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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

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Upcoming Events

  • Jan 22

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn tips and tricks for writing a successful query letter.

    You'll learn what to include, what to avoid, and how to move out of the slush pile as well as discuss what it means to be a good literary citizen.

    Emily Carr says she “writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems.” She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. 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 the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her newest book, Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—, is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary. You can find her online at www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.

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  • Jan 28

    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 4

    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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  • Feb 5

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 9

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Local playwright Cricket Daniel explains playwriting in seven easy steps.

    Master the seven easy steps to getting that play out of your head and onto the page. Whether you are a seasoned playwright or just starting out, this workshop is for you! Participants will learn the tools to create plot, characters and dialogue in a fun and supportive environment, resulting in a stage reading, by local actors, of each writer’s work.

    Playwright and Producer Cricket Daniel holds a Theatre Degree from UC Santa Barbara and studied Shakespeare in Cambridge, England. Cricket has an extensive background in stand-up and improv and has had her plays produced across the country. Full Length Plays by Cricket include "Couple Dating," "Love, Laughter and Lucci," "Gina Galdi and Guest," "Helen on Wheels," "The Night Before the Night Before Christmas," "I Shot Jennifer Lopez," and "The Lost Virginity Tour." Her 10 minute play, "Break Dreams," was adapted into a short film and made its world premiere in the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Cricket also produces Bend’s annual 24/SEVEN Theater Project at 2nd Street Theater. Cricket is a member of the Dramatist Guild and is a 2011 recipient of Bend’s Arts, Beautification and Culture Award. Cricket lives in Bend with her husband of 24 years, Jason and their 14 year old daughter, Spencer.

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  • Feb 10

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Poets Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts read original poems.

    Poets Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts read original poems.
    About "Tin Coyote": A poignant journey traversing love, loss, memory and renewal, Tin Coyote is rooted in the inner landscape of the heart as well as the physical landscape of the poet’s beloved Oregon. The Oregon Coast, Warm Springs, Siuslaw River and Lake Paulina, among other iconic destinations at home and abroad, are vividly rendered backdrops to reflections and self-explorations. ‘Light reflects, refracts/creating space and possibility.’ Janice Rubin is a keen observer of self and environment.

    Janice D. Rubin is a counselor and educator. She received her M.S. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in English Literature. Her poems have been published in CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, the Austin International Poetry Anthology, Tiger’s Eye Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Quizzical ChairAnthology, It Demands a Wildness of Me (Uttered Chaos Press, 2018) and many other journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. She’s the author of Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems(Flutter Press, 2010) and Tin Coyote (Blue Light Press, 2017).

    Jack Lorts, an ex-patriot from Suburbia, fled southern California some forty years ago to settle in rural Oregon. He has taught in small communities ever since, retiring in 2004 as superintendent of schools in Fossil, Oregon (population: 500). His poems have appeared widely, if infrequently, since the late 1950s in such places as Arizona Quarterly, English Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Oregon English, Oregon East, Fishtrap Anthology, Arsenic Lobster, Quantum Tao, etc. He has two chapbooks out from Pudding House: The Daughter Poems & Others (2008) and The Meeting-Place of Words (2010). In 2011, Finishing Line Press published his Dear Gilbert Sorrentino and Other Poems.

    He has also assembled several "serial poems," thematically inner-connected poems by several different poets, including The Great Oregon Serial Poem (Talent House, 2001) and The Other Side of the Hill: A Trek Through Eastern Oregon by Poet (Ice River, 2003).

    Active in Democratic state politics, he has chaired the DPO's Rural Caucus, been a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a delegate, and is currently Mayor of Fossil, where he lives with Celia, his wife of fifty years.

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  • Feb 11

    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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  • Feb 12

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    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.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild (COWG) is now accepting submissions for unpublished work of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Children’s Literature for its 2019 contest. The contest is open to writers located anywhere in the state of Oregon and all COWG members. Deadline is Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

    Winning entries in all categories:
    First prize: $50
    Second prize: $25

    Become a new member or renew your 2018 membership in Central Oregon Writers Guild https://centraloregonwritersguild.com/joinrenew-contact-today.html)

    Contest Guidelines and Rules for Submission are available at the Writing Contest page on the COWG website: https://centraloregonwritersguild.com/writing-contest.html

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  • Feb 16

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Explore ethical issues and practice writing about others - including family.

    If you have one, please bring a copy of a memoir that you love. If you don't, don't worry, you'll be provided with one.

    Writing honestly about loved ones is one of the trickiest issues we writers navigate. In this workshop we will delve into the nuts and bolts of telling stories that: implicate other people, belong to other people, give away other people’s secrets, and challenge other people’s notion of what is secret and what is shared, what is private and what is public. The focus for this workshop will be on your projects, whether those are in process or purely speculative. After a short discussion of the ethics involved in using family as fodder, we will practice applying tips and tricks from the pro's to our own writing. Along the way, we will consider motives, indebtedness, emotional complexity, method, and outcomes. In this workshop, I am not going to give you answers or tell you what to do. The purpose of our investigation is for you to learn how to make your own decisions and interrogate your own intentions when you arrive at a fork in the road--which you will whenever you involve other people's stories in your writing.

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  • Feb 17

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Imagine seeing your original work performed by real actors!

    Local playwright Cricket Daniel facilitates as participants from the Heads Up 7 Up! workshop have their original work brought to life by local actors.

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  • Feb 19

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 25

    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 26

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 4

    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 5

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 10

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Ellen Waterston reads from her upcoming nonfiction manuscript.

    Ellen Waterston will be reading an excerpt from her nonfiction manuscript titled High Centered, The Oregon Desert Trail as National Metaphor to be published by UW Press in 2020. The excerpt she will be reading from the book is also included in an anthology titled Edge of Awe, Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country edited by Alan Contreras with a foreword by William Kittredge and illustrations by the late Ursula K. LeGuin. It will be released by OSU Press spring 2019.

    Ellen Waterston is an award-winning high desert poet and author. She has published four poetry titles: Hotel Domilocos her most recent; also Vía Láctea; Between Desert Seasons; and I Am Madagascar. Her verse novel, Vía Láctea, she adapted to a libretto. Premiering in 2016 as a full-length opera, it is slated for a second staging in 2021. Her prose titles include Where the Crooked River Rises and Then There Was No Mountain. Her third nonfiction title, High Centered, is due out from UW Press in 2020. She’s the founder of the Writing Ranch, specializing in workshops and retreats for emerging and established writers, and of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, annually recognizing a nonfiction proposal that examines the role of deserts in the human narrative.

    http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/edge-of-awe

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  • Mar 11

    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 12

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 12

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    One woman, one kayak, and 1,200 miles on the Inside Passage.

    Put any human in a tiny vessel and send them up a perilous 1,200-mile stretch of the Inside Passage of Washington State, British Columbia and SE Alaska-and they are bound to have stories! Susan Marie Conrad's stories are not just filled with intrigue and adventure, but they have heart, inspiration, acceptance and gratitude. Come and share an afternoon of adventure with Susan, who, in 2010, completed a solo 1,200-mile sea kayak expedition up the Inside Passage. Relive the trip with Susan as she shares experiences of paddling marathon distances for days on end, struggling to keep an open mind and interacting with the sea on its terms, forging friendships with amazing people in remote locations, pretending not to be intimidated by 700 pound grizzly bears and 40 ton whales, and living her dream.

    Susan Marie Conrad is a water-loving, adventure-seeking, word-slinging kinda gal. She's an author, podcastress, exped ambassador, and expedition paddler. Susan first got bit by the kayak bug working for the Outdoor Program at Southern Oregon University in the late 1980s. After graduating she moved to Montana and co-founded a kayak company, which she successfully ran for 10 years, leading guided trips, and sharing her passion of the sport with anyone who would listen. Susan is certified through the American Canoe Association (ACA) as an Open Water Coastal Instructor. She lives in Oso, Washington-where within minutes she can be hiking a peak in the North Cascades, or floating on a small mountain lake or on beautiful nearby Puget Sound.

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  • Mar 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    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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  • Mar 16

    1:00 PM - Silent Reading Room

    * Registration Required

    Grow some poetry this spring. Irene Cooper leads.

    It's time to feed the garden of your poetry practice with fresh inspiration and craft techniques designed to reinvigorate the fertile soil of your imagination. We'll break ground and grow new poems with prompts, select readings, and discussion.Irene Cooper’s 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-edits The Stay Project, contributes to the blog, The (Eternal) Beginner's Guide to Bend, is a freelance copywriter, essayist, and a novelist in search of publisher. Ms. Cooper earned an MFA in Poetry from OSU-Cascades, and co-facilitates Blank Pages Workshops in Bend, OR, with her handsome and talented husband.

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  • Mar 16

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear local authors read.

    Local authors coalesce to share their words and voices.

    Hear local authors read excerpts from published works available for sale. Meet and ask questions of Bend and Central Oregon authors such as Kathleen Valenti, Jeremiah Franklin, Shawn Mihalik, and more!

    Kathleen Valenti: https://www.kathleenvalenti.com/about

    Jeremiah Franklin: https://jeremiahfranklin.com/jeremiah-franklin-biography/

    Shawn Mihalik: http://shawnmihalik.com/

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  • Mar 18

    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 19

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 19

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Get your story sold with a good book proposal.

    Novels are written before they are sold, but book length works of non-fiction are often sold to publishers by way of a book proposal. A book proposal explains to a publisher what the book will be about, who its audience will be and why you, the author, should be the one to write it. In this workshop taught by publisher and author Kim Cooper Findling, learn the nuts and bolts of putting together a professional book proposal that will wow an acquisitions editor and land you a book deal.

    Kim Cooper Findling is an editor with Oregon Media and the publisher of Dancing Moon Press. She is the author of 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. The Sixth Storm, co-written with her daughter Libby Findling, will be released in spring of 2019. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her family. See kimcooperfindling.com and dancingmoonpress.com.

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  • Mar 24

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Less is more with flash fiction!

    Less is more with flash fiction! Learn to write succinctly and make every word count. Flash fiction is defined as stories that are fewer than 1,000, 500, or sometimes even 250 words.

    Writer Ellen Santasiero loves living, writing, and teaching right here in central Oregon. She teaches literature and creative writing at OSU-Cascades and memoir and environmental writing classes at other venues in central Oregon. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Northwest Review, thestayproject, Oregon Humanities, High Desert Journal, and in Going Green, an anthology from the University of Oklahoma Press, among others.

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  • Mar 25

    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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  • Mar 26

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Apr 1

    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 2

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Apr 8

    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

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose 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

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    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 15

    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 16

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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