2018 South Coast Writers Conference Schedule

The cost for the Saturday conference is $65.00 until January 31, after that date the cost is $75.00. The cost for the Friday workshop is $60.00.

College cancels South Coast Writers Conference for 2018, see the home page for details.

Friday Workshops

February 16, 2018 - 9 am to 4 pm (1-hour lunch break) 

The Friday workshops are intended for a more intensive learning and writing experience. Workshops are limited to 25 students for each workshop and the cost is $60.00. Priority will be given to Saturday conference attendees through January 31. Those registering only for a Friday workshop will be placed on a waiting list. On February 1, if space is available, registrations will be processed from the waiting list in order of the date they were received, and participants will be notified. Workshops take place at the Curry Campus in Brookings.

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1. Workshop 1
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2. Workshop 2
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3. Workshop 3
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Saturday Workshops

February 17, 2018 - 8 am to 6 pm 
Saturday Workshops will be held at Curry Campus in Brookings.
Come prepared to write and learn. Some workshops will include writing exercises. The cost for the day of workshops is $65 before January 31, $75 after. Please indicate a first and second choice on the registration form.

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SESSION 1 - 9 am to 10:30 am

A. Workshop A
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B. Workshop B
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C. Workshop C
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D. Workshop D
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E. Workshop E
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SESSION 2 - 10:45 am to 12:15 pm

F. Workshop F
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G. Workshop G
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H. Workshop H
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I. Workshop I
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J. Workshop J
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SESSION 3 - 1:30 pm to 3 pm

K.Workshop K
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L. Workshop L
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M. Workshop 
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N. Workshop N
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O. Workshop O
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SESSION 4 - 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

P. Workshop P
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Q. Workshop Q
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R. Workshop R
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S. Workshop S
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T. Workshop T
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
To be announced.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Workshop - 9 am to 5 pm 
6-hour workshop offered for intensive instruction at the Curry Campus in Brookings.

Authors’ Night - 7 pm to 9 pm 
Join the Curry County community in this exciting and uplifting evening. Following this talk the other conference presenter will  read from their work, and there will be an opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author. Free and open to the public, held at the Curry Campus in Brookings.

Art Show: Open during conference
Students of Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus art classes, at the Curry Campus in Brookings..

Saturday, February 17, 2018

South Coast Writers Conference - 8:30 am to 6 pm 
Saturday workshops - Curry Campus in Brookings

Saturday Evening

South Coast Writers Conference Writers’ Critique Circle – 7 pm to 9 pm 
Curry Campus in Brookings
For those who want to keep on going, join the Writers’ Circle after the conference. Share in reading, critiquing, and networking with the new acquaintances you’ve met 

Pistol River Concert featuring Laura Gibson – 8 pm 
Conference songwriter Laura Gibson will perform at the Pistol River Friendship Hall. Tickets are $15. Purchase advance tickets online at the Pistol River Concert Association website, by phone at 541.247.2848, or Gold Beach Books. Venue is approximately 13.5 miles north of the Curry  Campus. Concert generally sells out so purchase your tickets early.

Sunday, February 18, 2018
To be announced.

Monday, February 19, 2018
To be announced.

Concert Information

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Conference songwriter Laura Gibson will perform at the Pistol River Friendship Hall. Tickets are $15. Purchase advance tickets online at the Pistol River Concert Association website, by phone at 541.247.2848, or at Gold Beach Books. Venue is approximately 13.5 miles north of the Curry Campus. Concert generally sells out so purchase your tickets early.

Empire Builder – Laura Gibson’s second record for Barsuk/City Slang, and fourth LP, is named for the Amtrak route Laura took while moving from Portland, Oregon to New York City in the summer of 2014, after deciding to enter graduate school, to move away from a supportive community, a close-knit family and her long-time boyfriend. Out of her comfort zone, she found even more of a challenge than she’d envisioned. Immediately upon arrival, she broke her foot and barely left her 5th floor apartment for the first two months. Then, on March 26th, 2015, her East Village building burned to the ground in a horrific gas explosion which killed two people and left many homeless.

Gibson escaped from her apartment unharmed, but lost everything: all identification, eyeglasses, musical instruments, years of notebooks and every word she had written in response to her move. She spent the next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends’ couches and guest rooms, finishing her second semester, and all the while rewriting the lyrics she’d lost. A financial recovery was made possible with help and support from hundreds of friends, fans and strangers. It’s no surprise that Empire Builder stands as her most personal record to date.

But while the making of the album was cathartic, it’s not just an auto-biographical mirror-gazing exercise. Through her fiction studies in grad school, Gibson has found her legs as a storyteller and these songs hit hard, separate from their backstory: it’s a huge leap forward for Gibson as a songwriter, composer and producer. Equally raw and focused, Empire Builder captures a life blown open, an individual mid-transformation. Gibson gathered a stellar band of old friends to complement her songs: guitarist/bassist Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena), drummer/percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case) and composer/violinist Peter Broderick. Other contributors include Nate Query of the Decemberists and vocalist Alela Diane. Gibson co-produced the record with John Askew (The Dodos, Neko Case), spending her school breaks in his home studio and in Broderick’s studio on the Oregon Coast.

Within her fiction studies in grad school, Gibson is finding her legs as a storyteller. Amidst trauma, loss and recovery, she rediscovered songwriting as a means of understanding her own life and choices. Empire Builder grapples with independence, womanhood, solitude, connection and aloneness. If Gibson has a thesis, it’s perhaps within the final words of the title track: “Hurry up and lose me / Hurry up and find me again.” With clear-eyed honesty, urgency and warmth, Empire Builder succeeds in capturing the moment between loss and rediscovery.” – City Slang