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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

  • Jun 26

    10:00 AM - Library South Patio

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, in-person, outdoor event.

    Explore the generative aspects of poetry and fortune-telling at this salon and poetry reading.

    This event is part of a mini pop-up book tour featuring Emily Carr’s Tarot Romance and fourth poetry collection, Name Your Bird Without A Gun (Spork Press, 2020). Equal parts poetry reading, writing workshop, and fortune-telling salon, this event is designed to invite your imaginations to spark off each other’s, to jolt you into poems you didn’t know you had inside you, and to introduce you to the generative intersections of creativity and fortune-telling. Each aspect of the event will be curated with your specific, personal, and important experience in mind.

    When you RSVP, you will be invited to share a question - personal, professional, work-related, family-related, romance-related - to ask Emily. Emily will use these questions to choreograph the poetry reading, interactive writing activities, and fortune-telling.

    This salon is open to writers of all levels and genres, including folks who don’t yet (know how to) self-identify as writers. Come prepared to experience your creativity as a catalyst for radical acts of connection - even and especially in these disconnecting times! Bring open minds, open ears, and open hearts - along with something to write with and on - and leave with inspiration for your creative endeavors, whether those happen on or off the page.

    Come for the magic and stay for the poetry!

    Emily Carr is a Tarot storyteller, ransom artist, divorce poet, and ecofeminist teacher. 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 Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New College of Florida. Her McSweeney's collection, whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet-,, inspired a beer of the same name, brewed at the Ale Apothecary in Bend, Oregon. Emily's Tarot romance, Name Your Bird Without A Gun, is now available from Spork. Emily has published essays on storytelling and the Tarot in American Poetry Review (September/October 2019) and the Writer's Chronicle (Spring 2020).

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  • Jul 13

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/95803183415?pwd=SkgzVmhjVjR4eFFma2MwY2J6akVUUT09 to join the meeting or click "Join Meeting" above.

    This fun, eclectic workshop invites writers to try their hand at "Hermit Crab Essays."

    Hermit Crab essays are those that borrow their forms from other kinds of communication (think personal ads, medical charts, syllabi, album liner notes). While this has become a popular form in creative nonfiction, the technique has applications for poetry and fiction as well.

    This workshop will feature some examples of Hermit Crab writing, provide some prompts to promote it, and will offer ideas for incorporating it into fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing projects. Come willing to be wildly creative and to throw your normal sense of convention to the wind and to engage in a fun and challenging writing style.

    Kristin Dorsey is a Professor in the Humanities Department at Central Oregon Community College. She’s a generalist, which means that she teaches a variety of academic and creative writing classes, along with literature classes from Early American literature to Children’s literature. She used to read and write a lot. And then she had twins. And now she draws a lot of circles and reads a lot of Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Teaching creative writing workshops in the community keeps her excited about her own writing and that of others.

    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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  • Jul 26

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, in-person event. Registration is required, and space is limited.

    In-person capacity is limited to fit within state and local gathering guidelines.

    Join us for an evening of poetry, expression, and friendly competition. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read at our open mic and poetry slam: Express Yourself.

    The intention of this space is to cultivate a deeply rooted, intersectional community through art. We aim to cultivate a sense of safety and belonging in an intentional container where we honor each other and the beingness of many different kinds of people. We also aim to cultivate this as a trauma-informed space and we recognize that our deepest expression can often go hand-in-hand with our deepest wounds. If your poetry contains topics that may trigger others, we ask you to please provide a trigger warning and express desire for consent from the community. That could look something like, "Trigger warning: this poem addresses the trauma of assault.

    Prizes: Sponsored by Healing Justice Collective

    Sponsor: Deschutes Public Library

    Guest Judges to Be Announced

    Guest Artist to Be Announced

    Format and Schedule:
    6pm- Welcome music, remarks, introductions of hosts, artist, judges, format overview.

    6:15- Open Mic for those wanting to warm up or try something out on the mic. Judges welcome to read! Each person gets 5 minutes at the mic.

    6:45- Poetry slam intro- review set list and criteria for judging and prizes!

    6:50- Poetry Slam! Each person gets 5 mins at the mic with immediate scoring following their set by a panel of guest judges.

    7:30- Closing set by Guest Artist

    7:50- Winners & prizes announced

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  • Aug 3

    6:30 PM -

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day prior to the program. Registration closes at that time. Attendees are invited to share their videos.

    In this generative workshop we’ll explore the intersection of poetry and prose, of fiction and nonfiction.

    Through prompts and short readings, we’ll explore the elasticity, the resiliency, and the wellspring of language and expression. We’ll mix and unmatch genres and styles while re-imagining the invitation to write and renewing our commitment to the story we came to tell.High desert writer Ellen Waterston has published four poetry and three literary nonfiction titles, including, most recently, Walking the High Desert: Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail, University of Washington Press, 2020. Hotel Domilocos, Moonglade Press, 2017 is her most recent collection of poetry. She serves on the faculty of OSU Cascades Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and is founder of the Writing Ranch, which conducts workshops and retreats for established and emerging writers, and of the annual Waterston Desert Writing Prize, recently adopted as a program of the High Desert Museum. She lives in central Oregon.
    *zm*

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  • Aug 10

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/99684077347?pwd=WVhiamhPT2VDUjNmNko0T1pVODlkQT09 to join the meeting or click "Join Meeting" above.

    Recording available after the program. How to utilize uncertainty as kindling for the sacred fire of inspiration. This workshop will focus on protecting the artistic vision while developing an ear for critique.

    MOsley WOtta (Jason Graham) is a transdisciplinary artist living in Central Oregon. His work is currently focused on “soft revolutions." He works with a small team of creatives at WAKE RECORDS.

    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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  • Sep 13

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company. Masks and physical distancing are required.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Sep 14

    5:30 PM -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here https://zoom.us/j/92336279303?pwd=NzNtNmd5QlA3OHlHNkZhaEZIZTJPZz09 to join the meeting, or click "Join Meeting" above.

    Recording available after the program.
    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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  • Sep 19

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive workshop. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day before the workshop. Registration closes at that time. Participants are invited to share their video.

    This meeting will not be recorded.

    Explore the pleasure and nuance of reading poetry aloud in this workshop. How do form and punctuation create a road map for the breath to follow? Be prepared to read a few lines, and to write some, too.

    Irene Cooper is the author of Committal, a speculative spy-fy novel about family (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020) & spare change: poems (FLP, 2021). In 2020, she co-edited, with Ellen Santasiero, Placed: An Encyclopedia of Central Oregon, an anthology of Central Oregon writing. Poems, stories & reviews appear in Denver Quarterly, The Feminist Wire, The Manifest-Station, The Rumpus, phoebe, Witness, VoiceCatcher, & elsewhere. Irene co-founded The Stay Project, co-facilitates Blank Pages Workshops, teaches in community, & lives with her people & a corgi in Oregon. Find her at www.irenecooperwrites.com *zm*

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  • Sep 20

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company. Masks and physical distancing are required.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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