Finding My Tribe
Writing

Finding My Tribe

I’ve attended five writers’ conferences in my relatively short writing career. My first, the 2010 Willamette Writers Conference, was a great learning experience. I attended three days of wall-to-wall workshops, and came home filled with ideas and inspiration. My second, the 2012 WWC, was all about pitching. I pitched four agents and two editors, and … Continue reading

A Writerly Weekend
Writing

A Writerly Weekend

Last weekend was a writerly weekend. It began a day early, on Thursday evening, with the monthly Mid-Valley Willamette Writers chapter meeting. Melissa Hart spoke about “literary citizenship.” It was revelatory. She spoke about the responsibility of writers to one another, and the benefit that we all get when we support each other. Too many … Continue reading

The Pitch
Promotion

The Pitch

Every author needs a pitch. Here’s mine, honed by a weekend of practice at the 2012 Willamette Writers Conference: My name is David Ozab, and my 80,000-word memoir, titled A Smile for Anna, tells the story of my daughter’s life from the womb to age four, including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her motor-speech disorder, … Continue reading