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Compose! Creative Writing Conference

  • Clackamas Community College 19600 Molalla Avenue Oregon City, OR, 97045 (map)

Clackamas Community College’s annual creative writing conference – Compose – features a full day of workshops from local authors and publishers. This year, we are offering workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing, and more!!

Schedule for the Day:

8:45am-9:15am / Registration
9:30am-10:30am / Welcome Address
10:45am-12:15pm / Workshops
12:30pm-1:30pm / Lunch
1:45pm-3:15pm / Workshops
3:30pm-5:00pm / Workshops

Our Creatives confirmed so far (with more to be added soon):

  • Kate Gray

  • Kate Ristau

  • Tabitha Blankenbiller

  • Stephanie Lenox

  • Dennis Stovall

  • Brett Warnock

  • Trista Cornelius & Robin Vada

  • Melissa Duclos

  • Apricot Irving

  • Courtenay Hameister

  • Jessica Wadleigh

  • Wendy Willis

  • Stevan Allred

  • John Sibley Williams

Register here.

Workshops 3:30pm-5:00pm

Point of View in Memoir: Playing with Perspective

In this workshop, we’ll expand the possibilities of the narrative voice by holding a scene up to the light and examining it from as many angles as possible. Memoirs are often written from the first-person point of view, but what happens when we expand those boundaries and tell the story from a different vantage point? What new truths can be discovered about a scene we thought we understood?

Apricot Irving is the author of The Gospel of Trees, the 2019 Oregon Book Award winner in Creative Nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and her reporting/writing has appeared on This American Life, Granta and On Being. She lives in the Columbia River Gorge.