Pamplin Media Group – CCC to Host Creative Writing Conference

Oregon Book Award winner Sierra Crane Murdoch will speak and 11 workshops will be offered.

Clackamas Community College hosts its annual “Compose” creative writing conference, which will help people explore the practices and professions of creative writing and editing.

The conference will again be virtual this year and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.

The cost of the event is $25.

“The CCC English Department is thrilled to offer this opportunity to come together and share our creativity with one another as a community. We hope you will join us,” said the Department Chair. CCC English, Amanda Coffey.

Author Sierra Crane Murdoch will deliver the welcome address. Crane Murdoch is the author of “Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country,” which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, won an Oregon Book Award, and was named The New Book of 2020. York Times, Publisher’s Weekly and NPR.

Crane Murdoch’s lecture will be followed by 11 workshops to choose from.

The workshops take place from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. There will be a break for lunch.

This year’s writing sessions and facilitators, as described by the college, include:

• Non-fiction: Sierra Crane Murdoch – “All writing is political”

In this workshop, through prompts, participants will examine how the worlds they create and the words they choose betray their identity as writers as well as the identity of intended and unintended audiences. Participants will also explore how other writers choose to reveal their biases.

• Poetry: Catherine Kyle – “Poetry and fantasy”

In this workshop, participants will look at poems that approach superheroes and mythological characters from new angles. While the poems will be used as sample texts, the prompts can be adapted to any genre. Kyle is the author of Shelter in Place, which received an honorable mention for the Idaho Book of the Year Award, and other collections of poetry.

• Translation: Allison deFreese – “Poets as Language Ambassadors and Translators”.

This session is for writers of all levels who have an interest in translation, as well as translators working from any language into English. Participants will explore censorship, ways in which translation can transcend borders, trauma-informed practices, and translation as a pathway to global equity and inclusion. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellow, deFreese teaches at the CCC and coordinates literary translation workshops for the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters.

• Documentary short film: Rose Madrone – “Exploring the interconnections all around us”

In this workshop, participants will watch one of Madrone’s 15-minute Connectivity Project episodes, which examines the ripple effects of actions in an interconnected world. Then they will explore interconnectedness through writing. Working in education and living with sustainability and stewardship as a primary goal, Madrone has taught about the natural world for over 30 years through botany, herbal medicine and permaculture.

• Editing: Brian Mosher –

The Chemeketa Press offers college professors the opportunity to publish affordable and effective textbooks for their classrooms and beyond. In this workshop, Chemeketa Press co-founder Brian Mosher will describe the DIY publishing methods used to grow a 40-title catalog in just six years, offer tips on how publishers approach acquisitions in an academic environment and non-fiction and will explain the services offered by Chemeketa Press. to its authors and publishers to help them complete their manuscripts.

• Hybrid texts: Chelsea Biondolillo – “Worth a thousand words: combining words and images to create new hybrid texts”

From family photos, maps and diagrams to drawings, erasures, collages and more, authors, artists and presses are finding new ways to present multimedia texts that combine words and visual elements. In this discussion, participants will examine a range of poetry and prose examples and discuss some considerations for writers or artists looking to add mixed media elements to their work. Biondolillo is a collage artist and the author of “The Skinned Bird: Essays” and two hybrid chapbooks, “Ologies” and “#Lovesong”.

• Editing: Curtis Chen – “Question Letters That Work”

Query letters are still the best way to get a literary agent, and the skills used to write a query will help with many aspects of book marketing and promotion. Bring in a current project and try to create a pitch that will hook potential agents, editors, and readers. Chen is the author of the Kangaroo series of fun sci-fi spy thrillers.

Visit for registration and more information. For any questions, contact Amanda Coffey at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-341-1596.

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