RACC Grants!

I am so grateful and pleased to announce I received both a Project grant, and a Professional Development grant from Regional Arts and Culture Council this month. Look here:  RACC Awards.

For the Project Grant, I’ll venture underground in Virginia’s explosive caverns to research my next book, The Wise Silence. With the Professional Development Grant, I head to Boston for the Muse & Marketplace conference in April. I’ll be posting what I’m doing here and on Instagram: @jenniferspringsteen

Meanwhile I’m back to tinkering with shorts. Working on a short called, The Six Witnesses. Then I’ll polish some of the best I’ve published–check them out here— and publish as a collection under the KingFisher Press.


Writing in Response to Poetry Workshops

Join me at the 1st Unitarian Church in downtown Portland on Saturday, December 2 from 9am to 1pm to write in response to poem that focus on change and transitions. You don’t have to write poetry, but you can. The poems are a springboard for you to write creative nonfiction, journal reflection, fiction, songs or poetry. Registration is through the church. You can see details in the fall program guide and then register online here.

I’m always inspired by Mary Oliver’s poems. You, too? The new year is a great time to reflect. Mary Oliver’s poems will guide our writing. Again, you don’t have to write poetry! Use these poems to launch into your memoir or fiction project. Find character and setting with her words. But your poems are always welcome. Writing in Response to Mary Oliver poetry is on Sunday January 21 from 1 to 4pm in our NE PDX Writers Studio. More details on our website: www.pdxwriters.com.

All those copper canisters

Here they are: the originals at the Oregon State Hospital. These copper greenies and the beautiful installation as tribute to these lost souls are what provoked me (yes, I meant provoked) into writing King of Boys. My version was more like the hospital in Eastern Oregon with only 400 canisters of the dead. In Salem, there are over 3,000 canisters with these bodies of unclaimed patients.

More on the book King of Boys here. 

Artist Smoke and Mirrors

As I send my second book into the world, I wonder what it is to be an artist. I’m working two jobs and sometimes I feel like I’m being held by my ankle over a river: you want this? You want THIS? I don’t feel like I have the option to quit. Even if my bank account says, UNCLE. Should I wish for something different? Should I guide my girl into this harsh and subjective world? I have tried my feet at dancing, my hand at writing. I’m on this artists brush tip. I can’t think of how I could experience life differently.Whipper Will, egg cracked, crow on squirrel, baby yawn, the arch of parent’s shoulders. I want forgiveness for not being able to capture it all. For wanting to spend my life trying.

Historical Novel Writers: this is for you


The Historical Novel Society 2017 Conference Readers Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017!


This afternoon event offers readers the chance to mingle with their favorite historical novelists, enjoy a panel discussion, and attend an interview moderated by All Classical announcer Ed Goldberg with guests of honor Pulitzer-Prize winning Geraldine Brooks and David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl. The Conference Book Signing features 120 authors, including Ms. Brooks and Mr. Ebershoff. Authors’ titles will be available for purchase, and readers may have them autographed on-site. Online preregistration is $15 in advance HERE. The event runs from 12:30 to 5:15PM at the Portland Hilton (621 SW 6th Avenue). Space permitting, participants may pay $20 at the door. The book signing from 3:45-5:15 is free and open to the public.




Next Liars’ League PDX Flash Event

If you don’t have your tickets, you’ll need to wait for the podcasts. We sold out in one day!

I wanted to post this Portland Monthly Article after our first sold out show: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2016/9/21/liars-league-takes-portland-by-storm

Next up: Fires & Quakes theme submissions due on July 31. Our event is on September 23 and tickets will be available on September 1. Find out more here: http://www.liarsleaguepdx.com/


Upcoming workshops

Short Story Structure

Thursday and Friday: September 7-8

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon
Cost: $175

Register for this workshop.

 Autumn Weekend Retreat at Oceanside

Time:  Friday, October 6, 2017-Sunday, October 8, 2017
Location:  Oceanside, Oregon
Cost:  $50 nonrefundable registration fee
$225 for Saturday & Sunday sessions
$25 for additional Friday evening session

  • Two breakfasts, Saturday dinner, and two lunches included in cost
  • Sleeping accommodations on your own. We’ve compiled a reference list for you here.

​Register for this retreat. 

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