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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

  • Feb 24

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 25

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 2

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 3

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 9

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 9

    6:30 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn the foundational tools to develop a consistent writing practice.

    So many of us long to write but don't know where to start or have trouble sticking with it. In this two hour workshop, learn the foundational tools to develop a consistent writing practice. This is an all-levels writing workshop. Content inspired by Natalie Goldberg's best-seller "Writing Down the Bones."

    Bring notebooks, fast writing pens and planners (digital or paper).

    Sarah Sennott Cyr has a background as a journalist, with work published in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, and ARTNews. Sarah began a daily writing practice in 2014 after reading Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones". The breakthrough she experienced from approaching writing as a practice led her to teaching. In 2019, Sarah completed a year-long writing intensive at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe taught by Natalie Goldberg and Robert Wilder.

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  • Mar 10

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    What your characters need to strike a chord with readers.

    How do you write an unforgettable character? It's a question so complex you might as well ask how to write a good book. That said, there are a number of common factors among characters striking an unforgettable chord with readers. Let’s examine those factors to brainstorm, troubleshoot, and flesh out our main characters, ultimately making them both compelling and memorable in the reader’s mind. Bring your protagonist or antagonist to play with on paper!

    Kat Mattingly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from U of O and a Master of Arts from Pacific U in Portland. She currently teaches creative writing through Continuing Ed at COCC and is a guest author at local book clubs. Her literary fiction novels with Winter Goose Publishing include: Benjamin, Journey, Olivia’s Ghost, and The Tutor. Short story collection Fractured Hearts includes 4 award-winning stories. Kat’s most recent award is with Writer’s Digest for Flash Fiction. She is published in a dozen anthologies (one poetry) and three print magazines. Kat lives at Eagle Crest Resort.

    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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  • Mar 11

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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, though guest presenters may step in from time to time. Poetry, storytelling, jokes, and everything in between are all welcome. Please be mindful of the audience, as this is an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. Each reader is allowed five minutes at the mic. If a readers needs more than five minutes to read or perform a piece, readers may sign up for multiple slots 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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  • Mar 16

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 17

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 23

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 24

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 30

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Mar 31

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 6

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 7

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 8

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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, though guest presenters may step in from time to time. Poetry, storytelling, jokes, and everything in between are all welcome. Please be mindful of the audience, as this is an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. Each reader is allowed five minutes at the mic. If a readers needs more than five minutes to read or perform a piece, readers may sign up for multiple slots 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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  • Apr 13

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 14

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Tips to apply generative writing to any of your writing projects.

    Generative writing or prompt writing can be a way to spawn ideas, tap into memory, and develop characters or settings. But too often writers try prompt writing, look at what they have written, and think, “now what?”

    This workshop will explain the origins and theories behind prompt writing, talk about ways to layer prompts to reveal richer content, and offer practice with the technique. Finally, we will explore ways to apply generative writing to new and in-progress writing projects.

    Kristin R. Dorsey is a Professor in Humanities at Central Oregon Community College. She teaches workshops in the community and currently runs a monthly generative writing class through COCC’s Continuing Education class. When she finds time to write, her focus is on hybrid nonfiction, mostly memoir.

    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

  • Apr 21

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 22

    6:30 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    In this writing workshop, consider memoir as a collage.

    Memoir as a series of toasts to others: this is the novel idea of "When All Is Said" by Ann Griffin. But what about memoir as a collage? Beth Alvarado leads this memoir workshop in which you will examine the literary collage and how it lends itself to memoir, and why. Participants will generate images and scenes and descriptions - all the bits of memory that reflect a life - and connect them all together.

    Bring a laptop if you can, but paper and pens will do.

    Beth Alvarado's book, "Anxious Attachments," is a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and was long-listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Art of the Essay Award. "Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales," is forthcoming in 2020. Her earlier books are "Anthropologies: A Family Memoir" and "Not a Matter of Love" (Many Voices Prize). Beth lives in Bend, where she is core faculty at OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program. She has just been awarded an Oregon Literary Career Fellowship. *ani*

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  • Apr 27

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 28

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • May 4

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • May 5

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • May 9

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    A workshop on the therapeutic nature of creativity and self-expression.

    No matter your upbringing, education, or life experience, everyone goes through hard times. There is not a person on this earth who has not been affected by cancer or war. Both of those terribly tough subjects are tackled with a sincere smile in Ryan Buynak's workshops, which have been described as out-of-the-box and groundbreaking in terms of pushing people out of their comfort zones and daring everyone to laugh at the pain. If you are in need of a new type of therapeutic creativity, look no further. This workshop will dive into the things that scare us all, but it will always end with a loud laugh.

    Join us for this workshop, then again May 9 from 6:30-8:30 PM at The Commons Cafe and Taproom for a reception and voluntary reading to celebrate the brave souls who chose to search outside themselves.

    Ryan Buynak is a poet, a storyteller, a comedian, a teacher, and a wearer of overalls, but more importantly he is an advocate for how these things can be therapy for the restless human soul. He has published 10 books, but his true passion is guiding others to use writing and laughter as a means to find solace and fix frowns. His sister is a cancer survivor, and he has witnessed his friends come back from war as changed skeletons. By writing and sharing knowledge, Ryan finds his greatest burdens lifted by helping others, especially in the safe setting of a simple creative workshop. If you spend two minutes with him, he will give you a high-five, probably use bad words, but always remind you to never give up.

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  • May 11

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • May 12

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • May 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Discover book-marketing tips that produce results.

    Whether traditionally published or self published, every author wants to expand his/her readership and sell more books. Successful mystery novelist Linda Berry will join us to share book marketing tips that produce results. Come learn how to get more visibility using Amazon ads and promotional sites that consistently deliver. Linda will also share ways to target your specific audience, expand your email subscribers, build a loyal fan base, and get reviews.

    Linda Berry is the author of five mystery novels, including "Pretty Corpse," "The Dead Chill," and "The Killing Woods." Linda was an award winning art director and copy writer for 25 years in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Now she resides in beautiful Central Oregon and writes mystery thrillers. Learn more about Linda at: https://www.lindaberry.net/

    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

  • May 13

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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, though guest presenters may step in from time to time. Poetry, storytelling, jokes, and everything in between are all welcome. Please be mindful of the audience, as this is an all-ages venue.

    Schedule each month looks like this:

    5pm sign ups begin. Each reader is allowed five minutes at the mic. If a readers needs more than five minutes to read or perform a piece, readers may sign up for multiple slots 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

  • May 18

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • May 19

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

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

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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