Publishing student Tom McCluskey interviews Ursula K. LeGuin
Chuck Palahniuk and Ursula K. LeGuin chatting
As a grad student working for Ooligan Press at Portland State University, I devoted last weekend to Write to Publish, Ooligan's writing conference. It was a great success!
The first day (May 22) consisted of workshops run by Dennis Stovall, founder of Ooligan Press; Sarah Berry and Marty Brown, PSU publishing instructors; YA novelist Sara Ryan; Vinnie Kinsella of Deklaration Editing; literary agent Bernadette Baker-Baughman; Bo Johnson of Boiler Hat Comics; Ali McCart of Indigo Editing; Michael Clark, copyright lawyer; Aaron Colter of Dark Horse Comics; Brett Warnock of Top Shelf Productions.
The second day (May 23) consisted of an industry mingle at the Smith Memorial Ballroom at PSU. Vendors from mostly local publishing-related businesses had booths, and guest authors onstage talked about writing. The guest authors were: Virginia Euwer Wolf, Ursula K. LeGuin, Chuck Palahniuk, Deborah Hopkinson, Lilith Saintcrow, and Shannon Wheeler. LeGuin and Saintcrow gave especially helpful advice for writers trying to get published.
Lilith Saintcrow and Sara Ryan have since blogged about the event: