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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

  • Jan 27

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time at the Library. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company for motivation.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Jan 28

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Feb 3

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 4

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Feb 8

    3:30 PM - Brooks Room

    An introduction to the Japanese genre of writing called haibun.

    One Breath Poets present a reading of selected haibun from Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior and Other Writings.

    Haibun is a combination of chiefly autobiographical, short, haiku-like prose combined with haiku poetry. This form has been used extensively in travel journals. Matsuo Basho, the father of the haiku, is the most famous of the early practitioners of haibun.

    Lastly, there will be a presentation on “how to write haibun.” There will be an accompanying handout. One Breath Poets will examine some of the previously read haibun to explain why they are successful. Each of the One Breath Poets will read one or two of their original haibun. Integrated into the “how to,” will be an overview of how to write haiku.

    The One Breath Poets of Central Oregon are interested in the Japanese compressed poetic forms: haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka, and renga/renku. They write poetry in these short forms. Additionally, they study contemporary as well as traditional poets who write in the compressed poetic forms of China, Japan and North America. While these forms are challenging, they find the challenge fun.

    At their monthly meetings they read their most recent compositions for the fun of sharing and for group critique. They often read the work of poets who write in the Japanese compressed poetic forms, thus adding to their knowledge and skill.

    One Breath Poets was founded in 2012 by Marion Davidson and Lorna Cahall. They are presently 9-members strong, including Marion and Lorna. Meetings are at Higher Ground Common House on the first Monday of the month from 11:00 to 12:30.

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  • Feb 9

    2:00 PM - Brooks Room

    Local romance novel readers and writers discuss what they love about the genre.

    Romance novels as a genre net over 20 million dollars every year. And yet, this genre remains overlooked and underappreciated. At worst, readers feel embarrassed for enjoying romance novels and some say they "wouldn't be caught dead" reading a romance novel.

    Join this panel of local romance novelists Marie Harte and Sarah Smith, along with community readers Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas, Jennie Gordon, and Rachel Wiley-Bard as they discuss: how to renew a love for romance novels, new trends in the genre, the pitfalls of writing and reading romance novels, and some of their favorite reads from all facets and sub-genres.

    Award-winning author Marie Harte has been writing professionally since 2005. She’s both a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author and has written over 110 books and counting. Marie writes books with heat and humor. Marie currently lives in Central Oregon with her family. There’s nothing she likes more than finding a good book to read and a great cup of coffee to drink.

    Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and adorable cat, Salem.

    Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas is one of Deschutes Public Library's Latino Services Coordinators.

    Jennie Gordon works with Deschutes Public Library in Technical Services and was one of the team members spearheading the new Romance Sections featured at every library across the county.

    Rachel Wiley-Bard writes the fantasy she wants to read: queer and complicated. Ask her about genre tropes, history, and world-building at your own risk. *fbl*

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  • Feb 10

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 11

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Feb 11

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Shining a light on the hidden workings of self-publishing.

    You’re done writing your manuscript and now want to self-publish your book. For most writers, self-publishing equates to rocket science. Way too complicated! So where to start?

    This workshop shines a light on the hidden workings of self-publishing. It teaches you how to go from manuscript to self-published book, and helps to design a publishing workflow that fits your needs.

    In this workshop you’ ll learn:
    what your book’s life cycle looks like
    which step to take next
    which distributor(s) to work with
    what book format(s) to create
    what timelines look like
    what the potential costs are
    what your marketing strategy entails
    when to start marketing your book
    book project management

    Lieve Maas, visual artist and “transplant” from the Netherlands, is classically trained at the Royal Art Academy in Antwerp. Leaving the traditional oil paints behind, she embraced computer graphics and landed a position as book designer at a publishing house in Amsterdam. After moving for love to Portland, OR, almost 13 years ago, she founded her design business Bright Light Graphics. She creates books for a living, not only designing eye-catching covers and attractive layouts, she is mostly excited to coach writers to navigate through the oftentimes confusing self-publishing process.

    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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  • Feb 12

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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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  • Feb 15

    1:00 PM - Multi-Purpose Room

    * Registration Required

    Craft that steamy but stellar romance story, from plot to publishing.

    In this workshop, you'll be working with bestselling author Marie Harte on the following:

    The Basics:

    - What are you writing for, money, self-gratification, a hobby?
    - Word lengths, traditional publisher vs independent publishing
    - Genres and subgenres—content (including tropes)

    Craft:

    - Formulating characters
    - Roughing the plot
    - Pantser vs. Plotter
    - The arc of a story (beginning, middle, ending)

    Path to Publication:

    - You have the story written, now what?
    - Places to assist in independent publishing
    - How to submit to a traditional publisher
    - Do you need an agent?

    Bring a pencil/pen and paper or laptop for notes.

    Following the workshop, Marie is offering a two-page critique so that registrants can email her for feedback on any two pages they’ve written that they’d like critiqued.

    Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.

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  • Feb 18

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Feb 24

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Feb 25

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 2

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 3

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 9

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 9

    6:30 PM - Brooks Room

    * Registration Required

    Learn the foundational tools to develop a consistent writing practice.

    So many of us long to write but don't know where to start or have trouble sticking with it. In this two hour workshop, learn the foundational tools to develop a consistent writing practice. This is an all-levels writing workshop. Content inspired by Natalie Goldberg's best-seller "Writing Down the Bones."

    Bring notebooks, fast writing pens and planners (digital or paper).

    Sarah Sennott Cyr has a background as a journalist, with work published in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, and ARTNews. Sarah began a daily writing practice in 2014 after reading Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones". The breakthrough she experienced from approaching writing as a practice led her to teaching. In 2019, Sarah completed a year-long writing intensive at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe taught by Natalie Goldberg and Robert Wilder.

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  • Mar 10

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 10

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    What your characters need to strike a chord with readers.

    How do you write an unforgettable character? It's a question so complex you might as well ask how to write a good book. That said, there are a number of common factors among characters striking an unforgettable chord with readers. Let’s examine those factors to brainstorm, troubleshoot, and flesh out our main characters, ultimately making them both compelling and memorable in the reader’s mind. Bring your protagonist or antagonist to play with on paper!

    Kat Mattingly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from U of O and a Master of Arts from Pacific U in Portland. She currently teaches creative writing through Continuing Ed at COCC and is a guest author at local book clubs. Her literary fiction novels with Winter Goose Publishing include: Benjamin, Journey, Olivia’s Ghost, and The Tutor. Short story collection Fractured Hearts includes 4 award-winning stories. Kat’s most recent award is with Writer’s Digest for Flash Fiction. She is published in a dozen anthologies (one poetry) and three print magazines. Kat lives at Eagle Crest Resort.

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 11

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 16

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 17

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 23

    9:00 AM - Hutchinson Room

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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 24

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Mar 30

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Mar 31

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Apr 6

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 7

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Apr 8

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    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

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 13

    9:00 AM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 14

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Apr 14

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Join local writers for networking and writing opportunities.

    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.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 21

    10:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

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