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Wordcrafters in Eugene’s second annual writing conference will be held at the Hilton, next to the Hult Center downtown, from Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22.

Featured speaker is Bay Area novelist Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai’s Garden, Women of the Silk, Night of Many Dreams, The Language of Threads, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Dreaming Water, and A Hundred Flowers.

Her keynote address on Saturday night is free and open to the public. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Hilton.

She will also teach sessions at the conference on Finding Your Voice: The All Important First Page and on The Lesser Angel: Fictional Time & Place.

Other notable presenters at the conference will be writers Kevin O’Brien, Nancy Holder, Eric Witchey and Nina Kiriki Hoffman.

Wordcrafters, which kicked off with its inaugural conference in March 2014, was the brainchild of Eugene novelist Elizabeth Engstrom, who ran the Maui Writers Retreat for 10 years, and Juanita Metzler of Travel Lane County.

This year’s conference kicks off Friday morning and runs all day Friday and Saturday, wrapping up with a breakfast on Sunday.

Conference registration is $350, $225 for students.

Separate pre-conference four-day retreats will be run by Witchey (Emotion-driven Story Telling) and Holder (The Novel: From Inspiration to Expression). Registration is $300.

Sign up for the conference and the retreats at WordcraftersInEugene.org.

(And, yes, full disclosure: I’m on the Wordcrafters board of directors. BK)