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Write Here Our Instructors Upcoming Events

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 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 11

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Locals poets Irene Cooper and Jana Zvibleman share their latest works.

    Irene Cooper earned her MFA in Poetry from OSU-Cascades. She is a freelance copywriter and essayist, as well as a novelist in search of publisher.

    Her poems have appeared in the Oregon Poetry Association anthology, Verseweavers, in Indolent Books’ anthology, Poems in the Aftermath, on the online project, What Rough Beast, and in The Feminist Wire. She co-facilitates Blank Pages Workshops in Bend, OR, with her handsome and talented husband, Michael, and leads workshops at Deschutes Library, MUSE, and COCC whenever they let her.

    Jana's poetry and poetic prose meander from contemporary Coyote tales, through keyholes into family angst, in and out windows of adult children's games - and she is not above humor nor far from grief. She has been featured in diverse literary events; her writing and visual arts have been exhibited in art galleries and published in various journals and anthologies, and she has illustrated her own chapbooks. She has led creative writing classes and workshops and teaches response techniques for critique groups. Dedicated to promoting the literary arts, she was active on two annual mid-Willamette Valley events: The Magic Barrel, and The Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival. For years Jana wrote fluidly in the Valley, and is currently offering he dry wit in Bend.

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    Jana will be reading from her illustrated book "The Bad Mothers," which was adapted as a short play and made its stage debut at Cascades Theatrical Company in November. She will share other pieces also, as determined by the moon cycle, audience chemistry, and whim.



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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 8

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Poet Jenna Goldsmith reads for National Poetry Month.

    Hailing from the northernmost region of Illinois, Jenna is now a professor at OSU-Cascades. At both the University of Kentucky, and at Illinois State University where she completed her MA in 2010, Jenna taught first-year writing, creative writing, and literature. At the University of Kentucky she was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2014, and in 2015, she received the inaugural Kentucky Writers Fellowship for Innovative Poetry from Louisville's Baltic Writers Residency. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from the Acorn Equality Fund for LGBT researchers, the University of Kentucky Women's Club, and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    Jenna's teaching and research interests reside at the crossroads of writing pedagogy, environment, and creativity. She is interested in the linkages between composition pedagogy and creative writing pedagogy in space and place, often deploying her background in creative writing in the first-year writing classroom as a means of invention, research, and writing practice. Learn more about Jenna at her website, www.jennalgoldsmith.com.

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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 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Thank you for your feedback.

    Participants will need to bring a piece that they have recently had workshopped/critiqued in class or by a writing group. Workshop led by Dr. Emily Carr.

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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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  • Apr 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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  • Apr 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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  • May 5

    1:00 PM - Admin Conference Room

    * Registration Required

    Rakesh Satyal, author of "No One Can Pronounce My Name" leads writing workshop.

    One of the key themes in No One Can Pronounce My Name is loneliness - and how loneliness can be both limiting and constructive. In this workshop, author Rakesh Satyal explores what makes strong characters, how writers can create them, and what literature might achieve when infused with both compassion and insight.

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  • May 6

    4:00 PM - Bend High School

    "No One Can Pronounce My Name" reads at the final Novel Idea 2018 event.

    Tickets are free but required and are available starting April 21 at wwww.dplfoundation.org and at all branch libraries.

    "No One Can Pronounce My Name" is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires. This tender multigenerational story about immigrants and outsiders takes place in Ohio and follows the lives of several Indian Americans as they struggle with issues of identity, connection and loss while straddling the divide between Eastern and Western cultures.

    Rakesh Satyal is the author of "Blue Boy," which won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.
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  • May 7

    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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  • May 13

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Portland author Phil Margolin reads from his latest book, "The Third Victim".

    Phil Margolin is a New York Times bestselling author many times over. His background as a successful defense attorney, arguing death penalty cases and appearing before the Supreme Court, lends kernels of truth and authenticity to his works.

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  • May 14

    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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  • May 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Craft an artist statement with Emily Carr.

    Participants will need to bring a 1-page artist’s statement describing their current or next writing project and what they would do if given 30 days to work on it


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  • May 19

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Commit stories from your life to paper.

    Many of us feel drawn to commit stories from our lives to paper. Often though, the process seems intimidating or overwhelming. Learn an approachable style of memoir writing from local writer Sarah Sennott Cyr in this afternoon workshop.

    Inspired by the work of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), you'll learn how to write with prompts for a set period of time, with the goal of developing a consistent writing practice. We'll examine the genre of the "baby memoir," or memoir essay, and generate a long list of topics for you to continue your work well beyond this workshop.

    This is an all-levels workshop. Beginners encouraged.

    Bring a fast-writing pen and notebook.

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  • May 21

    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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