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Available Now… LEONTARI: A POLEMIC ROMANCE, by A.M. Brosius

Imagine yourself in a world where the Fourth Crusade and sack of Constantinople led to a revolution in what we now call mainland Greece. The society that arose out of that revolt is unlike any other in Europe: pagan, libertine, consciously inter-dependent yet insisting on individual rights, the people of the Hellenic Commonwealth and Polity are a self-made experiment in self-governance.

Here you will meet, among others: Master Xenos, a great swordsman who teaches at the Red Warrior Skolo, a school like no other; his assistant, Spathos Nikos; and their newest student, Eleni Vlaportini, who has come to Athens to learn the way of the sword. A Romance in the original sense of the word: a story about errantry and swordplay. An adventure set in the 13th Century: love, sex and the way of the sword; and the coming of age of the greatest swordswoman in the Hellenic Commonwealth.

Leontari: A Polemic Romance by A.M. Brosius – available now



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Word! New Eugene Writing Group

Shut up and write!

You know the feeling. You need to write, but you have trouble making the time. A lot of other writers know exactly how you feel. That’s why they’ve started a new Eugene writing group, and are hosting events where writers can sit down, shut up, and get some writing done.

Word! A Eugene Writers Community meets Sundays starting Mar. 25 with their “Shut Up & Write” writing times. Come ready to write!

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Free Writers Workshop for Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) presents a free Writers Workshop for Survivors on March 24 and March 31. The workshops culminate in the Annual Poetry of Survival Reading, held at Tsunami Books on April 22.

These free Creative Writers Workshops are open to sexual assault survivors of all genders and abilities. Come and try new ways to take back your story and power through creative writing. Share your poetry, lyrics, personal essays, dramatic monologues, or short stories with other creative survivors like you in a safe, confidential support group setting.

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Writers Workshop Dates

Register for one or both:

  • Saturday, March 24, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31, 2:00-4:00 pm

To register, contact Shanta Kamath, SASS Support Group Program Co-ordinator at (541) 484-9791, ext. 312, or email her at

Writers can also share their poetry at SASS’s Annual Poetry of Survival Reading. The reading will be held April 22 at 4:00 pm, at Tsunami Books, Eugene.

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Bestselling author Robert Dugoni gives full-day writing workshop in Medford Mar. 3

Attend a full day writing workshop with NYT bestselling author Robert Dugoni

Presented by Southern Oregon Willamette Writers

Don’t miss this acclaimed national seminar on fiction writing

Gain a nuts & bolts approach to writing the novel, from initial idea to final edit, from master writer and teacher Robert Dugoni. An engaging presenter and storyteller, Dugoni was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Willamette Writer’s Conference. Dugoni comes to Medford, Oregon, on Mar. 3 to give a one-day writing workshop that focuses on:

  • Story structure and development, including outlining
  • Maintaining and increasing suspense
  • Creating memorable characters, including dialogue techniques
  • Self-editing methods
  • Pitfalls to avoid that result in rejection or reader disappointment
  • Support to remove any obstacles in the path to publication
  • The writer’s life, including overcoming writer s block
  • Lecture, in-class writing, examples of Bob’s & other best-sellers

This workshop is for all writers who want to improve their writing and storytelling, from beginners to published novelists. Applicable to memoirists, too.


  • When: Saturday, March 3, 9 am to 4 pm (book signing 4:15)
  • Where: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, Room 112R, 101 S Bartlett, Medford, OR (8th & Bartlett)
  • Cost: $70 (Special: $60 for WW members, $35-students)
  • Register: email

About Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is the author of Murder One, voted one of the best thrillers of 2011 by The Library Journal, and more novels in the critically acclaimed David Sloane series, as well as thrillers including Bodily Harm and The NYT bestseller, The Jury Master. The Providence Journal called him “the undisputed king of the legal thriller.” He lives in the Pacific Northwest and teaches the craft of writing throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Learn more at:

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Call for Eugene Poets to Participate in Local Poetry Events

From C. Steven Blue, a local Eugene Poet:

Hello Eugene Poets, My name is C. Steven Blue and I am a local Eugene Poet.

I am working with the Eugene Public Library to coordinate 2 poetry events this year:

  1. One for the summer reading series at the Eugene Public Library
  2. One for the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration in September, leading up to Eugene’s 150th Birthday on October 17th

I am seeking local Eugene poets to be involved in these 2 events.

The Summer Reading Series

The first event, The Summer Reading Series, will take place on 2 consecutive Saturdays, July 14 and July 21, 2012, from 1-5 p.m. The first Saturday will be a poetry workshop, and the second Saturday will be a reading day to showcase local poets.

This event will be open to the general public. We can probably expect about 30 people for the workshop. I am looking to put together a panel (maybe of 4 poets) to help run this event.

Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration

For the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration event, we have 3 hours on one day, Saturday, September 29, from 2-5 p.m. This event will also be open to the general public.

This will be a reading event of poetry with a theme of Eugene (such as its history, culture, politics, nature, etc.). I am looking to put together a panel to select the works and poets to read at this event. Also, I am considering a limited edition chapbook of the Eugene-themed poetry, to be given to recipients, the groups involved and the library.

Panel members will receive an honorarium for their participation. Participants at the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration will receive the chapbook with the Eugene-themed poems. The library has suggested that participating poets could add their books to the library collection. We are also working on some other surprises.

Eugene Poets: Contact Steven to participate

I believe there are plenty of local poets out there who would love an opportunity like this to read their work and maybe have it published and/or read and available in the library.

If you would like to participate in or attend any of these events, please contact me, preferably by email, as soon as possible, so I can put together the panels and get rolling on these exciting events.

Thank you so much,

C. Steven Blue

Contact Steven

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Michele Graf’s book, LIFELINES, Nominated in Preditors & Editors Readers Poll

Vote by Jan. 10, 2012

Vote for LIFELINES by Jan. 10, 2012LIFELINES, Michele M. Graf’s Poetic Muselings anthology, has been nominated in several categories for the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Additionally, Apollo’s Lyre, which has published many Eugene writers and whose poetry column Graf edits, is nominated in 3 categories, including Best Poetry ezine.

See the nominees and place your votes

To vote in this poll, visit each link and submit your vote. After you vote, you will receive an email with a confirmation link to click, which validates your vote. Nominees are listed alphabetically in each category. Michele and the rest of the Poetic Muselings appreciate your consideration for votes in the following categories:

About Poetic Muselings

The Poetic Muselings grew out of the Muse Online Writers Conference, which is nominated under Best Writers Workshops. Michele is the Head Moderator in charge of all behind-the-scenes support staff for this annual event.

Many other categories are being honored. Please check them out, including Apollo’s Lyre nominations for Fiction ezine and Jim Harrington for ezine editor.

A book event for Lifelines is planned in Eugene for Spring 2012, see the Poetic Muselings blog for updates. For poetry, creativity, collaborative writing, and much more, check out the Poetic Muselings blog at

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Publisher FurPlanet to release OTTERS IN SPACE by Mary E. Lowd

Coming January 2012

Otters in Space by Mary E. LowdOtters In Space, a self-published novel by local writer Mary E. Lowd was picked up by a small press. After more than a year of marketing her novel and selling it at science fiction and furry conventions herself, Mary caught the attention of the furry publisher FurPlanet.

The owners of FurPlanet were impressed by the book’s performance at the furry convention Rainfurrest and offered to add Otters In Space to their line of furry fiction. They will be releasing a new edition of the novel, with eye-catching cover art by Doc Marcus, in January, 2012.

Mary is a member of the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers and co-chair of the Eugene-based critique group, The Wordos. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. A 2010 Ursa Major Award nominee for Best Anthropomorphic Novel, Otters In Space is Mary’s first novel. For more information about Mary’s fiction, visit

About Otters in Space

“Humans have left the Earth, and dogs rule. Kipper is an oppressed tabby cat who dreams of a better place where cats are free to run their own lives. When Kipper discovers a secret that might lead her to such a paradise, along with the secret comes trouble— first, Kipper’s sister disappears, and, then, she’s attacked by a dog goon herself. Kipper’s escape takes her on a mad dash to Ecuador and the space elevator, where she catches a ride up to the otter-designed space station. Once in “otter space,” Kipper must navigate an uncomfortably watery world to find out what happened to her sister and whether there really is a cat paradise.

Reserve your copy: Pre-order the FurPlanet release of Otters In Space

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