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

Some of our members

RVWG Members

Next meeting: 4pm Thursday April 3rd at the Dayville Diner



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



Featured Author


Daron Dierks -- our Eldest New Member


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 some 10 to 15 years ago. 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



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??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, visit the Bead Trapper store in Dayville. $10




THIS IS WHY by Leland Spencer


Leland Spencer, of Monument Oregon, writes stories that mostly come from experience, and have been honed by telling and re-telling to his children and anyone that would listen.

This is Why-- Leland's first book is now available on Amazon.com





Coming Events


We the members of The River Valley Writers Group
are proud to announce the beginings of
a brand new group project


The River of Words

a collection of works written by
the River Valley Writers Group
of the John Day valley

This will be an anthology of short stories, poems, haiku and essays written by our members in order to advertise our local authors talents. So it represents a great opportunity to be published and may even wind up being sold internationally on Amazon.com sometime next year.

You must be a member to contribute. There is no limit on subject matter, although we ask that you keep the title in mind and that this is intended for a family audience. The members themselves will vote together in order to decide what will be included in the text. (so no cussing, cheap sex and violence please unless it is Really important to the work!) .

And remember, because this book will be representative of us all we will set high standards for quality and punctuation, so use your best judgment and/or editing skills before you submit your work. And be aware we reserve the right reedit any selected work to meet those standards before publication. Due to size limitations we also ask that you try to limit your individual submissions to 1200 words, but if you got something really good that's longer than that send it along and we will check it out. .

We have given ourselves a writing assignment to complete something by the next meeting: 4pm November 7 at the Dayville Diner , so lets get to it folks! Its all just one word after another...flowing... into a book. .

And if you are not a member yet you can still bring your work and $10.00 to that meeting and join the party then!

We love new faces and are looking forward to exposing all the talent this river system has to share with the rest of our ever widening world.

Email Kelly Cooper @ tkcooper58@gmail.com for more info.



Writers Workshops

Welcome to a brand new year!
It's time to start something again!
Cuz spring is coming!

So Just to help you do that here are some truly inspirational links to independant writers blog spots that I think are really worth the read.

The first image links to an exceptional site offering tips and ideas for visonary writers, that I found so exciting that I sent him a link to our website and asked if he'd mind if I posted his here. He didn't of course.



This second link takes you to Mr. Bradfords very insightfull and unbiased examination of how, where and why to place your ebooks online, once you decide to make one. Defintely worth a read.

Ebook Publishing Info

This link takes you to the Alliance of Independant Authors website, which is also filled with a multitude of good information, on Independant publishing.



Last but not least I'd like to introduce you to a site called the Internet writers workshop where you can get some honest review of your work in progress. It's free but you do have to commit to spending some time reading and reviewing other writers work too. This is only fair, and will pay for itself in the long run, by what you can learn while doing it. I have now commited to it myself.





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



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


TM PUBLISHING We're looking for great stories. If anyone in your writing group has short stories - from any genre, but without graphic sex or violence- that you'd like to submit, we pay $0.05 / word for each story. We're also accepting submissions for novels and novellas, for which we split sale proceeds with the author 50/50.

In addition, right now we're giving people in writing groups a free year's subscription to our online short story magazine as we try to get the word out about our new publication.

Website: About TM PUBLISHING Coupon Code: WGOR9



CONTEST
We've heard about


The Anhinga Press Robert Dana Prize for Poetry is offered annually for the best previously unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The winner receives $2,000, a reading tour of select Florida colleges and universities, and publication of the book. Contest opens February 15.


Writer's Digest is proud to present the 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards, the premier competition that shines a spotlight on the works of self-published authors. Have you ever felt like your work deserves more attention? This competition is the perfect opportunity to take action and promote your work!

Writers from all genres are welcome, including fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children's and poetry, to name just a few. See the full list of entry categories here. Each category's First Place Winner receives a host of prizes, including: $1,000 cash, promotion in Writer's Digest and a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review.

One Grand Prize Winner will win incredible prizes, including $3,000 cash, a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference and so much more!

Click here to see a full list of prizes!

Writer's Digest understands that self-published works too often slip through the cracks and created this competition to celebrate your work! This is your chance to get your book into the hands of people that have the power to make things happen. Grab this opportunity, take a chance and register today!

EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2014




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

Interest ???

???

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

Lacey Stonerod

I write fantasy mostly, but I've been known to throw out a poem or two.

Dayville

Nichespur

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

Dayville

Leland Spencer

I am a neophyte writer and am currently looking for a publisher. Mostly I write a humorous memoir type

Cottonwood Creek

Katrine Bogardus

???

Dayville

Daron Dierks

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

Dayville



Other links

Fishtrap
The Nature of Words
Writers Guild of Eastern Oregon
Writers of.the Purple Sage
Oregon Authors
Willamette Writers
Colony House Writers Retreat
Central Oregon Writers Guild
Portland 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, visit the Bead Trapper store in Dayville. $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.

Lacey Stonerod


I am born and mostly raised here in Eastern Oregon. I have been in Dayville for the better part of 3 years and am in love with it. I am currently working towards my Bachelor's in English/Writing, though I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet besides write and write some more. I write fantasy mostly, but I've been known to throw out a poem or two. When I'm not reading or writing, I love just messing around outdoors--hunting, camping, hiking, swimming, and I love anything to do with horses. I also enjoy sketching and cooking, as long as I can be as creative as I want to be which doesn't always turn out so great.

Sample poem:

A Little Piece of Heaven

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.

Leland Spencer


I was born in Nampa, Idaho during the first half of last century! I and my wife Pearl live in the Cottonwood Creek area between Monument and Longcreek. Our youngest child is currently attending Oregon State University, and the other four are out of the house and gone.

I have always loved books but have really only taken up writing in the last couple of years. I love humor and am trying to work on that style. I think slapstick should be a religion.




THIS IS WHY by Leland Spencer


Leland Spencer, of Monument Oregon, writes stories that mostly come from experience, and have been honed by telling and re-telling to his children and anyone that would listen.

This is Why-- Leland's first book is now available on Amazon.com



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 some 10 to 15 years ago. 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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