Located in the historic John Day Valley of Central Oregon

Centered in the town of Dayville, Oregon we are surrounded by both natural and human history, which inspires us to reach for new heights in both our writing and living skills; thanks in part to the natural beauty of the land and people around us.

Dayville Barn


Featured Author's


We the members of The River Valley Writers Group
are proud to announce

The River of Words

Is now availible for purchase at many local area business.
So come check out Dayville while you're looking for this literary gem.

You can also email Email Kelly Cooper at tkcooper58@gmail.com To get one through the mail. There will be a shipping charge included in the purchase price if you do so.

We would also like to greatfully acknowledge and thank the Grant County Juniper Arts Council and the Oregon Cultural Trust for their support. We couldn't have done this with out them!



RVWG Published Authors List


We are proud to share some of the creative endeavors of some of our members. We as a group are delighted to have been a part, if only by encouraging, these members as they word-smithed their creations.



KELLY COOPER: Ladies Ride Out
Kelly Cooper, Dayville, took an incident that happened a number of years ago and created characters and situations to retell the story. She thinks its amazing that the scene is only a few pages in her book. Her story follows three women as they set out for an outdoor adventure and instead end up learning about life.
Kelly has been writing short stories and poetry for years. She has been published in several anthologies. Ladies Ride Out is her first novel. She is currently working hard on her next story set in-where else but Eastern Oregon.

Contact Kelly if you would like to purchase her book, please contact her at 541-987-2462. $15




BEAD TRAPPER: Folk/Country Music
Pam & Kin Edwards, Dayville, make up the duo of Bead Trapper. They have recently cut their first CD named Barbwire & Lace. All songs were written by Pam, except for one track which she co-wrote with her son. They recently were juried into a Songwriters Contest and played at Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon in Pendleton.
Bead Trapper has a number of shows around the state scheduled for this summer, including: Tough Mudders-Fossil, Florence, and Sunriver.

To purchase the Barbwire & Lace, send a request letter to Bead Trapper P.O. Box 204 Monroe , Or. 97456 cost $10





Coming Events


The River Valley Writers Group is always looking for more ideas
so Email Kelly Cooper at
tkcooper58@gmail.com if you have one!



Writers Workshops

Winter whispers of quite times to come
While the colder tempretures will put most our other business on the run
So it's time...time to start writing once again
just so others might have your words
to warm their hearts through seasons yet begun.



Past Events

It has been an eventful year for many of us, without much time to focus on writing events, but you can still check out the archive of past events HERE

In an effort to support our community we are also proud to exhibit the Dayville 100th birthday celebration from the Friends of Dayville page. And the still unofficial Grant County 150th celebration on youtube. Watch them full screen and in HD if you can (slower connections should turn off HD by clicking on the HD lable at the bottom of the Video window)

Click picture to watch video



Opportunities for Writers


BOOK PUBLISHERS LOOKING FOR NOVELS

DAW Books is open to science fiction and fantasy novels. Prospective authors should mail the complete manuscript with a cover letter. DAW Books is one of the few imprints of Penguin to not require a literary agent submission.

City Lights Books is famous for launching several poets, but this press also specializes in literary fiction and nonfiction. Prospective authors should submit a query along with a 10- to 20-page sample, and SASE.

Harlequin Desire publishes contemporary romance novels that "feature strong-but-vulnerable alpha heroes and dynamic heroines who want love." Prospective authors can upload their manuscripts online-with queries-at the Harlequin website.


Magazines




CONTEST
We've heard about


Some of our members

RVWG Members

Next meeting: Pending....





Members List

CLICK ON THE MEMBERS NAME FOR MORE INFO (if there is some)

Want to join the writers group?

Email Kelly Cooper at tkcooper58@gmail.com

Name

Interest

Location

Kelly Cooper

Horses, history and humanity.

Dayville

Eloise Boren

Art and creative pursuits.

Dayville

Karrie Latshaw

Interest ???

???

John Fiedor

Songwriting and haiku

Dayville

Pam Edwards

Song writing, playing guitar, traditional archery, kayaking mountain lakes and calm rivers, and spending time with my family.

Dayville

Nichespur

All things Art, human psychology, and things that make me think or feel.

Dayville

Katrine Bogardus

???

Dayville

Daron Dierks

To tell a good story about life and living conditions as they used to be.

Dayville



Other links

Friends of Dayville Facebook page
Fishtrap
The Nature of Words
Writers Guild of Eastern Oregon
Writers of.the Purple Sage
Oregon Authors
Willamette Writers




CONTACT INFO

Email our present president Kelly Cooper at tkcooper58@gmail.com





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Members Profiles

Kelly Cooper


Kelly Cooper published Windfall a woman's journal for several years in northern California. Her poetry has appeared in Horsefly Magazine, Portfolio North, Byline Magazine, The Lance, Shasta College Literary Magazine, and other publications. Her first Woman's Fiction Novel will be released in 2013, as well as a collection of poetry.

Sample Writing: Letter Writing - A Lost Art


KELLY COOPER: Ladies Ride Out
Kelly Cooper, Dayville, took an incident that happened a number of years ago and created characters and situations to retell the story. She thinks its amazing that the scene is only a few pages in her book. Her story follows three women as they set out for an outdoor adventure and instead end up learning about life.
Kelly has been writing short stories and poetry for years. She has been published in several anthologies. Ladies Ride Out is her first novel. She is currently working hard on her next story set in-where else??Eastern Oregon.

Contact Kelly if you would like to purchase her book, please contact her at 541-987-2462. $15



Pam Edwards


I am a born and raised Oregonian with a love for the outdoors. I enjoy song writing and playing guitar and performing those songs with my husband Kin.I also recite Robert Service Poetry. I have a passion for traditional archery , kayaking mountain lakes and calm rivers , and spending time with my family. I own a seasonal business in Dayville and am a jeweler by trade. We are at this time enjoying our RV life style and find our travels very inspiring for song writing.




BEAD TRAPPER: Folk/Country Music
Pam & Kin Edwards, Dayville, make up the duo of Bead Trapper. They have recently cut their first CD named Barbwire & Lace. All songs were written by Pam, except for one track which she co-wrote with her son. They recently were juried into a Songwriters Contest and played at Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon in Pendleton.
Bead Trapper has a number of shows around the state scheduled for this summer, including: Tough Mudders-Fossil, Florence, and Sunriver.

To purchase the Barbwire & Lace, send a request letter to Bead Trapper P.O. Box 204 Monroe , Or. 97456 cost $10

John Fiedor


Born in Pittsburgh and raised on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, John now lives in Dayville, Oregon. John is a retired National Park Service park ranger, starting his career on the east coast in 1973. In 1992, he transferred west to Dayville to work at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. After seventeen years of public service at the fossil beds he retired and stayed, in love with eastern Oregon, the landscape, history, and way of life. As a career park ranger working in visitor services, John's writing experience in dozens of parks includes movie and audio scripts, park brochures and flyers, website text, media articles interpreting park stories, and dozens of wayside exhibits people encounter touring the parks. His writing focus is currently on songwriting and haiku.

Nichespur

I am a painter, a poet, a photographer and an occasional PC support tech, who really doesn't have a penchant for the letter p. It just seems to work here. I've spent most my life working in various technical fields including anything from process photography to computer programming, but I am now looking forward to focusing on the arts including creative writing and Web Design. I also have Three completed novels under my belt though they are not officially published yet. The first chapter of High Roads Through Lowland is included here for your perusal.

Finished Novels:

High Roads thru Lowland
Ever wonder what Good isn't? Or how a single All Knowing Omnipotent Being could possibly exist in a universe as large as ours? Or maybe even how something as small as you could ever come to mean anything to it, even after you die?

Well come join Mr. Buronkers on the journey of a lifetime for some answers, after he chooses to take a ride with a group of rather different visitors to his ranch.

"It Ain't going to be a Bible Thumper Trip mind you! But it still just might change everything you presently perceive of as real life. No matter how Edgy-cated you think...you are." Jim Buronkers

Summary

We all now live in the age of Mis-information, as modern technology has evolved to allow anybody, including our own governments, to alter our previous perceptions of the truth, simply by creating a carefully re-designed new media event around them. Thereby making good seem bad, and bad something great for us all to now quite righteously and willfully participate in, with or without our truly conscious consent.

So I decided I'd turn the tables on them by reexamining all the ancient myths, present patriotic reasoning's and modern scientific limits that now support them, in order to break the excessive amount of control some people now have over us. And thereby free us all, it is hoped.

Ergo, I give you Good and God re-examined once again, but by a group of aliens this time, who may not be as strange as we like to think. Indeed they may have been the only true friends we have ever really had-in both the beginning and the end of All.


Sample Chapter


Grean Man
The story of a rather mundane modern man who is pulled into the land of dreams, and gets the chance to meet the "Godness" of old Celtic myths again - simply because She now has a very important mission for him to perform, which of course he must first be trained for.


Incredula
The tale of a Time Lord who has yet to discover where we all go when we die, though he has existed through out all millenniums of time. Thanks to his own ability to manipulate it. So he sorta enlist the Buddha's help and is now in hot pursuit of this place too whilst happily meeting the spirit of our souls over and over again, even though our present sense of selfs have forgotten who and what we are.




I also designed this web page so Email Me Here if you like.

Daron Dierks


I was born in Salem Oregon in 1928, and graduated from Salem high school in 1946. I then joined the Army, and was sent to Japan with the 24th infantry division. Following my military service I return to civilian life and used my G.I. Bill to attend Collage at the Oregon College of Education in Monmouth Oregon where I received a B.S. degree in Elementary education. I then went on to teach elementary classes in three different schools in the Willamette Valley. Following that tour of duty, I served for ten years as director of the then New audio-visual department at the Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls.

Love and Marriage drove my wife Hester and I toward other clines until we finally found ourselves in Eastern Oregon and the John Day valley. Where we both fell in love again, with the city of Dayville. Then I did something that was even more enjoyable than getting a degree. I joined the National Park Service and help to establish the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument. For me this was the source of great personal pleasure.

As member of this fine Community I have also watched the development of the River Valley Writers Group with great interest since Kelly Cooper created it. And with their recent commitment to create an anthology of their collective works - comprised of mainly fiction and poetry - I decided it might be helpful if they had some real memoirs in that work too, and so my writing career was launched with the first story I have every written in my whole life. A childhood memory of mine, detailing the day I saw the Oregon State Capital burn to the ground back in 1935. Included below.

A Blaze of Memory





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