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Write Here!

Programs designed to feed and nourish the Central Oregon writing community

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.



Upcoming Events

  • May 31

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 3

    7:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

    Two of our favorite Northwest authors, Willy Vlautin and Jonathan Evison, take the stage at Redmond's High Desert Music Hall.

    Food and beverages available for purchase.

    In his sixth novel, The Night Always Comes, Vlautin explores the idea of the American dream and the impacts of gentrification, greed, and opportunism on ordinary, working class lives. This scorching, noir-ish tale follows a young woman, Lynette, over the course of two days and nights as she endeavors to secure the money needed to buy the house she rents with her mother and developmentally disabled brother.

    Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin is the author of six novels including his sixth, The Night Always Comes, which explores the idea of the American dream and the impacts of gentrification, greed, and opportunism on ordinary, working class lives. He is also the founder of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. Vlautin started writing stories and songs at the age of eleven after receiving his first guitar. Inspired by songwriters and novelists Paul Kelly, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, William Kennedy, Raymond Carver, and John Steinbeck, Vlautin works diligently to tell working class stories in his novels and songs. Vlautin lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, dog, cats, and horses.

    Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels, most recently Small World, which Booklist called "a masterpiece...the qunitessential Great American Novel," and the Christian Science Monitor called "a modern classic." Sherman Alexie has called Evison "the most honest white man alive." He lives with his family in Washington State.

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  • Jun 7

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 7

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 9

    5:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    Dr. Carr's Ecopoetry Jukebox is an interactive, electronic jukebox with twelve ecopoetic selections. During the workshop, you'll learn about how the Ecopoetry Jukebox works, why it was made, and how that matters to you and your own artistic practice.

    This is a live, interactive workshop. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link to join the meeting.

    Along the way, we'll explore a diverse selection of ecopoets, some living and some dead, some "canonical" and some "experimental;" we'll discuss how these poets are making homes in the medium of poetry (eco = home and poesis = to make); and we'll brainstorm strategies for writing our own ecopoems. Then, we’ll play the Ecopoetry Jukebox together, using our selections to generate original creative work. We’ll end the session with sharing, reflection, and prompts for deeper exploration.

    This highly generative workshop is open to all levels of poets and writers, as well as folks who haven’t yet identified themselves as poets and writers!

    Emily Carr is a Tarot storyteller, ransom artist, divorce poet, and ecofeminist teacher. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she's Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New College of Florida. Her McSweeney's collection, whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet-, inspired a beer of the same name, brewed at the Ale Apothecary in Bend, Oregon. Emily's Tarot romance, Name Your Bird Without A Gun, is now available from Spork. Emily has published essays on storytelling and the Tarot in American Poetry Review (September/October 2019) and the Writer's Chronicle (Spring 2020).

    Visit her at:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-carr-poet/
    https://www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/
    *zm*

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  • Jun 14

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 14

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Publishing agents answer questions about the industry.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    So called "gate keepers," with myriad routes to publication available today – traditional, hybrid, boutique, or
    simply self-published (too often prematurely)–coupled with the further consolidation of what is now the Big Four houses, what role do literary agents any longer play in the industry? This panel will feature representatives from three agencies discussing what they're looking for in writers, what they’re not, how publishing independently can undermine publisher interest, where they fit in and what they can do for you, as well as field questions from participants. Sponsored by the Sunriver Writers' Summit.

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

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  • Jun 21

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 21

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 21

    6:00 PM - Meyer Classroom

    * Registration Required

    Explore a fascinating form of poetry: the pantoum.

    The ancient pantoum is an ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers will have the chance to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before.

    Lauren Camp will offer brief historical background on the form, then lead students in an idea-generating exercise to produce raw material for each student’s unique pantoum. Students will begin to see the juxtaposition and reverberation of sound and themes. Excitement builds quickly as students follow the form through to its ending.

    Open to all levels. Come prepared with pen, paper and enthusiasm.

    Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press). She is the recipient of the Dorset Prize and was a finalist for the Arab American Book Award. Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Poem-a-Day, Witness, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and have been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. Learn more at www.laurencamp.com

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  • Jun 28

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 28

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jul 5

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jul 5

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jul 12

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jul 12

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jul 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Bring an old piece of writing to get ideas on how to revise.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    What do we with the stories that we’ve pronounced dead? Can you bring them back to life with a few stolen body parts and an electrical storm? In this workshop, we’ll look at revision as resuscitation. Bring an old piece that you’ve tucked away, and we'll see if we can breathe some life into it.

    Kristin Dorsey is a Professor in the Humanities Department at Central Oregon Community College. She’s a generalist, which means that she teaches a variety of academic and creative writing classes, along with literature classes from Early American literature to Children’s literature.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *zm*

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  • Jul 19

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jul 19

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jul 21

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Join us at The Commons for a spoken word open mic night. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up. Readers have seven minutes at the mic.

    Food and drink are available for purchase through The Commons. This is an all-ages venue.

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  • Jul 26

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jul 26

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 2

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 2

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 9

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 9

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Get insights and answers about the writing life from people in your neighborhood.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Get insights and answers about the writing life from people in your neighborhood. Featuring Tracey Lange, Shea Ernshaw, & Sarah Smith.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

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  • Aug 16

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 16

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 18

    6:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

    Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are required at all in-person library events.

    Join us at the High Desert Music Hall for a spoken word open mic night the third Thursday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up.

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