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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

  • 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 26

    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 28

    4:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Teen writers can develop their skills and share their writing at this monthly meet-up. The September meeting will include a teen-led discussion on how to best run the group in the upcoming year.

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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 6

    1:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn to make the first pages of your novel count.

    Editors and agents often say that the opening pages of a novel are the most important. If the writing doesn't grab the reader in this short amount of time, the manuscript will most likely be rejected. But knowing how and where to begin a novel can be daunting, and honing the pages to get them right can take a very long time. This workshop will explore the key elements of conflict, point-of-view, a sense of place, rhythm, and prose—right from the get-go of a story. The goal is to begin a novel by establishing an intimacy between your characters and the reader as you artfully shape a journey that will inspire him or her to keep turning the page.

    Participants are encouraged to bring the opening page of their own work to share for a quick critique.

    Deborah Reed is the author of four novels: The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire, and Carry Yourself Back to Me. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.
    Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe.
    She lives on the coast of Oregon.

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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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  • Oct 14

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Omar El Akkad explores the second Civil War in "American War."

    Omar El Akkad explores the second Civil War in "American War," the 2018 Oregon Book Award Fiction Winner. Set in the year 2075, this is a chilling debut that explores a frightening depiction of America as a land of refugee tents and baked, scorched earth.

    Q & A and book signing to follow. Books sold by Dudley's Bookshop.

    Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in Doha, Qatar, before moving to Canada. He worked as a journalist at The Globe and Mail, and his coverage of a 2006 terror plot earned him a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Reporting. His other journalistic work includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantánamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He has also received the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honourable mentions. He is a graduate of Queen's University. He now lives with his wife in the woods just south of Portland, Oregon.

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  • Oct 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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  • Oct 20

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Join OUTCentral Oregon and Hunter Lee Hughes for Open Mic.

    In collaboration with OUTCentral Oregon and writer, director, and producer of "Guys Reading Poems," Hunter Lee Hughes, step up to the mic and read your favorite classic poem, or your own personal work of up to five minutes.

    Registration is open to the first ten people who wish to read, and ten additional spots will be open at the event for spontaneous readers.

    Hunter Lee Hughes (writer-director-producer) created "Guys Reading Poems" after immersing himself in poetry books left to him by his late grandmother Kathleen. He committed to write and direct Guys Reading Poems with the hope of effectively combining visual poetry with narrative storytelling in a feature film.

    Hunter’s previous directing effort was the comedy narrative webseries "Dumbass Filmmakers!", launched in 2012, which won four awards at L.A.WebFest, including “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.” Hunter also wrote and produced "Winner Takes All", which screened at ten international film festivals before being acquired for distribution as part of the "Black Briefs" collection of dark short films. Most recently, he wrote and directed the theater piece, "Nathaniel Quinn, Filmmaker" which had its world premiere at Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles on August 31st.

    Hunter’s two previous plays, "Fate of the Monarchs" and "The Sermons of John Bradley", were mounted in Los Angeles, with "Fate of the Monarchs" being chosen as “Critic’s Pick” by BackStage West and "The Sermons of John Bradley" winning “Best Leading Actor in A Drama – Male” by StageSceneLA.com for the 2008-2009 Season.

    Hunter’s favorite poet is Rumi.

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  • Oct 22

    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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  • Oct 22

    5:30 PM - Hutchinson Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn to identify four distinct modes of poetic writing (naming, saying, singing, imagining) and apply those poetic modes to prose with Dr. Emily Carr. Registration is free but required.

    This seminar is designed to introduce writers (of any genre) to the practice of reading and writing poetry. We will pay particular attention to the craft elements foregrounded in poetry that can support work in prose. Be warned: you may fall in love with this wildly unmarketable art! In Part 1, participants will learn to identify four distinct modes of poetic writing (naming, saying, singing, imagining) and apply those poetic modes to their work.

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  • Oct 24

    6:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Join award-winning storyteller Heather McNeil for chilling tales to haunt your heart.

    Storytelling is an ancient art that combines creativity, performance skills and the human need for imagination. Heather McNeil is a third generation storyteller who has collected folktales, myths, and legends from other cultures and times of history. She’ll mesmerize you with stories that are old and new, Celtic and southern, and, most of all, downright creepy.

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  • Oct 27

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Kick off National Novel Writing Month with tips for writing.

    Kick off November (National Novel Writing Month) with tips for writing, how to navigate NaNoWriMo online, meet municipal liaison RJ McHatton, and plot your course from blank page to 60,000 words with instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero.

    Then, join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving, moved to Monday, November 19 that week) at the East Bend Library from 5:30-7:30 pm for a mini-lecture to guide you through NaNoWriMo followed by quiet writing time. Don't forget about quiet writing time with WCCO every Monday at Downtown Bend from 10 am-1:00 pm.

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  • Oct 28

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Author Nicole Meir reads from "The Girl Made of Clay."

    "Girl Made of Clay" is an emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter ... and what it takes to mend it.

    After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.

    Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?

    Nicole Meier’s previous novel is The House of Bradbury. She is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosy Aussiedoodle. Visit her at www.nicolemeierauthor.com.

    Books will be available for sale.

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  • Oct 29

    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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  • Nov 1

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    Learn how to write a novel in a month.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 1 lecture:Freewriting (The Madman). Learn about how to get words on paper without self-editing, what to do when you're stuck, and how to build your word count for NaNoWriMo.

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  • Nov 5

    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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  • Nov 8

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    Discover ways to move plot and make things interesting.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 8 lecture: Plot Flashes. Discover ways to move plot and make things interesting. Expand your options.

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  • Nov 11

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    OSU-Cascades MFA faculty and second-year students read their work.

    OSU-Cascades MFA faculty and second-year students read their work. After the reading, MFA faculty and students will offer a behind-the-scenes peak into the writing life, focusing on how the relationship between the mentor and mentee evolves and how we teach the craft of creative writing at the graduate level.

    Emily Carr, Program Director: Emily writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems. She is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems, mostly recently "Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—" (McSweeney's 2016). Her first collection of fiction, "Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot novella" is forthcoming from Spork in 2019. 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. Emily has been a finalist in seven national book contests, most notably The National Poetry Series 2011.

    TC Tolbert, Core Faculty Poet: TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of "Gephyromania" (Ahsahta Press 2014), and five chapbooks, TC is also co-editor of "Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics" (Nightboat Books 2013), the first anthology of its kind. Second only to writing, TC loves teaching and being in the wilderness (wherever that may be). In addition to working with OSU-Cascades, s/he teaches for University of Arizona, is a certified Wilderness EMT, and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC is Tucson’s Poet Laureate.

    Beth Alvarado, Core Faculty in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: Beth’s second book, "Anthropologies: A Family Memoir" (University of Iowa Press, 2011), is a vivid archive of memories that layers scenes, oral histories, portraits, and dreams in a dynamic cross-cultural mosaic. Her short story collection, "Not a Matter of Love" (New Rivers Press, 2006), won the Many Voices Project Prize for work that is “aesthetically challenging and has a social consciousness.” Her essays and stories have been published in many fine journals including The Sun, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares. Beth has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Literature from Stanford University, and she studied creative nonfiction on a fellowship in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Ru Freeman, Core Faculty in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: I grew up in Sri Lanka, a country where girls and women are honored both for their grace and for not taking any bull; where opinions are stated clearly and in the open, most specially when we disagree, but where the argument is kept separate from the relationship; and where friendship is assumed before it has to be proved. These things tend to differentiate me from my American peers. Serendip was the name, in Arabic, for my country in 361 AD, whose essence was captured in the invention of the word serendipity in the 18th century. As such, I’ve learned to stay wide open to the beauty that chance happenings afford us, and thrive in environments where people love without boundaries, give freely of their wealth and of themselves, enjoy the pleasure of food and drink and dance, and find humor in pretty much everything. Even the darkest things. Particularly those.

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  • Nov 12

    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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  • Nov 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Discuss line breaks and six ways in which they are used and leave with tools for revision.

    This seminar is designed to introduce writers (of any genre) to the practice of reading and writing poetry. We will pay particular attention to the craft elements foregrounded in poetry that can support work in prose. Be warned: you may fall in love with this wildly unmarketable art! In Part 2 participants will learn discuss line breaks and six ways in which they are used and leave with tools for revision.

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  • Nov 15

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    The art of writing into your information.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 15 lecture: Turbocharge Your Text! The art of writing into your information--detail and micro-writing.

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  • Nov 19

    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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  • Nov 19

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    How to keep holiday distractions from derailing your writing.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 19 Lecture: Pass the Gravy. How to keep holiday week distractions from derailing your NaNoWriMo goal.

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  • Nov 26

    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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  • Nov 29

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    How to continue a regular writing practice after November is over.

    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.
    November is National Novel Writing Month--learn how to write a novel in a month with the guidance of instructors Irene Cooper, Mike Cooper, and Ellen Santasiero. Join Deschutes Public Library every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving--that lecture moved to Monday, November 19) for a mini-lecture to guide you through writing, and then quiet writing time.

    November 29 Lecture: Keeping It Going and Keeping It Real. How to continue a regular writing practice after November is over. Learn about local writing groups, classes, workshops, and opportunities to read in public.

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  • Nov 30

    4:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Develop your skills and share your work at monthly meet ups.

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  • Dec 3

    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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  • Dec 9

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Judy Montgomery and Carol Barrett read select original poems.

    Judith H. Montgomery lives in Bend, where she writes and loves to teach poetry workshops. Her poems appear in the Bellingham Review, Measure, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals, as well as in many anthologies. Her chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for Poetry; the full-length Red Jess appeared in 2006; Pulse & Constellation (2007), a finalist for the Finishing Line Poetry Prize, followed. She enjoys judging poetry competitions, and was the first Writer-in-Residence at Central Oregon Community College. Her fourth collection of poetry, Litany for Wound and Bloom, was published this summer by Uttered Chaos Press.

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  • Dec 10

    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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  • Dec 17

    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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