Attention writers in Yamhill County and beyond! The 2023 Terroir Creative Writing Festival will be held at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg on Saturday, April 29. A mix of local and regional writers will be speaking, giving workshops on craft, and reading their own work. The festival is open to anyone from 7th grade through adults of all ages.
One aim of the festival is to build a stronger literary community in our area by encouraging and spotlighting local writers while also making connections with the writing and publishing community beyond Yamhill County, but you don’t have to be a writer to attend. Anyone interested in writing, reading, and the literary life will find something to enjoy.
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#TCWF23 is the 11th incarnation of the event, bringing together writers in Yamhill County for a day of learning, connecting, discovering, and celebration of the written word. The festival began in 2009, when a small group of local writers and other supporters of the literary arts got together to create an event that would forge more connections in the literary community in a rural part of Oregon. The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County sponsored the festival, and the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition gave a grant to help fund the project. A variety of other local groups, businesses and individuals stepped up to make contributions of cash, cookies, donuts, wine and table bouquets. More than 150 people attended that first festival in April 2010.
Over the years, the festival has definitely found a place in the creative life of Yamhill County. McMinnville’s Third Street Books has served the festival’s on-site bookstore since the beginning, and a number of local venues have hosted us: The McMinnville Community Center, The Yamhill Valley Campus of Chemeketa Community College, and now, the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.
From the beginning, Terroir has hosted both emerging and established writers from the county and the region. Past speakers have included Ursula K. LeGuin, Molly Gloss, Jean Auel, Tracy Daugherty, Kim Stafford, Paulann Petersen, Henry Hughes, Fonda Lee, Chelsea Cain, Willy Vlautin, C. Morgan Kennedy, Andrea Stolowitz, Steve Duin, Laura Stanfill, Emily Grosvenor, Joe Wilkins, Barbara Drake, and many more. With 10 to 15 speakers each year, many outstanding authors have shared the secrets of their craft, offered encouragement, and given readings from their works.