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Write Here Our Instructors Upcoming Events

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

  • Aug 20

    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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  • Aug 27

    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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  • Sep 8

    1:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn about the structure and tools used to write a feature piece.

    This 2-3 hour workshop will be an introduction for those who would like to write feature pieces and pitch to magazine publications. The workshop, led by local writer Kimberly Bowker, will offer an understanding of what a good magazine piece entails, how to employ writing techniques, and what is needed for a strong structure. She'll cover Information and tidbits gathered as a local freelance writer.

    Kimberly Bowker is a narrative journalist who loves to explore stories of the heart and how our lives intertwine. Growing up in Central Oregon, she served at The Bulletin newspaper, and appreciates how writing can strengthen our community.
    Her work has appeared in local publications and sources such as 1859 Magazine, CraftBeer.com, Fodor’s Travel, and Travel Oregon. Please say hi if you find her reading outside or out on the trail strolling beneath the sky – as this is where we all connect

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  • Sep 9

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    One Breath Haiku reads for Second Sunday.

    One Breath Poets is a group of short-form poets interested in improving their craft through the study of haiku and other forms of compressed poetic expression. For fun we collaboratively write linked poems called renga by taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas. Renga began over seven hundred years ago in Japan. The opening stanza of renga gave rise to the haiku form several centuries later.
    The One Breath Poets was founded in 2012 by Lorna Cahall and Marion Davidson. Meetings are on the first Monday of the month.

    Tanya McDonald is known for her love of birds, bright colors, and books. Over a hundred of her haiku have been published in various haiku journals, and she has co-edited several anthologies, including No Longer Strangers, the Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology. In 2014, she was one of four featured readers at the 25th Annual Two Autumns Reading in San Francisco. She is the moon half of Seven Suns/ Seven Moons, a quirky, haiku-esque collaboration with Michael Dylan Welch, which was published in 2016. An active member of Haiku Northwest since 2008, she is currently the group's vice-president. Her haiku workshop venues have included the Seattle Japanese Garden, an anime/manga convention, and a clothing boutique. A native Oregonian, she currently resides near Seattle, Washington.

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  • Sep 10

    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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  • Sep 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Get tips and techniques for self publishing.

    From manuscript to marketplace, Linden Gross will highlight the seven steps to successful self-publishing. Topics covered by the Incubation Press panel include design, editing, formatting, production, distribution and online promotion.

    Please bring a page from a manuscript in progress. During this interactive seminar there will be time to practice editing techniques.

    Linden Gross, formerly special features editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and associate editor for the Ladies’ Home Journal, has ghostwritten two New York Times bestsellers in addition to co-writing or writing a handful of other books and authoring To Have Or To Harm (Warner Books, 1994), the first book ever written about the stalking of ordinary people.

    Drawing on her editing and writing background, as well as her love and experience with teaching, Linden also works as a writing coach to help other authors write their books. She helps them organize their time, their thoughts and their material, and teaches them how to improve their writing. Finally, she edits chapter by chapter. No wonder she calls her company the One Stop Writing Shop.

    Linden recently launched Incubation Press to help authors self-publish their books. Authors can hire Linden and her team for just one of their self-publishing steps or all seven. Either way, the goal is the same: simplifying the often-confusing self-publishing process and empowering their authors along the way.

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  • Sep 13

    5:30 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Author Amber Keyser helps you find your character's voice.

    Voice-the elusive quality that makes a character step off the page and into your life never to leave again. Voice-the mysterious something that makes Faulkner sound like Faulkner and Dr. Seuss sound like Dr. Seuss. Voice-the-I-know-it-when-I-see-it writing that agents and editors are looking for. In this hands-on workshop, Amber Keyser will explore how to create a distinctive voice through the synergy of deep character knowledge, specific conflict situations, and mastery of point-of-view.

    Amber J. Keyser is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist who writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens.
    Her young adult novels include "Pointe, Claw," an explosive story about two girls claiming the territory of their own bodies, and "The Way Back From Broken," a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award). She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series "Quartz Creek Ranch."

    Her nonfiction titles include "The V-Word," an anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences (Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer list, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens) and "Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes."

    Amber lives on the dry side of Oregon with her husband, two kids, four chickens, and a dog who looks like a Muppet.

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  • Sep 16

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Keith Rosson reads and discusses his path to publication.

    Keith Rosson reads from his novels "Smoke City" and "The Mercy of the Tide" and then talks about his path to publication and the publishing process for indie and upcoming writers. Q & A to follow reading.

    Keith Rosson is the author of the novels Smoke City (2018) and The Mercy of the Tide (2017); his short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, Phantom Drift, and other journals. The Mercy of the Tide was recently longlisted for a Bram Stoker Award; Jason Heller of NPR called it “a beautifully gloomy meditation on how lives tangle around each other, then tighten in the face of terror—and how modern destructive evils displace the ancient ones embedded in our bones.” Kirkus Reviews called Smoke City “an offbeat, strangely satisfying adventure through a land full of (literal) ghosts.” He is also a legally blind illustrator—which can sometimes be as tough as it sounds—with clients including Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Warner Bros. He is a fierce advocate of public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape.

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  • Sep 17

    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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  • Sep 24

    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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  • Sep 26

    5:30 PM - Worthy Brewing

    * Registration Required

    Looking for the perfect critique group match or revamping your critiquing process?

    If you are a writer new to the area, looking to join a critique group, or need advice on how to make your existing group more effective and efficient this lively and interactive event is for you.

    We'll do some writing exercises and do some talking about the function of critique groups. This event is open to all genres and experience levels.

    Facilitators Mike and Irene Cooper are both graduates of the OSU-Cascades MFA program. They are active in support and promoting the literary arts in Central Oregon and are two founding members of the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon.

    Light appetizers will be provided. Beverages available for purchase.

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  • Sep 28

    4:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Teen writers can develop their skills and share their writing at this monthly meet-up. The September meeting will include a teen-led discussion on how to best run the group in the upcoming year.

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  • Oct 1

    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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  • Oct 7

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Hear the story of an Italian Jewish soldier’s fight to save his family from fascism.

    Author Roger Sabbadini shares the compelling true story of his father, Italian Jewish refugee Alessandro (Alex) Sabbadini, who escaped Fascist Italy to America on the eve of WWII only to join the fight in Italy with the U.S. 5th Army. He joined the fight for personal reasons – to liberate Italy and his Jewish family who were being pursued by the Fascists and the Nazis. Alex was one of the first “Ritchie Boys” to have received military intelligence training at the Military Intelligence School at Camp Ritchie, Maryland and was one of a very few Italian-born Jews to fight with the Allies in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Alex Sabbadini’s personal photographs and other documents have historical value and contribute greatly to the unique character of the story. This untold story will appeal to those with interests in Jewish history, military history (with an emphasis on WWII and the Mediterranean Campaign) and Italian Jewish history.

    Roger Sabbadini is an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University and Co-founder of SDSU’s Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution. Currently, he is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sabbadini is the eldest son of Alex Sabbadini, the subject of this presentation. Currently, Roger Sabbadini lives in Bend, Oregon.

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  • Oct 8

    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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  • Oct 14

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    One Breath Haiku reads for Second Sunday.

    One Breath Poets is a group of short-form poets interested in improving their craft through the study of haiku and other forms of compressed poetic expression. For fun we collaboratively write linked poems called renga by taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas. Renga began over seven hundred years ago in Japan. The opening stanza of renga gave rise to the haiku form several centuries later.
    The One Breath Poets was founded in 2012 by Lorna Cahall and Marion Davidson. Meetings are on the first Monday of the month.

    Tanya McDonald is known for her love of birds, bright colors, and books. Over a hundred of her haiku have been published in various haiku journals, and she has co-edited several anthologies, including No Longer Strangers, the Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology. In 2014, she was one of four featured readers at the 25th Annual Two Autumns Reading in San Francisco. She is the moon half of Seven Suns/ Seven Moons, a quirky, haiku-esque collaboration with Michael Dylan Welch, which was published in 2016. An active member of Haiku Northwest since 2008, she is currently the group's vice-president. Her haiku workshop venues have included the Seattle Japanese Garden, an anime/manga convention, and a clothing boutique. A native Oregonian, she currently resides near Seattle, Washington.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 15

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 22

    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 27
  • Oct 28

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Author Nicole Meir reads from "The Girl Made of Clay."

    "Girl Made of Clay" is an emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter ... and what it takes to mend it.

    After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.

    Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?

    Nicole Meier’s previous novel is The House of Bradbury. She is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosy Aussiedoodle. Visit her at www.nicolemeierauthor.com.

    Books will be available for sale.

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  • Oct 29

    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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  • Nov 5

    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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