Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Calling all Oregonians!

Have a story to tell about life in Oregon? Send in your story to the "Oregon Story" Project for a chance to have your story told all around the state. Here's some more information:

An open letter to all Oregonians:
No one knows Oregon as well as you and your neighbors. On behalf of Governor Ted Kulongoski, we invite you to share your story about what it means to be an Oregonian. The sesquicentennial “Oregon Stories” project is a personal invitation to you and your family, friends, community, school, tribe, or company to contribute your favorite stories about life in Oregon, and then share these stories throughout the state.

All Oregon stories are yours to tell—you can write them, sing them, sew them, photograph them, film them, or paint them.

What does an “Oregon Story” look like? Here is just one example—read how Mr. Ralph Beebe and his family worked in Malheur County to “Live the Oregon Dream”:

Our team stumbled along the gravel road, my father holding the right-side horse’s bit, guiding the wagon against the blinding dust storm. The robust Malheur County winds loved the soft dirt where sagebrush and cheat grass had been, and blew with gusty, dusty pleasure that winter day in 1939.

My dad and brothers had spent months grubbing the brush, leveling, corrugating, planting, scaring away jackrabbits whose homes were being invaded, and convincing the water to abandon gopher holes for the irrigation rows.

As renter farmers my parents had lived in 21 houses their first 20 years of marriage. Now they were upgrading to a cement floored 18’ x 28’ basement house on our homestead nine miles south of Adrian, which our seven family members shared the first year with the teacher of the newly built Ridgeview Grade School.

Hard times, yes, but my parents lived there for 40 years and persuaded the soil to yield a decent living. My eldest brother, David, still lives on that now productive farm. Thanks, FDR and Congress for the New Deal, the Owyhee Dam and the irrigation ditches. Thanks, USA and Oregon, for giving us the chance to make our dreams come true.

What is your “Oregon Story?”

Oregon 150 will take the best stories from every region and share them statewide through radio, television, online and print “Oregon Minutes.” As a lasting legacy, all of these Oregon Stories will become part of the Oregon State Archives.

On our website (www.oregon150.org), you will find a tool kit of ideas to help guide you in the process of setting down your Oregon Story and sharing it with Oregon 150. Use this as a guide but remember—the Governor wants you to tell us what you think is most important for others to understand about your Oregon in your own way. Feel free to use the style that best suits you while still meeting Oregon 150’s submission guidelines.

We are all Oregonians, and we all have an “Oregon Story” to tell. We can’t wait to receive your stories so that the Governor can share them with all of our Oregonian neighbors!

Pass it on!
Please share this toolkit with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!

The Oregon 150 Board of Directors

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Molalla Writers Faire and Bookeroo

Press Release

Re: Molalla Writers Faire and Bookeroo

Contact: Maureen Phillips, (503) 829-2359 ext. 250 or phillipm@molallariv.k12.or.us

The place is historic Molalla, Oregon, the dates, January 25th – 27th, 2008, the event – the Molalla Writers Faire and Bookeroo. If you are a writer, poet, or aspire to be one, this is the place for you. Whether you are already published, or just getting started, there is something for all levels.

This is a weekend dedicated to writers. Bringing writers together with publishers and editors will enable them to form relationships and bond with other writers that totally understand what it takes to bring characters to life, to do the research necessary for a non-fiction work, and the challenge to be published and have their book read.

The Writers Faire begins with a Welcome Reception on Friday evening at the elegant Prairie House Inn. Saturday morning is the perfect time for the Bookeroo. 9:00am – 2:00pm at the United Methodist Church, authors and publishers will have their books on display and for sale to the public. During the faire, sign up to pitch your book to Linda Meyer from Ink and Paper Group, LLC. Space is still available.

Beginning at 1:00pm at the Molalla Public Library there will first be a Roundtable/Panel discussion on the state of writing and publishing today. Following this will be a series of workshops, including: The Pleasures and Perils of Publishing, Writing the Knock-Out Query Letter, Marketing - a Book’s Lifeblood, Multiplying Your Publishing Potential, Children’s Writing 101, Your Memories in a Book, The Poem as a Gift, Before the Final Fix: the Three Stages of Editing, and Technology – New Doors to Publishing.

Workshop presenters include: Glen Bledsoe, Dr. Karen Bledsoe, Ana Callan, Allison Collins, Sherry Green, Vinnie Kinsella, and Marvin Mitchell. These presenters bring a vast array of extensive experience to the Faire.

Saturday evening will be the Banquet featuring key note speaker Linda Meyer from Ink and Paper Group, LLC. Linda will be around for the entire weekend and available to talk with and ask questions. The banquet will be held at the United Methodist Church and catered by Cindy’s CafĂ©’ and Catering.

Sunday morning the Faire will continue with a Fireside Get Together/Brunch at Rosse Posse Acres (elk farm). While enjoying the sight of a herd of majestic elk, the weekend will wrap up with the writers discussing all that has gone on over the weekend, cementing new friendships and relationships and relaxing around the cozy fire, followed by a tour of the elk farm.

The price for this weekend is $89.00 per person which includes the reception, Bookeroo, roundtable, three workshops, banquet and fireside. Add a two night stay at either the Prairie House Inn or Rosse Posse Acres (B&Bs) for an additional $200.00 plus room tax. Call (503) 829-2359 ext. 250 for more information or to register. Call for prices to individual activities. The Molalla Writers Faire and Bookeroo is sponsored by Molalla Community School and made possible in part by funding received from the Clackamas County Tourism and Development Council and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.