Local author R. Gregory Nokes is scheduled to appear at the October 1st meeting of Willamette Writers at the Old Church in downtown Portland OR. Topic of discussion will be the challenges faced by non-fiction writers when researching and writing about obscure historical events. It's a subject he knows well. Nokes is the author of two histories set in the Pacific NW: Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon and Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory.
During Tuesday's meeting, Nokes will discuss the importance of using resources such as old newspapers, historical societies, museums, archives, and online sources such as Wikipedia and Ancestry.com. He'll talk about finding and interviewing people who should know, or might know, about particular events. He will also address how to create a believable scene based on facts which pulls the reader into an event that happened long ago.
R. Gregory Nokes was born in Portland OR. He worked as a journalist for 43 years, including 25 years with the Associated Press. During that time, he traveled to more than 50 countries on news assignments, was a foreign correspondent in Latin America, and covered the State Department during the Reagan administration. The last 15 years of his career was spent as an editor and reporter for the Oregonian. Following his retirement in 2003, he began writing and lecturing about Pacific NW historical events. He currently lives and writes in West Linn.
The Willamette Writers meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month. The Old Church is located at 1422 SW 11th Avenue in downtown Portland. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting begins at 7 pm. Admission is free to WW members and just $10 for non-members.