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Write Here!

Programs designed to feed and nourish the Central Oregon writing community

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.



Upcoming Events

  • Oct 8

    11:00 AM - Multi-Purpose Room

    Learn about what makes these forests so special, where to find them, why so few remain.

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Oregon’s ancient forests are vital to our state's future - for clean water, climate change, wildlife, recreation, environmental justice, and so much more. Learn about what makes these forests so special, where to find them, why so few remain, and what threats they continue to face. Chandra will highlight a variety of the hiking experiences found in the book, covering natural and human history, so you come away with a better understanding of these complex ecosystems and their extraordinary value.

    Born and raised in Michigan, Chandra LeGue has called Oregon home since 1999. A self-described "nature nerd," she has degrees in biology and environmental studies, and has worked for Oregon Wild since 2003, promoting policies that protect and restore Oregon’s forests and engaging the public in the organization’s work. She is the author of Oregon's Ancient Forests: A hiking guide published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.

    Books will be available for sale.


     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Oct 8

    12:00 PM - Meeting Room

    * Registration Required

    Discuss the healing potential of poetry and write your own.

    This is an in-person program. Registration is required. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Hear how psychologists and poetry therapists understand the healing potential of poetry. Listen as Carol Barrett, local poet, shares a series of poems written to assist her in dealing with the loss of her father.

    Participants will be invited to draft their own poem on the subject of loss and will have an opportunity to share their emerging writing with those assembled.

    Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both Clinical Psychology and Creative Writing. She teaches Poetry and Healing courses for two universities, and has published three volumes of creative work: Calling in the Bones, Drawing Lessons, and Pansies.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Sisters Public Library

  • Oct 8

    3:00 PM - Meeting Room

    Learn about what makes these forests so special, where to find them, why so few remain.

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Oregon’s ancient forests are vital to our state's future - for clean water, climate change, wildlife, recreation, environmental justice, and so much more. Learn about what makes these forests so special, where to find them, why so few remain, and what threats they continue to face. Chandra will highlight a variety of the hiking experiences found in the book, covering natural and human history, so you come away with a better understanding of these complex ecosystems and their extraordinary value.

    Born and raised in Michigan, Chandra LeGue has called Oregon home since 1999. A self-described "nature nerd," she has degrees in biology and environmental studies, and has worked for Oregon Wild since 2003, promoting policies that protect and restore Oregon’s forests and engaging the public in the organization’s work. She is the author of Oregon's Ancient Forests: A hiking guide published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.

    Books will be available for sale.


     Add to Calendar |  Find East Bend Public Library

  • Oct 11

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Oct 11

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 11

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Examine first-person characters and unreliable narrators.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    The most interesting storytellers are those who don’t know how to tell us the truth - or those who don’t want to. First-person speakers are naturally unreliable: they can’t tell us the full story. As readers, it’s our job to piece it all together, understanding that how we are led to fill in the blanks can change our perception of the story itself. Consider first-person characters like Merricat Blackwood (Shirley Jackson), Fuckhead (Denis Johnson), or Yunior (Junot Diaz); they are all liars (whether they realize this or not), and we love them for it. In examining omission, objective correlative, and narrative voice, we can determine when surface-level character motivation becomes a MacGuffin.

    Catherine Malcynsky grew up with four siblings in Chester, CT. After receiving her BA from Boston College (and a quick stint working on film sets in NYC), Catherine earned her MFA from Oregon State University (Corvallis). Catherine now works as a freelance writer while teaching writing courses at OSU Cascades. Her short stories have appeared in The Susquehanna Apprentice, Carve Magazine, Broad River Review, and the shortlist for the Masters Review Winter Short Story Award (2020).

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 18

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Oct 18

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Oct 20

    6:00 PM - The Commons

    Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Join us at The Commons for a spoken word open mic night. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up. Readers have seven minutes at the mic.

    Food and drink are available for purchase through The Commons. This is an all-ages venue.

    875 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR 97703

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  • Oct 25

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Oct 25

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Nov 1

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Nov 1

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Nov 8

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Nov 8

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Nov 8

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    This is a meeting with the Central Oregon Writers Guild and Raquel Gutiérrez

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Raquel Gutiérrez is an arts critic/writer, poet and educator. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gutiérrez credits the queer and feminist DIY post-punk 'zine culture of the 1990s with introducing her/them to the various vibrant art & music scenes and communities throughout Southern California. Gutiérrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism, as well as a 2017 recipient of the The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Her/Their writing has recently appeared in or is forthcoming in Art In America, NPR Music, Places Journal, and The Georgia Review. Gutiérrez teaches in the Oregon State University-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA Program. Her/Their first book of prose, “Brown Neon,” is an ekphrastic memoir that considers what it means to be a Latinx artist during the Trump era. Gutiérrez calls Tucson, Arizona home.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

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  • Nov 11

    12:00 PM -

    * Registration Required

    Everyone has a story. What is yours?

    This is an online program. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link to join the program.

    The universe is made of stories, said the poet Muriel Rukeyser. What’s yours? Have you written it down yet?

    Beginning with warm-up exercises that help people access important memories, this workshop leads participants in writing and editing their own short memoir! Adults and older teens welcome. Have paper and pen or a laptop at the ready, and enthusiasm for learning new techniques!

    Ellen Santasiero is a writer, editor, and teacher in Bend. Her workshops are equal parts soulful and lighthearted and brim with expert information, group discussion, the sharing of work-in-progress, feedback, and boundless encouragement! *zm*

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  • Nov 15

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Nov 15

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Nov 17

    6:00 PM - High Desert Music Hall

    Hear the winners of Central Oregon's largest poetry contest, followed by a spoken word open mic night.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Join us at the High Desert Music Hall to hear the Source Weekly's Poetry Contest winners read their winning works. After, step up to the mic yourself for a spoken word open mic night the third Thursday of the month. All writers and readers and word-lovers invited to attend and read.

    Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up.

    818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond, OR 97756

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  • Nov 22

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Nov 22

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Nov 29

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Nov 29

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Dec 6

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Dec 6

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Dec 13

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Dec 13

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Dec 13

    5:30 PM - Brooks Room

    Enjoy local authors and writings sharing their works.

    You can attend this program online or in person. To take part online, use the "Join Meeting" button above. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

    Join us for our annual Holiday Member Reading. Join us in person (there will be snacks!) or sit back and relax at home as you listen to several of our members share their prose and poetry. We'll also give you a sneak peek at the 2023 COWG Presenters and Workshops.

    Central Oregon Writers Guild's mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. *hy*

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Dec 20

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Dec 20

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Dec 27

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Dec 27

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Jan 3

    10:30 AM -

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Redmond Public Library

  • Jan 3

    1:30 PM - Meyer Classroom

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

    This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

     Add to Calendar |  Find Downtown Bend Public Library

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