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January 2 - February 15, 2015

Kahini
Join Midge for an online workshop, A Sense of Place: A Six-Week Course on Writing About Place in Fiction, hosted by Kahini, a place of connection and exchange for writers who crave a deeper level of engagement with their writing — and with the world. In this workshop, we’ll explore the theme of the environment, whether environment refers to your character’s relationship to his inner-city neighborhood or your novel’s setting in the wilderness. Through readings and writing exercises, we’ll look at the ways in which location, the natural world, industry, wildlife, and a changing climate affect story and character. Designed both for writers who want to generate new work as well as those who want to explore this theme, this workshop will offer assignments to help us go deeper into our relationship with our surroundings and learn how best to portray setting in the fictional realm. Class size is limited, and participating writers will receive one-on-one instructor feedback. For more information and to register, click here.



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November 6, 2014 — La Jolla, CA

Everyday Book Marketing
Midge will be the guest speaker at the SoCal Author Academy's monthly Dinner Series for Authors on Thursday, November 6, at 6 p.m., in La Jolla (4225 Executive Square, Suite 600). With generous support from Real Office Centers, the first 50 writers to sign up will receive a free autographed copy of Everyday Book Marketing. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged; for complete details and to register, click here.



October 4, 2014 — Ashland, Oregon

Claim Your Story
On Saturday, October 4, Midge will be teaching at the Claim Your Story writing conference in Ashland, Oregon.






September 17, 2014 — Port Townsend, WA

Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
On Wednesday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join Midge at The Writers' Workshoppe for Everyday Writing: How to Be a Writer Even When You’re Not Actually Writing. Busy writers often struggle to fit writing into their regularly scheduled lives. In this workshop, you’ll learn invaluable tips for how to fit various aspects of your writing into every day—from how to hone your powers of observation to how to keep your projects moving forward even when you’re short on time. In addition to addressing and working on overcoming your biggest obstacles, we’ll do a sampling of writing prompts that will teach you how to think like a writer—so you can become an everyday writer even if you’re not able to sit down to write every day. The workshop is $45; visit The Writers' Workshoppe for more information and to register. (And don't forget to bring a notebook and/or laptop for in-class writing exercises!)



September 17, 2014 — Port Townsend, WA

Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
On Wednesday, September 17, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., join Midge at The Writers' Workshoppe for Everyday Book Marketing: Strategies for Promoting Your Book During Your Regularly Scheduled Life. Learn how to promote your book without getting overwhelmed amid the seemingly endless marketing opportunities available to authors. We’ll cover a range of marketing basics, from author websites to blogs to events, and you’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable. You’ll receive tips on how to promote your book on an everyday basis, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day, including tips on how best to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. The workshop is $45; visit The Writers' Workshoppe for more information and to register. (And don't forget to bring a notebook and/or laptop for in-class writing exercises!)



September 18, 2014 — Port Townsend, WA

On Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m., join Midge and Janée Baugher for an evening of fiction and poetry at the Northwind Arts Center. Visit the Northwind Arts Center website for details.



July/August 2014

Poets & Writers magazine
Midge's article "My Book Is a Year Old, Now What? How to Keep the Buzz Alive" appears in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers magazine.






Summer 2014

Straylight magazine
Midge's story "Ex Parte" appears in the Volume 8.1 of Straylight magazine.









July 10-20, 2014 — Port Townsend, WA

Centrum
Join Midge and many other writers for the Port Townsend Writers' Conference in July at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. This ten-day conference features residencies, morning workshops, afternoon workshops, readings, lectures, and freewrites. For more information and to register, click here.



June 17, 2014 — Ashland, Oregon

Ashland Art Center
Join Midge for a Creativity for Artists workshop at the Ashland Art Center on Tuesday, June 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Whatever your artistic endeavors—painting, sculpting, photography, etc.—in this workshop you’ll discover ways to live more creatively every day, no matter how busy your regularly scheduled life may be. The workshop is free for Ashland Art Center members and $10 for non-members. Please visit the Ashland Art Center website for more information and to register. (Participants: Don't forget to bring a notebook for in-class writing and drawing!)



June 16, 2014 — Medford, Oregon

Medford, Oregon, public library
Join Midge on Monday, June 16, from 5:30-7 p.m., for a travel-writing workshop at the Medford Public Library. In this workshop — for readers, writers, and travelers alike — we'll take a journey into reading and writing about place. We'll hear excerpts from Midge's book, Forgetting English, as well as from the works of other writers and travelers. You’ll also have a chance to do some writing of your own as you learn essential tips for how to turn your own adventures into compelling stories. Click here to contact the library for more information.


June 7, 2014 — Central Point, Oregon

Willamette Writers
On Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, join Midge and other authors and publishers for a panel on book publishing, followed by an afternoon workshop, at the June Southern Oregon Willamette Writers meeting at Central Point City Hall. The event will be open the community. Click here for complete details and to register.



April 26, 2014 — Ashland, OR

Ashland Public Library
On Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m., join Midge, Ray Keifetz, and John Yunker for a post-Earth Day celebration of eco-literature. The authors will read from Among Animals and discuss our relationship with animals and the environment. This event is free and open to all; contact the Ashland Public Library for additional information.


April 21, 2014 — Chico, CA

Lyon Books
Join Midge on Monday, April 21, at Lyon Books for a presentation on Everyday Book Marketing. Learn how to promote your book without getting overwhelmed amid the seemingly endless marketing opportunities available to authors. We’ll cover a range of marketing basics, from author websites to blogs to events, and you’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable. You’ll receive tips on how to promote your book on an everyday basis, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day, including tips on how best to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. This presentation is sponsored by the Chico Authors and Publisher’s Society and is open to the public. Click here for more information.


April 7, 2014 — Ashland, OR

Ashland Food Co-op
On Monday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., join Midge at the Ashland Food Co-op for a creativity workshop: Be More Creative Every Day. Whatever your creative endeavors—writing, visual art, photography, etc.—you’ll discover ways to live more creatively every day. This event is free and open to the community. Click here for details.


March 2, 2014 — Portland, OR

Multnomah County Libraries
On Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m., join Midge and Gretchen Primack at Portland's Central Library for an afternoon of eco-poetry and fiction. The authors will read from their ecologically themed work, then facilitate a discussion about addressing the topics of the environment and animal protection in the context of fiction and poetry. This event is free and open to all readers, as well as writers, who are passionate about animals and ecology. Click here for full details.


February 27 - March 1, 2014 — Seattle, WA

AWP conference
On Friday, February 28, at 4:30 p.m., join Midge, along with Kelli Russell Agodon, Wendy Call, Janna Cawrse Esarey, and Susan Rich, for a panel on book marketing: From Finding Your Muse to Finding Your Readers: Book promotion in the twenty-first century. Panelists from a variety of genres—poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir—will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of transitioning from writer to published book author. Through specific experiences and using real-world examples, panelists will offer tips for finding one’s natural niche and audience, and how to reach out to readers authentically and generously. Topics include book promotion through conferences, book clubs, social media, awards, blogs, events, and salons. Click here for full details.


February 26, 2014 — Seattle, WA

AWP Festival of Language 2014
On Wednesday, February 26, starting at 5 p.m., join Midge and other authors for the AWP Festival of Language, an evening of readings taking place at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery at 1333 5th Avenue in Seattle.


Fall 2013

Bellevue Literary Review
Midge's story "Examining Rooms" is published in Bellevue Literary Review.








Wednesday, October 9, 7-9 p.m. — Ashland, Oregon

Ashland Public Library
Join Midge for Everyday Book Marketing: Strategies for Promoting Your Book During Your Regularly Scheduled Life. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to promote your book without getting overwhelmed amid the seemingly endless marketing opportunities available to authors. We’ll cover a range of marketing basics, from author websites and blogs to event opportunities, with a goal of developing marketing strategies that fit in with your regularly scheduled life. You’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day, and you’ll receive tips on how to promote your book on an everyday basis, as well as how best to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. This workshop will be held at the Ashland Public Library and is free and open to all. Call 541-774-6996 or visit the library's website for more information.


September 2013

Author Magazine
An excerpt of Everyday Book Marketing is published in Author Magazine.


September 29, 2013 — San Diego, CA

Everyday Book Marketing
Midge will be teaching the inaugural workshop of The Author Academy, a monthly series of interactive, resource-based marketing workshops for writers hosted by Adventures by the Book. This all-day workshop is divided into two sessions (writers are welcome to attend one or both).

Part I: Book promotion actually begins even before publication — and it continues long afterward. In this workshop, you'll learn how to promote your book without getting overwhelmed amid the seemingly endless marketing opportunities available to authors. We'll cover a range of marketing basics, from author websites and blogs to event opportunities, with a goal of developing marketing strategies that fit in with your regularly scheduled life. You’ll learn how to keep the never-ending tasks of book promotion manageable, whether you have ten minutes a day or two hours a day. Click here for registration details.

Part II: This interactive workshop is for the soon-to-be published author, whether you are self-publishing or have a contract with a publisher. Using a checklist, we will go over what needs to happen before, during, and after your book launch, and participants will tailor the information to fit their own specific needs. As we cover everything from creating budgets to giving readings, writers will develop a customized marketing plan for their books that fits their individual needs and schedules. Click here for registration details.




August 2013

Potomac Review
Midge's story "Three Things I Used to Know" is published in Potomac Review.








August 28, 2013

Eunoia Review
Midge's story "Santorini" is reprinted in Eunoia Review.






August 12, 2013 — Ashland, Oregon

Ashland Art Center
In this workshop for artists, Midge Raymond and John Yunker of Ashland Creek Press will discuss the art and science of book cover design from a small publisher's perspective. They'll talk about the process of choosing a cover design, how they work with artists, and the nuances of selecting the right cover for every book. They will also share resources they use for finding artists and creative ways authors and artists can work together to promote one another's work. Details coming soon; please also visit the Ashland Art Center website for more information and to register.



July 14-21, 2013 — Port Townsend, WA

Centrum
Join Midge and many other writers for the Port Townsend Writers' Conference in July at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. Now two weeks long, the conference features residencies, morning workshops, afternoon workshops, readings, lectures, and freewrites — for more information and to register, click here.



Saturday, April 27, 2013 — Ashland, Oregon

SCBWI Oregon
Midge will be presenting a Marketing for Writers workshop for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Ashland, Oregon. Click here for more information and to register.


March 6-9, 2013 — Boston, MA

AWP conference

Join Midge and Tara L. Masih, Jessica Anthony, Mary Akers and Laura van den Berg on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. for Women on the Road: Exploration, Inspiration, and Imagination in Fiction at the 2013 AWP Conference in Boston. This panel will feature an exploration of crafting stories and novels that place characters in distant regions and countries, and how travel abroad helped shape the countries of the panelists’ imaginations. Panelists will share travel experiences and photos, inspirations, readings, and the process of creative observation. Tips will be offered on using research to fill in travel gaps, both in contemporary and historical contexts, and on negotiating the complexities of writing about cultures different from one’s own.




March 4, 2013

Press 53
Midge answers Press 53's "5 Questions, 3 Facts" on the Press 53 blog.





Monday, January 28, 2013, 6:30 - 9 p.m. — San Diego, CA

SanDiegoWriters
Join Midge at San Diego Writers for You May Already Be a Winner: Navigating the High-Stakes Seas of Writing Contests. This workshop is for all writers, emerging and published, who have wondered what goes on behind the scenes of writing contests, from literary magazines to small presses. This session will address such questions as how to tell whether a contest is reputable to what a writer’s odds of winning might be. Learn how to decide when it’s worthwhile to enter a contest, how to increase your odds of earning awards, and how to make the most of the opportunities contests offer. We’ll go over submission guidelines as well as tips and resources for finding the best contests. Click here for more information and to register.


Saturday, January 12, 2013, 1-3 p.m. — San Diego, CA

Everyday Writing
Join Midge at The Lively Muse Studio for Everyday Writing!
Busy writers often struggle to fit writing into their regularly scheduled lives. In this workshop, you’ll learn invaluable tips for how to fit various aspects of your writing into every day—from how to hone your powers of observation to how to keep your projects moving forward even when you’re short on time. In addition to addressing and working on overcoming your biggest obstacles, we’ll do a sampling of writing prompts that will teach you how to think like a writer—so you can become an everyday writer even if you’re not able to sit down to write every day. Click here for more information and to register.


October 26, 2012

Savvy Verse & Wit
Everyday Writing is reviewed in Savvy Verse & Wit.






October 20, 2012

The Creative Penn
Find out how to "Think Like A Writer Every Day, Even If You Can’t Write Every Day," in this post on The Creative Penn.






September 2012

The Lascaux Review
Midge's story "Accidents" is reprinted in The Lascaux Review. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize






Thursday, August 2, 2012 — Eugene, Oregon

Eugene Library Travel Writing Workshop
Join Midge on Thursday, August 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for an evening of travel reading and writing at the Eugene Public Library in downtown Eugene. In this workshop, we'll take a journey into reading and writing about place. We’ll hear excerpts from Midge’s collection, Forgetting English, and you’ll learn essential tips for how to turn your own adventures into compelling stories. For readers, writers, and travelers alike, this workshop is free and open to all.



Thursday, July 26, 2012 — Ashland, Oregon

Join Midge on Thursday, July 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for a writing workshop at the Ashland Public Library. This free event is part of the library's 2012 summer reading program, Between the Covers. For more information, call the library at 541-774-6996.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Midge offers a series of 5-minute prompts for summer writing at the Author Exposure blog.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Check out these 3 writing tips and prompts to keep your writing going in "Finding Room to Write This Summer" on The Alchemist's Kitchen blog.


July 8-15, 2012 — Port Townsend, WA

Centrum
Join Midge and many other writers for the Port Townsend Writers' Conference in July at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. Now in its 39th year, the conference features morning workshops, afternoon workshops, readings, lectures, and freewrites — for more information and to register, click here.


Wednesday, June 25, 2012 — Medford, Oregon

Join Midge for for an afternoon of travel reading and writing at the Medford Public Library on June 20, 2012, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. In this workshop — for readers, writers, and travelers alike -- we'll take a journey into reading and writing about place. We'll hear excerpts from Midge's book, Forgetting English, as well as from the works of other writers and travelers. You’ll also have a chance to do some writing of your own as you learn essential tips for how to turn your own adventures into compelling stories.


Saturday, June 23, 2012 — Ashland, Oregon

Ashland Bookfest
Join Midge and many other writers, editors, and publishers at the Ashland Book & Author Festival on June 23, 2012, at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University. Midge will be presenting a session called The Literary Traveler: Reading and Writing About Place. For more information, including authors, publishers, panels, presentations, readings, and other activities, click here.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Midge talks with Sheila Bender of Writing It Real about everyday writing, publishing, and the writing life.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Keep your writing going this summer with these summer writing prompts on The Lively Muse.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Get tips and prompts for how to be an everyday writer in this Mojo Monday post on Writerhead.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Learn 5 Ways to Make Time for Creativity in this article at StyleSubstanceSoul.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Check out this Q&A about being an everyday writer with Erika Dreifus in The Practicing Writer.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Midge writes about being an everyday writer on the Passages North literary magazine Writers on Writing blog.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Read an excerpt — and try a few writing prompts! — from Everyday Writing on Jane Friedman's blog.


Thursday, May 24, 2012 — San Diego, CA

SanDiegoWriters
Join Midge for Everyday Writing, a workshop for busy writers. Writers with other life responsibilities (i.e., all of us!) often struggle to fit writing into their regularly scheduled lives. In this workshop, you’ll learn invaluable tips for how to fit various aspects of your writing into every day—from how to hone your powers of observation to how to keep your projects moving forward even when you’re short on time. In addition to addressing and working on overcoming your biggest obstacles, we’ll do a sampling of writing prompts that will teach you how to think like a writer—so you can become an everyday writer even if you’re not able to sit down to write every day. Two sessions are available (afternoon, from 12-2 p.m., and evening from 7-9 p.m.) — for more information and to register, click here.


February 21, 2012

Seattle Wrote
Midge is featured on the Seattle Wrote blog, in this Q&A on writing, publishing, and Forgetting English.






Winter 2012

WomenArts Quarterly Journal
Midge's story "Side Effects" appears in the Winter 2012 issue of WomenArts Quarterly Journal.






January 2012

The Writer magazine
Midge co-authors the article "40 Prompts to Get You Writing" in the February 2012 issue of The Writer magazine.







November 2011

Bellingham Review
Midge's story "Fire Season," from the Spring 2011 issue of Bellingham Review, is nominated for a Pushcart Prize.








November 2011

Conversations Across Borders
Midge's story "Water Children" appears in the November issue of Conversations Across Borders.







October 2011

The Writer magazine
Midge's feature article "Fixes for Your Fiction: Too Much Information" appears in the November issue of The Writer magazine.






Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7 p.m. — Iowa City, Iowa

Prairie Lights
Join Midge and Wendy Call at Iowa City's celebrated Prairie Lights bookstore, where Midge and Wendy will read from and discuss their books, in which native landscapes are defended or abandoned, and in which border crossings both literal and figurative change lives. (And if you missed us at Prairie Lights, you can hear a live audio recording here.)



Sunday, October 16, 2011, 4 p.m. — St. Louis, Missouri

Left Bank
Join Midge and John Yunker for readings from Forgetting English and The Tourist Trail at St. Louis's wonderful independent bookstore Left Bank Books, in the Central West End.



Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 12:30 p.m. — Boston, MA

Grub Street
Join Midge and and Wendy Call at Grub Street's headquarters in downtown Boston for a Brown Bag Writing Workshop. Recently profiled in the Boston Globe, this series offers 45 minutes of inspiring writing exercises in the company of fellow writers. The session is free — just bring your lunch and come on down. More details here.



Friday, September 9, 2011, 7 p.m. — Woodstock, Vermont

Shiretown Books
Join Midge for a reading, discussion, and book signing for the new, expanded edition of Forgetting English at Woodstock's fabulous local indie Shiretown Books.








Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. — White River Junction, VT

The Writer's Center
Join Midge for Be Your Own Editor, a two-hour workshop at The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. We'll cover everything from grammar to characterization to dialogue — and be sure to bring your own work-in-progress for some hands-on editing. Pre-registration is required: Visit The Writer's Center for more information; you can also register here.



Saturday, September 10, 2011, 3-5 p.m. — Hardwick, Vermont

Galaxy Bookshop
Join Midge and and Wendy Call for an afternoon of reading and writing about place at the lovely Galaxy Bookshop. Midge and Wendy will read from their books and share tips for writing about place as well as for how to create a global story with a local heart. This event is free and open to all.



Sunday, September 11, 2011, 3-5 p.m. — Manchester, Vermont

Northshire Bookstore
Join Midge and and Wendy Call for an afternoon of reading and writing about place at Northshire Bookstore, Vermont's largest independent bookstore. Midge and Wendy will read from Forgetting English and No Word for Welcome and share tips for writing about place as well as for how to create a global story with a local heart. For readers, writers, and travelers alike, this event is free and and open to all.



Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:30-9:30 p.m. — Boston, MA

Grub Street
Join Midge and and Wendy Call at Grub Street's headquarters in downtown Boston for a craft seminar, You Are Here: Creating a Sense of Place. This three-hour seminar offers tips for all prose writers in a team-taught class that focuses on place. As authors whose recent books are grounded in foreign settings, Wendy and Midge will offer tips for how to offer a strong sense of place no matter where your scenes unfold, whether it’s a small Mexican village, the lonely islands of the South Pacific, or a character’s own living room. We’ll demonstrate what place can reveal about character and how a single setting can create a more universal picture—all with plenty of writing prompts along the way. For details and registration, click here.



Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 12 - 2 p.m. — Boston, MA

Boston University
Join Midge and and Wendy Call for a workshop on immersion journalism and narrative writing at Boston University's College of Communication. In this two-hour workshop -- a brown-bag event free and open to all — Midge and Wendy will talk about their experiences as journalists and authors, offering examples, resources, and writing exercises to show how best to get people and places effectively, accurately, and vividly on the page.



Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 7-9 p.m. — Portsmouth, NH

RiverRun Bookstore
Join Midge and and Wendy Call for an evening's journey into reading and writing about place at New Hampshire's fabulous RiverRun Bookstore. Midge and Wendy will read from their books, Forgetting English and No Word for Welcome, and share tips how best to write about place and how to create a global story with a local heart. For readers, writers, and travelers alike, this event is free and and open to all.



September 2011

Passages North
Midge's story "Floaters" goes online in the archives of Passages North.







August 2011

Escape Into Life
Midge's story "Lost Art" appears in Escape Into Life.







July 15, 2011, 6 p.m. — Orca Books, Olympia, Washington

Orca Books
Join Midge and author, teacher, and translator Wendy Call for a joint event at Orca Books, an evening that will take you from the villages of Mexico to the islands of the South Pacific. Midge and Wendy will read from and discuss their books, in which native landscapes are defended or abandoned, and in which border crossings both literal and figurative change lives. Visit Wendy's web site for more about Wendy and to learn about her book, No Word for Welcome.



July 17-24, 2011 — Port Townsend, Washington

Join Midge and many other writers for the Port Townsend Writers' Conference in July at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. Now in its 38th year, the conference features morning workshops, afternoon workshops, readings, lectures, and freewrites — for more information and to register, click here.


Monday, July 11, 2011, 7 p.m. — Ashland, Oregon

Join Midge and John Yunker, co-founders of Ashland Creek Press, at the Ashland Public Library for a discussion on using fictional stories to address such issues as the environment, globalization, and the threats to endangered species. This workshop for readers and writers is free and open to all.


July 6, 2011

Midge talks about the state of Writerhead with Kristin Bair O'Keeffe.


July 2011

Redivider
Midge's story "The Longest Part of the Night," winner of Redivider's 2011 fiction contest, appears in Redivider.







July 2011

Dragnet
Midge's story "Witch Creek" appears in Dragnet magazine. And check out the issue's trailer here.







Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 6:30 p.m. — Bend, Oregon

Bend Public Library
Join Midge for an evening of travel reading and writing at the Bend Public Library. In this workshop, we'll take a journey into reading and writing about place. We’ll hear excerpts from Midge’s collection, Forgetting English, and you’ll learn essential tips for how to turn your own adventures into compelling stories. For readers, writers, and travelers alike, this workshop is free and open to all.



June 2011

Redivider
Midge wins Redivider's fiction contest for her story "The Longest Part of the Night."



May 12, 2011, 7 p.m. — Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Oregon

Bloomsbury Books
Join Midge for an evening of travel reading and writing at Bloomsbury Books. In this workshop, we'll take a journey into reading and writing about place. We’ll hear excerpts from Midge’s collection, Forgetting English, and you’ll learn essential tips for how to turn your own adventures into compelling stories. For readers, writers, and travelers alike, this workshop is free and open to all.


April 30, 2011

SanDiegoWriters
Midge is interviewed by Nicole Vollrath of San Diego Writers, Ink.



April 18, 2011, 7 p.m. — Ashland Public Library, Ashland, Oregon

From Ernest Hemingway in Spain to Paul Theroux in China, great writers excel at painting vivid portraits of the places they take us. Join Midge for a journey into reading and writing about place. In addition to a reading from Forgetting English, we'll explore other travel works, from fiction to memoir to narrative journalism. We'll also talk about how to turn your own adventures into compelling stories. We'll meet in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Public Library at 7 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper to do your own writing!



March 2011

Translation Memory
Midge's story "Translation Memory," which first appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, is now available on the Kindle.









March 2011

Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean
Midge's story "Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean," which first appeared in Roanoke Review, is now available on the Kindle.









March 2011

Beyond the Kopjes
Midge's story "Beyond the Kopjes" is now available on the Kindle.









February 2011

The Ecstatic Cry
Midge's story "The Ecstatic Cry," which first appeared in Ontario Review, is now available on the Kindle.







December 1, 2010

Crab Creek Review
Midge's story "Two Lies and a Truth" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Crab Creek Review!









December 2010

Check out Love in the Time of Amazon.com -- an award-winning book trailer (of sorts) about love, obsession...and sales rankings.







November 2010

Crab Creek Review
Midge's story "Two Lies and a Truth" is reprinted in the Fall 2010 issue of Crab Creek Review.









September 15, 2010

The Summerset Review
Midge's story "Anodyne" is reprinted in the Fall 2010 issue of The Summerset Review.







September 2010

Seattle Woman magazine
Midge and other local writers talk about writing groups in the article "Finding Your Writing Community" in the September 2010 issue of Seattle Woman magazine.



Saturday, August 7, 2010 — San Diego, CA

SanDiegoWriters
Join Midge at San Diego Writers' Ink Spot for Getting Into Character, an afternoon workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Whether you’re writing fiction or memoir, characters are what make your stories live and breathe. In this seminar, you’ll learn how best to bring characters to life, whether you’re creating them for a short story or novel, or whether you’re portraying real characters in a memoir. We’ll look at classic and contemporary examples of good characterization and discuss how character relates to other aspects of story, such as dialogue, setting and plot. We’ll spend time on writing exercises designed to flesh out your characters, both on and off the page, so you’ll be fully in character by the seminar’s end. Visit San Diego Writers for details and to register.


August 2010

cream city review
Midge's story "Accidents" appears in the (slightly belated) Spring 2010 issue of cream city review.









July 15, 2010

Santa Fe Writers Project
Midge's story "Santorini" is reprinted in the literary journal of the Santa Fe Writers Project.






July 13, 2010

Style Substance Soul
Midge talks about writing, travel, and relationships with StyleSubstanceSoul.




Thursday, July 8, 2010 — Seattle, WA

Join Midge at Seattle's all-indie Pilot Books for a free travel-writing workshop and reading. In this hour-long workshop, you’ll learn how to turn your adventures into compelling fictional stories or memoir. Learn how to portray character (even if the character is you), develop a storyline, and make your memories jump off the page through vivid description and detail. The workshop will be followed by a reading from Forgetting English. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to all.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010 — Bainbridge Island, WA

Join Midge on Bainbridge Island for the Field's End Roundtable series. In June, we'll be discussing a topic necessary for all writers: How to Be Your Own Editor. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the the Bainbridge Public Library Meeting Room. For more info, contact Field's End.


Saturday, June 5, 2010 — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
Write all day and support Richard Hugo House at Write-O-Rama! On Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Midge and other Hugo House instructors will teach more than 30 one-hour workshops. All you need is $50 (but that's only the minimum -- there will be prizes for top fundraisers), and a notebook or laptop. Food and open mics will help combat writers' cramp. Click here for more info and to register.


Friday - Sunday, May 21-23, 2010 — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
Join Midge and dozens of writers at Richard Hugo House's first writing conference, Finding Your Readers in the 21st Century. The weekend will focus on the changing literary landscape and the options available to writers for getting their work out in the world and into the hands of readers. With sessions on book trailers, e-publishing, marketing and promotion, and networking (virtually and otherwise), writers will learn all aspects of the business of being a writer. For full details, including registration information, visit the Hugo House web site.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010 — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
Mark your calendar for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, for She Said: Women's Lives in Poetry and Prose, co-sponsored by Richard Hugo House. Seattle writer David Schmader will host an evening featuring local women writers: Elizabeth Austen, Janna Cawrse Esarey, Monica Murphy LeMoine, Corbin Lewars, Midge Raymond, Susan Rich, and Katharine Whitcomb. Cafe Hugo will serve beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, and the event is free and open to all.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010 — 5:30 p.m. Pacific time/8:30 p.m. Eastern

Join Midge for an interview about short stories and Forgetting English on Blog Talk Radio during Spring Into Short Stories Month.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010 — San Diego, CA

Join Midge for a writing workshop and Forgetting English reading at 7 p.m. at La Jolla's beloved Warwick's bookstore. Visit the Warwick's web site for details.


Mondays, March 22 - May 24, 2010 — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
Join Midge at Richard Hugo House for a 10-week Master Class in Prose. In this class, writers will complete or fully revise at least one short story or essay. With an emphasis on the short form, we’ll look at the elements of good narrative -- including character, story, dialogue, setting, and voice — through examples and discussion but primarily in the context of student work. Each writer will have the opportunity to workshop a story or essay twice during the duration of the class, and we’ll discuss revision methods as well as how to gain insight into one’s own work through reading and responding to the work of others. Visit the Hugo House web site for details and to register.


Saturday, March 6, 2010 — Tacoma, WA

Artist Trust
Join Midge at King's Books in Tacoma for Meet the Artist, a component of the annual Artist Trust/ Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award. From 2-4 p.m., Midge will present a free workshop, Writing About Place, followed by a Q&A and a reading from Forgetting English. "Meet the Artist events bridge our artistic community with the diverse communities in Washington State, increasing awareness about the vital roles art and artists play in our culture. Find out more at Artist Trust."


March 2010

TriQuarterly
Midge's story "The Color Blue" appears in the 45th Anniversary double issue of TriQuarterly.








March 2010

Freight Stories
Midge's story "Crossroads" appears in Freight Stories No. 6.
Freight Stories is "a free, online, fiction-only literary quarterly featuring the best new fiction on the web (or anywhere else, for that matter)." Edited by Andrew Scott and Victoria Barrett.





Thursday, February 25, 2010 — Des Moines, WA

Midge will be reading and signing books as part of the “Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work" series, beginning at noon in the Student Union at Highline Community College.


Sunday, February 14, 2010 — San Diego, CA

SanDiegoWriters
Join Midge at San Diego Writers' Ink Spot for "Setting the Scene," a workshop designed to help you get a sense of the where in your writing. First we’ll take a close look at how established memoir and fiction writers incorporate setting into their work, studying the details and descriptions that make places and settings come alive for readers. Then you’ll get to work on writing exercises that will teach you invaluable tips for setting your own vivid, unforgettable scenes. Visit San Diego Writers for details and to register.


Saturday, February 13, 2010 — San Diego, CA

Join Midge and other authors, editors, and agents at the 24th annual Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego. Visit the SCWC web site to register and for more details.



February 2010

The Wanderlust Review
Midge's story "The Gospel of Thomas" appears in the inaugural issue of Seattle's The Wanderlust Review, "a place where writers, artists, and thinkers can share their stories with each other and the general public in hopes of satiating their 'impulse toward wandering' – if only for the time being."






Thursday, January 28, 2010 — Seattle, WA

Cheap Wine & Poetry
Join Midge, Matthew Simmons, Maria Semple, and Rory Douglas for Cheap Beer and Prose, a spinoff of Cheap Wine and Poetry, "Seattle’s biggest, coolest, hippest reading series" at Richard Hugo House. Admission's free; cheap beer's $1; starts at 7 p.m.


January 8, 2010

An excerpt from Midge's story "The Ecstatic Cry," which is included in Forgetting English, appears on Writers Out Loud: Literature for the Ear.


January 2010

The Short Review
Midge is interviewed by The Short Review...





December 2009

Forgetting English is #2 on the list of Seattle Books Examiner's Best Books of 2009!


Saturday, December 5, 2009 — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
For $45 (or more!) in pledges, you can join Midge and other creative writing instructors for Write-O-Rama, a full day of writing (not to mention food, open mics, prizes, and a wrap party) to benefit Richard Hugo House. Start gathering pledges, then show up and choose from more than 40 one-hour workshops across all genres. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the writing begins at 10. Click here for a pledge card and complete details.


Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7 p.m. — Bellingham, WA

Join Midge for a Forgetting English reading and discussion at Bellingham's Village Books in the historic Fairhaven neighborhood.


Sunday, October 25, 2009, 3 p.m. — Seattle Bookfest, Columbia City

Don't miss the 2009 Seattle Bookfest! Midge will be reading on Sunday at 3 p.m., Stage 3, as part of an entire weekend of local authors, bookstores, publishers, and more. Get all the details here.


October 15, 2009

Artist Trust
Midge is one of 16 artists awarded a 2009 Artist Trust Fellowship Award. The award recognizes an artist’s creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline.


Tuesdays, October 6 - November 10, 2009 — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
Fall is the perfect time to get back into writing with "Telling Your Story" at Seattle's Richard Hugo House. In this memoir-writing class, you’ll learn how to apply the narrative techniques of fiction to memoir and personal essays. From mining for material to recreating scenes from memory, this class will help you shape your stories into compelling narrative. Through readings and discussions, you’ll discover the essentials of good narrative writing and develop a daily writing routine that will help you meet your goals. Weekly writing exercises will help you complete and/or revise a personal essay or a memoir chapter by the end of the six-week class. UPDATE: This class is now full, but please feel free to contact the Hugo House Registrar at 206-322-7030 to be placed on a waiting list.
What writers say about Midge's teaching...


Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 7 p.m. — Seattle, WA

Join Midge for a reading and travel-writing workshop at Wide World Books & Maps. In this hour-long workshop, you’ll learn how to turn your adventures into compelling fictional stories or memoir. Learn how to portray character (even if the character is yourself), develop a storyline, and make your memories jump off the page through vivid description and detail. The workshop will be followed by a reading from Forgetting English. Free and open to all! Click here for store info.


August 5, 2009

Hear an excerpt from "First Sunday" on Lively Words.


Thursday, July 23, 2009, 7-10 p.m. — Seattle, WA

MOTO
Join Midge and Seattle author Janna Cawrse Esarey for Love and Exile: True and Fictional Journeys from Local Writers. Co-sponsored by Richard Hugo House, the evening will feature readings from Forgetting English and Janna's book The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife, as well as Janna's slides, some Q&A, and Cafe Hugo (translation: beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks). The evening will be emceed by former Hugo House Writer-in-Residence Wendy Call, with a Q&A led by local doctor-writer Audrey Young. Most of all, it's a party — and it's free and open to all. Click here for directions to Hugo House, on Capitol Hill.


Tuesdays, July 7-28, 2009, 7-9 p.m., Richard Hugo House — Seattle, WA

HugoHouse
Midge will be teaching a 4-week summer session at Seattle's Richard Hugo House. The Art & Craft of the Short Story will take a look at short story classics as well as give writers a running start toward crafting stories of their own. Check the Hugo House summer catalog for more details and registration information.
UPDATE: This class is now full, but please feel free to contact the Hugo House Registrar at 206-322-7030 to be placed on a wait list.
What writers say about Midge's teaching...


June 11, 2009

Forgetting English is one of Seattle Books Examiner's Best Beach Reads for Summer!


June 10, 2009

Forgetting English has been chosen as a June Book Club selection by ForeWord Magazine -- with a free download of the story "The Ecstatic Cry" available from June 10-17, 2009.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009, University Book Store — Seattle, WA

Midge will be reading from Forgetting English at the University of Washington's University Book Store at 7 p.m. Click here for details and directions.


May 5, 2009

Check out an interview with Midge by Diana Joseph, author of I'm Sorry You Feel That Way and Happy or Otherwise.


April 16-19, 2009 -- Get Lit! Festival in Spokane, WA

GetLit!
Midge will be participating in several events at Get Lit!, the Northwest's best festival for readers and writers. Midge's events include a panel discussion with authors Jane Smiley, Kathryn Trueblood, and Laurie Notaro; a festival reading with Brenda Miller; and a workshop on rewriting with Pamela Holway, Glenda Burgess, Kathy Fagan, and Ken Letko.



Saturday, April 11, 2009 — "Getting Into Character" in Seattle, WA

Midge is teaching a Saturday afternoon workshop on character at Seattle's Richard Hugo House. Visit the Hugo House Spring Course Catalog online for details and to register.


Friday, April 10, 2009, Elliott Bay Book Company — Seattle, WA

Join Midge for a Forgetting English reading and book signing at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 — Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA

Join Midge and other Hugo House instructors for a reading on Tuesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle's Richard Hugo House. In addition to the readings, you'll get to hear a preview of Hugo's spring classes.


February 13-15, 2009 — San Diego

Midge will be leading workshops at the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego over President's Day weekend, February 13-15, 2009. Sessions include Publishing Short Fiction and Revision: From Structure and Theme to Dialogue and Detail.


February 16, 2009 — San Diego

Midge will be at San Diego Writers for a Forgetting English event at the Ink Spot ... stay tuned and/or visit San Diego Writers for details.


January 2009

American Literary Review
American Literary Review's Fall 2008 issue features Midge's story "Twin Falls," which also appears in Forgetting English.

And stay tuned for new work forthcoming in TriQuarterly.





September 27, 2008

A Year in Ink
Midge is leading a fiction workshop in collaboration with Warwick's and San Diego Writers, Ink. The workshop, supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, will be held at the La Jolla Public Library and will be followed by readings from A Year in Ink. Visit Warwick's or San Diego Writers for more information and to register.


July 1, 2008

Roanoke Review
The Spring/Summer issue of Roanoke Review is hot off the presses, featuring "Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean," which is also included in Forgetting English.





June 2008

Forgetting English is available for pre-order from Amazon.


May 2008

Bayou magazine
Bayou magazine has just arrived, featuring Midge's story "Santorini."