q&A will follow the readings.This event is free and open to all, but registration is required; click here to register.
Join Midge Raymond and John Yunker for a virtual four-week workshop, Writing for Animals, on Saturdays, April 3 - 24, 2021, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom. Click here for more information and to register.
Join Midge Raymond and John Yunker for a virtual four-week workshop, Writing for Animals, on Saturdays, January 2 - 23, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom. Click here for more information and to register.
Join Ashland Creek Press at the next Animal Rights National Conference on July 16-19, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Stay tuned for details, coming soon.
Join Midge and John at the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival on May 15-17, 2020, where dozens of readers and writers will gather in Margaret River, Western Australia, to talk about books, reading, writing, and publishing. Midge will be on the panel Cautionary Tales, with author Craig Ensor, and Midge and John will present the workshop Green Writing. Find full festival details here.
Join Midge Raymond at San Diego Writers, Ink from from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, February 15, 2020, for You Are Here: Creating an Authentic Sense of Place. This workshop is for all prose writers who'd like to get a sense of the where in their writing. The workshop will explore classic and contemporary examples of how writers use setting to flesh out stories—and a variety of writing prompts will teach you how to pay attention to place in your own work. Click here for details and to register.
Join Ashland Creek Press at the Ashland Local Author Fair, at the Ashland Branch Library from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. The fair features more than 60 authors and publishers, along with short readings and talks throughout the afternoon. It's a great way to support and celebrate our local literary culture, as well as to buy signed books and win prize drawings! This event is free and open to all; click here for details.
Join Ashland Creek Press (and several of its authors and contributors) at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference at the University of California, Davis, from June 26 to June 30. The conference will feature workshops, panels, readings, speakers, field trips, publishers' exhibits, and much more. Click here for details and to register.
Join Ashland Creek Press and dozens of other local authors and publishers at the Ashland Public Library's Local Author Fair on Sunday, December 9, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Join Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond & John Yunker for a journey to Argentina with Adventures by the Book. See the Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, which helped inspire the novels My Last Continent and The Tourist Trail, as well as UNESCO World Heritage site Peninsula Valdes, where you'll see not only penguins but rheas, guanacos, foxes, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, and more. Visit Adventures by the Book to learn more about this amazing nine-day journey to Argentina and to reserve your spot on a one-of-a-kind literary and wildlife adventure. This journey also includes an optional Antarctica extension — click here for the full itinerary.
Join Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond & John Yunker for a Sunday Session on writing and publishing at The KSP Writers' Centre in Perth, Western Australia, on Sunday, November 26 at 4 p.m. Click here for more details.
Join Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond & John Yunker and New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies co-director Philip Armstrong for a seminar on writing about animals on Friday, November 10, at 3 p.m. at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. This seminar will look at the role of animals in literature and offer insights into the ways in which twenty-first century animal literature can enlighten as well as entertain. Click here for details.
Join Ashland Creek Press at the Ashland Literary Arts Festival at Southern Oregon University on October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for details and a full schedule. Highlights include a panel on eco-literature, a vintage typewriter exhibit, and much more!
Join Love Rhymes with Everything authors Dana Feagin and Kat von Cupcake on Sunday, February 26, at 1:30 p.m. at South Stage Cellars, which is generously sponsoring this event as a fundraiser for Sanctuary One. All proceeds from book sales at this event will benefit Sanctuary One. Click here for more details.
Join Among Animals 2 contributor Charlotte Malerich at The Potter's House in Washington, D.C., for a reading from her story, "Phoenix Cross," which appears in Among Animals 2. The reading will be followed by a discussion about animals as part of the larger social justice movement. Click here for details.
Join Midge Raymond, Sascha Morrell, and John Yunker for a seminar at The University of Sydney on September 13 on Writing about Animals: Literature’s evolving relationship with the animal kingdom. This seminar examines the role that literature and language plays in reimagining our relationship with animals. These three authors will discuss how animal-themed literature has evolved and where it is headed, focusing on language and how it shapes our relationships with different species (and our sense of their relations with one another). Combined with readings from new works of fiction, this seminar will offer insights into the ways in which twenty-first century animal literature can enlighten as well as entertain. Click here for complete information and to RSVP.
Join Midge Raymond and many other authors and artists at the Brisbane Writers Festival in Brisbane, Australia, from September 7 to 11, 2016. Midge's events include a master class; a conversation about My Last Continent; manuscript critique, 20 pages in 20 Minutes (by application only); and BWF in the 'Burbs, a discussion at the Garden City Library. Click here for a complete program of the festival.
Join Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond and John Yunker at the SA Writers Centre in Adelaide on September 4 for a hands-on workshop on creating a custom marketing plan for your book. All participants will receive a copy of Everyday Book Marketing. Click here for complete details and to register.
Join Midge Raymond, John Yunker, the Southern Oregon Literary Alliance, and many others at the Ashland Book & Author Festival in Ashland, Oregon, on October 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This all-day event at SOU's Hannon Library features readings, workshops, panels, a book fair, children's events, and more. Click here for a detailed schedule.
Join Midge Raymond for Book Marketing Basics at Literary Arts in downtown Portland. 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 to blogs to events, and you’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable. You’ll receive tips on how to promote your book on an everyday basis, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day, including tips on how best to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. For more details and to register, click here. (This class can be taken together with Create Your Own Book Marketing Plan; visit Literary Arts for details.)
Join Midge Raymond for Create Your Own Book Marketing Plan at Literary Arts in downtown Portland. In this interactive workshop, we’ll look at ten creative and successful ways to market your books, examining specific examples and discussing how to adapt them to work for your own books, whatever genre you are writing in. From in-person events to online promotion, this workshop will offer tangible ways to market your book in fun and unique ways. In addition, participants will create their own customized marketing plans. You’ll develop a checklist for use before, during, and after publication, and you’ll leave with a solid plan for launching your book into the world. For more information and to register, click here. (This class can be taken together with Book Marketing Basics; visit Literary Arts for details.)
Midge Raymond will be the guest speaker at the SoCal Author Academy's monthly Dinner Series for Authors on Thursday, November 6, at 6 p.m., in La Jolla (4225 Executive Square, Suite 600). With generous support from Real Office Centers, the first 50 writers to sign up will receive a free autographed copy of Everyday Book Marketing. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged; for complete details and to register, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit Ashland Creek Press at the Wordstock Book Festival on October 13 and 14 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the author websites below for information on author appearances in a city near you.