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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

  • Jul 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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  • Jul 23

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Jul 23

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Explore beginning your writing with courage and curiosity with Dr. Emily Carr.

    “To write is to encounter a love affair. To begin is to admit an infatuation, a longing, a love… The middle is about the despair of ending, the fear that love will go unrequited. The ending says I might have loved you once, but things have changed between us; things are different now. The ending says it’s not you, it’s me.” ~ Jenny Boully

    Jenny Boully likens writing to a love affair, often the one-sided kind. She sees the beginning as the moment of falling in love: commitment, obsession, spontaneity, risk, the thrill of matchmaking. In this mixed-genre workshop, we will examine, experience, and experiment with a variety of ways to begin (anything). Together, we will write, read, reflect upon, and live a series of beginnings. Together, we will increase our curiosity (and decrease our fear) of beginning.

    Emily Carr says she "writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney's editors, for example) called divorce poems." She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. 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 the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her newest book, Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—, is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary. You can find her online at www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.

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  • Jul 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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  • Jul 30

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Aug 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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  • Aug 6

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Aug 10

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Desmond Spann helps you take your poetry from the page to the stage.

    In this workshop we will take the power of word from the page to the stage. We will explore the creative process of crafting a performance with poetry. We will explore some pre-writing techniques to keep the creative blocks at bay.

    To be light, pass the spark, and watch us glow is Desmond Spann's vision. His creative expressions of emceeing, music, teaching, and writing seek true liberation-freedom from fear and its many forms. His performances and poetry were featured OPB's Oregon Art Beat. His first book "Des Writes Bars and Poems Too" (available on amazon) is a collection of verses and spoken word poems, expanding the definition of Hip Hop poetry. Desmond gains wisdom, support, and love from his partner Kacy, sons Isaiah and Ayoleeto. Living in Portland Oregon, he teaches 9th grade English at Franklin High School, performs with the 6-piece live Hip Hop band Speaker Minds (speakerminds.com) and blogs at DesmondSpann.com.

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  • Aug 11

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Spoken word poet performs.

    To be light, pass the spark, and watch us glow is Desmond Spann's vision. His creative expressions of emceeing, music, teaching, and writing seek true liberation-freedom from fear and its many forms. His performances and poetry were featured OPB's Oregon Art Beat. His first book "Des Writes Bars and Poems Too" (available on amazon) is a collection of verses and spoken word poems, expanding the definition of Hip Hop poetry. Desmond gains wisdom, support, and love from his partner Kacy, sons Isaiah and Ayoleeto. Living in Portland Oregon, he teaches 9th grade English at Franklin High School, performs with the 6-piece live Hip Hop band Speaker Minds (speakerminds.com) and blogs at DesmondSpann.com.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 12

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 13

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose 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

    Ellen Santasiero discusses how to use innovative forms to tell your story.

    Ellen will discuss the possibilities and benefits of writing personal narrative inspired by encyclopedia entries, playlists, and other non-literary forms.

    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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  • Aug 14

    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 for you word lovers. Poetry, storytelling, some jokes all welcome, but please keep it family-friendly as we are an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. We will start with 5 minute slots, if you need 2 or 3 to complete your piece sign up for them 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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  • Aug 19

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 20

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 26

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 27

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 27

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Explore the intersection of writing and social media and how to reach new audience members.

    Writers of prose and poetry know that it isn't always the quality of our writing that solicits the widest audience or establishes our reputation as writers, so much as it is the consistency with which we write and how we network with other writers. In this workshop, we will investigate the relationship between our writing, social media, and reaching audience members. We will explore how some of the most well-known writers cultivate a social media presence and discuss the dos and don'ts of cultivating our own.

    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: https://www.jennalgoldsmith.com

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  • Sep 3

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Sep 8

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Local poets read original works.

    The High Desert Poetry Cell, a group of five word-struck local men, has been meeting monthly since 2006 to discuss the condition of the universe, enjoy good food and drink, and remember heroic accomplishments, as well as write and critique their own poems. During that time they have published three volumes of their poetry and presented numerous readings. They are:


    LARRY JACOBS has been a Dorian Fellow and State Poet of East Texas. He has won the Bublitz Prize and the National Rhyme Award as well as published several books of translations including the poetry of Jake Marney and Adolph Javos O’Reily. For many years he has been the Thomas Boors Cartwright Professor at Her Likelihood of Saintdom University in Chance, Nevada. He is currently the Chancellor of the Academy of American HOO RAH.

    DON KUNZ is a recovering English Literature Professor who, although retired, is unable to break his occupationally induced habit of writing essays, short stories and poems for publication.

    JOHN KVAPIL was awarded, in 1964, a big blue Grand Sweepstakes ribbon for his eighth grade science fair exhibit “DNA, Life’s Secret” and he’s been bitter about Watson and Crick receiving the Nobel ever since. He writes poetry to compensate.

    PETER LOVERING has a doctorate in WORK. He has been an airport grounds laborer, an oil field roustabout, a dynamite fuser, a line cook, dish washer, a bartender, a soldier, a microwave tower builder, a ski lodge manager, a stone mason, a rental management director, a restaurant/bar owner, an adobe wall builder, a carpenter, a general contractor, a college biology instructor, a building company executive, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and, now, a poet. He finally made it!

    JOHN MARTIN rose to his full height in the Great Lakes area, cooled and settled in California, aged and dried out in the High Desert of Bend, and is now rehydrating with grape water in Walla Walla. He finds a lot of current poetry ill-advised and inedible, but, nonetheless, he keeps looking, hoping to discover a cold plum in someone’s refrigerator.

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  • Sep 9

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 10

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Sep 10

    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

  • Sep 11

    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 for you word lovers. Poetry, storytelling, some jokes all welcome, but please keep it family-friendly as we are an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. We will start with 5 minute slots, if you need 2 or 3 to complete your piece sign up for them 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

  • Sep 16

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 17

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Sep 23

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 24

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Sep 28

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Memoir writing workshop with Beth Alvarado.

    "Personal history," according to Patricia Hampl, "logged in memory, is a sort of slide projector flashing images on the wall of the mind. And there’s precious little order to the slides in the rotating carousel. Beyond that confusion, who knows who is running the projector?"

    This is an apt description of our class: we will generate some pieces of memory, we will discuss ways of shaping them into a larger whole, and we may, finally, come to some understanding of who is running the projector. Bring paper and pens or a laptop, your memory, your imagination and, if you are so inclined, you might read Hampl’s essay, "Memory and Imagination" before we meet. Beth Alvarado will link it to her website www.bethalvarado.com under "Calendar" or you can find it here: https://core1section11.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/hampl-memory-imagination.pdfBeth Alvarado is the author of four books, Anthropologies: A Family Memoir and Anxious Attachments (essays), and the story collections Not a Matter of Love and Jillian in the Borderlands (forthcoming). She lived in Tucson, Arizona for most of her life, but has relocated to Bend, where she teaches for OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA program.

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  • Sep 30

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 1

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

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  • Oct 5

    11:00 AM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Explore a character-first model of fiction writing.

    Join author Kim Fu for a generative writing workshop that explores a character-first model of fiction writing. Through examples, prompts, and discussion, participants will leave with new writing and methods to make the leap from character to story. Fiction writers of all levels are welcome.

    Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry, most recently "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore," which was called "propulsive" and "skillful" by the New York Times. Her debut "For Today I Am a Boy" won the Edmund White Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, among others. Her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, Hazlitt, and the Times Literary Supplement. Fu lives in Seattle, Washington and is an instructor-advisor at the Humber School for Writers.

    Kim Fu will read from her latest work, "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore" at 2 PM in the Brooks Room. Reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books available for purchase.

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  • Oct 5

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Kim Fu reads from "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore."

    Award-winning author Kim Fu reads from her most recent novel, "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore," about five young girls who become stranded on a kayaking trip in the Pacific Northwest, and the haunted and complex women they grow up to become.

    Reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books available for purchase.

    Kim Fu will be hosting a writing workshop on the character-first model of fiction in the Brooks Room prior to the reading, from 11 AM-12:30 PM on Saturday, October 5.

    Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry, most recently "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore," which was called "propulsive" and "skillful" by the New York Times. Her debut "For Today I Am a Boy" won the Edmund White Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, among others. Her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, Hazlitt, and the Times Literary Supplement. Fu lives in Seattle, Washington and is an instructor-advisor at the Humber School for Writers.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 7

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 8

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Oct 8

    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

  • Oct 9

    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 for you word lovers. Poetry, storytelling, some jokes all welcome, but please keep it family-friendly as we are an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. We will start with 5 minute slots, if you need 2 or 3 to complete your piece sign up for them 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

  • Oct 14

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 15

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

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