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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

  • Dec 9

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Judy Montgomery and Carol Barrett read select original poems.

    Judith H. Montgomery lives in Bend, where she writes and loves to teach poetry workshops. Her poems appear in the Bellingham Review, Measure, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals, as well as in many anthologies. Her chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for Poetry; the full-length Red Jess appeared in 2006; Pulse & Constellation (2007), a finalist for the Finishing Line Poetry Prize, followed. She enjoys judging poetry competitions, and was the first Writer-in-Residence at Central Oregon Community College. Her fourth collection of poetry, Litany for Wound and Bloom, was published this summer by Uttered Chaos Press.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both Clinical Psychology and Creative Writing. She teaches in the Humanities and Culture program at Union Institute & University, and in the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University. She has also taught poetry at C.O.C.C. Carol’s poems have appeared in JAMA, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, and other venues. Her scholarship has been published in seven fields. Carol’s book Calling in the Bones (2005) won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and the chapbook Drawing Lessons (2002) was first runner-up at Finishing Line Press. Pansies, a collection of creative nonfiction vignettes about the Apostolic Lutheran community, will be out this fall from Sonder Press.

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  • Dec 10

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Dec 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Discuss the ethical issues when writing about others - including family.

    Writing honestly about loved ones--about your family--is one of the trickiest issues we writers navigate. We'll discuss the ethical issues around using family as fodder: when to tell secrets, when to let sleeping dogs lie, what you can write versus what you should write, some general rules of thumb for writing about others "factually," and understanding your own intentions when doing so.

    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 www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.

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  • Dec 11

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Write your own hero's journey.

    What makes a Hero? What’s the point of all that struggling, and why can’t we stop watching? In this two-hour workshop, we’ll examine Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, or The Hero’s Journey. We’ll discuss examples of The Hero’s Journey, talk about different kinds of heroes, mythic elements and archetypes, and learn how the monomyth plot template informs our own writing. Then we’ll design and outline our own Hero’s Journey. Bring something to write with, something to write on, an inquisitive mind, and your favorite example of The Hero’s Journey (think Star Wars, The Matrix, Wizard of Oz, anything from Disney, etc.).

    Mike Cooper is a graduate of the OSU-Cascades MFA Writing Program and has led several writing workshops for Deschutes Public Library, Caldera Arts, OSU Cascades, and The Workhouse in Bend. He recently placed in the top 25 for Glimmer Train's New Writer's Award.

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  • Dec 17

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Jan 6

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Jonathan Stewart shares his adventures on the Hayduke Trail.

    "The Plateau of Doubt" details a 725 mile, two season trek tracing the Hayduke Trail across the Colorado Plateau. Not only does it describe the stunning scenery spanning six national parks, two national forests, three wilderness areas, two national monuments and one national recreation area, but underlines the challenges involved in hiking one of the most remote and desiccated landscapes on earth. It illustrates the dramatic impacts a warming world and over-grazing are having on the fragile environment of the American Southwest.
    Jonathan Stewart has spent the past decade hiking over 12,000 miles of long distance trails throughout the Americas. This includes hiking the length of the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails as detailed in his two previous books entitled Pilgrimage to the Edge and Walking Away from the Land. He spent three decades working for the U.S. Forest Service where he fought wildfires as a smokejumper, heliattack foreman and crew boss, directed wilderness and back country crews and managed a variety of youth and volunteer programs. He also spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and six years as director of one of this nation's first AmeriCorps programs. He currently volunteers as a crew leader for the Conservation Volunteers International Program helping rebuild trails in Patagonia while managing his family tree farm in Oregon.

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  • Jan 7

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Jan 12

    11:00 AM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn storytelling and illustrative expression with award-winning Nicole J. Georges.

    Learn storytelling and illustrative expression with award-winning Nicole J. Georges.. Learn the ins and outs of illustration and memoir and dabble with putting your own thoughts into ink.

    Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, "Calling Dr. Laura," was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Her latest graphic memoir, “Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home Again” won the 2018 Oregon Book Award for Graphic Memoir.
    Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters, and she is very active on Instagram with her dog Ponyo.

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  • Jan 12

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    2018 Oregon Graphic Memoir Award Winner Nicole Georges reads.

    2018 Oregon Graphic Memoir Award Winner Nicole Georges reads from her latest award-winning book, "Fetch."

    Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, "Calling Dr. Laura," was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Her latest graphic memoir, “Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home Again” won the 2018 Oregon Book Award for Graphic Memoir.

    Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters, and she is very active on Instagram with her dog Ponyo.

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  • Jan 14

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Jan 20

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Local voices read original works of poetry and prose. Registration is required to be a reader.

    Hear from your neighbors and community members as they step up to the mic and read or perform original pieces of poetry, drama, and prose. Fifteen spaces will available for participants to preregister to read for up to 5 minutes each. Limited spaces will be reserved at the event for new readers to join in. No registration is required to attend the event.

    In collaboration with the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon, readers are invited to share pieces from works completed in November for National Novel Writing Month.

    Bring a friend, bring a voice, and join us for open mic!

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  • Jan 22

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn tips and tricks for writing a successful query letter.

    You'll learn what to include, what to avoid, and how to move out of the slush pile as well as discuss what it means to be a good literary citizen.

    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 www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.

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  • Jan 28

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Feb 4

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 5

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 11

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 12

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 18

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 19

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Feb 25

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join other writers and Writer's Collective of Central Oregon for quiet writing time at the Library.

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  • Feb 26

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Mar 5

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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