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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.



Upcoming Events

  • Jul 5

    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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  • Jul 5

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jul 12

    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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  • Jul 12

    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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  • Jul 12

    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 we’ve pronounced dead? Can you bring them back to life with a few stolen body parts and an electrical storm? In this workshop, we’ll look at revision as resuscitation. Bring an old piece that you’ve 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. 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.

    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*

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  • Jul 17

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    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.

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  • Jul 19

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jul 19

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jul 21

    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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  • Jul 26

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jul 26

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 2

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 2

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 4

    5:00 PM -

    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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  • Aug 9

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 9

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    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*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 16

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 16

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 18

    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*

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  • Aug 23

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 23

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Aug 30

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Aug 30

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 6

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Sep 6

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 13

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 13

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    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 writer’s 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.com

    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*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 20

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Sep 22

    6:00 PM -

    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*

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  • Sep 23

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    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 you’re writing, the first page is an incredible opportunity to make an impression on readers right away. In this workshop, we’ll discuss different strategies for taking advantage of that opportunity. If you have a beginning of a story that you’d like to work on, bring it with you. Or if not, we’ll 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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  • Sep 27

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

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