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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

  • Apr 28

    4:00 PM - Bend High School

    "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon" author reads at the final Novel Idea 2019 event.

    Tickets are free but required and are available starting April 6th at www.dplfoundation.org and at all branch libraries.

    Rocket Men shares the inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission. In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to prepare, the agency would send the first humans in history to the Moon. In a year of historic violence and discord - the Tet offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots - the Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America could do. With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, and their wives and children, Rocket Men is a vivid account of the epic danger involved, and the bravery it took to leave Earth for the first time. *ani*

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  • Apr 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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  • Apr 30

    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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  • May 3

    4:00 PM - Hutchinson Room

    Develop your skills and share your work at bimonthly (twice a month) meetings.

    This group is open to ages 12-17. Come join other teen writers for fun and writing time. Our meetings are shaped by group feedback and teen leadership. Local authors may join us throughout the year.

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  • May 4

    2:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Tips and techniques for better travel writing.

    Learn how to write an engaging travel piece and how to pitch to publications. The two hour workshop will include exercises in writing a scene and include details on how to share your travel experiences into unforgettable stories for print.

    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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  • May 6

    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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  • May 7

    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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  • May 9

    6:00 PM - Meeting Room

    Explore both Leonardo da Vinci's limitations, and his extraordinary gifts.

    Bend author Michael Lankford explores Leonardo da Vinci in this presentation based on Lankford's new book "Becoming Leonardo--an Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci."

    How it is we know Leonardo? Discover the real evidence and the actual man who emerges once we take a new look at one of history's most enigmatic and brilliant men.

    "Becoming Leonardo" reveals what it was like to live in the 15th century, and da Vinci's life as a social outsider.

    Lankford, who joined COCC in 2006 and has taught creative writing, creative nonfiction and academic composition as a part-time instructor for the college, has been fascinated with da Vinci since high school. His habit of exhaustively reading material by and about one particular individual—which started at age 20 when he lived in a remote Oklahoma farmhouse and was consumed with Tolstoy—doesn't normally lead to writing a book of his own, he admitted. A biography he read on da Vinci some five years ago changed that. "Becoming Leonardo" is a Wall Street Journal 2017 Book of the Year A Spectator (UK) 2017 Book of the Year.

    Books for sale, Q&A to follow.

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  • May 10

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    Explore both Leonardo da Vinci's limitations, and his extraordinary gifts.

    Bend author Michael Lankford explores Leonardo da Vinci in this presentation based on Lankford's new book "Becoming Leonardo--an Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci."

    How it is we know Leonardo? Discover the real evidence and the actual man who emerges once we take a new look at one of history's most enigmatic and brilliant men.

    "Becoming Leonardo" reveals what it was like to live in the 15th century, and da Vinci's life as a social outsider.

    Lankford, who joined COCC in 2006 and has taught creative writing, creative nonfiction and academic composition as a part-time instructor for the college, has been fascinated with da Vinci since high school. His habit of exhaustively reading material by and about one particular individual—which started at age 20 when he lived in a remote Oklahoma farmhouse and was consumed with Tolstoy—doesn't normally lead to writing a book of his own, he admitted. A biography he read on da Vinci some five years ago changed that. "Becoming Leonardo" is a Wall Street Journal 2017 Book of the Year A Spectator (UK) 2017 Book of the Year.

    Books for sale, Q&A to follow.

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  • May 13

    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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  • May 14

    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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  • May 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Discover how setting constraints can free your creative writing with Irene Cooper.

    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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  • May 17

    4:00 PM - Hutchinson Room

    Develop your skills and share your work at bimonthly (twice a month) meetings.

    This group is open to ages 12-17. Come join other teen writers for fun and writing time. Our meetings are shaped by group feedback and teen leadership. Local authors may join us throughout the year.

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  • May 18

    10:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Celebrate strong women with AAUW and author Jane Kirkpatrick.

    Throughout the year the American Association of Women has focused on programming highlighting the strength of women. From women on the home front, to women in need, and women in theater, and disaster relief AAUW celebrates exceptional women and their endeavors.

    The final program on the AAUW schedule features Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick, internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.

    A New York Times Bestselling author, her works have appeared in more than 50 national publications including The Oregonian, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. With more than 1.5 million books in print, her 30 novels and non-fiction titles draw readers from all ages and genders. Most are historical novels based on the lives of actual historical women who lived extraordinary lives. Her works have won numerous national awards including the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award, USABestBooks.com, Will Roger's Medallion Award and in 1996, her first novel, "A Sweetness to the Soul," won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum. Her novels have also been finalists for the Spur Award, the Oregon Book Award, the Christy, Reader's Choice and the WILLA in both fiction and non-fiction. Several titles have been Literary Guild and Book of the Month choices and been on the bestsellers list for independent bookstores across the country, in the Pacific Northwest and the Christian Booksellers Association. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Finnish and Chinese.

    The American Association of University Women is the nation’s leading voice in promoting equity and education for women and girls. The local branch meets monthly, has a strong scholarship program and supports the annual Tech Trek camp for junior high school girls interested in Science, Technology. Engineering and Math.

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  • May 18

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Writing contest winners read their work.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild will hold its 11th Annual Contest Winners Showcase on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1-4 p.m. at the Downtown Bend Library. Authors will share their winning entries with families, friends, and the public at this free event. Light refreshments after the readings. Books from contest winners, judges, and Guild members available for purchase. For more information, visit www.CentralOregonWritersGuild.com.

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  • May 20

    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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  • May 21

    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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  • May 28

    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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  • May 28

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Learn new strategies for maximizing the chemistry between text and title with Dr. Emily Carr.

    *Sign language interpreting will be provided at this program.

    Paul Cézanne said that titles are “escape valves.” Marcel du Champ called titles “invisible colors.” Walter Benjamin thinks of titles as “a point of light in the universe of magic encyclopedias.” More recently, John Ashbery referred to titles as keyholes and Matthea Harvey said that “titles are the first thing. They are the bugle at the beginning of the ball.”

    In this workshop, you will learn new strategies for maximizing the chemistry between text and title. Using Matthea Harvey’s titling taxonomy as our guide, we will explore titles that act as onramps, spotlights, license plates, greased pigs, and helium balloons, as well as titles that don’t wear ties. It is often easier to see potential power of title in visual arts because the relation of the title to the artwork is emphasized by their being in different mediums, so we will start with paintings and sculptures that exemplify these types of titles, then move into short pieces by contemporary authors, and end with applying our new knowledge of titling to our own work.

    This workshop is open to writers at all levels and of all genres.

    Please bring 1-2 short pieces that need titles.

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  • May 28

    5:30 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    How a piece is read has just as much impact as what is being said.

    When it comes to sharing written work with an audience, how a piece is read has just as much impact as what is being said. Elements such as our tone, speed, volume, and posture, all affect the way our work is received. In this clinic we will discuss writing for the stage, with a focus on tactics that we can use to effectively deliver our poetry or prose. We will examine the nature of stage-fright, and explore the voice as an instrument. Above all, we will focus on the idea of connection -- the connection between our hearts and our heads, the connection between ourselves and our audience, the connection between the page and the stage. Although Jorah is a poet this clinic can benefit any writer, at any level of all genres.

    Jorah LaFleur is a writer/performer who enjoys wearing many different hats. She finds herself on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, and event emcee. She also loves working with youth as a spoken word educator and teaching artist. She is currently serving as the Writers in the Schools Director for the nonprofit organization Wordcrafters In Eugene. Jorah has spent the last 20 years exploring the joys and terrors of showing up on stage. Running and hosting a monthly poetry slam in Eugene, (Eugene Poetry Slam) for over a decade has left her comfortably harboring the belief that live performance is, literally, magical. She is committed to helping others experience the transformative power of being heard, and to promoting the arts as tools of social change and community building. Jorah loves words, courage, and really dark chocolate. Her favorite color is zebra.

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  • May 31

    4:00 PM - Hutchinson Room

    Develop your skills and share your work at bimonthly (twice a month) meetings.

    This group is open to ages 12-17. Come join other teen writers for fun and writing time. Our meetings are shaped by group feedback and teen leadership. Local authors may join us throughout the year.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jun 3

    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

  • Jun 4

    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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  • Jun 9

    3:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Author Michael Benanav reads and shares photos of his journey.

    Author and photographer Michael Benanav presents a slide show / reading based on his award-winning book, "Himalaya Bound: One Family’s Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life." Featuring remarkable images of nomadic life in the jungles and mountains of north India, Michael will take you on a visual journey with the Van Gujjars – a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads – as they trek with their herds of water buffaloes into the Himalayas on their annual spring migration. This compelling true story offers an intimate glimpse into a rarely seen world and the modern forces that threaten it, exploring the complicated tensions between environmental conservation and indigenous rights while sharing the daily dramas of life on the trail with a family who sacrifices their own comfort for the well-being of their animals. Himalaya Bound is a great adventure and an incisive work of literary journalism. For more about the book, please visit www.himalayabound.com.

    Michael Benanav is a writer and photographer for The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. His photos have been exhibited at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, as well as at Lincoln Center and, soon, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Himalaya Bound is his third book.

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  • Jun 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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  • Jun 11

    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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  • Jun 11

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    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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  • Jun 16

    1:00 PM - Brooks Room

    DPLS welcomes Writer in Residence Christopher Boucher.

    Christopher Boucher is thrilled to be serving as Writer-in-Residence at Deschutes Public Library just two days before the publication of his third novel, "Big Giant Floating Head" (out June 18 from Melville House). Chris’ afternoon reading will feature selections from the new novel, which tells the story of a character named Christopher Boucher who is navigating the end of a marriage and the mysteries of the fictional town of Coolidge, Massachusetts. Big Giant Floating Head features the same heartfelt, imaginative adventures that drew readers to Boucher’s first two novels, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (2011) and Golden Delicious (2016), and that have earned praise from actor Patton Oswalt and writers George Saunders, Roxane Gay and Emily St. John Mandel. Oscillating back and forth in time, "Big Giant Floating Head" contains strange surprises at every turn: Christopher briefly dates a woman with an invisible dog, contracts a strange illness that divides him in half, participates in a failure competition, and joins a community called The Unloveables. In the face of these trials and others, Christopher struggles to regain his bearings, make sense of a new reality, and chart a course forward.

    Boucher serves as part of the OSU-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA faculty.

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  • Jun 16

    3:00 PM - Admin Conference Room

    * Registration Required

    Embrace the phenomenon of "not knowing" in this workshop led by Christopher Boucher.

    Writer in Resident Christopher Boucher leads a workshop at the library called “Not Knowing.” Inspired by Donald Barthelme’s essay on the topic. Boucher will draw on his experiences as a writer, editor and teacher to lead a workshop that reframes the creative process. Writers at all levels of experience, from the published poet to the aspiring memoirist or novelist, are encouraged to attend. The conversation and exercises will equip writers with new strategies for embracing the phenomenon of “not knowing” and sidestepping the challenge of the blank page.

    Boucher serves as part of the OSU-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA faculty.

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  • Jun 17

    10:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Get one on one coaching with Writer in Residence Christopher Boucher. Boucher serves as part of the OSU-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA faculty.

    Participants will spend 30 minutes reviewing a previously submitted work sample.

    Sign ups are required. Reserve a spot by calling 541-312-1032 or emailing lizg@deschuteslibrary.org

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  • Jun 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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  • Jun 18

    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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  • Jun 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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  • Jun 24

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Get your flying saucer ready for blast off! Playshop led by Krayna Castlebaum.

    Explore galaxies, alien life, space carnivals and more during this Playshop! We'll write poems and prose from the viewpoint of characters and/or objects found in poetry specially curated for our journey to inner space. Excellent for fledglings and long-time lovers of poetry and creative expression.

    Krayna Castelbaum facilitates heart-felt inquiry and play though poetry and other creative arts that encourage exploration and meaningful connection. She also offer monthly Poetry Playshops and publish Poem of the Month, now in its 13th year. Learn more: www.clearlenscoaching.com

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  • Jun 25

    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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  • Jul 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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  • Jul 2

    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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  • Jul 6

    6:00 PM - Bright Place Gallery

    * Registration Required

    Spend an evening celebrating spoken word poetry at the final Words on a Mic of the 2018-2019 season.

    Open mic and poetry competition. $500 cash prize will be awarded. Previous winners are eligible to compete in the final event. All forms and genres of written and spoken word welcome.

    Limited to 18 participants. Registration for participants is required and opens on June 10 at 8:00 s.m.

    Food and beverages available for purchase.

    All ages welcome. *Some poetry may contain adult subject matter.

    Jason McNeal Graham, known professionally as MOsley WOtta/MOWO is an American visual artist, performer, educator, speaker, and hiphop producer residing in Central Oregon. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon. Currently, he works with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. He leads conversations on creativity and vulnerability. He has toured over seas with the US embassy & Rise UP International as an Art Ambassador. MOsley WOtta is a consummate creative, art advocate and geek.

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  • Jul 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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  • Jul 9

    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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  • Jul 9

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and skill building.

    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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  • Jul 14

    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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  • Jul 15

    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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  • Jul 16

    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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  • Jul 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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  • Jul 23

    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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