I spoke at the Oregon Writing Festival today, for what I think is my 3rd time to 400 young writers. It’s a tremendous event sponsored by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) headed up by my old friend Rick Hardt. Young writers from all over the state descend upon the Portland State University campus for the day to talk about and share their writing.
After I spoke I got a chance listen to some of their writing and it was very impressive. I’m going to have to stay sharp to keep up with their skills. All of them write better than I was at their age. There are going to be a lot of great novels, short stories, and poems coming from these Oregonians.