- So how many of you folks on this list would like to write
for a bluegrass publication but feel you would need to
attend a writers workshop before you would commit to it? I
have been conferring with Claire Levine about writers for
the Oregon Bluegrass Associations "Express" newsletter. We
need some fresh writers. I would first ask anyone who writes
that if you are interested in submitting a 600 word or less
article related to bluegrass to contact me. We are not
looking for reviews of events that have already happened or
CD reviews. Good short stories or an interview or a brush
with fame or a tall tale or........
Let me know if you'd like to attend a writers workshop.
Contact me at kenc@... for more information. Thanks,
- --- In email@example.com, "Ken Cartwright" <kenc@w...>
I would first ask anyone who writes
> that if you are interested in submitting a 600 word or lesslike to attend a writers workshop.
> article related to bluegrass to contact me. Let me know if you'd
I've written for the OBA's BG Express in the past. The bluegrass
pioneer series seemed fairly well-received (at least there were a few
favorable letters to the editor). Have Ral contact me, and we can
bounce around some ideas. I've sent him (and other editors) things
every time they've asked for some. I appreciate a few months lead
time to schedule the workload. I write for about a dozen other
magazines and websites so my plate is pretty full. I don't think I
could commit to a regular column, esp. since I've just signed on as
the Oregon correspondent for Bluegrass North. For their September
debut issue, they need 500 words about the Oregon scene by the end of
June. Anyone with important items that need to be mentioned, please
contact me. Also, I feel that any photos that are shared with editors
must be carefully protected and returned.
I would attend a writer's workshop if one were held at a festival I
was at. I would also hope that our budding young journalist/musician,
Anna Snook, would also consider writing something for the Express. I
always enjoy reading her's (or other young people's) views and
insight about bluegrass music. With summer coming and school being
out, I suspect that she might have a little more free time for such
I'm assuming that the OBA still wants writers to contribute as
volunteers, right? To get more writers helping the OBA, the board
might consider ways to compensate regular contributors for their
efforts. In a perfect world, OBA would pay freelance writers by the
word like Bluegrass Unlimited does. But I'm sure the association
can't afford that, right? Do you think that a free T-shirt, CD, or
one-year subscription might encourage more writers to get involved?
As a bit of an incentive to help the OBA, as well as to encourage
bluegrass feature writing, I would be willing to send a complimentary
CD to 5 new writers who contribute 500-word articles that are
subsequently published in the Bluegrass Express.
- Well let the fun begin! I sure have heard from a lot of
folks about writing for the Oregon Bluegrass Association's
Express. First I need to thank Claire Levine for suggesting
that I ask here. Secondly to all who responded, yes! yes!
I really appreciated hearing from you all. I have
forwarded your requests to our publisher/editor Ralph
Penunuri. He and I will touch bases with all of you. Great
Joe, we'd love to have a short story from you too. We
love to see your articles in BU, BN and others, but
especially in the Express.
OBA is completely out of shirts at this time but we are
looking at another run in the near future and hats too.
Gotta have hats.
We need correspondents from all over the state. Deb
Brinkerhoff, I'd love to see you write for the Southwestern
Oregon chapter. Thanks again all. Kenc