MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh

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9th annual LEND an EAR this Saturday

Writers in the Grove will host their juried reading, LEND an EAR; COME adn HEAR this Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Plum Hill Winery, Old Highway 47, Gaston Oregon, beginning at 10:30. FREE and Family Friendly. Come join us for original stories and poems!


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Celebration May 6, 2018

So excited to welcome Writers in the Grove’s DianaKay Lubarsky’s new book of poetry, “Fighting the Dragon” this coming Sunday! We will celebrate at the community building near her home in Hillsboro, OR:

The event will take place Sunday May 6th from 3-7pm at the Arbor Roses Clubhouse. The address is
1050 SE Bianca St, Hillsboro 97123.

(Drive south at the first traffic light just east of the library and Shute Park. The clubhouse is the bulding at the T intersection)

Diana will have books on hand to purchase. Refreshments will be provided.

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Tim Applegate talks with Writers in the Grove 11/6/17

Tim Applegate
Tim Applegate Thank you, Mary Jane. It was a privilege to talk to the Writers in the Grove this morning. What a wonderfully diverse group of writers! They were analytical and enthusiastic, and they asked some of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. Best of luck to all of you with your literary projects.

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Writers in the Grove’s 2nd annual juried reading event will be held as part of Forest Grove United Methodist’s cultural series this year, Saturday morning, January 21, 10:30 to about noon. Family friendly and free. Some fantastic work to be read. Books by local authors for sale, plus CD’s by a magical flutist. Welcome!  17th and Cedar

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What if?

Writers in the Grove bacon-loving Bill Stafford has doodled all his life. A friend at work would pick up the tiny scraps of paper and, unbeknownst to him, gathered them into a photo album of clever, intricate and intriguing little sketches. How much fun would it be to create an anthology for a book entitled I’VE ALWAYS BEEN RICH: I’ve Just Never Had Much Money and use his sketches to decorate any number of pages? I know what one of my stories would be.

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Writers in the Grove’s annual juried reading event will be held  10:30 to about 12:30, Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Plum Hill Winery just north of Gaston on Old Hwy 47.  See writersinthegrove.com or email maryjanenordgren@gmail.com for official submission forms.  Free and family friendly and fun.  Great wines and the pizza wagon will be there. Come hear local writers with their original work. Authors on hand to autograph their books.