Oregon Writers Colony Founders Day Celebration at Rockaway Beach August 13-14

Dana Haynes
Longtime Portland area newpaperman Dana Haynes, author of the new techno-thriller Crashers, kicks-off the weekend.

CrashersReaders and writers will want to pack their bags for the coast Aug. 13-14 for the 2011 Oregon Writers Colony Founders Day celebration at Rockaway Beach. Saturday’s events include a free reading by Paulann Petersen, Oregon poet laureate, and Barbara Pope, author of Cezanne’s Quarry and The Blood of Lorraine, at the Rockaway Beach Library, followed by the dedication of a poetry pole and an open house at Colonyhouse, OWC’s writers retreat.

A full day of events will be held Sunday, Aug. 14, at Rockaway City Hall. Dana Haynes, humorist and author of Crashers, winner of the Spotted Owl Award, will kick off the celebration; an authors showcase and book fair will follow. Lunch will be catered by Beach Bite Restaurant of Rockaway Beach and feature keynote speaker R. Gregory Nokes, former reporter for The Oregonian and author of Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. Afternoon round table discussions will cover everything from poetry and e-books to mystery and creative nonfiction. A reception and tour of Colonyhouse will be offered at 4:15. Cost for Sunday’s events is $40 per person or $55 per couple. For more information or to register for Sunday’s events, go to or contact Marlene Howard,

Lynn Price, acquisitions editor for Behler Publications, will present Using the Writer’s Tackle Box, a writing workshop, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost of the workshop is $40; participants may sign up for one-on-one appointments with Price for $15. For more information on the workshop or to register, go to or contact Shannon Young at