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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

  • Apr 14

    5:30 PM - CANCELLED

    Go to: http://centraloregonwritersguild.com/index.html for link to the presentation.

    Tips to apply generative writing to any of your writing projects.

    Generative writing or prompt writing can be a way to spawn ideas, tap into memory, and develop characters or settings. But too often writers try prompt writing, look at what they have written, and think, “now what?”

    This workshop will explain the origins and theories behind prompt writing, talk about ways to layer prompts to reveal richer content, and offer practice with the technique. Finally, we will explore ways to apply generative writing to new and in-progress writing projects.

    Kristin R. Dorsey is a Professor in Humanities at Central Oregon Community College. She teaches workshops in the community and currently runs a monthly generative writing class through COCC’s Continuing Education class. When she finds time to write, her focus is on hybrid nonfiction, mostly memoir.

    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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  • Apr 22

    6:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join two memoirists in conversation.

    OSU Cascades Low-Residency MFA professors Beth Alvarado and Ellen Santasiero discuss memoir and how they write and teach it.

    Hear about: some of their favorite works, how you go about writing memoir, where to start, why memoir is important, and what they are telling their students about writing memoir right now.

    Beth Alvarado's book, "Anxious Attachments," is a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and was long-listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Art of the Essay Award. "Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales," is forthcoming in 2020. Her earlier books are "Anthropologies: A Family Memoir" and "Not a Matter of Love" (Many Voices Prize). Beth lives in Bend, where she is core faculty at OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program. She has just been awarded an Oregon Literary Career Fellowship.

    Ellen’s essays, memoirs, interviews, and articles have appeared in Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, The Sun, Oregon Humanities, High Desert Journal, The Stay Project, youshare.com, The Polk Street Review, Oregon Home, Going Green, an anthology from the University of Oklahoma Press, and in “Dialogical,” a writing and art exhibit curated by Portland State University.

    Ellen served as Writer-in-Residence at Central Oregon Community College, received Writer’s Residency Fellowships from Caldera and Soapstone, and is a featured reader, speaker, and panelist at academic and community venues in Oregon and in the Mid-West. *ani*

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  • May 9

    1:00 PM -

    A workshop on the therapeutic nature of creativity and self-expression.

    No matter your upbringing, education, or life experience, everyone goes through hard times. There is not a person on this earth who has not been affected by cancer or war. Both of those terribly tough subjects are tackled with a sincere smile in Ryan Buynak's workshops, which have been described as out-of-the-box and groundbreaking in terms of pushing people out of their comfort zones and daring everyone to laugh at the pain. If you are in need of a new type of therapeutic creativity, look no further. This workshop will dive into the things that scare us all, but it will always end with a loud laugh.

    Join us for this workshop, then again May 9 from 6:30-8:30 PM at The Commons Cafe and Taproom for a reception and voluntary reading to celebrate the brave souls who chose to search outside themselves.

    Ryan Buynak is a poet, a storyteller, a comedian, a teacher, and a wearer of overalls, but more importantly he is an advocate for how these things can be therapy for the restless human soul. He has published 10 books, but his true passion is guiding others to use writing and laughter as a means to find solace and fix frowns. His sister is a cancer survivor, and he has witnessed his friends come back from war as changed skeletons. By writing and sharing knowledge, Ryan finds his greatest burdens lifted by helping others, especially in the safe setting of a simple creative workshop. If you spend two minutes with him, he will give you a high-five, probably use bad words, but always remind you to never give up. *zm*

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  • May 19

    6:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Local authors discuss story, arc, and plots across genres.

    Are you a plotter, or a pantser? Do you craft each story according to a detailed outline, or do you "fly by the seat of your pants" and let the story take you where it will? Discover the benefits of each method, and how to take your writing to the next level. Hear how to craft that perfectly plotted story from local award-winning authors specializing in YA writing, fiction, mystery, and romance.

    Kim Cooper Findling will share: basic plot structure and key points; tenets of a good YA story-line; how to balance dialogue, action and pacing; and how to keep up momentum to see your story through from beginning to end.

    Sarah Smith will discuss romance tropes popular with readers, share tips and tricks for how to hook readers, and reveal her go-to plot-outline formula.

    Kathleen Valenti will discuss how to use plot-crafting techniques to create suspense-filled page-turners.

    Fifth-generation Oregonian Kim Cooper Findling is the editor of Bend Magazine and the publisher of Dancing Moon Press. She is the author of "The Sixth Storm," with Libby Findling; "Day Trips to the Oregon Coast: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler"; "Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families"; "Day Trips from Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler"; and "Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir." She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, three children, and two cats. See kimcooperfindling.com and dancingmoonpress.com.

    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 lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and adorable cat, Salem.

    Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley books, a medical mystery series that includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning copywriter. She has lived in Bend since 1975, is a Mountain View High School graduate, and pretends to enjoy running.

    This will be a hands-on, discussion-based presentation with visual slides and handouts. Look for a Zoom link after May 19.

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  • Jun 1

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 2

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 8

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 9

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    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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  • Jun 10

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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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  • Jun 15

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 16

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 22

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 23

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 29

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jun 30

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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