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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

  • May 11

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here to join the program https://zoom.us/j/96769914242?pwd=NWxZeklONFdnMG1HSDZlOUpPWXNCUT09 or click "Join Program" above.

    Passcode: 683696

    Hear from local authors and publishers Kim Cooper-Findling, Tamara Marnell, Nicole Meier, and Laura Stanfill.

    The panel will discuss a variety of aspects of the publishing world ranging from self-publishing to traditional publication.

    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. *zm*

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  • May 13

    6:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive workshop. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day before. Registration closes at that time. Participants are invited to share their videos.

    Explore new techniques and opportunities for incorporating the natural world into journaling.

    Increase your connection to the natural world and spark your curiosity by slowing down to focus on observing and recording your experience in a nature journal. Using pencils and/or pens and markers, quiet your mind and relax into the present moment by following guided drawing and journaling exercises based on the viewing of an item from nature brought to the class session by the instructor. Time will also be spent sharing other ways in which a nature experience can be documented through lists, graphs, charts, photos and the written word. No experience is necessary for this fun and relaxing introductory class.

    Supplies needed: writing tool (pencil, pen or fine tip marker); a journal or a few sheets of drawing paper. Watercolors, colored pencils and other coloring supplies are optional. Elizabeth M. Higgins is an Oregon artist and arts instructor who develops and facilitates classes and workshops that connect people to nature, mindfulness and creativity. She teaches Nature Journaling and other nature connection classes for Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Washington County Parks, Oregon Master Naturalists and for her own students from her studio in historic downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. She is known for her calm, supportive teaching style, and her approach is centered on the belief that both nature and creative expression are necessary components of human well-being. She is a juried member of Watercolor Society of Oregon and holds a certificate in Eco-Therapy practices. You may learn more about Elizabeth on her website at www.elizabethmhiggins.com.

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  • Jun 8

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/97695867713?pwd=a3hnOVRLc0lJZUJkR3J1aWxmR1FLdz09 to join the meeting or click "Join Meeting" above.

    Recording available after the program.

    Kelsey Freeman and Beth Alvarado first met over coffee to talk about “Writing While White.” Both of their then forthcoming books, No Option But North (immersive creative nonfiction) and Jillian in the Borderlands (fabulist fictional tales) take place in Mexico and the US Borderlands. Both books feature the stories of people of color: Kelsey’s, people she had met and worked with in Mexico and Beth’s, people she had imagined based on people she had known. In this presentation, Kelsey and Beth will ask you to consider the following questions with them: What are the challenges of writing about race in a racialized society like the US, where readers are still largely assumed to be white? How can we try to meet those challenges, both in terms of process and craft? What if we try and fail? What can we do then? And why is it important to make the attempt to write about race?

    Beth Alvarado is the author of four books: Jillian in the Borderlands: a cycle of rather dark tales; the essay collection, Anxious Attachments, which won the 2020 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction; Anthropologies: A Family Memoir; and Not a Matter of Love and other stories, winner of the Many Voices Project Award. She lived and taught in Tucson, Arizona, until she migrated north to Bend. She teaches for OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program and is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Career Fellowship.

    Kelsey Freeman is the author of the nonfiction book No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border (IG Publishing 2020), based on a year of interviewing Central American migrants on their journey north through a Fulbright Fellowship. She has presented and interviewed across the country on immigration policy. Kelsey currently works at Central Oregon Community College, where she runs a college-readiness program for Native American high school students. When she is not writing or teaching, Kelsey serves on the City of Bend Accessibility Advisory Committee, teaches personal finance workshops in Spanish, and spends time in the mountains.

    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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  • Jun 13

    2:00 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive workshop. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day before the workshop. Registration closes at that time.

    This meeting will not be recorded.

    Join bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick for a two-hour Zoom writing class that weaves the story threads of landscape, relationships, spirituality and work. These threads can enhance setting, character development, language and themes. Whether fiction or non-fiction, Jane says each of her 39 fiction titles, as well as her nonfiction works, find these four threads create a strong fabric inviting writers into deeper discoveries about the importance of the story they’re telling and what the story has to tell them.

    Find out more about Jane at www.jkbooks.com. Pre-order her September release The Healing of Natalie Curtis (Revell).

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  • Jul 13

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/95803183415?pwd=SkgzVmhjVjR4eFFma2MwY2J6akVUUT09 to join the meeting or click "Join Meeting" above.

    Kristin Dorsey and "hermit crabs."

    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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