Corban to host 4-day writers conference

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


The Willamette Valley has played host to several writers’ conferences, most notably on the north and south ends of the valley.

However, an entirely new conference for writers of all genres, ages and abilities is coming to Salem June 21-24. The Portals Writers Conference will be held at Corban University and with nationally renowned authors, publishers and journalists from Salem, and across the nation, leading workshops.

On Thursday June 21, workshops and events will focus on middle and high school writers. Salem’s Adam Gallardo will share his graphic novel expertise as author of “Gear School,” several “Star Wars” sagas and others with Portland-based Dark Horse Comics. Additionally, international award-winning slam poet Phil Long will show poets how to mix their writing and spoken word in new ways.

Sessions on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 will feature award winning authors such as Diane Glancy and Jane Kirkpatrick. The workshops will include lessons on fiction and non-fiction writing, publishing, literary research, strategies for fighting writers block and more.

For more information about the conference or to register, go to or email Gina Ochsner at


  • Corban Writer-in-Residence Gina Ochsner is among the many workshop leaders at the Portals Creative Writers Conference.

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