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:
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.
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Educator, author and blogger explains growing up multiracial in Bend in the 80s.Noriko Nakada was born in 1970s Bend to a Japanese American father and German-Irish mother. Her family becomes increasingly diverse when they adopt a six-year-old boy from Korea. As she struggles to find comfort within her family and community, she examines her family's silences and begins to understand life, death and her own identity. Nakada will read excerpts and discuss the challenges and isolation a multiracial girl faces in small-town America.Noriko Nakada writes, parents, and teaches eighth grade English at Emerson Middle School in Los Angeles. She is the author of the Through Eyes Like Mine memoir series. Excerpts, essays, and poetry have been published in Kartika, Catapult, Meridian, Compose, and Hippocampus. She is spending her time in quarantine perfecting sourdough, biscuits, and piecrust. She has two kids and answers approximately three thousand questions per day. *oo*
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This is a live, interactive workshop. Registration for this event closes the day prior to the program. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link at that time.Inhabit a new identity during this stellar playshop. Use of persona liberates us from the dictum to write only what we know. An entree to imagination, the form allows us to inhabit identities or voices other than our own. During this small-group Playshop, writing prompts will serve as springboards for vivid exploration. Cultural appropriation in use of persona will be addressed. Excellent for fledglings and long-time lovers of creative writing and poetry!Krayna Castelbaum, Poetry Instigator, offers monthly Poetry Playshops, publishes Poem of the Month, and collaborates with other poets/artists in the Central Oregon community and beyond. Krayna's Playshops free people up to invest energy in spirited, spontaneous play and creative self-expression. Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com *zm*
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5:30 PM - Brooks Room
This live reading will be held via Zoom. Use this URL to join the program https://zoom.us/j/94720637761 or click "Join Program Here." Hear the winners of the Central Oregon Writers Guild Annual Contest.Adult Fiction1st place: Chris Hannas "Johnny Pucks"2nd Place: Lynda Sather "Maddie's Journey"3rd Place: Patsy Stagner "The Hole in My Glove"Honorable Mentions: Susan Frank "Glitter Path", Tamara Marnell "The Richest Woman in the World"Adult Nonfiction1st Place: Daniel Murphy "Listing to the Right"2nd Place: Lori Greenstone "Carpet Ride"3rd Place: Judy Dugan "The Banana Republic Game"Honorable Mention: Pat Kruis-Tellinghusen "To Our Neighbors in Burns, Oregon"Adult Poetry1st Place: Patty Palmer-Baker "Eyebrow Bear"2nd Place: Carolyn Tate "Me, Jungle"3rd Place: Tess Marino "And Then, White Pelicans"Honorable Mention: Randy Workman "We'll Be Right Back After These Messages"Youth Fiction1st Place: Mckenzie Leary "When Fate Aligns"2nd Place: Darcy Hays "Bloodsport"3rd Place: Nicole Morgen "Shatter"Honorable Mention: Reed Luppens "Seven-Minute Mile"Youth Poetry1st Place: Sophie App Singer "Why It's Hard To Love A Poet"2nd Place: Nicole Morgen "My Darling Husband Sam"3rd Place: Darcy Hays "Skin Deep"Children's Literature1st Place: Denice Lewis "Her Eyes"2nd Place: Minda DeBudge "The Mystery of the Basement Boogies"3rd Place: Cameron Prow "Elmer's Miracles"Honorable Mention: Megan Hoffman "Ziggy Moves"To read the pieces, go to centraloregonwritersguild.com or click on the link below.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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This is a live, interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link to join the presentation. Use this URL https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1YUZ7g1hQri8V9FnvXyo4w or click "Register Here" above. Examine BIPOC representation in fantasy through worlds like those of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined. The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, the doors are often barred. This problem lies not only with childrens publishing, but also with the television and film executives tasked with adapting these stories into a visual world. When characters of color do appear, they are often marginalized or subjected to violence, reinforcing for audiences that not all lives matter.The Dark Fantastic is an engaging and provocative exploration of race in popular youth and young adult speculative fiction. Grounded in her experiences as YA novelist, fanfiction writer, and scholar of education, Thomas considers four black girl protagonists from some of the most popular stories of the early 21st century: Bonnie Bennett from the CWs The Vampire Diaries, Rue from Suzanne Collinss The Hunger Games, Gwen from the BBCs Merlin, and Angelina Johnson from J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter. Analyzing their narratives and audience reactions to them reveals how these characters mirror the violence against black and brown people in our own world.In response, Thomas uncovers and builds upon a tradition of fantasy and radical imagination in Black feminism and Afrofuturism to reveal new possibilities. Through fanfiction and other modes of counter-storytelling, young people of color have reinvisioned fantastic worlds that reflect their own experiences, their own lives. As Thomas powerfully asserts, we dark girls deserve more, because we are more.Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Educational Division at the University of Pennsylvanias Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she was a member of the NCTE Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Colors 2008-2010 cohort, served on the NCTE Conference on English Education's Executive Committee from 2013 until 2017, and is the immediate past chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research. Currently, she serves as co-editor of Research of the Teaching of English, and her most recent book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (NYU Press, 2019).The Dark Fantastic: https://dpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1790426094 *zm*
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.
Kim Cooper Findling is a sixth generation Oregonian and award-winning writer and editor of stories about her beloved home state. She is the author of Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families, Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. For the last two decades, she has worked as a magazine editor, travel writer, memoirist, journalist, teacher and author from Bend, Oregon. See kimcooperfindling.com.
Krayna Castelbaum – Poetry Instigator at Large
Krayna guides monthly Poetry Playshops and other poetry, writing and creativity events on a regular basis, publishes of Poem of the Month, and curates poetry for her semi-annual Poetic Journeys and other occasions in the Central Oregon community
Krayna also facilitates “uncommon conversations,” a process of inquiry and deep listening for both what is said and what is not said, with individuals, couples and groups. Dropping beneath social constructs and expectations into the vast, rich inner landscape has been her life-long passion. This style of engagement has served as formative ground for Krayna’s own poetry, writing and visual art-making.
Cultivating environments that free people to invest energy in the adventurous spirit of play and creative expression is pure joy for Krayna. Her humorous, warm, spontaneous style encourages surprise, exploration and meaningful connection.
Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com
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
Judith Montgomery lives in Bend, Oregon, where she writes and tries to keep dee r from eating her geraniums. She loves to teach and talk about poetry. Her poems appear in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, the American Journal of Nursing, and Healing Muse, among other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies. Her first collection, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for Poetry; Red Jess, a finalist for several national book awards, appeared in 2006; and a chapbook, Pulse & Constellation in 2007.
Her new manuscript, Litany for Bloom and Wound, has been assisted through residencies at Playa, and was a finalist for the 2016 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize and was recently accepted for publication by Uttered Chaos Press in Eugene.
Better known as MOsley WOtta, Jason Graham is a consummate creative who has been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, poet, visual artist and educator for over a decade. A former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon, Jason’s work focuses on the power of voice. He has been featured multiple times as a TED X speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, PBS Oregon Art Beat. .
Recently MOWO was selected as and Oregon Humanities Conversation Project leader. Additionally MOWO is an Art Ambassador with the RISE UP INTL and the US Embassy.
People need stories. They want their emotions jangled and their minds bent, their existence questioned, their reality suspended, their world taken apart and put back together again. They need us to write.
Mike is a graduate of the OSU MFA Writing Program. He writes short and long fiction, and co-facilitates Blank Pages Writing Workshops in Bend with his beautiful and gifted wife.
Irene Cooper’s poems have appeared in the Oregon Poetry Association anthology, Verseweavers, in Indolent Books’ anthology, Poems in the Aftermath, on the online project, What Rough Beast, and in The Feminist Wire. She co-edits The Stay Project, contributes to the blog, The (Eternal) Beginner's Guide to Bend, is a freelance copywriter, essayist, and a novelist in search of publisher.
Ms. Cooper earned an MFA in Poetry from OSU-Cascades, and co-facilitates Blank Pages Workshops in Bend, OR, with her handsome and talented husband.
I love connecting with local writers through my workshops at the library! In my workshop, Speak, Memory: Beginning Your Memoir, I begin with warm-up exercises that help participants access important memories, and then guide them in writing and editing their own short memoir. Craft workshops include in-depth work with metaphor, language, and sentences.
I teach English and creative writing at OSU-Cascades in Bend. My essays and author interviews have appeared in The Sun, Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, youshare.com, and High Desert Journal, among others. I grew up in New York and Indiana, and in 1989, I moved west, where I learned that the word “butte” was not pronounced “butt.”
Sarah Sennott Cyr teaches writing practice, the cultivation of a regular writing habit in response to prompts. Once your writing routine is established, it can be directed towards any writing project: a blog, personal essay, memoir, even oral storytelling. Sarah's work has appeared in Newsweek Magazine, ARTNews, The Boston Globe, and Cosmopolitan. Her teaching style is heavily influenced by Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), who she has studied with in Santa Fe.
Carol Barrett is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator who has published two volumes of poetry, including the prize-winning collection Calling in the Bones (Ashland Poetry Press.) Carol has earned two master's degrees and two Ph.D.s - the first in Clinical Psychology and the second in Creative Writing. Her current research interest is the healing potential of poetry. She also writes creative nonfiction; Pansies was released in 2018, the first book in English about the Apostolic Lutheran community, a group of primarily Finnish descent, who forbid the practice of birth control.
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.
Beth Alvarado is the author of four books: Anxious Attachments, a collection of essays;Anthropologies: A Family Memoir (University of Iowa Press); and Not a Matter of Love and other stories(Winner of the Many Voices Project Prize, New Rivers Press). Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in September 2020. Beth lived with her late husband and her two children in the Sonoran Borderlands for much of her life. She now lives in Bend, Oregon, where she teaches prose at the OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program.
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.
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:
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.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Maesie Speer is passionate about building inclusive and nurturing creative spaces. She is currently the Arts Center Programs Manager at the Caldera Arts Center outside Sisters where she lives and works. A life-long performance-maker, Maesie was a company member with Hand2Mouth Theatre for 10 years and participated in residencies at Playa, Caldera, and EMPAC and toured regionally and nationally. She has also performed with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Sojourn Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Artists Repertory Theatre, among others. Maesie volunteers as a board member with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon and as a program committee member with ScaleHouse.
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.
Playwright and Producer Cricket Daniel holds a Theatre Degree from UC Santa Barbara and studied Shakespeare in Cambridge, England. Cricket has an extensive background in stand-up and improv and has had her plays produced across the country. Full Length Plays by Cricket include Couple Dating, Love, Laughter and Lucci, Gina Galdi and Guest, Helen on Wheels, The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, I Shot Jennifer Lopez and The Lost Virginity Tour. Her 10 minute play, BREAK DREAMS, was adapted into a short film and made its world premiere in the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Cricket also produces Bend’s annual 24/SEVEN Theater Project at 2nd Street Theater. Cricket is a member of the Dramatist Guild and is a 2011 recipient of Bend’s Arts, Beautification and Culture Award. Cricket lives in Bend with her husband of 24 years, Jason and their 14 year old daughter, Spencer.
To learn more about Cricket, please visit www.cricketdaniel.com.
Desmond Spann, aka DLux the Light is a spoken word poet, a positive emcee and hip hop artist, and an educator who works to help kids express themselves. To be light, pass the spark, and watch us glow is his 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
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