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Portland – number one literary city?

July 29th, 2013

Portland is justifiably famous for its amazing bookstores, and of course for our excellent library system. As any commuter on MAX or Tri-met buses could tell you, we’re a city of readers.

But did you also know we’re a city of writers, too?

This weekend, the Willamette Writer’s Conference kicks off, running August 2-4. Over 50 literary agents and editors, plus Hollywood film managers, agents and producers, will be on hand to hear pitches, sign new writers and collaborate on projects for both print and film alike.

But that’s not all.

There are a ton of other writers groups in the area, each collaborating to develop new books, films, plays, online content, and even free performances on the street, in parks and in theater houses. Groups like PDX Playwrights, for example, who run workshops and public play readings 2-3 times per month and contribute nearly 2 dozen fresh pieces to the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. Or Oregon Authors Group, or Portland Writers Meetup Group, and countless others.

We even have a number of small, independent (of course!) literary presses and agencies here to help promote our local writers, who include folks like Ursula LeGuin, Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain.

Write on, Portland. Even if there’s no official list, you’re the number one literary city in our hearts.