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Writing Fiction That Comes to Life Oregon Writers Conference

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This year the Oregon Writer Conference (OWC) has award-winning author Ken Scholes presenting “Writing Fiction that Comes to Life,” sharing his toolkit for writing stories that keep readers engaged and turning pages — great dialog, compelling plot, believable world-building, and characters whose emotions we feel. He’ll also be bringing his insights on why we write, and how that why informs the how.

Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of five novels and more than fifty short stories. His saga, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books, and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press. His latest book, Hymn, was just released and marks the final chapter of his bestselling epic fantasy saga, The Psalms of Isaak. Mesmerizing, genre-bending,

Ken’s connection to OWC goes back to the early days of working on the first book of The Psalms of Isaak in the Colonyhouse. “I’m a fan of OWC,” he says. “Back in the day, I attended a few retreats that Jay Lake hosted at their beach house in Rockaway. Matter of fact, I worked on Lamentation first draft revisions in that house!”

He is a frequent presenter and an experienced, entertaining speaker on a variety of subjects, including the craft and business of writing, self-care for writers and coping with C-PTSD. In addition to writing and speaking, Ken is a performing musician who integrates his various creative pursuits whenever possible, so you’ll often see him with a guitar nearby.

also participating: Timothy Travaglini, Literary Agent,

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