Deschutes Public Library News
Award Winning Author Leads Writing Workshop
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 9/30/2005
Award Winning author, Gina Ochsner leads a writing workshop on November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The workshop is titled Threshing the shared Territory and is a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. During the workshop, Ochsner will explore the common links between poetry and prose. Pre-registration of $35 is required. Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Lunch is included.
Ochsner's satires have appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has received the Raymond Carver Prize and the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction. Her first collection, The Necessary Grace To Fall, won the Flannery O'Connor Aw3ard for Short Fiction as well as the Oregon Book Award for Short Fiction. Her newest collection of short stories, People I Wanted to Be, is set mostly in the former Soviet Union. Her remarkable stories, which draw from folklore and myths, are full of flawed, sympathetic characters searching for human connection.
Only thirty-four, Ochsner has worked as a substitute teacher, in an auto body shop, as a dog walker, as a waitress and in many other jobs. She lives in Keizer, Oregon with her husband and four children.
For information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.