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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

  • Dec 8

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live webinar. Click here to join the program https://centraloregonwritersguild.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ef06403e74c40d369979000ab&id=446f73547a&e=df44fcebb4 or click "Join Program" above.

    Join the Central Oregon Writers Guild for a Virtual Holiday Party and member reading.

    Hear local authors and writers share everything from poetry to essay to short story and more! A delightful end to the year.

    COWG Members interested in reading (5-minutes or less) can email at centraloregonwritersguild@gmail.com.

    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. *zm*

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  • Dec 12

    1:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive workshop. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day prior. Registration closes at that time.

    A generative writing workshop focusing on the raw materials of short story.

    In this workshop, we'll use lists, tricks, and experiments with structure, shapes, and points of view to create the raw materials of a short story. We will embrace a sense of play, worrying less about what is "good" writing and more about doing the work of putting words on the page, and we will discuss various ways to do that work when inspiration isn't quite sparking.

    Because we are creating, not critiquing, no one will be giving or receiving feedback on their writing. Participants will emerge with new writing, as well as tools and tricks as they build their own practice.

    Beginners, people who don’t call themselves writers, storytellers and artists of all forms, welcome.

    KIRIN M. KHAN is a Pukhtuna from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who writes about trauma, the body, sports, violence, immigrants, and queerness among other stuff. She learned to write via VONA/Voices, Las Dos Brujas, Kearny Street Workshop and the Tin House Writers Workshop. She has received fellowships from PEN America's Emerging Voices, San Francisco Writers Grotto, an AWP Writer to Writer Mentee, and San Jose State University's Steinbeck Fellowship, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Tin House. Check out her work at kirinkhan.com or find her on Twitter @kirinjaan. *zm*

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  • Dec 15

    7:00 PM -

    This is a live event. Join here https://zoom.us/j/92485560804?pwd=cXExbUFPbkRZNUZCSE1KSE1HbG9QZz09 or click "Join Program" above.

    Hear from local author Jon Stewart on his journeys through Nepal.

    In 1969 when over half a million US troops were fighting a losing war in Vietnam, a few dozen American volunteers were winning a major victory over famine in South Asia. Two Years Behind the Plow, written by local author Jonathan Stewart, describes one Peace Corps volunteer's efforts to bring the Green Revolution to the jungled hills of Nepal.

    This book showcases a medieval kingdom half a century ago at the cusp of a dramatic transformation in its economy. Since then, improved agricultural practices linked to rural education has dramatically transformed a rich mix of tribal cultures that share a mountainous nation that stretches from the Gangetic plain to Mt Everest. Thanks to the all but forgotten efforts of these American Peace Corps volunteers, famine that used to kill millions has been temporarily erased from the subcontinent and the life expectancy of the average Nepali has doubled.

    Between 1969 and 1971 Jonathan Stewart helped bring the Green Revolution to Nepal. He spent two years living in a small Nepali village in remote jungle valley at the foot of the Himalayas. With mixed success, he demonstrated the advantages of using hybrid seed and chemicals to increase the productivity of local rice, maize and wheat crops.

    The author obtained degrees in history and journalism from the University of Oregon and worked as a reporter for the Tuscola Journal in Central Illinois. He also spent over three decades working for the US Forest Service. During that time, he worked as smokejumper, volunteer coordinator, fire management officer, fire crew supervisor, and six years as the as the executive director of the Northwest Service Academy, the nation’s first conservation-oriented AmeriCorps program.

    Jonathan Stewart is an avid long-distance hiker, having trekked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Hayduke Trail and written a book about each. He has also hiked the Pacific NW Trail, the Great Divide Trail, the Long Trail, the Arizona Trail, the Colorado Trail, the Grand Enchantment Trail., the Wonderland Trail and many other trails worldwide. He has repeatedly volunteered as a crew leader for Conservation International, leading trips to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, and currently manages his family’s tree farm in NW Oregon. It is the first small woodland in the world to put under California’s cap and trade initiative to fight global warming. *zm*

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  • Jan 10

    1:00 PM -

    This is a live, interactive event held via Zoom. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day prior to the program. Registration closes at that time.

    Dr. Emily Carr, author of Name Your Bird Without a Gun: A Tarot Romance (Spork 2020); Dr. Nick Clarkson, an amateur astrologer and Gender Studies professor; and Dr. Avni Vyas, a poet and Professor of Rhetoric present a conversation about poetry and the Tarot.

    The event includes:

    Ø a poetry reading that sparks your own creativity & jolts you into poems you didn’t know you had inside you (yes, YOU! We all have poems inside us.)
    Ø a Tarot salon that offers you an intuitive approach to reading Tarot for yourself (however new you may or may not be to the Tarot)
    Ø an opportunity for collaborating, connecting, and creating with poetry & Tarot as the focal point.

    What can you expect?

    Ø a short poetry reading from Dr. Carr’s Tarot romance
    Ø Dr. Carr & Dr. Clarkson in conversation about the Tarot, focusing on the cards featured in the reading
    Ø Dr. Carr & Dr. Vyas in conversation about poetic process, focusing on storytelling & the Tarot
    Ø opportunities for you to join the conversation and ask questions/share your experience/ideas
    Ø provocations to catalyze your own creative endeavors, whether those happen on or off the page!

    Emily Carr is a Tarot storyteller, ransom artist, divorce poet, and ecofeminist teacher. 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 Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New College of Florida. Her McSweeney’s collection, whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet-,, inspired a beer of the same name, brewed at the Ale Apothecary in Bend, Oregon. Emily’s Tarot romance, Name Your Bird Without A Gun, is now available from Spork. Emily has published essays on storytelling and the Tarot in American Poetry Review (September/October 2019) and the Writer’s Chronicle (Spring 2020).

    Avni Vyas is a poet and co-author of Candy In Our Brains (CutBank 2014). Avni is also the Essays Editor for Honey Literary. Her work has been published in journals such as Meridian, Grist,The Pinch, Rigorous Mag, Juked, and others. She teaches in the Writing Program at New College of Florida.

    Dr. Nick Clarkson is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at New College of Florida, a budding creative writer, and a multi-disciplinary woo aficionado. He is working on a creative non-fiction book examining the relationship between trans and non-trans gay masculinities to illustrate possibilities for healing from the ordinary traumas of homophobia and transphobia. He regularly consults the tarot and the stars for healing and writing guidance. *zm*

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  • Jan 12

    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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  • Feb 9

    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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