Lit Crawl Portland and Wordstock 2016

I’m taking a short break from NaNoWriMo this weekend to catch a train to Portland, OR and attend Lit Crawl and Wordstock, two of the year’s biggest literary events in one of my favorite literary cities!


I wrote about Wordstock last year, but this year I’ll be volunteering (I’ll be a door monitor), so in addition to helping out at one of my favorite literary events, I’m also hoping to get a kind of behind-the-scenes perspective. But when I’m not assisting Wordstock attendees, I’ll definitely be hitting panels and browsing the bookfair and just generally geeking out over the whole glorious literary extravaganza; expect photos and a post next week!

litcrawlpdxAnd the night before (tomorrow night), I’ll also be attending Portland’s annual Lit Crawl! There are SO MANY readings and events that I want to attend, and of course I can’t get to all of them, so I’m wringing my hands over all the amazing things I’m going to miss. But I’m also giddy at all the amazing writers I’m going to see and hear — in fact, I’m so excited I’m even planning to attend the Tin House Awkward After Party (“A post-Lit-Crawl party featuring literary people standing around awkwardly until the music takes hold of their bodies” — this is definitely an event for writers! I, for one, excel at standing around awkwardly at parties).

I am still working on my NaNoWriMo project, but I have some breathing room (on Day 3, my current word count, believe it or not, is 10,492, and I haven’t updated that to include today’s count yet), so while I will probably write some on the train to Portland and on the train back to Tacoma, I expect I’ll take Saturday off and just baste myself in all the literary fabulosity that is Wordstock!

Look for updates next week, gang.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

3 thoughts on “Lit Crawl Portland and Wordstock 2016

  1. Wow, it sounds like you’re going to have so much fun! I’ll be with you in spirit. Unfortunately I have a family thing that weekend so my spirit is the only part that gets to go. Poo! And I’m just a short drive from Portland too.

    1. Sorry you have to miss this year, Amanda! I’m missing Write in the Harbor, another writing festival/conference this weekend, in nearby Gig Harbor. But that’s one of the things I love about the literary PNW: we have so much happening up here that we’re always overlapping. Maybe next year!

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