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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

  • Jul 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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  • Jul 21

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Participants will craft procedural poetry around given constraints and prompts.

    Have you ever tried to write a poem without using the letter "e"? What if you were challenged to write a poem using only the prepositional phrases from an email you wrote exactly one week ago?

    Whether we call it procedural poetry, investigative poetry, or a poetics of inventory, poetry created through procedures, processes, or formulas, shape the contemporary poetry landscape. This workshop capitalizes on some of the most cutting-edge poetic techniques of today by looking back to exciting moments in the literary 20th century. Participants will learn how procedural poetry developed in American literary history and, in response, will craft their own procedural poetry around given constraints and prompts. 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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  • Jul 23

    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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  • Jul 25

    5:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    What is your greatest hope for the world?

    "Stoke Your Woke" is a recently released interactive journal. It was written and designed by local creative change agents, Carol Delmonico and Casey Davis.

    The vision behind "Stoke Your Woke" is to reconnect with ourselves, deepen our conversations, and create a world that works for all.

    During this 2.5 hour event you will explore timely questions with thought provoking prompts, quotes, and images. You will connect with others through writing, listening, and sharing. The space created will allowing for everyone’s diverse perspectives to be heard with hospitality and equity.

    You’ll get a glimpse of what "Stoke Your Woke" has to offer you, and the world. We’ll end with a cheat sheet on how to join the movement to get woke! Books will be available for sale.

    Carol Delmonico is a curious “truth” seeker, visionary coach, and a mama who has an innate belief in humanity. She is a Cultural Change Agent for these transformative times. She coaches and mentors humans who are open to engaging in fresh perspectives. Get in touch with her at www.caroldelmonico.com

    Casey Davis is a mother, a designer, and a community advocate. She enjoys working collaboratively with creative thinkers to envision and create a world where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. Check out her design work at www.caseydavisdesign.com and her community building efforts at http://www.bendlivinghood.com

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  • Jul 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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  • Aug 3

    6:00 PM - Bright Place Gallery

    Spend an evening celebrating spoken word poetry.

    Open mic and poetry competition. $300 cash prize will be awarded. All forms and genres of written and spoken word welcome.

    All ages welcome. *Some poetry may contain adult subject matter.

    Jason McNeal Graham, known professionally as MOsley WOtta/MOWO is an American visual artist, performer, educator, speaker, and hiphop producer residing in Central Oregon. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon. Currently, he works with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. He leads conversations on creativity and vulnerability. He has toured over seas with the US embassy & Rise UP International as an Art Ambassador. MOsley WOtta is a consummate creative, art advocate and geek.

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  • Aug 6

    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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  • Aug 9

    6:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Part 4: Satisfied but Wanting More
    In part four we will explore strategies to wrap up our story. We will seek to not only end our screenplay but to leave the reader/audience satisfied while at the same time leaving them with many new questions, and wanting to re explore or re watch the film. This section attempts to show the difference between major plot holes and allowing the audience to want to understand the story deeper causing a desire to go back and look at the story multiple times. We will touch on sub-plot, layering, and hidden in plain sight story telling. We will have a recap of the course and encourage a mindfulness of the importance of intrigue and ensure that our story does a great job of giving closure, tying up loose ends, while still creating questions.

    Sign up for one or sign up for all four.

    James Lyons studied Screenwriting and Digital Television production at Grand Canyon University and studied at C.O.C.C., as well as continued education through master classes and mentor-ships. James is community driven and looking to get people in the local area excited to start their own journey's in writing and film making. His experience varies from small indie films and working with some of the pros from the larger studios in various capacities. His screenwriting program is focused on getting writers from struggling to start writing to finishing their first screenplay, or polish those who have been working in the field for some time.


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  • Aug 11

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Do you Haiku?

    Our world is full of wonders, and one of the many ways to record these wonders is through haiku. In this workshop, we will briefly cover the history of haiku in Japan and the evolution of haiku in English. Our focus will be on contemporary English language haiku and how to write it. No syllable-counting necessary!

    Tanya McDonald is known for her love of birds, bright colors, and books. Over a hundred of her haiku have been published in various haiku journals, and she has co-edited several anthologies, including No Longer Strangers, the Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology. In 2014, she was one of four featured readers at the 25th Annual Two Autumns Reading in San Francisco. She is the moon half of Seven Suns/ Seven Moons, a quirky, haiku-esque collaboration with Michael Dylan Welch, which was published in 2016. An active member of Haiku Northwest since 2008, she is currently the group’s vice-president. Her haiku workshop venues have included the Seattle Japanese Garden, an anime/manga convention, and a clothing boutique. A native Oregonian, she currently resides near Seattle, Washington.

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  • Aug 12

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    One Breath Haiku reads for Second Sunday.

    Tanya McDonald is known for her love of birds, bright colors, and books. Over a hundred of her haiku have been published in various haiku journals, and she has co-edited several anthologies, including No Longer Strangers, the Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology. In 2014, she was one of four featured readers at the 25th Annual Two Autumns Reading in San Francisco. She is the moon half of Seven Suns/ Seven Moons, a quirky, haiku-esque collaboration with Michael Dylan Welch, which was published in 2016. An active member of Haiku Northwest since 2008, she is currently the group's vice-president. Her haiku workshop venues have included the Seattle Japanese Garden, an anime/manga convention, and a clothing boutique. A native Oregonian, she currently resides near Seattle, Washington.

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  • Aug 13

    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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  • Aug 13

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Looking for an artist residency opportunity?

    Do you need time away from distractions to finish a project? Or maybe space to rest and reflect about your creative practice? Have you been wanting to apply to a residency but haven’t found the time or resources to do it? What prevents you and other artists and other creatives of color from getting into residencies?

    For people of color, the ability to navigate the world as an artist or creative can be even more challenging due to institutional barriers and lack of visibility, resources, or recognition of the work as valuable. Here is a chance to learn from other artists of color about Caldera’s Artists in Residence (AiR) program and more!

    This event, organized by artists, cultural organizers, and previous Caldera residents, Luann Algoso and Patricia Vazquez, will explore what it means for people of color to take up space at artist residencies. We will hear from a panel of previous Caldera residents about their experiences going through the application process, how they spent their time during residency, and what the benefits and challenges were to attending residency. After the panel discussion, we will lead a workshop to share tips and suggestions to best prepare your application to Caldera and other artist residencies.

    Artists, activists, musicians, writers, designers, scientists, and all creatives are welcome!

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  • Aug 20

    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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  • Aug 27

    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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  • Sep 8

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn about the structure and tools used to write a feature piece.

    This 2-3 hour workshop will be an introduction for those who would like to write feature pieces and pitch to magazine publications. The workshop, led by local writer Kimberly Bowker, will offer an understanding of what a good magazine piece entails, how to employ writing techniques, and what is needed for a strong structure. She'll cover Information and tidbits gathered as a local freelance writer.

    Kimberly Bowker is a narrative journalist who loves to explore stories of the heart and how our lives intertwine. Growing up in Central Oregon, she served at The Bulletin newspaper, and appreciates how writing can strengthen our community.
    Her work has appeared in local publications and sources such as 1859 Magazine, CraftBeer.com, Fodor’s Travel, and Travel Oregon. Please say hi if you find her reading outside or out on the trail strolling beneath the sky – as this is where we all connect

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  • Sep 9

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    To sleep, perchance to...walk?

    Kathleen Valenti, author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, joins Deschutes Public Library to talk about her sleepwalking medical thriller, 39 WINKS, and to share her experiences on the path from her Agatha-nominated debut to book number two.

    A lifelong Bend resident and Mountain View High School graduate, Kathleen is an award-winning copywriter who is well known in the Oregon advertising community. She has been writing for almost twenty years and her works combine humor with suspense to craft page-turning mysteries. Kathleen graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in English and Psychology, both of which have come in handy on her path with publication.

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  • Sep 10

    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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  • Sep 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Get tips and techniques for self publishing.

    From manuscript to marketplace, Linden Gross will highlight the seven steps to successful self-publishing. Topics covered by the Incubation Press panel include design, editing, formatting, production, distribution and online promotion.

    Please bring a page from a manuscript in progress. During this interactive seminar there will be time to practice editing techniques.

    Linden Gross, formerly special features editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and associate editor for the Ladies’ Home Journal, has ghostwritten two New York Times bestsellers in addition to co-writing or writing a handful of other books and authoring To Have Or To Harm (Warner Books, 1994), the first book ever written about the stalking of ordinary people.

    Drawing on her editing and writing background, as well as her love and experience with teaching, Linden also works as a writing coach to help other authors write their books. She helps them organize their time, their thoughts and their material, and teaches them how to improve their writing. Finally, she edits chapter by chapter. No wonder she calls her company the One Stop Writing Shop.

    Linden recently launched Incubation Press to help authors self-publish their books. Authors can hire Linden and her team for just one of their self-publishing steps or all seven. Either way, the goal is the same: simplifying the often-confusing self-publishing process and empowering their authors along the way.

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  • Sep 13

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Author Amber Keyser helps you find your character's voice.

    Voice-the elusive quality that makes a character step off the page and into your life never to leave again. Voice-the mysterious something that makes Faulkner sound like Faulkner and Dr. Seuss sound like Dr. Seuss. Voice-the-I-know-it-when-I-see-it writing that agents and editors are looking for. In this hands-on workshop, Amber Keyser will explore how to create a distinctive voice through the synergy of deep character knowledge, specific conflict situations, and mastery of point-of-view.

    Amber J. Keyser is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist who writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens.
    Her young adult novels include "Pointe, Claw," an explosive story about two girls claiming the territory of their own bodies, and "The Way Back From Broken," a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award). She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series "Quartz Creek Ranch."

    Her nonfiction titles include "The V-Word," an anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences (Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer list, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens) and "Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes."

    Amber lives on the dry side of Oregon with her husband, two kids, four chickens, and a dog who looks like a Muppet.

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  • Sep 16

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Keith Rosson reads and discusses his path to publication.

    Keith Rosson reads from his novels "Smoke City" and "The Mercy of the Tide" and then talks about his path to publication and the publishing process for indie and upcoming writers. Q & A to follow reading.

    Keith Rosson is the author of the novels Smoke City (2018) and The Mercy of the Tide (2017); his short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, Phantom Drift, and other journals. The Mercy of the Tide was recently longlisted for a Bram Stoker Award; Jason Heller of NPR called it “a beautifully gloomy meditation on how lives tangle around each other, then tighten in the face of terror—and how modern destructive evils displace the ancient ones embedded in our bones.” Kirkus Reviews called Smoke City “an offbeat, strangely satisfying adventure through a land full of (literal) ghosts.” He is also a legally blind illustrator—which can sometimes be as tough as it sounds—with clients including Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Warner Bros. He is a fierce advocate of public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape.

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  • Sep 17

    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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  • Sep 18

    5:30 PM - Worthy Brewing

    * Registration Required

    Looking for the perfect critique group match or revamping your critiquing process?

    If you are a writer new to the area, looking to join a critique group, or need advice on how to make your existing group more effective and efficient this lively and interactive event is for you.

    We'll do some writing exercises and do some talking about the function of critique groups. This event is open to all genres and experience levels.

    Facilitators Mike and Irene Cooper are both graduates of the OSU-Cascades MFA program. They are active in support and promoting the literary arts in Central Oregon and are two founding members of the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon.

    Light appetizers will be provided. Beverages available for purchase.

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  • Sep 24

    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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  • Sep 28

    4:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Develop your skills and share your work at monthly meetups. Our first meeting will be a time to meet each other and decide how we want to run our monthly meet ups.

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  • Oct 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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  • Oct 7

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear the story of an Italian Jewish soldier’s fight to save his family from fascism.

    Author Roger Sabbadini shares the compelling true story of his father, Italian Jewish refugee Alessandro (Alex) Sabbadini, who escaped Fascist Italy to America on the eve of WWII only to join the fight in Italy with the U.S. 5th Army. He joined the fight for personal reasons – to liberate Italy and his Jewish family who were being pursued by the Fascists and the Nazis. Alex was one of the first “Ritchie Boys” to have received military intelligence training at the Military Intelligence School at Camp Ritchie, Maryland and was one of a very few Italian-born Jews to fight with the Allies in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Alex Sabbadini’s personal photographs and other documents have historical value and contribute greatly to the unique character of the story. This untold story will appeal to those with interests in Jewish history, military history (with an emphasis on WWII and the Mediterranean Campaign) and Italian Jewish history.

    Roger Sabbadini is an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University and Co-founder of SDSU’s Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution. Currently, he is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sabbadini is the eldest son of Alex Sabbadini, the subject of this presentation. Currently, Roger Sabbadini lives in Bend, Oregon.

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  • Oct 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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