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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

  • Nov 24

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear the winners of The Source’s Annual Poetry Contest read.

    The Source Weekly’s annual poetry issue hits stands Nov. 21, featuring the winners from the Source poetry contest! On Nov. 24, winners from the contest, along with faculty and judges from OSU-Cascades will read from their works.

    Judges for the 2019 Contest are:

    Jenna Goldsmith, PhD is Interim Director of the OSU Cascades MFA Program.

    Irene Cooper is a poet living in Bend, Oregon.

    Brigitte Lewis is Founding Editor/Executive Editor of Utterance Press, an online literary journal. She is an Alum of OSU Cascades.

    This event is a partnership between OSU-Cascades, the Deschutes Public Library and the Source Weekly newspaper. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of OSU Cascades.

    To enter the contest: Find the complete rules at bendsource.com, and then submit your poems between Oct. 3 and Nov. 1 to: editor@bendsource.com. Questions? Email editor@bendsource.com.

    A cash prize* will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.
    *cash prize in form of Visa Gift Cards

    Honorable mentions for fourth and fifth place will also be invited to read their works.

    Find out more information here: https://www.bendsource.com/bend/source-poetry-contest-2019/Content?oid=11277295 *fbl*

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  • Nov 25

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Nov 26

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Every Tuesday from 10 AM-1 PM. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 2

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 3

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Every Tuesday from 10 AM-1 PM. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 8

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn the intricacies of prose poems, and write your own.

    This writing workshop will open with an introduction to the prose poem format and a brief history of the genre, with its current acceptance by many literary magazines. The potential fit between the prose poem and true vignettes drawn from lived experience will be highlighted, and examples shared. Attendees will discuss several poems in small groups, considering the elements of story-telling, vivid details and images, and the use of humor and variations in voice.

    In the second part of the workshop, participants will write drafts of two prose poems, one derived from a childhood event, and one from an adult perspective. Participants will be invited to share their emerging vignettes, and to consider how their experience as poets, fiction or nonfiction writers may nourish their approach. The workshop will conclude with a handout, including resources for further study of the prose poem.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and creative writing. She coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate Program at Union Institute & University, and teaches in the Creativity Studies Program at Saybrook University. Her books include "Calling in the Bones" (Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press), "Drawing Lessons" (Finishing Line Press), and "Pansies" (creative nonfiction, Sonder Press.)

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  • Dec 9

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 10

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Every Tuesday from 10 AM-1 PM. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking at this holiday potluck.

    Bring finger food to share and get better acquainted with your fellow writers! Then, hear Guild members read their work.

    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 11

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    * Registration Required

    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:

    6-6:30 PM sign ups: 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.

    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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  • Dec 14

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    Hear the Hummingbards, five local poets read their works.

    Like a more famous bard, Carol Barrett has lived in England, as well as nine states. She is a descendant of both Lewis and Clark. Annual migrations take her to Ohio and California, to work with doctoral candidates in interdisciplinary and creativity studies. "Pansies" is her most recent book.

    Krayna Castelbaum, Poetry Instigator, migrated to Oregon from New Jersey in 2003. T’was a long flight and a rough landing, but she acclimated quickly to her new nest. The rich habitat in Bend has welcomed her poetry instigations: she publishes the Poem of the Month and facilitates monthly Poetry Playshops and other events. Every Wednesday afternoon, she can be sighted in downtown Bend handing out short poems to nourish passersby.

    Sarah Sennott Cyr approaches writing as a practice. Her writing is a collection of wakeful moments - hiking among sagebrush and junipers, standing before a painting, observing her two young children, and, of course, listening to the whistling buzz of a hummingbird dashing from bloom to bloom. These "captured moments" evolve into essays and poems. (www.sarahcyr.com, Instagram: @sarahcyr)

    Sarah McLaughlin, lifelong writer and lover of flight, coined the word Hummingbards to celebrate the remarkable tiny aviators who enliven her yard each summer, and the equally remarkable wordsmiths who enliven her writing year-round.

    Jamie Shanahan has migrated throughout the US, but made her nest in Bend in 2007. Poetry has taught her how to survive off nectar, and how to time travel between flowers. Her poetry chapbook, “Burn Site in Bloom,” was released in 2017 by Musehick Publications, and her collection, “Hero,” is forthcoming in 2020. Her website is jamierosehoughton.com.

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  • Dec 16

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

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  • Dec 17

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Every Tuesday from 10 AM-1 PM. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 23

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 30

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

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  • Jan 6

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 7

    10:00 AM - Silent Reading Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 8

    5:00 PM - The Commons

    * Registration Required

    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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  • Jan 12

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Writer-in-Residence Karen Thompson Walker reads from "The Dreamers."

    Award-winning author Karen Thompson Walker joins DPL as the second
    writer-in-residence. Register for her writing workshop, hear her read from her latest novel "The Dreamers," and sit one-on-one with her to review your work during office hours.

    Karen Thompson Walker is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels, "The Dreamers," which has been optioned for television by Fox 21 and is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice pick, and "The Age of Miracles," which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, an Indies Choice Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award and named one of the best books of the year by Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, People, O., The Oprah Magazine, and Amazon. Her work has been translated into 27 languages. Her TED Talk about fear and the imagination has been viewed more than 2 million times. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Portland, Oregon.

    Books available for sale after the reading. Q&A and signing to follow. *fbl*

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  • Jan 12

    3:00 PM - Admin Conference Room

    * Registration Required

    Register now for this workshop with an award-winning author.

    This fiction workshop will focus on beginnings. Through a series of in-class writing exercises and readings, we will explore what makes for a great opening page. This discussion will serve as a jumping off point for a wider conversation about various craft elements, including voice, point of view, dialogue, description, detail, and character. Please bring a pen and paper to class.

    Karen Thompson Walker is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels, "The Dreamers," which has been optioned for television by Fox 21 and is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice pick, and "The Age of Miracles," which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, an Indies Choice Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award and named one of the best books of the year by Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, People, O., The Oprah Magazine, and Amazon. Her work has been translated into 27 languages. Her TED Talk about fear and the imagination has been viewed more than 2 million times. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Jan 13

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 13

    9:00 AM - Meyer Classroom

    * Registration Required

    Get one-on-one coaching with Writer-in-Residence Karen Thompson Walker.

    Participants will spend 30 minutes with Karen reviewing their previously submitted work sample. Please submit up to five pages of fiction (in any genre) by January 2. The opening section tends to work best in this context, but you are welcome to submit any five pages of fiction. No cover letter or synopsis necessary, but please note if the sample is from a larger work or is a stand-alone such as a short story.

    Sign ups are required. Reserve a spot by calling (541) 312-1063 or emailing Paige at paigef@deschuteslibrary.org.

    Karen Thompson Walker is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels, "The Dreamers," which has been optioned for television by Fox 21 and is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice pick, and "The Age of Miracles," which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, an Indies Choice Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award and named one of the best books of the year by Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, People, O., The Oprah Magazine, and Amazon. Her work has been translated into 27 languages. Her TED Talk about fear and the imagination has been viewed more than 2 million times. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Jan 14

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jan 14

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jan 20

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jan 21

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 27

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 28

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 3

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 4

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Feb 10

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 11

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Feb 11

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 12

    5:00 PM - The Commons

    * Registration Required

    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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 18

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

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