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2014 South Coast Writers Conference Presenters


Melissa Hart ~ Write the Thing Yourself: Shamelessly Crafting the Piece You'd Most Like to Read

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Melissa Hart will be the keynote at the conference and she will also teach writing workshops. Hart lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. She's the author of the memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood.  Look for her new memoir--The Wildness Within: A Romance, an Adoption, and a Snowy Owl--from Lyons Press in Fall 2014. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, The Writer, and Writer's Digest. She also teaches Travel and Feature Writing courses at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon.

Robert Arellano

Robert Arellano is the author of the web’s first interactive novel, Sunshine ’69; the 2010 Edgar Award-finalist Havana Lunar; and four more books published by Akashic and Counterpoint Press. His stories have been selected for anthologies ranging from New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, to the forthcoming Brown Reader. He is Professor of Creative Writing, co-founder of the Institute of New Writing\Ashland, and Director of the Center for Emerging Media & Digital Arts at Southern Oregon University.

Bill Cameron

Bill Cameron is the author of dark, gritty mysteries featuring Skin Kadash: County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke, and Lost Dog. Bill’s short stories have appeared in Portland Noir, First Thrills, Deadly Treats, West Coast Crime Wave, Puppy Love Noir, and Diaries of Misspent Youth. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Spotted Owl Award, the Left Coast Crime Rocky Award, and the 2011 CWA Short Story Dagger Award. In 2012, County Line was awarded the Spotted Owl for Best Northwest Mystery. Bill tweets at Learn more at 

Tanya Cherov

Tanya Chernov earned her BA from the University of Puget Sound and holds an MFA in poetry from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Writers Workshop. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Gargoyle, Arcadia and Dr. Bernie Siegel's A Book of Miracles. Author of the Kirkus Review’s 15 Excellent New Memoirs, A Real Emotional Girl (Skyhorse Publishing), she is the former poetry and translations editor of The Los Angeles Review. Tanya lives and writes in Seattle with her dog, Mona,  though the roots of her heart remain firmly planted  in Wisconsin. Go Packers! 

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Heidi Connolly - Admittedly the road less traveled, Heidi’s career path has been one of unlimited opportunity and growth. Whether communicating through music, corporate training, or currently through writing, editing, and “book shepherding” (self-publishing services), she employs intuitive guidance, intellect, and industry expertise to ensure her clients' projects ripen to their fullest potential. Heidi enjoys a stellar 15-year reputation for creating relationships built on trust, dedication, and superior results. Harvard Girl Word Services: Where insight focuses the fingertips of writers, editors, and self-publishers. 

Kelly Davio

Kelly Davio is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the novel-in-poems Jacob Wrestling (forthcoming from Pink Fish Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and others. She is the former Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review and Poetry Editor of Tahoma Literary Review (launching in March, 2014). She earned an MFA in Poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and she teaches English as a second language in the Seattle area. 

Tawna Fenske

Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. She’s published several quirky romantic comedies, including Making Waves, which was nominated for Contemporary Romance of the Year by RT Book Reviews. Booklist noted, “Fenske's off-the-wall plotting is reminiscent of a tame Carl Hiaasen on Cupid juice.” An avid social media fiend and author of the popular blog Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, Tawna lives with her fiancé in Bend, Oregon.

Kim Cooper Findling

Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and has lived in Central Oregon since 1995. She is the Editor of Central Oregon Magazine and the author of Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. Kim was the 2011 winner of the Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, is an ambassador for Travel Oregon’s Ask Oregon program and teaches and coaches writing for children and adults. Her work has appeared in Horizon Air, Alaska Air, Northwest Travel, Runner’s World, Sky West, The Best Places to Kiss NW, Western Art and Architecture, High Desert Journal and more.

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Stefanie Freele is the author of two short story collections, Feeding Strays, with Lost Horse Press and Surrounded by Water, with Press 53 which includes the winning story of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award. Stefanie's published and forthcoming work can be found in Witness, Mid-American Review, Wigleaf, Western Humanities Review, Sou'wester, Chattahoochee Review, The Florida Review, Quarterly West, and American Literary Review.

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Chuck Pyle - Admired as a sly humorist and an innovative guitarist, Chuck Pyle has performed for the Colorado Legislature, on Austin City Limits, and at Bill Gates' home. He's had his songs recorded by John Denver, Chris LeDoux, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Jerry Jeff Walker. He sees what's best about America, writing songs about love lost & love found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone "critical".

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