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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

  • Sep 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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  • Sep 17

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Sep 23

    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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  • Sep 24

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Sep 28

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Memoir writing workshop with Beth Alvarado.

    "Personal history," according to Patricia Hampl, "logged in memory, is a sort of slide projector flashing images on the wall of the mind. And there’s precious little order to the slides in the rotating carousel. Beyond that confusion, who knows who is running the projector?"

    This is an apt description of our class: we will generate some pieces of memory, we will discuss ways of shaping them into a larger whole, and we may, finally, come to some understanding of who is running the projector. Bring paper and pens or a laptop, your memory, your imagination and, if you are so inclined, you might read Hampl’s essay, "Memory and Imagination" before we meet. Beth Alvarado will link it to her website www.bethalvarado.com under "Calendar" or you can find it here: https://core1section11.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/hampl-memory-imagination.pdfBeth Alvarado is the author of four books, Anthropologies: A Family Memoir and Anxious Attachments (essays), and the story collections Not a Matter of Love and Jillian in the Borderlands (forthcoming). She lived in Tucson, Arizona for most of her life, but has relocated to Bend, where she teaches for OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA program.

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  • Sep 30

    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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  • Oct 1

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Oct 3

    12:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Feel firsthand the power of the drum.

    Taiko (Japanese drumming) is an energetic fusion of sound, movement and spirit, and has been a loud and proud voice to express stories of identity and cultural heritage. This workshop intersperses background information with taiko demonstrations and dynamic hands-on participation. Through a rhythmic journey, we will also share stories through body and rhythm exercises to discover your unique identity story through the empowering beats of taiko.

    Stories generated in this workshop will inform and inspire the development of Unit Souzou’s new performance project, “Constant State of Otherness,” that will debut in May 2020 at Caldera Arts in Sisters, Oregon. This project seeks to build empathy and empower identity through community engagement and innovative artistic exploration, rooted in the art forms of Japanese folk dance, taiko and theatre.

    Unit Souzou was founded in 2014 by Co-directors Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, relentless innovators at the forefront of a growing artistic movement within the taiko community. 'Souzou' can be written in three ways meaning 'creation' (創造), 'imagination' (想像), or 'noisy' (騒々), alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world. Inspired by these words, the mission of Unit Souzou is to build creative, imaginative works while honoring the history and roots of the taiko art form. The core of Unit Souzou’s artistic voice is personal and authentic, sound shaped and inspired by form and by movement. The essence of Unit Souzou is an expressive blend of taiko and Japanese folk dance, forging new traditions for evolving communities. In addition to creating groundbreaking professional theatrical works, Unit Souzou is deeply committed to share taiko through community performances and collaborations, public classes for adults and youth, and school-based education programs. www.unitsouzou.com

    This workshop is designed with beginners in mind, no previous taiko experience necessary, but students must be 14 years of age and older. Participants can expect to be physical and make noise, and to share stories and listen. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water.

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  • Oct 5

    11:00 AM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Explore a character-first model of fiction writing.

    Join author Kim Fu for a generative writing workshop that explores a character-first model of fiction writing. Through examples, prompts, and discussion, participants will leave with new writing and methods to make the leap from character to story. Fiction writers of all levels are welcome.

    Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry, most recently "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore," which was called "propulsive" and "skillful" by the New York Times. Her debut "For Today I Am a Boy" won the Edmund White Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, among others. Her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, Hazlitt, and the Times Literary Supplement. Fu lives in Seattle, Washington and is an instructor-advisor at the Humber School for Writers.

    Kim Fu will read from her latest work, "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore" at 2 PM in the Brooks Room. Reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books available for purchase.

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  • Oct 5

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Kim Fu reads from "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore."

    Award-winning author Kim Fu reads from her most recent novel, "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore," about five young girls who become stranded on a kayaking trip in the Pacific Northwest, and the haunted and complex women they grow up to become.

    Reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books available for purchase.

    Kim Fu will be hosting a writing workshop on the character-first model of fiction in the Brooks Room prior to the reading, from 11 AM-12:30 PM on Saturday, October 5.

    Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry, most recently "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore," which was called "propulsive" and "skillful" by the New York Times. Her debut "For Today I Am a Boy" won the Edmund White Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, among others. Her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, Hazlitt, and the Times Literary Supplement. Fu lives in Seattle, Washington and is an instructor-advisor at the Humber School for Writers. *fbl*

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  • Oct 7

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Oct 8

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Oct 8

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    Following the monthly business meeting Don Sturgill will discuss who pays for writing and how to give them the work they’re looking for.

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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  • Oct 9

    5:00 PM - The Commons

    * Registration Required

    A monthly spoken word open mic night every second Wednesday.

    Join us at The Commons, formerly known as Crows Feet Commons Cafe, for a monthly spoken word open mic night every second Wednesday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Jason Graham of MOWO has graciously agreed to help facilitate and host this event, though guest presenters may step in from time to time. Poetry, storytelling, jokes, and everything in between are all welcome. Please be mindful of the audience, as this is an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. Each reader is allowed five minutes at the mic. If a readers needs more than five minutes to read or perform a piece, readers may sign up for multiple slots back to back.

    5pm - 6pm "Word Shop Time" meet with others, work your pieces, compare notes. Occasional guest speakers will take over the mic at the end of the night.

    Check out the Facebook page for details. Register in advance if you'd like to secure your spot, or just show up and step up.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/428898124593551/
    https://www.thecommonsbend.com/events

    The Commons Cafe and Taproom
    875 NW Brooks St
    Bend, OR 97703

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  • Oct 14

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Oct 15

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Oct 21

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Oct 21

    12:00 PM - OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall

    Join us for a conversation with Rich Benjamin, author of "In Search of Whitopia."

    Chances are, you've heard someone say matter-of-fact "Bend doesn't have any diversity." The numbers tell us that isn't true, but it makes it easier for some to dismiss these communities' experiences.

    What larger trends are behind the national news? How are Oregon's communities both a powerful example -- and exception -- to what is going on across the country? During the last presidency, Rich Benjamin packed his bags and embarked a 2-year, 27,000-mile journey to the fastest-growing, whitest communities in America. Join him at this lunch-time discussion about our current society, polarization, and politics.

    This program is in partnership with OSU-Cascades Diversity Committee and Oregon Humanities.

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  • Oct 21

    6:30 PM - 10 Barrel Eastside Pub

    Join a lively conversation on Bend, OR, community, belonging, social values, and the state of whiteness in America.

    What's it like to live in a magnificent place--that's also a White utopia? Join a lively conversation on Bend, OR, community, belonging, social values, and the state of whiteness in America. Rich Benjamin will offer lessons on what this “Whitopia” can teach us about the rest of the country today.

    A journalist-adventurer, Rich Benjamin is the author of "Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America," which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association. Benjamin is one of few analysts to have correctly predicted in advance the passage of Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. Benjamin’s cultural and political analysis appear regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX Business. Please follow him on Twitter @IamRichBenjamin

    Light snacks provided. Beverages available for purchase. Books available for sale.

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  • Oct 22

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Oct 28

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 29

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Nov 2

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Dive into the subject of writing for youth.

    As an adult, writing for kids and teens can feel like dabbling in another culture. We were all young once, but our memories fade and times change. How can you make sure the story you are writing will resonate with, and feel relevant to, a young audience?

    Mother/daughter author duo Kim Cooper Findling and Libby Findling, authors of The Sixth Storm, dive into the subject of writing for youth in this workshop. They'll guide you through considerations of voice, theme and setting, dialogue, pacing and how to keep your overly adult attitudes well out of your own way.

    Kim Cooper Findling is the publisher of Dancing Moon Press and an author, editor, journalist and teacher based in Bend, Oregon. She is a fifth-generation Oregonian, an Oregon native and an award-winning writer of stories about her beloved home state.

    Libby Findling is a sixth-generation Oregonian going into her freshman year of high school. When she is not writing, Libby enjoys theater and exploring Central Oregon.

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  • Nov 4

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Nov 5

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Nov 11

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Nov 12

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Nov 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    Following the monthly business meeting Dr. Carol Barrett discusses how "conscious looking" can become an opportunity for fresh discoveries.

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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  • Nov 17

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Join author and historian C.J. Adrien to discuss "the ideal Viking."

    A stanza from the saga of Egill Skallagrímsson describes the Viking spirit - bold, restless, and with a burning desire for adventures far from home:

    My mother promised me,
    To soon purchase for me
    A ship and good oars,
    To go away with the Vikings,
    To stand Proudly at the Prow,
    To steer a beautiful ship,
    Linger in the ports,
    And to strike and fight.

    For nearly three centuries, the sea raiders we today call the Vikings terrorized coastlines and river systems across Europe. They sailed as far as west as Newfoundland and as far east as Baghdad. Many Viking sea captains' names have survived to today, but none embodied the Viking spirit more than a man named Hasting.

    A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok (of History Channel fame), and referred to in the Gesta Normanorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking.

    Join author and historian C.J. Adrien for a discussion on Hasting's life and legacy.

    C.J. Adrien is a bestselling author of Viking historical fiction novels with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He is also a published historian on the subject of Vikings, with articles featured in historical journals such as L’Association des Amis de Noirmoutier, in France. His novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), conferences on Viking history in France, among others. C.J. Adrien earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from Oregon State University, and is currently searching for the right university to complete his doctoral thesis.

    To find out more, visit: https://cjadrien.com/

    Books available for sale, Q&A to follow. *fbl*

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  • Nov 18

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Nov 19

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Nov 24

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear the winners of The Source’s Annual Poetry Contest read.

    The Source Weekly’s annual poetry issue hits stands Nov. 21, featuring the winners from the Source poetry contest! On Nov. 24, winners from the contest and faculty and judges from OSU-Cascades—will read from their works.

    Judges for the 2019 Contest are:

    Jenna Goldsmith, PhD--Jenna is Interim Director of the OSU Cascades MFA Program.

    Irene Cooper--Irene Cooper is a poet living in Bend, Oregon.

    A partnership between OSU-Cascades, the Deschutes Public Library and the Source Weekly newspaper.

    To enter the contest: Find the complete rules at bendsource.com, and then submit your poems between Oct. 3 and Nov. 1 to: editor@bendsource.com. Questions? Email editor@bendsource.com.

    A cash prize* will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.
    *cash prize in form of Visa Gift Cards

    Honorable mentions for fourth and fifth place will also be invited to read their works.

    *fbl*

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  • Nov 25

    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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  • Nov 26

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Dec 2

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Dec 3

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Dec 8

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn the intricacies of prose poems, and write your own.

    This writing workshop will open with an introduction to the prose poem format and a brief history of the genre, with its current acceptance by many literary magazines. The potential fit between the prose poem and true vignettes drawn from lived experience will be highlighted, and examples shared. Attendees will discuss several poems in small groups, considering the elements of story-telling, vivid details and images, and the use of humor and variations in voice.

    In the second part of the workshop, participants will write drafts of two prose poems, one derived from a childhood event, and one from an adult perspective. Participants will be invited to share their emerging vignettes, and to consider how their experience as poets, fiction or nonfiction writers may nourish their approach. The workshop will conclude with a handout, including resources for further study of the prose poem.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and creative writing. She coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate Program at Union Institute & University, and teaches in the Creativity Studies Program at Saybrook University. Her books include Calling in the Bones (Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press), Drawing Lessons (Finishing Line Press), and Pansies (creative nonfiction, Sonder Press.)

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  • Dec 9

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Dec 10

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Dec 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

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