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.
April Kidwell crafts small-town romances rich in history and faith for the waiting heart. When not writing, she’s on the lookout for the most romantic spots and best eateries in the Pacific Northwest. A native Oregonian—with roots traceable to pre-statehood—her happy place is at home on the high desert with family and a household full of pets.
April offered editing and design services.
Editing: Content and Developmental Edits for sweet & clean or Christian Romance novels. Design: Social media graphics, printable documents, and T-shirts/Posters.
Julie Swearingen is the owner of Quail Run Editorial. She received a master’s degree in book publishing from Portland State University in 2017, where she focused on editing
and marketing. Since 2017, Julie has edited more than 40 books in the memoir, fiction, young adult, historical romance, and nonfiction genres, as well as working as a publicist and marketing manager, and is currently the events manager at Roundabout Books in Bend. Julie has served as the Poetry Managing Editor for VoiceCatcher Literary Journal, a judge for the IBPA Ben Franklin Awards for three years, presented at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2021 Conference, and participated in an editing roundtable at Women Writing the West 2021. She is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild, Northwest Editors Guild, ACES: The Society for Editing, the Freelancers Union, and the Independent Book Publishers Association. Her portfolio is available at www.quailrun.co.
Quail Run Editorial offers ghostwriting, manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading. We serve indie authors (those who are selfpublishing), authors who are pursuing traditional publishing (pitching to agents and publishers), and publishers and presses.
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Grant Rosenberg is currently working on my third novel, but also actively consults on feature and television scripts, providing concise notes to help writers polish their TV series ideas, drama pilots, and screenplays before submitting their work to agents, producers, and competitions.
Grant offers constructive comments on formatting, story, characters, pacing and dialogue. Also, a 30 minute consultation to discuss the notes. Grant has 40+ years of experience, both as a senior creative studio executive, and a writer/showrunner, and has written or rewritten over 100 hours of dramatic television.
Writer, editor, & creativity coach T. Lee Brown (she/they) has been in the business for over 30 years. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Oregon Humanities, Tin House, Wired, Bust, The
Oregonian, Whole Earth Review, and various anthologies. T's work ranges from journalism to poetry, criticism to fiction, memoir to corporate websites. Her education includes stints at UC Berkeley, Harvard, Goddard, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She currently writes for The Nugget Newspaper in Sisters, Oregon, where she has a column called "In the Pines."
Writing, Editing, Coaching, Journalism, Feature Writing, Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir, OpEd, Online Content, Interviews, Corporate and nonprofit content, branding, nomenclature, copywriting, and assorted editorial collateral, with a strategic approach to long-term success and holistic creative collaboration.
Tiffany Lee Brown, a.k.a. T
Kim Cooper Findling is an award-winning author, essayist, journalist and editor based in beautiful Bend, Oregon. She is a fifth-generation Oregonian who spent her childhood on the Oregon Coast and has been writing about her amazing home state for two decades. See kimcooperfindling.com.
Kimberly graduated from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in literary nonfiction. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College in Vermont – enduring eyelash-freezing winters studying history, anthropology, and African studies.
Following Middlebury, Kimberly served as a news assistant and business reporter for The Bulletin newspaper in Bend, Oregon. After three years at the paper, she moved to Maui. Kimberly has published stories about craft beer, love, travel, scuba diving, and Central Oregon in various newspapers, online, and print magazines (please see Clips and Works).
She now finds home, once more, in the shadows of the Cascade Mountains, writing and teaching. You might find her strolling on a trail or drinking a good beer or looking into the sky. Please say hi – this is where we all come together.
Dancing Moon Press is an independent press specializing in projects that would normally slip through the cracks of the traditional publishing industry. Dancing Moon Press works with
authors at each level of their careers, but we especially love working with first-time authors.
Since 1996, our full-service book production company based in Oregon has offered comprehensive services for authors at every stage of book creation, from writing to editing to publishing to marketing. Most of all, at Dancing Moon Press, we love stories and writers. We will treat your book with personal attention and collaborate with you to create a better book than you thought possible.
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Write Here! programs are facilitated by experienced writing instructors from Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Programs are open to everyone with an interest in writing. Programs will vary in location, time, and topic, but all Write Here! programs are free. Space is limited, and registration will often be required in order to keep class sizes manageable.
10:30 AM - Multi-Purpose Room
Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events. Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.Free, open network WiFi available.
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1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom
Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.Free, open network WiFi available.
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5:30 PM - Brooks Room
Bring an old piece of writing to get ideas on how to revise. You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.What do we with the stories that weve pronounced dead? Can you bring them back to life with a few stolen body parts and an electrical storm? In this workshop, well look at revision as resuscitation. Bring an old piece that youve tucked away, and we'll see if we can breathe some life into it. Kristin Dorsey is a Professor in the Humanities Department at Central Oregon Community College. Shes a generalist, which means that she teaches a variety of academic and creative writing classes, along with literature classes from Early American literature to Childrens literature.Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *zm*
1:00 PM - Brooks Room
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Bring three pages or two poems to share with a group for critique.This is an in-person program. Registration is required. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.Participants will be broken up into small groups to read and discuss their work. Guidelines for the Critique Group:- Share what you liked and what you thought worked well in the piece.- Identify areas that you don't understand or where communication with the reader breaks down.- Identify craft-related areas of concern (point of view, verb tense, clarity, filtering, redundancy, cliché, sensory details, metaphor, dialogue, narration, pacing, drama, back story, action, intent, scene, structure, etc.).- Identify craft-related areas of possibility (same list).- Do not micromanage or try to rewrite for the author; focus on the piece in front of you, not what you would have written.- Be nice. Be honest. Be of service.For the Author During Workshop:- Be quiet and listen actively.- If you need to explain the piece during workshop, it means the information isn't on the page.- Make notes of what you hear and want to say, so that you can include it in your revision.- After feedback is offered, thank everyone for their time, and ask and answer questions.- You may hear a lot of different opinions, but always remember this is your work and you get to decide how it is written.- Bear in mind that if you get the same feedback from a lot of people, it's certainly worth taking note.
6:00 PM - The Commons
Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers. This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.Join us at The Commons for a spoken word open mic night. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up. Readers have seven minutes at the mic. Food and drink are available for purchase through The Commons. This is an all-ages venue. 875 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR 97703
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Hear about the infamous Rajneeshpuram community from the creator of the "Building Utopia" podcast. This is a live webinar. Receive the Zoom link by using the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.Author Russell King will be in conversation with Deschutes Public Library to discuss his recent nonfiction history of the Rajneeshpuram community that existed near Antelope, OR, in the early 1980s. Check out the full story through his books, Rajneeshpuram: Inside the Cult of Bhagwan and Its Failed American Utopia.Russell King is a writer, investigator, and attorney. In 2018 he created the podcast "Building Utopia: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh," which explores the history of Bhagwan and his disciples using an immersive narrative nonfiction approach. A former partner at an international law firm who specialized in complex litigation, King draws on his experience piecing together factual narratives based on contradictory evidence to tackle this rich and complicated history. *zm*
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Get insights and answers about the writing life from people in your neighborhood.You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.Get insights and answers about the writing life from people in your neighborhood. Featuring Tracey Lange, Shea Ernshaw, & Sarah Smith. Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*
6:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall
Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.Join us at the High Desert Music Hall for a spoken word open mic night the third Thursday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up.818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond, OR 97756cr*
Hear ideas for approaching research creatively that are applicable no matter what genre you are working in.You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.Research is not just a tool for building arguments or confirming details, but one for associative brainstorming and jumpstarting ideas, for un-jamming writers block, and for building scene, setting, character, and metaphor. After surveying a few examples of creative research in action, participants will learn about various websites, digital archives, apps, and other digital tools that are free resources for your research toolbox and get ideas for how to apply them. We will also do a multi-part writing exercise based around an old photograph, which will explore how research can spur new revelations in memory. Erica Berry is a writer and teacher based in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Her essays can be found in print and online in The Guardian, The Yale Review, Outside Magazine, Catapult, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Guernica, and others. Her work has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Tin House, the Ucross Foundation, and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, among others. Her debut nonfiction book, Cry Wolf, is forthcoming from Flatiron/Macmillan in the U.S. and Canongate in the U.K. in early 2023. www.ericaberry.comCentral Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*
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Hear from local librarians about banned books in Central Oregon. This is a live webinar. Receive the Zoom link by using the "Register Here for Online Access" link above.April Witteveen, director of Crook County Library, Emily O'Neal, Manager of Technical Services at Deschutes Public Library, and Pia Alliende, district librarian for the Redmond School District speak about their personal experience with challenged and banned books in Central Oregon. *zm*
12:00 PM - Meeting Room
Discuss and practice how to hook readers from the very first line. This is an in-person program. Registration is required. Masks are recommended at all in-person library programs. Most writers can quote their favorite opening line from a novel by heart (and the words of Herman Melville, Jane Austen, or Gabriel García Márquez are probably swirling in your brain right now). No matter what kind of story youre writing, the first page is an incredible opportunity to make an impression on readers right away. In this workshop, well discuss different strategies for taking advantage of that opportunity. If you have a beginning of a story that youd like to work on, bring it with you. Or if not, well try some prompts to help a future story put its best foot forward.Eileen Sather is an Assistant Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University. While she tends to dabble mostly in writing fiction herself, she loves to read and teach a variety of genres. She is also on a constant quest to find as many good children's books as possible to keep her toddler daughter happily reading.
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