Literary giant Virginia Woolf said, “I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunk treasures.” Conjuring up visions of marauding divers gliding expertly between the pillars of civilization’s citadels of information, Woolf’s metaphor suggests treasures are accessible and easy to spot. In today’s extensive network, consisting of tiny local branch libraries, large university hubs, and vast stores of online information, such solo deep dives may leave many writers feeling frustrated and ineffective. We need divemasters familiar with the limitless terrain who can guide us to the treasures we seek. Fortunately, we have such masters in expert research librarians!
Dale Ivan Smith, who has worked at four branch libraries during his 32 years with the Multnomah County Library System, is just such an expert. Join him on May 21st from 2 pm to 3:30 pm when he presents to the Willamette Writer’s (WW) Coast Chapter via Zoom meeting. Smith states he loves helping readers and writers navigate the vast flow of information available to them, empowering them to use the library system to their full advantage.
The author of seven self-published fantasy novels himself, including his five book Empowered series, and a variety of stories published in the Street Spells and High Moon anthologies, Perihelion Science Fiction, as well as flash fiction at Everyday Fiction, 10Flash Quarterly and Toasted Cake, Smith’s expertise is well suited to guide writers and authors through the vast depths of online, and electronic research information necessary to ground articles, novels, and non-fiction works in history, knowledge and craft. And, what about getting works into local libraries? He also plans to share tips and tricks for writers who want to see their work available to others throughout the library system.
Join us for this insightful session by going to the Willamette Writer’s events at http://willamettewriter.org.event/daleivansmith. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information necessary to join the event. Writers from anywhere in Oregon or beyond can participate in this meeting. It will be free for WW members, and for a donation of $5 for non-members.
Willamette Writers, one of the largest writers’ organizations in the country and the largest in Oregon, moved educational sessions and meetings primarily online during the Covid pandemic to continue to serve area authors and writers, while protecting the safety and health of participants and presenters. Programing in the second half of 2022 will begin to be available live in local communities. The 2022 Willamette Writer’s Conference will once again be live, from August 5th to August 7th, at the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center. There will also be a virtual track available. For more information regarding local chapter programs, membership, or the annual conference, go to https://willamettewriters.org