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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.

For more information about Write Here

writehere@deschuteslibrary.org



Upcoming Events

  • Dec 6

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 7

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 7

    6:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the program. Participants are invited to share their videos.

    This workshop will focus on the skills you need to edit your own work.

    Author Harry Shaw said, "There is no such thing as good writing. Only good rewriting." Creating literary art is a multilayered process that goes far beyond writing the first draft of a poem, story, memoir, or essay. Authors must shape, hone, and polish their work just as a sculptor does with clay or marble. Self-revision is an essential part of that creation process, even for authors whose work later goes to a professional editor.

    In this workshop, award-winning author Amanda Skenandore will offer a systematic, multilevel approach to editing. She will discuss why self-editing is essential and share specific tools for implementation. Attendees will have the opportunity during the workshop to practice and share their newly learned skills.

    Amanda Skenandore is the award-winning author of three historical novels, The Second Life of Mirielle West, The Undertaker’s Assistant, and Between Earth and Sky. She’s also a registered nurse and certified infection preventionist. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband Steven and their pet turtle Lenore. *zm*

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  • Dec 11

    1:00 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day prior to the program.

    Write a killer first line, a killer first page, and a killer first chapter with local author Sarah Smith.

    Writers know how crucial it is to hook a reader as soon as possible. But how exactly do you do that? By nailing three very important firsts: a killer first line, a killer first page, and a killer first chapter. Learn how to write all of these at this workshop taught by local author Sarah Smith. Sarah is the author of five romcom novels, one women's fiction novel, and co-writer of the audio series Power Trip starring Tatiana Maslany. She's excited to share her writing methods and tips with workshop attendees.

    Bring a notebook or laptop, pens, and any stories/manuscripts/drafts you are currently working on and would like to workshop.

    Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She is the author of Faker, Simmer Down, On Location, and If You Never Come Back. She is also one half of the romance writing duo Sarah Skye. Sarah also writes tear jerker women's fiction under the pen name Sarah Echavarre. *zm*

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  • Dec 13

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 14

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 14

    5:30 PM -

    Join local writers for networking and writing opportunities.

    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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  • Dec 20

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 21

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 27

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Dec 28

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 3

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 4

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 9

    2:00 PM -

    * Registration Required

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

    Bring two pages or two poems to share with a group for critique.

    Participants will be divided into breakout rooms in Zoom to share and critique pieces. Please ensure your camera and microphone are working.

    Guidelines for the Critique Group:

    * Share what you liked and what you thought worked well in the piece.
    * Identify areas that you don’t understand or where communication with the reader breaks down.
    * Identify craft-related areas of concern (point of view, verb tense, clarity, filtering, redundancy, cliché, sensory details, metaphor, dialogue, narration, pacing, drama, back story, action, intent, scene, structure, etc.).
    * Identify craft-related areas of possibility (same list).
    * Do not micromanage or try to rewrite for the author; focus on the piece in front of you, not what you would have written.
    * Be nice. Be honest. Be of service.

    For the Author During Workshop:

    *Be quiet and listen actively.
    *If you need to explain the piece during workshop, it means the information isn’t on the page.
    *Make notes of what you hear and want to say, so that you can include it in your revision.
    *After feedback is offered, thank everyone for their time, and ask and answer questions.
    *You may hear a lot of different opinions, but always remember this is your work and you get to decide how it is written.
    *Bear in mind that if you get the same feedback from a lot of people, it’s certainly worth taking note.
    *zm*

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  • Jan 10

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 11

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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

  • Jan 11

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    You can register to attend this program in person, or take part online. To join the program in person, use the “Register” button above. To take part online, follow the “Online Access” link above. In-person capacity is limited to fit within state and local gathering guidelines. Wearing a face covering is required at all in-person events.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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  • Jan 13

    6:30 PM -

    This is a live webinar. Click here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dtgh2oTGQd2av4Tpvm5Hew to register to receive the Zoom link, or click "Register Here" above.

    Recording available after the program.

    As long as there have been humans, there has been disease - before COVID-19 there was plauge, yellow fever, mad cow disease, and countless other sinister maladies. But with new illness has also come innovation and ingenuity, spurred by a drive to understand and to cure. From the authors of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, an NPR Best Science Book of 2017, Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases, a fascinating history of disease outbreaks - how they start, how they spread, and the science that ultimately allows us to overcome them.

    Written by Dr. Lydia Kang, MD, a practicing internal medicine physician, and Nate Pedersen, a librarian and historian, Patient Zero explores the science and stories behind twenty-nine of the world's worst illnesses, pulling back the curtain on everything from HIV-often erroneously thought to have emerged in the 1980s-to the groundbreaking creation of the first vaccine in the 1790s, to the link between tuberculosis and belief in vampires.

    Lydia Kang is an author and internal medicine physician. Her works of historical fiction include A Beautiful Poison, Opium and Absinthe, and The Impossible Girl. She is a graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, and completed her training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She lives with her family in the midwest.

    Nate Pedersen is a writer, anthologist, and historian in Portland, Oregon. Nate’s nonfiction has appeared in Mental Floss, The Guardian, Trail Runner, The Art of Manliness, Powell’s Books and The Believer. He is the Wednesday blogger with Fine Books & Collections, where he is responsible for the Bright Young Things series (Booksellers / Librarians / Collectors). Nate also edited the Lovecraftian anthologies The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time, (PS 2015) and Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories.
    *zm*

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  • Jan 15

    1:00 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting via Zoom. Registration required. Limit one kit per customer. Registration closes Saturday, January 8th. Kits will be delivered to your preferred library location and registered patrons will receive a Zoom link to participate in the live meeting to complete the craft together as a group.

    Create a poem from one of your existing favorite photos or step outside and take a new photo.

    Discover a variety of poetry and photography resources and learn a new way to write a poem about memories.

    Write a descriptive poem about your photo. What do you see? What do you remember? Describe the day, moment and experience.
    Use the words expression, create or outside in your poem.

    Grab and Go Kit:
    Register for a program kit including two Polaroid photos, poetry resources, writing prompts and a journal. Registration closes January 8. Paige Bentley-Flannery is a Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library. Her book shelves are overflowing with poetry and art for all ages. She is always immersed in new memoirs and discovering new book club books. She enjoys reading with a hot chocolate and a pile of new books. *zm*

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  • Jan 17

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 18

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 24

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 25

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Jan 31

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 1

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 7

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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

  • Feb 8

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 8

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    You can register to attend this program in person, or take part online. To join the program in person, use the “Register” button above. To take part online, follow the “Online Access” link above. In-person capacity is limited to fit within state and local gathering guidelines. Wearing a face covering is required at all in-person events.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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  • Feb 14

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 15

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 21

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 22

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Feb 28

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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  • Mar 1

    10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    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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