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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

  • Apr 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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  • May 5

    1:00 PM - Admin Conference Room

    * Registration Required

    Rakesh Satyal, author of "No One Can Pronounce My Name," leads writing workshop.

    One of the key themes in "No One Can Pronounce My Name" is loneliness and how loneliness can be both limiting and constructive. In this workshop, author Rakesh Satyal explores what makes strong characters, how writers can create them, and what literature might achieve when infused with both compassion and insight.

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  • May 6

    4:00 PM - Bend High School

    "No One Can Pronounce My Name" author reads at the final Novel Idea 2018 event.

    Tickets are free but required and are available starting April 21 at www.dplfoundation.org and at all branch libraries.

    "No One Can Pronounce My Name" is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires. This tender multi-generational story about immigrants and outsiders takes place in Ohio and follows the lives of several Indian Americans as they struggle with issues of identity, connection and loss while straddling the divide between Eastern and Western cultures.

    Rakesh Satyal is the author of "Blue Boy," which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.
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  • May 7

    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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  • May 10

    6:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Part 1: Building the World

    In part one we will explore using ideas and effective components and strategies to create the world of your story. Learn to effectively develop a great opening, strong protagonist, and worthy antagonist. Contrasting what works and what doesn't in this development processes, this section will look at screenplays that masterfully do this in a way that not only draws the interest of the audience but also causes a reader and viewer to relate to and care about the characters that will move your story forward. We will be looking at Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver," and Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," to gain insight into some of the most effective story telling strategies in modern cinema.

    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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  • May 13

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Portland author Phil Margolin reads from his latest book, "The Third Victim".

    Phil Margolin is a New York Times bestselling author many times over. His background as a successful defense attorney, arguing death penalty cases and appearing before the Supreme Court, lends kernels of truth and authenticity to his works.

    In THE THIRD VICTIM, New York Times best-selling author Phillip Margolin begins a new series combining heart-pounding suspense with his first-hand experience in the courtroom.

    The Third Victim opens on a dark road in rural Oregon, where a driver encounters a lone woman, beaten and bloodied, who tells him how she escaped from a house where a kidnapper had tortured her. The house, it turns out, belongs to prominent Oregon attorney Alex Mason. Mason insists that he’s innocent, but investigators link him to the deaths of two other women, who were similarly kidnapped and tortured. And after Mason’s wife gives a statement about his sexual sadism, and physical evidence found at the house, Mason’s conviction looks certain.

    Legendary criminal defense attorney Regina Barrister, known as “The Sorceress” for her courtroom victories, steps in to take Mason’s case. But Barrister’s got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients.

    Taking second chair in the case is Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, who has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, and Lockwood becomes increasingly worried that her boss’s behavior and the details in the case against their client don’t quite add up.

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  • May 14

    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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  • May 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Craft an artist statement with Emily Carr.

    Participants will need to bring a 1-page artist’s statement describing their current or next writing project and what they would do if given 30 days to work on it


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  • May 14

    6:00 PM - McMenamins Old St. Francis School

    Rinku Sen, author and senior strategist at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation discusses racial justice and democracy in the 21st century. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and program starts at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink available for sale.

    Race relations in the United States are the most contested in half a century. Communities of color face grave threats, as our still-young democracy continues to develop, all in a context of world changing technological revolution. This talk will explore how these issues are related, and what we can do to ensure a fair and sustainable world for all.

    Think & Drink sponsored in part by Oregon Humanities, OSU-Cascades Diversity Committee and McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

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  • May 19

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Commit stories from your life to paper.

    Many of us feel drawn to commit stories from our lives to paper. Often though, the process seems intimidating or overwhelming. Learn an approachable style of memoir writing from local writer Sarah Sennott Cyr in this afternoon workshop.

    Inspired by the work of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), you'll learn how to write with prompts for a set period of time, with the goal of developing a consistent writing practice. We'll examine the genre of the "baby memoir," or memoir essay, and generate a long list of topics for you to continue your work well beyond this workshop.

    This is an all-levels workshop. Beginners encouraged.

    Bring a fast-writing pen and notebook.

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  • May 21

    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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  • May 21

    6:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Explore Camp Abbot's heritage.

    Today Sunriver is an idyllic community, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the western-most engineer replacement training center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mimicking the European landscape, the surrounding terrain and the swift-flowing Deschutes River was deemed perfect for training 90,000 young soldiers how to build and demolish bridges.

    Freelance writer and local historian Tor Hanson is passionate about history, especially Central Oregon’s history. He is a board member of the Deschutes Historical Society and the editor of the society’s monthly newsletter, The Homesteader. He has also presented three History Pubs: The Prohibition in Bend; The Great Depression in Bend; and The Nordeen Legacy.

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  • May 24

    12:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Gregory Nokes share his new book "The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California."

    Hear the story from R. Gregory Nokes, author of "Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory," published by Oregon State University Press. "Breaking Chains" was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for non-fiction and was number 6 that year in The Oregonian's ranking of the top ten new books in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • May 24

    6:00 PM - Meeting Room

    Gregory Nokes share his new book "The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California."

    Hear the story from R. Gregory Nokes, author of "Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory," published by Oregon State University Press. "Breaking Chains" was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for non-fiction and was number 6 that year in The Oregonian's ranking of the top ten new books in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Jun 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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  • Jun 10

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn how to move yourself, and the audience along with you.

    Listen to readings by Jennifer Tseng, Laura Winberry and the OSU-Cascades MFA faculty. During the panel, learn how to give an effective public reading, including basic instruction in body and breath and connecting to an audience. Very few writers are taught how to give a public reading—and many writers ruin their work when they read it aloud. Learn how to move yourself, and the audience along with you.

    This event is part of the Write Here series and is the inaugural Writers Reading and Working event.

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  • Jun 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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  • Jun 11

    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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  • Jun 14

    6:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Part 2: Moving the Story

    In part two our character's intentions and obstacles will become our drive to move our story forward in a way that makes sense and keeps our audience's attention. We will explore the concept of "Theme," and "Tone," and discuss the importance of drama as outlined in "Aristotle's Poetics." Our primary focus in part 2 will be to examine what elements will reach the audience on both the surface/conscious level as well as subconsciously keeping the story moving with purpose and intention. We will examine a few films and their screenplays to see why it works and why it doesn't work, gaining perspective on the power of foreshadow and timely revealing of information.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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  • Jun 17

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Award-winning author Leni Zumas reads from her latest work, "Red Clocks."

    "Red Clocks" follows five story lines from five women living in the world in which Roe v. Wade has been reversed. This book asks the question, "what is a woman for?"

    Leni Zumas's novel RED CLOCKS (Little, Brown, 2018) was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an Indie Next selection, and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Literary Fiction pick. Zumas is also the author of the story collection FAREWELL NAVIGATOR (Open City, 2008) and the novel THE LISTENERS (Tin House, 2012), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

    Her stories and essays have appeared in The Cut, The Collagist, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, The Elephants, Lenny Letter, New Orleans Review, Open City, Quarterly West, The Sunday Times (UK), Tin House, Two Serious Ladies, & elsewhere. She has received grants and fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

    Leni is on the MFA faculty at Portland State University. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with the artist Luca Dipierro and their son.

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  • Jun 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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  • Jun 25

    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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  • Jun 30

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Local voices read original works of poetry and prose.

    Hear from your neighbors and community members as they step up to the mic and read or perform original pieces of poetry, drama, and prose. Spaces are available for participants to register to read for up to 5 minutes each. Limited spaces will be reserved at the event for new readers to join in. No registration is required to attend the event.

    Bring a friend, bring a voice, and join us for open mic!

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  • Jul 2

    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 8

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Oregon author Tabitha Blankenbiller shares her new foodoir.

    An up-and-coming Oregon writer, Tabitha Blankenbiller's essays excavate the truth behind fashion, food, friendships, old video games, and squished lizards. Her work springs to life where personal and pop cultures intersect.

    Tabitha will read excerpts from her new book and will do a signing. Books available for sale at the event.

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  • Jul 9

    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 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Revise or develop your young adult pitch, and learn more about the YA market.

    Interested in writing for teens? Young adult author Suzy Vitello will lead an interactive session covering YA genres, parameters, and current trends in young adult literature. Topics will include: audience expectation, point of view, tension building, plotter vs pantser, voice, representation, and publication resources.

    Suzy Vitello, a newly empty-nested writer, lives in Portland with her school teacher husband and an enthusiastic Rottweiler. Her debut young adult novel, "The Moment Before," published by Diversion Books, was a Jr. Library Guild pick for 2014. Her other books for teens include "The Empress Chronicles" and "The Keepsake," which are part of a series that re-imagines the teen years of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

    She holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles, and when not working on her own novels, she teaches workshops in Portland and online through LitReactor. She is also a freelance developmental editor. Find out more about Suzy, her books, and her workshops: www.suzyvitello.com.

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  • Jul 12

    6:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Part 3: Set up and Pay off
    In part three we will explore in more depth the ways in which a good story will foreshadow events and elements within to effectively tell a rich story that gets noticed. Placing importance on purposeful placement and revelation throughout the process. Part 3 will explore adding depth and focus to the story and take our character's on a journey that makes for great cinema.

    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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  • Jul 15

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Elise Hooper reads from her latest work, "The Other Alcott."

    Eclipsed by her sister’s literary triumph in 1868, May Alcott, the youngest of the Alcott sisters, sets out to pursue her own career as a painter. May’s quest for her own identity and success takes her from Boston to Rome, London, and Paris and eventually puts her on a collision course with her famous older sister, Louisa.

    2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Little Women."

    Although a New Englander by birth (and at heart), Elise Hooper lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature.

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  • 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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