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Estacada's Marilyn Guttridge is a 'writer of the future'


by: AUTHOR SERVICES INC - Guttridge receives her award at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles.Estacada resident Marilyn Guttridge saw a flier for an L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest in her high school’s office and thought she’d try her hand at entering in hopes of winning some money to pay for college classes.

She wrote a short story called “The Ghost Wife of Arlington,” about a city ruled by death in which a woman serves as an ambassador between the worlds of the living and the dead.

The story earned her second place, $750, publication in "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 29," a spot at a weeklong writing workshop in Los Angeles with the contest judges and the presentation of her award at a red-carpet ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles in front of more than 1,000 audience members Sunday, April 14.

Guttridge was thrilled to attend the workshop, where she was taught by the likes of New York Times bestselling authors Dave Wolverton and Kevin J. Anderson.

“It was great, I learned an awful lot,” Guttridge said. She was instructed not only on aspects of writing but on finding an agent and the ins and outs of publishing as well.

Guttridge is a student at Clackamas Community College.