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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

  • Oct 21

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Oct 21

    12:00 PM - OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall

    Join us for a conversation with Rich Benjamin, author of "In Search of Whitopia."

    Chances are, you've heard someone say matter-of-fact "Bend doesn't have any diversity." The numbers tell us that isn't true, but it makes it easier for some to dismiss these communities' experiences.

    What larger trends are behind the national news? How are Oregon's communities both a powerful example -- and exception -- to what is going on across the country? During the last presidency, Rich Benjamin packed his bags and embarked a 2-year, 27,000-mile journey to the fastest-growing, whitest communities in America. Join him at this lunch-time discussion about our current society, polarization, and politics.

    This program is in partnership with OSU-Cascades Diversity Committee and Oregon Humanities.

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  • Oct 21

    6:30 PM - 10 Barrel Eastside Pub

    Join a lively conversation on Bend, OR, community, belonging, social values, and the state of whiteness in America.

    What's it like to live in a magnificent place--that's also a White utopia? Join a lively conversation on Bend, OR, community, belonging, social values, and the state of whiteness in America. Rich Benjamin will offer lessons on what this “Whitopia” can teach us about the rest of the country today.

    A journalist-adventurer, Rich Benjamin is the author of "Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America," which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association. Benjamin is one of few analysts to have correctly predicted in advance the passage of Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. Benjamin’s cultural and political analysis appear regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX Business. Please follow him on Twitter @IamRichBenjamin

    Light snacks provided. Beverages available for purchase. Books available for sale.

    This event is presented in partnership with Oregon Humanities and OSU-Cascades.

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  • Oct 22

    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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  • Oct 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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  • Oct 28

    6:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn tips and tricks for November's "National Novel Writing Month."

    November is "National Novel Writing Month," or "NaNoWriMo" in which hundreds of thousands of writers every year attempt to write 50,000 words in just 30 days. Will you be one of those successful few who tackle this challenge and win? Come hear firsthand from local writers about how they completed their first drafts in just one month.

    Learn how to navigate the NaNoWriMo national website, track your wordcount and progress, and find online workshops and writing tools to help you stay motivated through to the end.

    Hosted by the Writers Collective of Central Oregon.

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  • Oct 29

    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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  • Nov 2

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Dive into the subject of writing for youth.

    As an adult, writing for kids and teens can feel like dabbling in another culture. We were all young once, but our memories fade and times change. How can you make sure the story you are writing will resonate with, and feel relevant to, a young audience?

    Mother/daughter author duo Kim Cooper Findling and Libby Findling, authors of The Sixth Storm, dive into the subject of writing for youth in this workshop. They'll guide you through considerations of voice, theme and setting, dialogue, pacing and how to keep your overly adult attitudes well out of your own way.

    Kim Cooper Findling is the publisher of Dancing Moon Press and an author, editor, journalist and teacher based in Bend, Oregon. She is a fifth-generation Oregonian, an Oregon native and an award-winning writer of stories about her beloved home state.

    Libby Findling is a sixth-generation Oregonian going into her freshman year of high school. When she is not writing, Libby enjoys theater and exploring Central Oregon.

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  • Nov 4

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Nov 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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  • Nov 11

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Nov 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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  • Nov 12

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    Following the monthly business meeting Dr. Carol Barrett discusses how "conscious looking" can become an opportunity for fresh discoveries.

    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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  • Nov 17

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Join author and historian C.J. Adrien to discuss "the ideal Viking."

    A stanza from the saga of Egill Skallagrímsson describes the Viking spirit - bold, restless, and with a burning desire for adventures far from home:

    My mother promised me,
    To soon purchase for me
    A ship and good oars,
    To go away with the Vikings,
    To stand Proudly at the Prow,
    To steer a beautiful ship,
    Linger in the ports,
    And to strike and fight.

    For nearly three centuries, the sea raiders we today call the Vikings terrorized coastlines and river systems across Europe. They sailed as far as west as Newfoundland and as far east as Baghdad. Many Viking sea captains' names have survived to today, but none embodied the Viking spirit more than a man named Hasting.

    A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok (of History Channel fame), and referred to in the Gesta Normanorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking.

    Join author and historian C.J. Adrien for a discussion on Hasting's life and legacy.

    C.J. Adrien is a bestselling author of Viking historical fiction novels with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He is also a published historian on the subject of Vikings, with articles featured in historical journals such as L’Association des Amis de Noirmoutier, in France. His novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), conferences on Viking history in France, among others. C.J. Adrien earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from Oregon State University, and is currently searching for the right university to complete his doctoral thesis.

    To find out more, visit: https://cjadrien.com/

    Books available for sale, Q&A to follow. *fbl*

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  • Nov 18

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Nov 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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  • Nov 24

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear the winners of The Source’s Annual Poetry Contest read.

    The Source Weekly’s annual poetry issue hits stands Nov. 21, featuring the winners from the Source poetry contest! On Nov. 24, winners from the contest, along with faculty and judges from OSU-Cascades will read from their works.

    Judges for the 2019 Contest are:

    Jenna Goldsmith, PhD is Interim Director of the OSU Cascades MFA Program.

    Irene Cooper is a poet living in Bend, Oregon.

    Brigitte Lewis is Founding Editor/Executive Editor of Utterance Press, an online literary journal. She is an Alum of OSU Cascades.

    This event is a partnership between OSU-Cascades, the Deschutes Public Library and the Source Weekly newspaper. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of OSU Cascades.

    To enter the contest: Find the complete rules at bendsource.com, and then submit your poems between Oct. 3 and Nov. 1 to: editor@bendsource.com. Questions? Email editor@bendsource.com.

    A cash prize* will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.
    *cash prize in form of Visa Gift Cards

    Honorable mentions for fourth and fifth place will also be invited to read their works.

    Find out more information here: https://www.bendsource.com/bend/source-poetry-contest-2019/Content?oid=11277295 *fbl*

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  • Nov 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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  • Nov 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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  • Dec 2

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Dec 3

    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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  • Dec 8

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn the intricacies of prose poems, and write your own.

    This writing workshop will open with an introduction to the prose poem format and a brief history of the genre, with its current acceptance by many literary magazines. The potential fit between the prose poem and true vignettes drawn from lived experience will be highlighted, and examples shared. Attendees will discuss several poems in small groups, considering the elements of story-telling, vivid details and images, and the use of humor and variations in voice.

    In the second part of the workshop, participants will write drafts of two prose poems, one derived from a childhood event, and one from an adult perspective. Participants will be invited to share their emerging vignettes, and to consider how their experience as poets, fiction or nonfiction writers may nourish their approach. The workshop will conclude with a handout, including resources for further study of the prose poem.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and creative writing. She coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate Program at Union Institute & University, and teaches in the Creativity Studies Program at Saybrook University. Her books include "Calling in the Bones" (Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press), "Drawing Lessons" (Finishing Line Press), and "Pansies" (creative nonfiction, Sonder Press.)

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  • Dec 9

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Dec 10

    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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  • Dec 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking at this holiday potluck.

    Bring finger food to share and get better acquainted with your fellow writers! Then, hear Guild members read their work.

    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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  • Dec 16

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

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  • Dec 17

    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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  • Dec 23

    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 30

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

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  • Jan 6

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

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  • Jan 8

    5:00 PM - The Commons

    * Registration Required

    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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