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Write Here

Write Here is an ongoing, three-part series of programs designed to feed and nourish the writing community of Central Oregon. The three pillars of Write Here work together to provide writers of all levels the opportunity to grow and develop into a complete writer:

  • Writers Writing | Workshops of up to three hours provide the opportunity for writers to practice their craft, explore working within a new genre or polish a specific writing skill. The workshops are limited in size in order to provide a high-quality learning environment with plenty of time and space to create and share.
  • Writers Working | Writing is a creative endeavor but it is also a business. Writers Working explores the nuts and bolts of being a working writer. From the revision process to how to do a public reading, experts will help local writers learn the brass tacks of embarking on a profession of creative writing in today’s world.
  • Writers Reading | Author events bring the local writing community into contact with contemporary writers working in a variety of genres. These events provide opportunities to engage with leaders in the literary arts.

Write Here programs will be facilitated by experienced writing instructors from Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and are open to everyone with an interest in writing. Programs will vary in location, time, and topic, but all Write Here programs are free, though space is limited and registration will often be required in order to keep class sizes manageable.

For more information about Write Here

writehere@deschuteslibrary.org

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 3

    10:30 AM - Silent Reading Room

    * Registration Required

    Transform with words.Found poetry is a literary form that transforms existing poems, prose and other text sources into fresh new works by remixing, rearranging and other methods. This stimulating process frees the mind and invigorates creativity through experimentation with simple techniques anyone can learn to use. Join us – you’ll be delightfully surprised! ALL levels of experience with poetry, writing and art welcomed! Playshop facilitator Krayna Castelbaum is a Dedicated Poetry Instigator who publishes of Poem of the Month and guides monthly Poetry Playshops and other events.She is also the owner of Clear Lens Coaching. Learn more here: www.clearlenscoaching.com

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  • Feb 5

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 5

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn to revise your work with Dr. Emily Carr.This seminar is open to writes in all genres. Participants should bring a 10-page or 5-poem excerpt from a work-in-progress. Author Chris Offut likens revision to surgery without anesthesia. How do you achieve the ruthless objectivity to get past the first draft? How do you know when an essay or a story or a poem is finished? What about long-form projects?Dr. Emily Carr has said she "writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes ... called divorce poems." She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. She is the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades.

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  • Feb 9

    5:00 PM - At Liberty

    Spend an evening celebrating spoken word poetry.Open mic and poetry competition. $300 cash prize will be award. All forms and genes of written and spoken word welcome. All ages welcome. *Some poetry may contain adult subject matter. Jason McNeal Graham, known professionally as MOsley WOtta/MOWO is an American visual artist, performer, educator, speaker, and hiphop producer residing in Central Oregon. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon. Currently, he works with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. He leads conversations on creativity and vulnerability. He has toured over seas with the US embassy & Rise UP International as an Art Ambassador. MOsley WOtta is a consummate creative, art advocate and geek.

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  • Feb 11

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Members of the Creative Non-Fiction Writing Group read their works.Readers share samples of their nonfiction works, including poetry, essay, personal essay, script, memoir, blog post, travel writing, and artist guideline books. CNF will discuss and take questions regarding how critique and other group suggestions have transformed their individual writings, followed by upcoming CNF offerings.

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  • Feb 12

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 16

    7:00 PM - Bend High School

    Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including The Underground Railroad for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has also published two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant.Author! Author! is the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s visiting author literary series. Author! Author! brings our country’s top authors to Bend for a lively discussion of the author’s current works, literature and writing process.

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  • Feb 17

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Educate, heal and connect through comics. In this workshop, you will make your own one-page comic that highlights a medical experience that affected you as a patient, caregiver, or medical professional. This workshop will help you tell your story, which can be a path towards personal healing, helping others understand a condition, or showing a new perspective on a healthcare experience. This class is accessible to all skill levels since we will use simple shapes to create drawings and tell stories in our own voices.The first two hours will be workshop, and the last hour will be optional studio time for participants to continue working on their projects with support from Eroyn.Eroyn Franklin has been making comics for the last decade and has written many short works and two graphic novels, Detained and Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory. She sees stories and images, not as two separate parts, but elements that are intrinsically tied and act as one language. She learned this language from her sister, Tory Franklin, who is also a visual storyteller and a vital influence. They grew up blending their personal and creative worlds--so homes became art venues, friendships turned into collectives, and arts organizing led Eroyn to co-found Short Run Seattle, an arts nonprofit. That fundamental belief in intertwining community and art drove her to seek collaborations with her partner, sister, and many friends. Whether making things alone or in tandem, she moves fluidly between mediums and sizes ranging from miniature books to public art.Eroyn is an Artist in Residence at Caldera, a program that awards creative individuals, collaborations, and performing ensembles the gift of time and space at the Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. This workshop is in partnership with Caldera.

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  • Feb 25

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Rediscover poetry with instructor Irene Cooper as part of the Know Transformation series. Registration is required.In this poetry workshop we’ll transform everyday language into verse that speaks to our hearts. Let’s shift into poetic mode to discover (or re-discover) our connection to both the personal and the universal. Shed the wrappings of a long prosaic winter and awaken your sleeping poet from their hibernation with prompts, craft insights, and inspiration.

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  • Feb 26

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Feb 28

    6:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Author Willy Vlautin reads from him new novel.Award winning author Willy Vlautin is a musician and novelist based in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, his alt-country band Richmond Fontaine released nine studio albums before calling it quits in 2017. His five novels include "The Motel Life," "Northline," "Lean on Pete," "The Free" and the soon to be published "Don't Skip Out on Me." "Don't Skip Out On Me" is a novel about young ranch hand Horace Hopper who goes on a quest to become a champion boxer to prove his worth. From the boxing rings of Mexico to the seedy streets of Las Vegas, on his journey to become a champion Horace learns he can’t change who he is or outrun his destiny. "Don't Skip Out On Me" is a beautiful, wrenching story about one man's search for identity and belonging that will make you consider those around you differently.Books will be available for sale.

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  • Mar 5

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 12

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 16

    7:00 PM - Bend High School

    Elizabeth Strout is the author of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge. As of May 2017 the novel has sold over one million copies and was adapted into a multi Emmy Award-winning mini-series Anything is Possible is her most recent novel. Author! Author! is the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s visiting author literary series. Author! Author! brings our country’s top authors to Bend for a lively discussion of the author’s current works, literature and writing process.

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  • Mar 17

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    What does it mean to devote oneself to a writing practice?In a time of competing crises and political chaos, it can be hard to know where to focus our attentions, how to steer our ship in a way that feels directed and clear. Our minds are so often fragmented, distracted, full of anxiety. In this workshop with writer, artist and educator Leora Fridman, we’ll talk about Devotion -- a word that has fallen out of fashion but that has a lot to teach us in this time. We’ll look specifically at devotion in writing, turning to examples of contemporary experimental writers including Laynie Browne and Rachel Zucker for writing exercises that give us examples of what it means to devote ourselves and, through writing, develop practices that help us devote ourselves more broadly, as opposed to tuning out and detaching. Leora Fridman is a writer and educator, author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on an essay collection. A 2017 Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Books, her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in the Rumpus, Tricycle Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Open Space, Denver Quarterly, jubilat and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught in universities, homes and community organizations across the country.Leora is an Artist in Residence at Caldera, a program that awards creative individuals, collaborations, and performing ensembles the gift of time and space at the Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. This workshop is in partnership with Caldera.

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  • Mar 19

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 20

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Explore how to find money to support a writer's work.This seminar is open to writers in all genres. Participants should bring their most recent resume and a short list of "dream" projects. If given an endless supply of time, money and resources (collaborators, technology, training, etc), what would you write about/create/learn/research? How much time and money would you need, exactly? What else would you require to make these dreams come true?As part of the seminar DPL Librarians will highlight grant writing resources available at the Library. Dr. Emily Carr has said she "writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes ... called divorce poems." She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. She is the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades.

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  • Mar 24

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Local voices read original works of poetry and prose. Registration is required to be a reader. Hear from your neighbors and community members as they step up to the mic and read or perform original pieces of poetry, drama, and prose. Fifteen spaces will available for participants to preregister to read for up to 5 minutes each. Limited spaces will be reserved at the event for new readers to join in. No registration is required to attend the event. Bring a friend, bring a voice, and join us for open mic!

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  • Mar 26

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Apr 2

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Apr 9

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Apr 16

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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