35th Oregon Writing Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Portland State University
Co-sponsored by PSU Graduate School of Education & OCTE
My Favorite Teaching Day of the Year, by Ed Kline
The Oregon Writing Festival takes place annually each spring, co-sponsored by Portland State University Graduate School of Education and OCTE.
The goals of the Writing Festival are
How can you get involved?
Volunteer as a Day Group Leader of a group of 10 students (grades 4-5, 6-8, or 9-12). Responsibilities include escorting the group throughout the day and facilitating the session where students read the writing sample they brought for critique by the group.
A boxed lunch is provided for leaders as well as the coveted Oregon Writing Festival coffee mug. Interested? Contact Janice Bahns at email@example.com.
Serve as a Workshop Leader. We are looking for teachers, local authors, or grad. students for the following grade level groupings: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
What does a Workshop Leader do? Basically, you prepare a writing activity you can introduce to small groups of 18-22 students in about 2 - 3 minutes: the students write for 30 minutes, and then they share their work (total session time: 1 hour). You are there to assist and encourage the students' writing. These are creative kids, and they are eager to write. Workshop Leaders present the same workshop to two different groups.
What are the benefits of being a Workshop Leader? $50 stipend, Continental breakfast, lunch, the coveted Oregon Writing Festival coffee mug, the chance to hear keynote authors and the opportunity to work with these bright young students. What a great way to spend a Saturday!
Interested? Fill out the Workshop Leader Proposal form online . See below for additional details. For more information please contact the Workshop Leader coordinator, Jay Rishel. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 503-349-5640.
Workshop Proposal Guidelines
IMPORTANT NOTES & SUGGESTIONS:
Workshops are designed for students to write under the guidance of experienced teachers. Please prepare a writing activity, introduce it briefly (no more than 2 - 3 minutes), and allow maximum time for students to write; then share their work in a read-around, with brief comments by the Workshop Leader. The purpose of the workshop is to assist and encourage the students' writing. They benefit from active involvement in writing.
Workshop Proposals are due by mid-April
QUESTIONS: e-mail or call Jay Rishel
An adult workshop will be offered for parents and teachers, conducted by Daphne Wood, Ainsworth Elementary School, Portland.
Student Writing Sample Guidelines:
The general guideline for students' work is that it be a quality, finished product of their finest writing. They should bring writing that has been revised (based on some response from teachers, or parents, or other students), proofread, and put together in a polished final form The Festival is a celebration of the best work of our participants, and we expect them to bring work of the highest standards.
Students may write in any form or genre they choose, because the Festival is a celebration of all forms of quality writing--e.g., poetry, short stories, personal narratives, science reports. Writing should be school-appropriate to grade level--no gratuitous violence, language, or explicit sexual content.
Final drafts may be handwritten, typewritten, drawn, calligraphed, or word processed by their authors. The writing may be illustrated. Again, the main standard is quality.
Length: Up to 5 pages, but the reading aloud of it cannot exceed 4 minutes; longer pieces should summarize the rest.
Students should practice reading their pieces aloud with feedback from teachers or parents--so they will be prepared to give a stimulated, clear reading in their sharing groups.
Writing samples (bring 12 copies) should include the author's name, school and address, and grade.
Student Registration Form available through School District contact only.
For additional information please contact:
Portland State University
2019 OWF Author Participants
Rosanne Parry for grades 4-5
Rosanne Parry is the author of the award-winning novels Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, Written in Stone, and The Turn of the Tide. Forthcoming in spring 2019 will be her newest books, Last of the Name, and A Wolf Called Wander. These are stories of 12-year-old Irish immigrant, Danny O’Carolan, in New York City at the height of the Civil War, and of Swift, a wild wolf in the mountains of Oregon, inspired by the real-life wolf, “OR 7.”
Graham Salisbury for grades 6 - 8
Graham Salisbury has won more Oregon Book Awards than any other author. He grew up in Hawaii and didn’t wear shoes until sixth grade, but this former rocker (The Millennium) and Montessori elementary school teacher enjoys writing about characters who might have been. His books explore themes, situations, and lives that will amaze readers.
Kim Stafford for grades 9 - 12
Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate, is the director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose. Having Everything Right, a collection of essays, was the winner of the Western States Book Award. A much sought-after speaker, he travels the state and country giving workshops on writing and performing as storyteller. Stafford's appearance is supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.